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  • 2017 Beta 350RR Review..

    Bought this thing off Jody at Euro Enduro in November ish, mainly for my son to use. Paid the right money for it, and even though it had an electrical issue on the first ride (piggy back harness) which Jody looked after like a pro, its impressed me.

    It went through a little phase where it'd have a dummy spit every ride, or it'd throw me off at speed (grrrrr), but it's settled down now.

    My son loves it. It's easy to ride, unintimidating, and comfortable. He's not been riding very long, and is more of a cruiser than a Romaniacs contender for now. It suits him, and will quite happily tootle around all day with him at the controls.

    Circumstances have dictated that I've been riding it for a few weeks, which has revealed a different side to the bike.

    First things first - this will never be a 300cc 2 stroke with KYBs (which my EC300 usual bike is) - but it's not pretending to be, so let's see what it does well.

    Single track. It eats this stuff. The gears are so long you can rev it to the moon, on point to point single you rarely need to change gears. It's got enough torque to fire out of a corner with that polite 4 stroke delivery, then rev all the way to the next braking point without worrying the gearbox. Makes it quick and fun.

    The suspension was setup soft and compliant. On 2nd and 3rd gear double track with broken rock and braking whoops it tracks fine and inspires confidence. It feels long and stable so it's comfortable carrying a little more speed than I normally would on occasions.

    Brakes are, tbh, not great. Suppose that's the downside of soft suspension and a little extra weight. It does have engine braking, which helps - but you do need to plan ahead on anything thats not smooth.

    Electrics are okay. The piggyback charging harness problem aside, the only issue that I've had was with the start button getting caved in during a low speed drop - not great on a bike without a kicker, and a fiddly little bugger to fix.

    Now, before I talk about what it doesn't do well, let me just say I love my Gasser 2 strokes. Light clutches, bulletproof motors, 2 stroke zap - and I ride a lot of technical stuff. Rock steps, loose hills.. challenging stuff. Apples and oranges (or reds, anyway - no oranges here).

    On this terrain, the 350 needs a lot of riding. The 4 stroke isn't as suited to this type of riding, and obstacles that I find simple and comfortable on my Gasser are much more challenging on the 350. The power delivery is soft, and clutch is comparatively heavy to pull after a few hours, whilst being fluffy on bite. The comfort of the suspension sadly translates to sloppy de-weight rebound, and unpredictable timing for zapping out of trouble at low -or no- speed. It's not unrideable, but I've been caught muttering about bloody 4 strokes on occasion.

    But, all in all, I think this is a very entertaining bike to ride. It's not tiring, it wheelies at will, it slides sideways like a Bankstown Commodore, and its fast.

    I'm impressed.

    But that's what you were all expecting anyway, wasn't it? Just a shame it sounds so horrible - surely there's a way to make these things sound more like a 2 stroke?

    Sent from my SM-G975F using Tapatalk
    Too old to die young.
    '18 EC300 SixDays
    '13 EC300R
    '05 EC300
    ErmmXR400
    'Oh God knows EC250
    And about a hundred road bikes, mostly Yamahas for some reason.

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    $59 for the bigger clutch slave cylinder to lighten the pull, Ruffles.

    That bike suits you & if I were a betting man, Id wager youll be on it more and more as the years roll on.

    Speaking of roll-on, that bike makes me laugh in my helmet every time you give it a fist-full out of a corner. Why do mid-cap 4-ts have to sound so shit? ^lol
    2020 Beta RR300

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    • #3
      Originally posted by gibnut View Post
      $59 for the bigger clutch slave cylinder to lighten the pull, Ruffles.



      That bike suits you & if I were a betting man, Id wager youll be on it more and more as the years roll on.



      Speaking of roll-on, that bike makes me laugh in my helmet every time you give it a fist-full out of a corner. Why do mid-cap 4-ts have to sound so shit? ^lol
      If the boy wants to spend some money on the clutch, it'd be a good option - ta.

      And you may be right - I might be drawn more to the 350 as I get even older. I dunno.

      I think we learn from every bike we ride. Sometimes all we learn is that we don't like KTMs, sometimes we learn something more profound and less obvious.

      The suspension on this thing is prompting me to soften up the Gasser a little, for example. Steve at Wildwood once said the best set-up for his track was 'as soft as you can get it', and whilst I'm sure there are limits as to how soft he means, I think my current setup is a little too competition for my needs.

      The fact that the Beta is allowing me to ride further and faster suggests this is the case, anyway.

      Maybe the deciding factor will be tinnitus, or hearing loss? If I can't hear the appalling racket falling out of the back of the 4 stroke I may be more inclined to ride it more as I age disgracefully?

      Sent from my SM-G975F using Tapatalk
      Too old to die young.
      '18 EC300 SixDays
      '13 EC300R
      '05 EC300
      ErmmXR400
      'Oh God knows EC250
      And about a hundred road bikes, mostly Yamahas for some reason.

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      • #4
        I love it! The bike is both problem & solution - loud obnoxious sound causes tinnitus, thus rendering rider unable hear bike. Geniuses, those Beta engineers..
        2020 Beta RR300

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        • #5
          Originally posted by gibnut View Post
          I love it! The bike is both problem & solution - loud obnoxious sound causes tinnitus, thus rendering rider unable hear bike. Geniuses, those Beta engineers..
          Earplugs gents. Thats the key. Love my 14 350rr. Mines had suspension work done so I find it a bit hard if anything. Revs to the moon and back. I was about to go put the baffle in mine, it came with it not in it, it is a noisy bugger.
          I love dirtbikes!!

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          • #6
            You sure its a 17 ? I thought 18 was the first year with no kickstart unless someone removed it. Twin injector or single ?

            MM

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Marty MOOSE View Post
              You sure its a 17 ? I thought 18 was the first year with no kickstart unless someone removed it. Twin injector or single ?



              MM
              I'd have to check..

              My (occasionally faulty) memory says it's a 17, but as my wife is at pains to remind me - I am often wrong.

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              Too old to die young.
              '18 EC300 SixDays
              '13 EC300R
              '05 EC300
              ErmmXR400
              'Oh God knows EC250
              And about a hundred road bikes, mostly Yamahas for some reason.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ggchris View Post
                I'd have to check..

                My (occasionally faulty) memory says it's a 17, but as my wife is at pains to remind me - I am often wrong.

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                Take a pic from the clutch side it maybe plated 17 but be an 18 model. The 18 reved much harder than the 16 and 17 but did loose some lug but they have so much it didn't matter. If your getting older try the 390 a set of SSS forks and a shim shuffle in the shock you will be surprised

                MM .

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                • #9
                  Well, times are lean and the market is strong.. so I'm selling the Beta.

                  Nothing against the bike at all - it's a really good thing. I just can't justify 2 bikes at the moment, and the Gasser is my first love and primary bike.

                  So, if anyone wants a 2018 (I checked) 350.. send me a pm and I'll give you all the details.

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                  Too old to die young.
                  '18 EC300 SixDays
                  '13 EC300R
                  '05 EC300
                  ErmmXR400
                  'Oh God knows EC250
                  And about a hundred road bikes, mostly Yamahas for some reason.

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                  • #10
                    Lasted 2 or 3 days on gumtree, sold and being enjoyed by its new owner.

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                    Too old to die young.
                    '18 EC300 SixDays
                    '13 EC300R
                    '05 EC300
                    ErmmXR400
                    'Oh God knows EC250
                    And about a hundred road bikes, mostly Yamahas for some reason.

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