2017 Beta Xtrainer

I have been looking at buying a two stroke bike for many years now for pure off road fun. I had been looking at Yamaha YZ25X, but then got turned on to the KTM 300XC and have been serious considering buying that. Then recently just out of curiosity, I started looking at the Italian made Beta motorcycles.

They have a bike that is an enduro with a trials bent called the Xtrainer or Cross Trainer. The idea behind it is that it is an enduro bike that is set up to be also used in somewhat of a trials role. Is it a trials bike? No, but it is a nice meld between a pure trail and woods endure and having the ability to do some trials riding as well. I guess you could call it an Endurocross bike.

This bike is a 300 cc class two stroke with oil injection, so there is no need to mix gas and oil. If you prefer you can easily bypass the oil injection and mix if you want like all the other two stroke bikes. The power band is more even and is set up with a hydro clutch so that you are not wearing yourself out and have more control.

Enough talking, here is a beauty shot.

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Isn’t she pretty. I think so. I am not going to go over all the specs as that can be found on the net, but I will say that this bike seems like it might do better for the riding I want to do, and it is about two grand cheaper. It can do trails and woods riding, while still being good at trials riding, which is something I want to get into as I can set up a course on my farm that would keep me having fun for a long time without having to seek out places to ride. I just think that the trials style of riding is a lot of fun and it makes you really have to learn a lot, which to me is pretty freaking cool.

So the KTM might be on the out, and a new 2017 Beta Xtrainer might be soon arriving at the farm. Keep an eye out for updates and a review hopefully in the next month or two.

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Back At It, Once Again!

Well it has been years, since I have done anything with this blog. Life has been busy, built a house with my own two hands, had a littler of kids, went back to school, and generally did not have time for riding. Now I have taken my DRZ out of deep freeze, and wanted to start up the blog again.

One of my buddies also just got a DRZ400S and I am really looking forward to doing some riding with him. This blog is also an easy way to share some of fixes and mods for the DRZ which I think he will find helpful.

I also added an option to follow the blog on the right hand side. For some reason I never did this, and thus have no followers. How sad, so if you like the blog please subscribe and follow. I will try not to let this one lapse another five years before the next post. ūüôā

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DRZ400 Shift Lever Fix

This is a simple fix that can be done to the DRZ400S shift lever to help reduce the chance of cracking the engine case. I did this back in 2012, but never posted it. I figure now is a good time since I have a buddy that just bought a DRZ and this is an easy way to show him.

Here you can see how the sharp shift lever had creased and slightly cracked the case.

All I did was to take the shift lever off and file off the sharp edges. I am not sure why they make these so sharp, but simply rounding them off should reduce the chance of it causing damage. That combined with case savers and you will be good to go.

Here it is after a little sanding just to tidy things up and make it look pretty.

There you have it, a simple fix that can help save you money in repairs later down the road when you dump your bike. Hope that was helpful.

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Improvised “Disk Lock”.

I have seen a lot of motorcycle disk locks out there. The only problem with a lot of them is that they are very bulk or expensive.

I have found an alternative to a the commercially sold disk locks. What I am now using is a Master Lock Round Pad Lock variant. I happen to have a UHAUL version that I bought when we were moving so this is what I am using on the front disk of My DR-Z400S. It is a perfect fit as can be seen in the photos, and it is much harder to get a pair of bolt cutter in to cut it. The other thing that I like about this lock is that the size and shape in nice and smooth, so putting it in a pack or bag on the bike is easy.

If you are in need of a lock for your bike this one works nice and can be had for around $10 or less.

Dave

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DR-Z400S Brake Reservoir Fix

My rear reservoir on my DRZ400S was goofed up. It seems that for some reason the sides decided to bend out after being in storage for many years. Since I have a machine shop, and Suzuki parts are unavailable around here locally, I decided to come up with a fix. Here is what I did:

Here is the reservoir with its splayed out sides:

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I took a piece of .250″ thick 6061-T6 aluminum and squared the edges in the milling machine to 2.2″ x 1.65″.

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After taking measurements and deciding how I wanted the hole to be cut, I made a shallow .050″ cut to get the initial size:

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After making the first pass, I plunged the center cutting end mill all the way through and took a .200″ cut the rest of the way.

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Here the piece is after cleaning the chips off:

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After cleaning off the chips I did a quick test fit. Perfect!!!
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I milled the edges at a 45 degree angle:
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Final test fitting:

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Installed with new brake fluid on the bike:
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And the final product installed with the guard over the reservoir:
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Hope you guys enjoyed the little write up. I just wanted to show what a little ingenuity can do for you if you have some tools and a little time on your hands.

Dave

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Desert Sled Build

I bought two KZ400’s a year ago with the intention of making one into a bobber and the other into a Cafe Racer.¬† Now my ideas have changed a bit and I know that I want one to be a desert sled.¬† I personally think that a desert sled style bike would be more useful for where I live.¬† There are a lot of dirt roads and places to ride off-road, which I enjoy more than tooling around in town anyway.¬† As far as the other KZ goes, I will have to decide if I want it to become a bobber or cafe.¬† Heck, who knows, I might end up turning it into a desert sled as well so that my wife could ride it.

The first one is a 1974 KZ400.  It only has about 4000 miles and has a good body.  The engine has a leaking head gasket which I need to find a replacement for.  I like the body styling better on this one.  The tank and fenders have a nicer look.  I think this one might get turned into a cafe racer at some point, once I get the engine rebuilt.

The second bike is a 1978 model.¬† The engine is in good shape but the body is not as nice as the ’74.¬† For this reason I think that this one will get turned into the desert sled.¬†¬† I plan on modifying a lot of the parts and removing anything unnecessary, so the ’78 seems like a good choice for this.

I already started work on the ’74 and will post some images of what I am doing with it in a later post.¬† I plan on starting the ’78 Desert sled build in the next few weeks.¬† Keep watching for updates.

Dave

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Extreme Mountain Top Riding!

I found this video of some pretty extreme mountain top riding!  I tend to think that I do some crazy things when off road on a bike, but there is no way I would be riding that.  I would screw up and  fly off of one of the sides of that mountain.  None the less it is pretty cool watching someone else do it.

Dave

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The Way of the Desert Sled

I saw this video the other day and thought that it was pretty cool.¬† It has inspired me to turn one of the two Kawasaki KZ400’s into a similar styled desert sled.¬† Steven¬†Mcqueen is kind of a motorcycling hero of mine, so this jives with his style as well.¬† The bike in the video is named “Jack Pine” and is made to be reminiscent of the desert racing bikes of the 60’s-70’s.¬† There are to be 300 of them made by Hammerhead Industries.

I really like the style of this bike and will talk more about my build ideas later.  Until then enjoy the video.

Dave

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First Motorcycle and First Post!

I have been interested in motorcycles since I was a young boy.  I would day-dream about riding around on a motorized bike and fantasize about all the places I could go.  At some point I started buying issues of Dirt Rider and Dirt Bike magazines which gave me a longing for an endure or motorcross style bike.

The day dreaming came to an end one day while I was walking down an alley in our neighborhood.¬† I was around 11 years old and I can remember it like it was yesterday.¬†¬† Right there, leaning against a fence in the alley amongst a pile of trash to be picked up by the city, was an early to mid 70’s Bultaco Motorcycle.¬† I checked to confirm that it was indeed trash and then rolled it a few blocks home.

It was either a 73-74′ Bultaco Pursang MK7 dirt bike.

Or it was a 75-76′ Bultaco Frontera MK9.

I believe it was the Frontera as I can remember my friend from next door and I pushing each other around in the street and trying to see how fast we could go.  Ahh those were good times.

Anyways long story short, I brought it over to my grandfathers cattle ranch to try to work on it but he really did not want anything to do with it as he despised motorcycles.  My parents were also divorced so I did not have my father around to help.  As the situation was, I ended up setting it in our alley about a year later when we moved.  It bums me out because I would have really liked to have kept that bike.  I think it would be pretty cool to still have it and to have eventually gotten it so that it was running.  Oh well.  Maybe one day I will run across another one.

Dave

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