This weeks On the Trail Testing looks at some of the products and machines that have etched their way into the hearts of the DB Editors.
Living with the Beta 300RR
We put over 200-hours on our ’20 Beta 300RR. The machine rewarded us with strong performance and handling. We did have a few mechanicals with a broken linkage bolt and a cracked motor mount. At about the halfway point in the year we had Beta fit up their Factory Suspension mods, used an FMF Fatty and a 2.1 Turbine Core muffler and went through several stacks of tires. According to our tester Ryan Koch, basic maintenance was the norm, one piston and one set of clutch plates and brake pads when warranted went into the 300RR.
NIHILO LEVER GUARDS
SHINKO MX 216-FATTY “STICKY”
BE SELF RELIANT!
BIG YELLOW’S OFF-ROAD ADVENTURES
Mike Webb transformed his Suzuki RMZ450 into an off-roader just about a year ago. Suspension changes via RG3, exhaust systems from FMF and the biggest update and most crucial modification came in the clutch. The Rekluse Radius CX system turns it into an automatic clutch and a regular unit and critically allows the bike to throttle down, while carry a higher gear WITHOUT flaming out. The is almost a mandatory mod for the off-roader who likes to sashay in tight enduro terrain on a big 4-stroke motocrosser!
BLEED YOUR BRAKES!
Brake fade can be an issue if you go too long without changing your brake fluid. The rear brake is very susceptible to over heating because riders tend to drag their brakes. This breaks down the the fluid and once the juice gets cooked, they fade ever quicker. We run some Maxima Racing Brake Fluid into our machines about once a month using a Motion Pro Mini bleeder. There are a number of ways to get this done, the bottom line being to flush out the old and pour in the new. Check out Motion Pro’s ‘how to’ video on getting this done.