December 20, 2015

Boano fork kit

For a long time I was thinking to pull the trigger on serious fork modification.

Option #1
Few tuners offer a complete service, inc. springs, valving and oil, at the cost around 450$ (+ shipping). However, all of them still insist that doesn't matter what, it will still stay with the limited adjustability of the Olle fork and will never be suitable for racing.

Option #2
To get a RR fork. This option require the RR triple clamp (with the XT stem pressed into the lower clamp), shorter spring and a matching valving. Easily 1,500$ work.

Option #3
Boano racing from Itally offer limited number of 45mm fork kit, ready to go at the cost of 970 Euro (1080$ at the time), inc. DHL shipping to the US.

As Boano is a well known racing shop for Beta, without getting too much of details beyond the limited info they have on the web site, I decided to go for it.

Kit contain:
- 45mm Marzocchi OC fork (Shiver), with 30mm shortened travel, 4.5 spring installed (I understood that than can provide 4.8 spring if needed)
- Boano red anodized matching triple clamp
- XT stem pressed into the lower clamp
- 2 Wheel spacers
- Front axle and nut

Everything look very good, very high quality, perfectly packed.
Installation was as straight forward as it can be.
- Remove front wheel, caliper, front fender, fork guards, handlebar, odometer and lights.
- Remove old triple clamp
- Remove and reuse lower bearing or install a new one
- Install new triple clamp
- Install new fork
- Install caliper, front fender, fork guards, handlebar, odometer and lights
- Replace front wheel spacers with the new one
- Install front wheel
- Torque triple clamp (Boano does not give any info with the fork so I used same torque as the XT as the triple clamp look very much alike. 17nm and 12nm)
- Check free play and adjust

On the garage floor the fork feels very stiff. Actually too much for my liking. Than I checked clickers setting and one of them was almost all the way closed. In order to simulate the Olle fork as much as possible to start with, I went 5 clicks close from all out open.

I wend out riding with this setup, bearing in mind that some break in time is required.

I have to say that I like it from the 1st moment. All the vague feel of the Olle fork disappeared completely. The front end is firm, give nice feedback of whats going on with the front wheel, but at the same time keeps good plushness over rocks and choppy terrain.

Heads-on with whoops was no problem anymore. Bike keep nice line without bouncing around.
Same on rocky single track, when the super fast rebound of the Olle kept sending me off trail once in a while, all gone. Bike keep track straight and firm.

And all this positive feels comes without adjusting anything yet. Bottom line? I'm happy.

December 11, 2015


I found this table in one of the forums, tried it and like it very much. Way better than the too rich std. setting that take std. condtion only without any compensation of altitude or temperature.

The N1EK needle is a std. KTM needle and any dealer can get it to you for less than 15$.

Enjoy. (click on the image to enlarge)

December 9, 2015

2015 fan tabs service bulletin - thanks to Ron Smith!

Click on the image to enlarge.
Pay attention to the hand written note in the last page!




Ignition map switch installation (English / Spanish) - Wirtten by Motomecanica Trujillo

Dual Ignition Map for XTrainer. (DIY)

After receiving several requests by private installation on dual map ignition (CDI), we created this tutorial or DIY (Do It Yourself) for all to enjoy this magnificent double quality of Beta xtrainer. Without great knowledge and with only a screwdriver and of course, the switch, that you can find in the Beta Power Parts catalog.

Doble Mapa de Encendido para XTrainer. (Hazlo tú mismo)

Tras recibir varias peticiones por privado sobre la instalación del doble mapa de encendido (CDI), hemos creado este tutorial o DIY (Hazlo tú mismo en inglés) para que todos puedan disfrutar de esta doble cualidad de la magnífica Beta XTrainer. Sin necesidad de grandes conocimientos y con tan solo un destornillador y por supuesto, el interruptor, que puedes encontrar en el catálogo Beta Power Parts.

1. The first step, release the left number plate
    En primer lugar retiramos la tapa lateral izquierda.



2. Locate the CDI unit. (red box)
    Localizar la unidad CDI. (cuadrado rojo) 

  3. Locate the yellow/red wire that get out of unit CDI. 
    Localizar el cable amarillo-rojo que sale de la unidad. 

4. Unplug

 5. To continue we take and present the switch (disposable in Beta Power Parts catalogue) that it will activate the dual ignition function.
   A continuación cogemos y presentamos el interruptor que activará la función doble mapa de encendido y que está presente en el catálogo Beta Power Parts.

 6. Plug the green wire to the wire to exit of CDI and black wire with the opposite wire to continue with the electrical installed
    Conectamos el cable al saliente del CDI y el negro al que continúa con el resto del sistema eléctrico. 


7. Install the switch's wire over the air box in front direction
   Colocación del cable del interruptor por encima de la caja de filtro.

8. Pass behind the chassis. It is emphasized that the measure is very fair and it's very important the perfect placement of the switch cable
Pasarlo por detrás del chasis. Hay que recalcar que la medida es muy justa y es muy importante el perfecto posicionamiento del cable del interruptor.

9. Screw the dual map switch to the ascend cooling system tube and ¡congratulations! we have the bike in order to use and enjoy
Atornillamos el interruptor de doble encendido al tubo ascendente del sistema de refrigeración y ¡felicidades! ya tenemos la moto lista para usar y disfrutar.