2018 Husky TE300 compared to Beta 300rr

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  1. Admin

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    With the upcoming Graham Jarvis class this coming weekend, I was lucky enough to pick up Graham's loaner bike from Town and Country cycles a few days early. I haven't put a real ride on it but I just did a quick loop out of my house to get a feel for the TE300.

    The bike is bone stock, which is how Graham asked for it! of course the springs are probably light for my 200lbs in street cloths, and I didn't set the sag, touch a clicker or fiddle with the carb at all. but here are my initial impressions compared to my current well setup Beta 300rr:

    • seat height is slightly higher than the Beta
    • engine has very, very little vibrations, you have to rev it to make sure it's running.
    • electric start finally seems to work like it should have 10 years ago!
    • bottom end felt very anemic compared to the Beta (however it was 14/50 gearing compared to my Beta @ 13/51)
    • clutch felt very nice (magura)
    • brakes felt great also (magura)
    • Xplor fork and shock were very plush and I felt like I could ride it stock without issue in my slow technical trails.
    • At first I thought the Husky plastic was a bit old school looking, but it's growing on me. I guess KTM did this be design to try and give the bike an old school husky feel. the fenders and seat are very square looking compared to their KTM siblings.
    I'll follow up more after the class when I get a chance to really ride it.
     

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    Nice comparison and pics. Keep us updated.
     
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  3. Admin

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    I only briefly had a chance to ride the loaner TE300, however one of my buddies picked up a 2018 300 XC-W and I tried that over the weekend and seat of the pants feel is that it had way better bottom end than the TE300 (comparing 100% stock bikes) It's been some years since I've ridden a PDS bike and I have to say I was surprised at how well it tracked. Against the majority opinion I have always been a fan of PDS for trail riding for both it's simplicity and ease of maintenance.

    The only thing I didn't like about the KTM was the seat height which you alter a few different ways via X bushing or internal spacers but then you go changing the chassis geometry which may or may not be a good thing depending on who you ask.

    The thing I noticed right away was the lack of vibration on the counter balanced motors....it's insane how smooth they are. Not that my Beta is bad by any means in this dept. but these new motors are at another level when it comes to vibrations. I know some people are more sensitive to vibration than others. I'm one that is very sensitive to it and without spending a full day on one I can't really comment as to how much of a difference the lack of vibes really makes, but the initial impression is HUGE!
     
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    On one of the forums a comment was made that the counter balancer was not for the rider's benefit, but for the future/current EFI system. That makes some sense it you look at where the MAP sensor tap is.
     
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    I can't tell you why it's there...but it works! whether or not it really makes much of difference is another story? But less vibration has to be better for everything! including the rider.
     
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    Agreed!!
     
  7. Admin

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    I'm really tempted to try one next. I love my Beta and I've been holding out for the 200RR which is rumored to be out for 2019...but I might have a hard time waiting!

    My buddy just got a 2018 300XCW and I have to say the PDS looks nice and simple, but the seat height is way higher than the Beta. Not saying that linkage is bad, but it is more work and more to think about in the gnarly rocks/boulders
     
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    Did you ever do the oring mod? Its LESS work than PDS then! You have the Fastway guard like I do, add the polymer slider if its hammered.

    If the 200RR doesn't pan out, I'm thinking about a TM144. It has all the right stuff, very light. Stroked, not bored motor, smooth and strong. Planning a road trip to MI to ride with Steve next year and try one.
     
  9. Hawaiidirtrider

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    If I were to get another 2 stroke beside Beta Id get a husky 300. As it is the lower seat height of Beta means more for me for one part. I had a tall seat on my 300rr and just went back to stock height now. Tall enduro bikes aren’t smart to me. It’s not looking like it’s worth the upgrade of the counterbalancer for a husky right now either. Maybe if I felt that I was more tapped out on my 300rr potential but Im far from that. Im loving my 300rr too much and I haven’t even put time into upgrading my suspension much . Im liking my Open chamber suspension and so many do not speak well of OC suspension. A bunch of friends have new 2 stroke 300 brands, husky,ktm, Beta, Gasgas Sherco etc.. All look pretty good on certain aspects. Nothing has me wanting to jump ship anytime soon. The only aspect that looks like an edge is the counterbalancer. Besides that? Nothing really looks better overall.
     

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