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Beta X-Trainer vs KTM Freeride

Our very own Dwayne Haskell recently had the opportunity to test out the Beta X-Trainer and compare it to his own KTM Freeride.

Here is his report:

Lucky me, I got the chance to test ride a 2015 Beta X-Trainer 300 with Rekluse clutch recently. I rode my KTM Freeride 250 and the X-Trainer back-to-back on my local 3 mile singletrack trail for comparisons. I put several miles on the Beta. Most of you know me well, but for those that may not, I’ve owned and ridden tons of dirt bikes, including many KTM models, of all sizes from little bitty to massive, and everything in between. I enjoy small engine light weight 2-stroke bikes as much as I enjoy monster power 4-strokes. They all have their place and something to offer.

First impression, it was very fun, and extremely well built! The X-Trainer is-what-it-is; an easy to ride enduro bike made for beginners and extreme riders alike. The bike is small, light weight, has a low seat height, mellow motor/power, runs very well, and has a low intimidation high confidence inspiring factor.

The Beta is NOT a direct competitor for the KTM Freeride 250, IMO. I am a true trials rider in addition to enduro style singletrack, and I make use of the trials nature the Freeride has to offer. The X-Trainer does not compare in that regard. Yes, I think if you have to compare the X-Trainer to another bike, the KTM 200 is the closest out there. If you removed the KTM and Beta stickers from each bike, I’d probably take home the X-Trainer.

Who do I think should buy an X-Trainer? Beginners ready to spend new bike money, for sure. This bike will teach you to ride, and will last you well into your learning curve. Personally I think beginners should buy a $2500 used bike to be sure they like the sport and not spend new bike money. But, if you must buy a new bike, definitely consider the X-Trainer.

Experienced riders who own a “serious” full size enduro bike, like maybe a 450, and want a smaller easier to ride bike to supplement on days they are not feeling like blasting full speed with their trail racing buddies, but want some extra play inspiration, or just want to work less hard that day, will want one too. I did feel like I could spend more hours on the X-Trainer than my Freeride, but only time would tell for sure.

Who might not want the X-Trainer? Maybe those guys in between that are in a competitive mode with their buddies every weekend, but are not quite at the point where they look for advanced obstacles to tackle, like large rocks, extreme rocks and roots, large logs to cross, muddy slimy off cambers where they are likely to high side drop their bike and have to pick it up, or the like. Probably not for hare-scrambles racers. I would race it in the Tennessee Knock-out (if I was younger, in better shape, didn’t own my Freeride, and if my wife hadn’t all but banned me from the Trials Training Center after breaking a big toe and 3 ribs there in the past…).

I have some sweet helmet cam video on both the X-Trainer and the Freeride on the same trail that I will post up when I get the time, so you can watch me ride each bike on the same ~3 mile loop and judge for yourself what you think the differences in the bikes are. Even my wife could accurately see the differences in the bikes when she watched the videos.  For now, here’s some side-by-side pics for you to drool over.

Helmet cam from X-trainer ride:

Helmet cam of KTM Freeride:

Helmet cam KTM Freeride part 2:

X Trainer 3

X Trainer 2



Beta 1

Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro

Hello everyone!!  This is my first post on our brand spanking new website!!!

The Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro is this weekend in Sequatchie TN.  There are many Vol Riders in this event so if you aren’t doing anything productive (like riding) get down there and support our local riders.

Here is a current list of known Vol Riders in the Saturday race.  If they qualify they can compete in the main event with the Pro’s on Sunday (that is if they’re feeling up to the challenge).

Drew Kirby
Will Presson
Ty Starr
David Scraggs
Richard Hutchinson
Jeff Mynatt
Ros Kingrey
David Rowland
Danny Pressley
Devin Ferguson
Also, there will be several Vol Rider spectators in attendance both days so keep an eye out.  I’ll be there Sunday.
Have a great day and hopefully I’ll see you this weekend!!
Vol Rider Secretary


Monthly Meetings

The Volunteer Riders hold club meetings at 7:30 pm every third Thursday of the month. Currently we are meeting at the Time Warp Tea Room located in downtown Knoxville.

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Members receive a monthly newsletter and membership directory. We hold many organized club events throughout the year, as well as informal trail rides. Off-road motorcycle riders of every skill level and age are welcome.

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Welcome to, home of the Volunteer Riders from Knoxville, TN!


From the beginning rider to the very experienced, the Volunteer Riders of Knoxville, Tennessee have been dedicated to the fun and excitement of off-road motorcycle riding for some 40 years. We have all skill levels in our club. If you are looking for some riding buddies, you are sure to find them here. We have regular club rides and many of us race Hare Scrambles and Enduros. We encourage youngsters to join our club and have rides based on their needs as well.


The Volunteer Riders care about our environment and wish to promote responsible use of our lands, for our own enjoyment and for the generations that follow. If you are interested in joining a great bunch of off-road motorcycle enthusiasts and having the time of your life riding trails, getting muddy, and enjoying the great outdoors year 'round, then we would love to have you.


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Club Officers

Alan Smeltzer – Secretary

Alan Smeltzer – Secretary

Preston Teague – President
Gary Pugh – Vice President

Gary Pugh – Vice President
Brian Kimmit – Treasurer

Brian Kimmit – Treasurer

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We hold all of our club meetings at 7:30pm every third Thursday of the month. Currently we meet at the Time Warp Tea Room located in downtown Knoxville. Click here for directions.

We encourage anyone interested in off-road motorcycle riding to attend. Meetings are friendly and relaxed and we often invite guest speakers to address topics of interest to the off-road community. Click the black "map" button below to see a local map.


* Meeting locations may change so please contact our club officers or check our website for up-to-date information regarding meeting locations.





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Membership dues are $25 per year. Members receive a monthly newsletter and membership directory. We hold many organized club events throughout the year, as well as informal trail rides. Off-road motorcycle riders of every skill level and age are welcome.

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