American Beta unveils 450 RR Cross-Country dirtbike

Publish Date: 
Jun 4, 2012

American Beta says it developed its new 2012 450 RR Cross Country model with motocross and WORCS/Hare Scramble racers in mind. MSRP is $8,999, and first shipments are scheduled for next week.

The company says the new model boasts many refinements and improvements compared to the brand’s RR Enduro models, particularly on the frame.

A light kit will be available to turn the motorcycle into an enduro version, allowing more usage in off-road events.

The 450 RR Cross Country comes with an Electric Start and kickstart removal kit so racers can choose to remove a starting system of their choice to save weight.

Overview of features:

  • 48mm Marzocchi closed cartridge fork with MX-inspired spring rates.
  • Sachs “Factory” rear shock with larger reservoir and 7 mm more rear wheel travel.
  • New reinforced frame providing a more rigid feel while also saving weight.
  • 19-inch rear wheel with MX-based tires.
  • MX front number plate.
  • Non-O-ring chain for less weight.
  • Removal of all nonessential off-road components, including the meter as well as a simplified electrical system.
  • AC generator for quicker throttle response and a quicker-revving motor.
  • Accessory light kit will be available as an option.

American Beta is selling the 450 RR Cross Country models through Beta dealers and through Beta’s BYOB (Build Your Own Beta) program.

Based in Paso Robles, Calif., American Beta is the U.S. importer of Beta motorcycles, which are handcrafted in Florence, Italy.

Posted by Arlo Redwine

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