PASO ROBLES, Calif. - American Beta has added two new two-story off-road models — the 250 RR and the 300 RR — to its lineup for 2013.
Starting with the new two strokes available in a 250 and 300 (see image), the engines are a completely new design built in-house by Beta. With more than thirty years experience building Trials bikes, the Beta engineers instilled their knowledge of finding traction into the design of the new bike's powerband.
The new motor's list of features includes an electric starter which is placed under the engine to reduce the center of gravity. The bikes also come with an FMF exhaust pipe and silencer designed exclusively for Beta. Other engine features include diecast main cases, magnesium engine covers, 6-speed transmission, Keihin 36 PWK carburetor, V-force 4 induction reed system, and the BPV (Beta Progressive Valve) exhaust valve system.
The chassis of the new two strokers are based on the proven four-stroke models and include a aluminum-body Sachs shock matched to a 48mm Sachs fork with special SKF friction-less forks seals. Other features include a thick plastic skid plate, light weight wheels, Nissin brakes, o-ring chain, full instrumentation, quick-access air filter, and a forged aluminum side stand.
Beta's four-stroke off-road lineup has cut some weight. A total of six lbs. has been shaved from all of the four-stroke RR models! This weight loss is from a lighter frame, wheels, aluminum shock, redesigned swingarm, and lighter o-ring chain. Also new on the bikes are a redesigned seat and fuel tank. The fuel tank has a new cap design with a tighter fitting seat.
The radiator shrouds and grills have been redesigned to provide improved airflow. New hubs and brake rotors improve strength while saving more than three pounds. There is an added knob to the top of the fork to make rebound adjustments easy. There is also a new meter that has more features and a slim look. Lastly, there is a new auto-decompression system that allows easier starting under extreme conditions. For 2013 they are available in 350, 400, 450 (see image), and 498 versions.
The RS Dual Sport models have returned this year with red plastic and an updated auto-decompression system to allow for improved starting. There is also a new headlight for improved night riding. For 2013 they are offered in 350, 450, and 520 versions. There are more than one hundred accessories available from Beta for the RS range and the BYOB (Build Your Own Beta) program is returning for 2013 which allows customers to build their bike online and have it delivered to a Beta dealer. (story continues)