2018 Beta Updates

2018 125 RR 2 Stroke
|The completion of the range


The Beta range is completed with the arrival of the new RR 125 2T MY 2018!

This is a completely new project, the result of a long development from the Beta R&D department and aimed at filling a gap in the off road market as a play bike, but also a serious race bike for the newly created GNCC XC3 class as well as the NEPG Enduro classes.



Engine

This is the smallest 2-stroke engine of the Enduro range currently produced at Beta's factory in Italy. The result of a long process of design and development, carried out entirely by the Technical and R&D Departments with the focus being a proper engine layout designed to optimize the distribution of weight while paying close attention to the power delivery. The result of the engine’s components including the crankshaft and gearbox, has created a compact engine that provides the optimum performance and reliability. The power delivery is smooth, yet powerful which is a feature not found in many models this size.

There are many distinctive features of this engine, including:

• Double piston rings (54 mm): piston designed to ensure high rigidity and reliability; the choice of double rings provides a better seal at the low and medium rpm ranges typical of off road riding.

• Beta progressive valve: the power valve system derived from the 250 and 300cc RR models, characterized by a particular relationship between the opening of the main flap and that of the side boosters. The delay in opening the boosters enables excellent progressiveness in performance throughout the rpm range of the engine.

• Crankshaft with polyamide inserts: favoring lightness and ensuring optimum filling of the crankcase to the benefit of performance and reliability.

• Cylinder: exhaust flange system that is a separate machined part like that on the larger 2018 RR models, enabling better control of the piston-flap-cylinder front tolerance. By keeping this value to a minimum it is possible to achieve a significant performance boost at low rpm, reducing the leakage of gases.

• Removable cylinder head dome: rigid and lightweight, made possible by moving the engine coupling on the cylinder. The geometry of the combustion chamber is designed to provide the best compromise between responsiveness at low-to-medium revs and top end power delivery. It also facilitates the fine tuning and replacement of the combustion chamber.

• Die-cast aluminum crankcase: the casing geometries were designed according to an innovative layout in terms of the relative position of components and with a view to maximum weight reduction without compromising structural strength. The main bearing area received particular attention to ensure the correct rigidity of the walls in order to withstand the stresses transmitted by the crankshaft.

• Die-cast clutch and ignition covers in magnesium: ensuring very low weight and optimal surface finish. It was possible to also adopt this solution for the inner clutch cover thanks to the isolation of the water pump from this element.

• V-force4 reed valve assembly: the presence of the stoppers ensures high reliability without compromising performance. Provides stronger low-end power output.

• Pre-mix: to keep the weight of the bike low.

• 6-speed dog-box transmission: specially developed for this engine with gears made by mechanical machining of blanks, forged so as to provide mechanical strength and reliability while still maintaining very light and compact gearbox.

• Clutch: multi-disc in oil bath with reverse opening, unlike the larger RR’s, this clutch actuator is integrated in the outer cover. This is a system designed for maximum lightness and compactness of the engine which, thanks to its low positioning, ensures the reduced size of the power unit and a significant centralization of weight.

•  Electric starter-ready: Beta has designed the 125 engine to accept, as an accessory an electric start system for those wanting a push button start.


 

Chassis

The chassis derives partly from the 250/300 RR but was developed specifically to optimize the behavior of the engine-frame combination.

The frame, in chrome molybdenum with double cradle split above the exhaust port, has been redesigned for a small engine, revising its principal dimensions and ensuring an optimal positioning of the engine. This solution has allowed particular characteristics of the RR family to be further enhanced, such as its great maneuverability and ridability – even more noticeable due to the low weight of the motorcycle – as well as stability.

Among the many innovations adopted on this motorcycle are:

• Geometry of the new upper engine head stay: various solutions were researched and developed before the final one that made it possible to reduce the vibrations generated by the engine while maintaining significant engine-frame system stiffness.

• Sachs Suspension: derived from the rest of the RR range but with its own settings. At the front there is an open-cartridge fork of 48 mm diameter.

• Exhaust system: in order to optimize the 2-stroke engine's torque and power curves, the Beta R&D Department has developed a special system dedicated to Enduro use.

• Filter box sleeve: designed for the 125 cc engine, it improves the flow across the range of operation, from low revs upwards.

• Engine guard: made from polyamide to combine strength and lightness, it provides excellent shielding against the ingress of mud between the engine and the guard.

• Fuel tank: a slightly smaller tank has been adopted to improve ergonomics on board the bike while maintaining sufficient fuel mileage.

• Cooling system: designed especially for this bike, it has new hoses and radiators with specially shaped reservoirs to fit the small size of the motorcycle.

• Nissin braking system: extremely powerful and configurable, the same as on the rest of the Enduro range.

• Colors and graphics: the same as the rest of the RR my 2018 range.



 

 

 

 

 

2018 RR 2-Strokes
Lighter weight with better performance than ever before


The new 2018 Beta 250/300 RR 2-Strokes are arriving to the market with many new features. The Italian manufacturer was able to transfer much of the know-how gained from the great racing successes including World Enduro victories in both the E3 Riders Championship and the Manufacturers World Championship. The Beta engineers, along with guidance from their top riders, Steve Holcombe and Alex Salvini, have designed a new line of motorcycles that are remarkably 10.4 pounds lighter in weight with better performance than the previous models!

But this drop in weight is not the only noteworthy feature. The engines, running gear and suspension have all been given significant technical updates which has further enhanced the strengths of this new generation of RR models making them easy to handle and fun to ride, while offering a high degree of reliability, continuing the term “Rideability”.

The design was also revised with the introduction of a new rear fender, a new color for the plastics and graphics. Oil Injection returns for 2018 to eliminate the need for pre-mixing the fuel.

TOP FEATURES of the RR MODELS – Choose YOUR Model


Engine:

Compared to the 2017 model year, a great deal of development has gone into the engine’s innovation including increased performance, these new features have also shaved off 3.7 lbs.

• All New clutch: A total overhaul has developed a more compact and lighter weight clutch that improves its feel, precision, and stability as operating temperatures change.  This new system provides more progression in clutch feel that allows for better control overall, making the tough lines even more graceful. Smaller, more compact clutch cover has been installed.

• New cylinder: improves performance in terms of torque and power output throughout the rev range while keeping the response perfectly linear.

• Rounded piston and new cylinder head profile: (300cc only): together with the new cylinder, provides smoother engine performance while providing better traction.

• Crankshaft: redesigned configuration that is matched to the new cylinder which increases stiffness and provides less engine vibration.

• New connecting rod: revised lower bearing area to improve durability.

• New power valve timing: different design of the power valve ramps to better adapt to the new primary drive ratio, ensuring better power delivery.

• New combustion chamber (250cc only): provides a higher compression ratio which has increased the power output.

• Elimination of the kick-start: the incredible work put into making the electric starter more reliable has allowed the kick-start lever to be removed, significantly reducing weight.   Given the engine design, a kick-start can still be ordered as an option.

• New gear change system: updated star wheel and detent mechanism improves the precision of the transmission eliminating any possible uncertainties when shifting gears.

• New air filter box: intense testing was done on the 2-stroke engine timing advance curves to optimize output enabling the introduction of a new air filter box.


 
Chassis:

A great deal of attention has also gone into the rest of the motorcycle including the chassis and suspension which continues to use a Sachs rear shock absorber and Sachs 48 mm diameter front fork but with a new slider. Both benefit from updated settings to work in junction with the new frame. Many other innovations have been combined with this time-tested solution aimed at improving the aesthetic appearance as well as the dynamic performance of the motorcycle, through a weight reduction of the chassis of an additional 6.6 lbs!

• New Chassis The front-end has been completely redesigned enabling an increase in the flexural and torsional rigidity characteristics compared to previous versions and with a notable reduction in weight thanks to an improved structural layout. This generates a consistent improvement in handling and riding precision.

• Air filter box and rear subframe: lighter and slimmer design giving the bike a more aggressive look.

• Lithium battery: lighter in weight, more powerful and reliable.

• Fork with a new slider: though also lighter in weight, this was developed to increase rigidity and reduce friction. Settings have been specifically calibrated to suit the demands of the new chassis.

New rear shock settings: adapted for the demands of the 2018 version chassis.

• New skid plate: improved fastener accessibility for quicker removal.

• New muffler heat shield: protects the rider from burns on both the 2 and 4-stroke versions.

• Takasago Excel rims: with a new black finish specifically designed for Beta.

• New colors and graphics: stunning white plastic with red frame sets the bike apart from the competition.

Available at Beta USA dealers beginning in August.
 
No Price Increase for 2018!

 

2018 MSRP:

 

250 RR

8499.00

300 RR

8499.00

 

 

 

2018 RR-S Street Legal Off Road
Lighter weight, new clutch, and more!



The new 2018 Beta RR-S Dual Sport models have been updated significantly to continue the reputation as being the most rideable motorcycles on the market. Beginning in 2017, the new RR-S line combined the performance of the 4 stroke off road RR model with the street license plate of the RS to form a dual sport model that is capable of everything from a casual cow trail ride to a competitive Hare Scramble or Enduro. The RR-S full size range continues their reputation of offering the most “Rideability” with four different displacements to cater to all riders including 350, 390, 430, and 500cc.

A whopping 8.7 lbs. has been reduced from all four models for 2018. Along with this weight savings, a new clutch system has been developed for smoother operation and less drag. A new slimmer clutch cover has been added to compliment the new clutch.

A new shifting star wheel and detent system has been added to eliminate any mis-shifts while offering a smoother transition between gears. The electric start system has been improved to the extent that a back up starter (or the weight that goes with it) is no longer needed. The Beta engineer’s however left the engine cases alone for those who wish to purchase the back up kick start system as an option.

The RR-S models also receive many chassis updates to improve handling including a new frame with more rigidity, new front fork slider to further reduce friction, new rear shock settings, and new turn signals that are more durable. The thermostat design has also been updated for more durability as well.

All these updates are finished off with new graphics. Prices are the same as 2017 with no increase!

TOP FEATURES of the RR-S MODELS – Choose YOUR Model

350cc: This is the easiest handling bike in the 4-stroke model range; it favors riding at higher revs while keeping its power output very linear. The perfect off/on road model for those looking for a little more torque than a common 250f 4-stroke provides.

390cc: Beta’s best kept secret with a power delivery like no other model in the 4-stroke class. The ideal mix of handling and power while making great traction is the bike’s strong point.

430cc: This engine gives greatest performance in both racing and play riding. The power is controllable yet quick along with strong torque characteristics.

480cc: This model expresses itself best on wide open spaces. Its characteristics are similar to the 430cc model but with even more power output and torque range. Easy to ride in most all conditions with its predictable power delivery.
 


Engine:


• All New clutch: A total overhaul has developed a more compact and lighter weight clutch that improves its feel, precision, and stability as operating temperatures change. This new system provides more progression in clutch feel that allows for better control overall, making the tough lines even more graceful. Smaller, more compact clutch cover has been installed.

• Elimination of the kick-start: the incredible work put into making the electric starter more reliable has allowed the kick-start lever to be removed, significantly reducing weight. Given the engine design, a kick-start can still be ordered as an option.

• New gear change system: updated star wheel and detent mechanism improves the precision of the transmission eliminating any possible uncertainties when shifting gears.



Chassis:
 

• New Chassis The front-end has been completely redesigned enabling an increase in the flexural and torsional rigidity characteristics compared to previous versions and with a notable reduction in weight thanks to an improved structural layout. This generates a consistent improvement in handling and riding precision.

• Fork with a new slider: though also lighter in weight, this was developed to increase rigidity and reduce friction. Settings have been specifically calibrated to suit the demands of the new chassis.

• Stronger, better designed turn signals

• Improved thermostat for improved durability

• New rear shock settings: adapted for the demands of the 2018 version chassis.

• Takasago Excel rims: with a new black finish specifically designed for Beta.

• New colors and graphics: stunning white plastic with red frame sets the bike apart from the competition.



Standard features of the RR-S Models:


• Trail Tech Voyager GPS with navigation, engine & outside temperature, ability to download trail routes, hours, mileage, trip meter, and much more.

• Fuel injected, dual overhead cam 4-stroke engine

• Cooling fan kit

• Off-road Michelin tires offer excellent traction in all conditions

• Plastic skid plate and hand guards

• Full linkage rear suspension

• Quiet muffler w/spark arrestor

• Off-Road-spec engine and suspension package

• Fold down mirrors for trails

• Tool storage behind left side number plate

• Low, 36.6” seat height with built in grab handles

• Available to order through Beta’s BYOB custom program with more than 400 accessories


 


Availability
First shipments will arrive at dealers beginning in August

Prices: (MSRP)    
350 RR-S    $9699.00
390 RR-S    $9799.00
430 RR-S    $9899.00
500 RR-S    $9999.00

Prices plus sales tax, license and other.

*2018 125 RR-S will be released in the Fall

  

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