2011 Beta 400 RR First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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Beta RR 400
Beta RR 400

2011 Beta 400 RR First

Watch the Italian 400 in action and some testing thoughts the 2011 Beta 400 RR First Video .

Beta makes a of dirt bikes for enduro use street-legal dual sport (RS) and supermoto trim Unlike most modern manufacturers, Beta doesn’t have a 250cc machine. the RR lineup has a 350 (new for 2011-’12), 450 and 520. Beta has been in the past for sourcing KTM RFS engines were placed in the Italians’ chassis.

Last year a change in philosophy as the engine was taken in-house and Beta a brand-new engine completely of its own

The lineup is based around the 450 which is modified to produce the and smaller displacements. In the case of the the 450 cylinder bore is unchanged but the 400 a 56.2mm … compared to the of the base model. Compression jumps on the 398cc machine up to from 11.95:1. Otherwise the are essentially the same.

A 39mm carburetor dishes out the fuel and we never noticed a single bog or It’s one of the most consistent and carbureting machines we’ve lately, especially considering green sticker legal in The single cylinder uses valves and is electric start and start. The battery is fairly Though we managed to drain it it quickly charged and never

Using the starter button a little practice as the engine a touch of throttle at just the moment to start.

The Beta powerplant loves to run in the of the rpm range. Controllable power had us obstacles we normally go around.

The 400 RR to ride low in the rpm range. It makes than enough power low and it is ridden best when The shorter … takes the burly, wheel-spinning snap of a 450 and down the midrange surge wears out riders’ arms. equates to a machine that seeks, and finds, traction, and can be effectively through nasty with a fraction of the effort for other bikes (much the Husaberg FE 390 we tested last

A 450 has to be reined in and a 250 has to be spun up and ridden The 400 simply goes forward changes direction, continues on its way is necessary.

Even though the is most effective at low rpm, we had to ourselves to rev it out at times. It does rev and it it willingly. The RR climbs seamlessly its power delivery which to the rider’s sensation of complete

It is missing some of the sheer of a 450 on top as well so basically it’s what should be expected a 400 a little less than a 450 the board and that’s a wonderful

A six-speed transmission doles out the power. A very short gear is worthy of trials while second and third can along at slow speeds. the gap between first and second is tall because the downsized is slightly less willing to the second cog.

But these are few and far between and the 13/48 works almost perfectly in all situations. “Trail” is the key word. The doesn’t come across as a bike. The engine is just one that yearns for endless track.

Being so easy to carrying a smooth flow is and it challenges the rider to conquer logs, rockier climbs and technical trails.

Because the is new, the chassis was redesigned as to house it. The double-cradle design molybdenum steel which has powder coated bright red a aesthetic feature of ours. The feels appropriately narrow being too thin to get a grip on. the bike with the knees is and the shrouds don’t flare out from the bike. Plastic guards work great for and caused us no problems.

We particularly how narrow the fuel tank and shrouds are. Part of is due to the small 2.1-gallon fuel Though a bit low for extended rides, the in the cockpit is positive and plays the Beta’s strengths.

Beta’s steel chassis is light and the 400 RR single track and technical It’s so good in the low rpm and slow-speed that we forget it’s willing to rev out.

We regularly the Beta alongside a modded CRF250R project bike set up for duty and a Yamaha WR450F. In of handling, the 400 is more like the At 242 pounds (dry), the Beta is a big but its compact nature and easy had us trying things that we had no in doing with the bulky WR. light in the turns and has a reactive end, more on that in a

The RR doesn’t plow through and rewards riders who like to the edges of the trail. However, it take a little extra in line selection. Beta the footpegs at just over 16 and we found that they a bit lower than many motocross and enduro bikes. It more care to avoid the rider’s feet on stumps, and debris.

Ground clearance is inches though it too scrapes often than other However, it doesn’t feel as low as the 525 RS we tested in 2009. Fortunately it stock with a great

The aluminum bash protection the engine and frame rails from danger and we put it to the test of times.

An AJP hydraulic clutch controlling the 400 simple. In the

event a rider screws up, the built-in work great.

The suspension is the only area we didn’t fall in love with the RR. A shock with traditional works great at soaking up garbage. Usually when the end did something strange we attributed it to the Pirelli Scorpion MX tire was better on certain areas of dry and dirt than others. year sees a new 50mm fork mated to new triple

Steering geometry feels at all speeds but the fork’s bump isn’t perfect. The front end on sharp impacts. We were to get rid of this by softening the compression clicks from stock, dials in a great deal of

Beta RR 400
Beta RR 400

But, it allows the shock to sit low in the and causes knifing at slow It’s also too soft for or bumps at higher speeds. one click firmer helped the turning but the deflection was right again.

This seems to be a we encounter frequently with front ends. Front and both offer 11.4 of wheel travel.

Details are you would expect on an Italian bike. When Beta complete design responsibilities itself, it incorporated several from the KTM camp. Beta its new powerplant with separate and engine oil compartments to help contaminants at a minimum. The air filter is accessible via a side panel pops off without any tools.

of these features are things we like. Getting to the air filter is simple thanks to a unique and push-button seat latch not a KTM trick). This scored points with us for a long-term with the 400.

It also a hydraulic clutch, though utilizes an AJP master cylinder. The is great with an easy and no fading. We used the consistent to help balance on the rear across stumps and logs.

Trail riders should Beta’s off-sized displacements. handling + easy power = fun. And it’s topped off upscale components and unmatched

Braking is very KTM-ish in of power and bite, which is a thing, but the Beta uses calipers with steel-braided Up front is a dual-piston unit a 260mm Braking wave Out back is a single-pot caliper and rotor.

Both are plenty but a touch grabby. We did manage to the front brake on long Hubs are billet aluminum and the are black Excel.

Take one at the swingarm and it’s clear the value … appeal. is one of the sharpest dirt bikes laid eyes on.

The brake is small and tucked away under the tip of the rear fender. We broke off or had any issues with the mud guard. In fact, the entire held together very despite getting tossed to the more than any other in our recent stable history what it gets for tempting us bigger obstacles!).

No levers Domino grips barely no plastic creased, small never tweaked and no bolts loose. It’s a solid top to bottom. The exhaust is whisper and the most noticeable noise from the cam chain tensioner runs off hydraulic pressure.

The pressure bleeds off once the quits running for a while and a clacking is noticeable upon startup, but it quickly disappears.

An pricetag is the same as the 2010 Combining a torquey, completely engine with a light thin layout and buttery points to the company’s trials Because it isn’t a big horsepower or high revver, this the 400 RR a trail rider’s dream. bike was grabbed without over several other of various sizes in the MotoUSA and it was grabbed often.

There are few things to diminish from the package and things like the tweaking is something most will have to work regardless of machine. We love all of dirt bikes, but breaking of the norm introduced us to a bike is practically tailor made for our area. Riders who don’t a 450’s devastating grunt and racing every weekend find this oddball to be a perfect companion.

Beta RR 400
Beta RR 400
Beta RR 400
Beta RR 400


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