2012 Beta 350RR First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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2012 Beta 350RR Ride

Watch as we take a on the Beta 350 RR in the hills of Central in the 2012 Beta 350RR Ride Video .

Ever that moment when you you knew the truth, only to out you really had no idea? I had one of those right before I rolled Paso Robles, California to up with the staff of American to take a ride on the new 2012 350 RR. As opened minded as we try to be, I just the odds that the Beta be better than its Austrian or competition were slim.

I how could it? Beta is just too to do battle with the juggernauts of the realm. I was sure it would be as and Italian motorcycle fans want to own one if for no other reason the right to be the only person to own one a 500-mile radius.

I figured just no way it could perform at the offered by the dirt bikes the big factories. Boy, was I wrong.

The Beta 350 RR receives an array of and refinements less than a after the first 2011 350 RR arrived in the U.S. Changes to the engine (KTM mills used prior to 2010) a redesigned head that a stiffened camshaft bridge, new retainers and a quieter cam chain A new clutch primary

The 350 RR received a host of internal refinements and a new Brembo clutch cylinder.

gear and springs are with a new Brembo hydraulic master cylinder, plus the oil has been increased to protect better. Chassis flex has reduced through strategic and the use of larger diameter tubing in the Gone are the 50mm Marzocchis, by a lighter 48mm Sachs that was designed specifically Beta.

Braking wave are matched to Nissin calipers, and the body kit features a new look and

That’s a quite a large for a bike that is less a year old, but it has paid for Beta on the trail. I’m to spoil the surprise right now and say the Beta 350 RR is one of the best off-road I’ve ever ridden. I that is a bombshell of a claim and a little hard to believe, but with me and I’ll lay it all out for you.

off, the 350 RR is a looker. The red bodywork and red frame are exactly what you expect from Italian company: … and sleek. Fit and is impeccable from top to bottom.

From the feel of the levers to the of the seat and the slim tank all add to the image of the Beta. Photos do not do bike justice.

Pulling the on the 39mm Keihin FCR-MX (no fuel injection for any Beta far), and thumbing the start brings a surprisingly quiet from the liquid cooled, engine thanks to its stylish Once the mid-sized single is starting became a bit more due to the jetting being a tad rich on the end. This was most due to the heat and altitude more an issue with the settings of the

A quarter turn of the fuel is recommended, but for the price it would that adding fuel would be the best solution. Beta says it will not in the near future. Once on the and moving, the fueling was …-on and we experienced a hiccup no matter how we pushed it.

The meaty mid-range getting the front wheel up with just a twist of the

We were impressed with the output of the 350 RR especially in the mid- to Down low, you can lug the Beta in the and roots and take advantage of its traction, but the engine feels a bit most likely a side to the uber-quiet exhaust. A free aftermarket system would wake the low-end power up. Once the throttle is twisted a bit the Beta comes to life and rips.

So much so that we question why the 400 RR is even in the lineup. We had a KTM 350 SX-F as a chase bike, and the 350 RR’s output eclipsed the orange It feels like this could hang with 450cc off-road bikes and is faster out of the box than some of the detuned Japanese enduro

Once again not at all what I out of a Beta.

The riding area we with the 350 RR consisted mostly of single-track trails with big climbs and technical rock This really let us put the updated to the test as we crawled, climbed and our way over and

The 2012 Beta 350 RR is a handler in tight techincal and rock gardens thanks to its Sachs front fork.

slow first-gear sections. The pull of the Brembo unit is and has amazing feel. Never was it grabby and fading was nonexistent.

The of Braking rotors, Nissin cylinders and calipers is solid. Up a 260mm wave rotor with the 4-piston caliper to exceptional bite without a feel. In the back the 240mm modulates nicely as well.

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Beta RR 250 M

Power and feel was consistent all day fade even on the long downhill trails.

While on the bike, the 350 RR is slim and feels which compounds its extremely nature. A very interesting considering it weighs in at 240 lbs without Add 2.1 gallons or fuel and the rest of the and the weight climbs closer to 260 Even on the tightest slow trails the heft is not noticeable to the slim rider cockpit.

The time we felt the weight was we got stuck and had to lift the bike obstacles.

For all of the above reasons, the 350 RR is a capable off-road bike, but it is the that puts it over the top and its place in my personal motorcycle of fame. The 2011 model was a handler but the 50mm Marzocchi was finicky and the frame had too much especially in the whoops. The beefed up and 48mm Sachs fork all the difference in the world as the new components each other quite

The brakes on the Beta 350 RR are strong and excellent feel and modulation. on long descents fading was not an

Pushing the bike around and at very slow speeds, the have a heavy feel you apply a little body Once moving the heaviness completely and the 350 RR becomes a razor-sharp weapon. The tighter the trail the bigger the gap become between the and the other bikes trying to up. The front end turns in quickly and is so you would swear the front is made of Velcro.

Standing up on the provides the most control, and it favorably to footpeg inputs. You can steer this bike your boots. When the picks up the handling is solid and confidence.

Once again the end is so planted that you can stand up in that you would normally to sit down through.

In the rocks the suspension is supple, plush and up even the most square-edged The fork refuses to deflect off and sharp impacts and follows the like it was glued to the dirt. as impressive is the Beta’s performance in as it tracks straight and true soaking up the hits.

Although we get to test its mettle in the desert, the 350 RR like it would be just as there as it is in the woods.

At the end of the day we were hesitant to return the Beta 350 RR. We tried every in the book to talk Beta leaving the red ripper with us for a test but they wouldn’t it up just yet. I guess didn’t think we could the truth long term.

The 350 RR retails for $8899, which is a bit than the 450cc Japanese motorcycles, but $100 less the KTM 350 XC-F. With amazing and performance that rivals any machine, this Beta be seriously considered if you’re for the ultimate trail bike. I was blown away by the 350 RR, and you will be as if you give it a chance.

Beta RR 250 M
Beta RR 250 M
Beta RR 250 M
Beta RR 250 M
Beta RR 250 M


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