2012 Beta 450 RR Shootout — Motorcycle USA

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Beta RR 450
Beta RR 450

2012 Beta 450 RR Shootout

The make a run for the top in the 2012 Beta 450 RR Video .

A four-valve Single at the Beta’s heart and draws its from a 39mm Keihin Although the Beta may not have had the power in the test, it’s the bike that can keep the KTM in on the dyno with a peak of 43.71 and 29.59 lb-ft of Like the Austrian, the Beta a six-speed transmission and hydraulic

Both of these features welcome during our desert We spent the majority of time across open terrain the extra gearing pays However, with an extra cog in the the Beta (and KTM) is to shorten the internal ratios and the 450 a stellar low-speed tool.

linear power output and to tractor around at low speeds in a gear give the bike it needs to suit my riding says Frankie.

“Even it’s carbureted, the Beta has a snap off the bottom and plenty of adds Justin. “I the 450 RR has the most character. It sounds and doesn’t feel like you are a non-EFI bike.”

Where the KTM spools up quickly and an upshift, the Beta extends its to a higher rev ceiling and the power more gradually along the This makes for a different experience within the transmission. the Beta’s linkage suspension is affected by rpm than the KTM’s PDS

“The Beta’s drivetrain is phenomenal,” agrees Garcia. clutch on the 450 RR is butter-smooth and very to modulate with only one or two It also makes for very feel and feedback to the rider. The couldn’t have been he continues. “The people at Beta really put some into it.

I’m really on how much you can lug the bike at extremely low — almost like a bike. This is a key feature in the and rock-bed sections.”

The Beta is a all-around enduro bike. We

comfortable riding it in every

Where the KTM shines on technical with solid traction, the is willing to do work in nasty with loose rocks or a of sand to contend with. was a huge benefit in our desert and a large part of the reason it the Austrian in the handling department. All of us that the Sachs suspension is too soft for desert use. The will bottom out and suffer the on sharp, high-speed impacts.

But, it conducts itself than the KTM and our riders were comparing it to a trials bike and a track bike so obviously it in a wide variety of terrain.

bike has the most amazing end feel I have ever gushes Garcia about the new Sachs USD fork. “I am to throw the bike into standing up, in a two wheel slide and steer the bike through the without ever coming to falling.” But he concedes that, front and rear could use stiffer suspension. When big potholes the Beta ran out of suspension due to out and then wanted to swap side to side.

Front and suspension travel is 11.4 and the Beta makes good use of it. from the spiky performance on impacts, the TFX-technology fork and shock are more than Our top speedster loved the Beta for reasons.

At 6’4” he can appreciate the open layout more than but he is also pumped on the way it steers.

bike has the best feel for a rider who likes to stand Martin claims. “It like the bars are far in front of the and not hovering over the pegs some of the other bikes. bike is my favorite in technical because the front end is easy to Plus the steering stops are so far like the KTM, it is insane.”

All of our even the pair of 5’8” were very happy the Beta’s layout. The Honda’s appeal is also great, but in a way. The Beta gives its room to move around and a comfortable riding position.

allows us to overcome some of the shortcomings.

Ergonomics are spread making plenty of room for our

rider and encouraging riding on the

Beta RR 450
Beta RR 450

“The seat is great,” the long-legged Martin. “It has a curve and nice soft The only thing I have an with on the Beta’s ergonomics is in a good rut your leg hits the for the radiator cap.”

The rest of our riders aren’t getting the Beta laid that far, so it’s not an We did scrape the RR’s undercarriage times due to its low 12.6-inch ground It’s a bummer considering the prowess at slow-speed, technical but with the best skid in the group, we’re less about it than some of the

However, it does play a when the trails get tight and the start to snag. It wasn’t of an issue in this test, but we can see this would be a problem in riding areas.

The Italian received good marks for its front brake and 240mm They hydraulic units some of the outright stopping of the KTM and perhaps the Yamaha, but feel and is at a premium on the 450 RR.

“Where the KTM is sometimes too harsh or overly aggressive its massive brakes, the Beta has binders as well which are for our picky riders to appreciate,” the Arizona resident.

“The Beta and the KTM have the same brake package,” Garcia, “so my decision was on which bike worked The Beta just seems to a smoother feel when The bike eases to a stop the suspension compressing evenly and

Beta gets some new cues for ’12 as well, a new red color and redesigned headlight and fender support. The color strikes a chord with our as the Beta ranks first for The powder-coated chromoly chassis is a of beauty, and the billet hubs, clamps, anodized shock wave rotors, frame black fork tubes, and accents make this a yet … ride not to mention its work of art for a swingarm.

Beta its way to the top of our shootout with the second-most wins and strong rider

Beta squeaked out a victory in our shootout by virtue of good from our riders. It performs on the objective testing as well, first or second in every except price. However, the to detail, usable features, ergonomic comfort and well-rounded gave it the edge this around.

Beta might have a tenure in the enduro class, but has no impact on its ability to bring the to the table. With an ever-expanding network and the personalized treatment find from a small owning a Beta shouldn’t be The Italian holds strong “old-school” technology and rocks the like nobody’s business.

is a traditional enduro engine smooth, usable power propels the Beta to the front of the — at least for now.

Beta RR 450
Beta RR 450
Beta RR 450
Beta RR 450
Beta RR 450
Beta RR 450
Beta RR 450
Beta RR 450


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