DA Tested: 2013 Beta RR350 Dirt Action Magazine

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Beta RR 250 M


The Beta rewards you for looking outside the box


a lineup of fringe manufacturers bikes that deserve praise and publicity than get. Think companies TM, Sherco, Gas Gas and Beta — each has its of devotees who stand by their and shun the mainstream.

While manufacturers make up but a fraction of the sales of a company like their bikes have themselves in races with in extreme enduro events such big players as KTM and the perception the smaller volume output to lesser quality is being to the background.

The Italian-made Beta is in my one of the better examples of a fringe offering a product that little to no backward step in the of the Big Five.


To get started, worth noting that in the past Beta had a partnership KTM which shared engines it, the Beta we see in 2013 is a complete design and build. The RR350 owe anybody anything outside of the factory.

The bike is a construct of lines and simple but striking black and white graphics. The red with black frame sets the whole thing off and it’s got presence but it’s not I like the black fork and black and silver swingarm and the Italian touch is unmistakeable as I’ll explain, the style is by substance.

The handlebars are mounted quite which might bug some who like to run the ’bars in their The juncture between the fuel cap and the clamps seems like space when you look at the section of frame exposed. It stop you from getting forward, though, and while seems to be a few centimetres up for grabs the seat and ultra-slim fuel cap let you about freely.

The RR350 with handguards that the best and the way they’re mounted the amount of adjustment you have your levers. This is one of a few small things I’d change on the but didn’t bug me enough to put a downer on the

Overall, the ergos were on for me. While that’s a purely thing, I can honestly say I’ve jumped on a bike that me any better straight up. The footpegs are and the metal bashplate is a nice addition, though something offers more side-case would be a wise investment you cop a big hit.

On the trails, the RR350 slightly high at the back and not a CRF in that it’s a good between aggression and comfort. The but quiet exhaust note is and it’s worth noting at point that the RR350 a carby and not EFI.

I couldn’t give a toss, to be as I was never on my hands and knees to the moto gods that would bring in EFI and consign the to the pits of hell. Sure, I EFI but I’m not repulsed by a carby and in fact I the bottom-end feel the RR350 has — I’ve missed to a degree in the to EFI.

The engine is a well-rounded with no glaring hole in its I didn’t have to use the clutch as as I suspected I might to get drive, was a good thing because the is a heavy bugger and not something I’d to work flat out in tight

The RR holds its gears well and the end allows you to stick in second or in places that would you shifting back and forth often on the KTM 350EXC. The midrange is most of the work gets and that’s where the RR excels.

all the clickers centred, the fork on the RR way too soft for me. Downhill braking was (by that I mean the front and I stopped a few times to fiddle the settings.

I ended up with the centred but the compression wound to its (hardest) setting. Marzocchis a tendency to run through the first of the … quickly, which feel plush, but in fact big and hits upset them and the end of the … can be pretty hard.

As a long-term proposition I’d certainly the fork tuned to my preference, but I’d finished working the clickers I was happy with what I’d The problems come with and rough fast corners and it us all some pretty big moments. you sort this out you won’t get the from the Beta.

The front feels light and a lot like a while it gets a two-…-like at high speed, it just through tight trails. the high ’bar position you expect it to turn slowly but in it doesn’t and it tracks well. I did the ’bars at one point and the steering up considerably, so no matter how tight the gets I reckon the RR will ace it.

The brakes are strong but have feel, particularly in the rear we had to stomp on periodically to make it was actually functioning. I suspect our model was in need of some I’ll give the Nissins the of the doubt and say they aren’t bad. That said, I’d run an disc up front to compliment the braided brake line.


My time on the RR350 was a pleasure and a from start to finish. I having to call it a day.

The offers a bike that suit the trailrider and racer which is something the Euros do well. The 350 size is just in the bush and, while I feel drained by a 450, the never demands that of you physically.

It’s not a perfect bike and are some issues that to be addressed, the forks being one on the list. It won’t be an expensive nor exercise to raise the RR350 to next level, though, and it’s done you can settle in to with a ripper of a machine. I recommend anyone in the market for a bike to seek out a dealer or a day and give serious consideration to the

Beta hit the RR350 with a of updates for this year. were fairly small but change demonstrates Beta’s to keep the RR range at the top of its game.

Silencer modified in the internal

New decompression system

Air filter designed

New filter cage

New frame reinforced at the points of stress and lightened

New wheels and

Brake discs with a profile

New swingarm

Beta RR 250 M
Beta RR 250 M

48mm front fork internal completely renovated and .48kg

Rear shock absorber improved settings

New fuel

New instrumentation, lighter, with a display, better lighting and readable

Stiffened subframe

Completely renovated graphics


Beta has been in since 1904. The Italian started life building and introduced its first motorcycle, the CERVO 48, in the 1940s.

Before it building enduro bikes, the was best known for its trials with which it won several titles. Beta now has 350, 450 and 498cc four-strokes as well as its new 250 and 300 machines.


KTM’s is the bike that broke the 450 and as such it’s the one the other machines are measured by. The KTM and Beta very different and only a experience could sort one is best for you. That I believe the KTM standard running is better — in particular, the Brembo and stock suspension.


Damien had this bike the day before me and how impressed he was with the Beta I make an effort not to listen to opinions when I’m about to a bike so as to not let it cloud my judgement — to be honest, I kinda didn’t him.

When I threw a leg the bike on our test day, I was at the ergonomics. Smaller manufacturers have slightly quirky that you either love or this, however, is bang on for It’s got nothing ergo-wise I wasn’t comfortable with and was into it on the trails.

Riding it on the wide-open tracks, the RR350 has plenty of go. I prefer the feel on a smaller bike; it that little more at the bottom. EFI is darn close now but the gives that little down low, something I liked.

Darting through the this thing turns well and is quite confidence

However, the fork lets it Damien hadn’t told me he was with it also, but when I my discomfort he agreed it needed a A few hundred dollars and the problems be rectified.

The brakes weren’t either, particularly the rear, but I they may have had a problem and a bleed so I can’t judge too

Overall, I was very surprised this bike. There a few things I didn’t like but are easily rectified and it was a bucketload of fun a wide range of tracks and

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

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