2018 Beta RR Racing Line | First Look

All-New Race Editions

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The 2018 RR range, presented to the public in June, has now been beefed up with a Racing version. These models are developed through the Beta Race division and are very similar to the bike that Enduro World Champion Steve Holcombe, as well as USA race team riders Max Gerston and Jordan Ashburn compete on. 2018 Racing models will be available in the 250 and 300 cc (2-stroke) and 350, 390, 430 and 480 cc (4-stroke) engine sizes.

With the influence of the official Beta Factory Teams, numerous upgrades have been made to reduce weight and improve handling during the array of situations that the riders encounter in their championships.

Racing versions benefit from the numerous technical improvements introduced on the standard bikes including:

2-stroke Models:
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.
– New Chassis The front-end of the frame 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 sub-frame: lighter and slimmer design giving the bike a more aggressive look.
– Lithium battery: lighter in weight, more powerful and reliable.
– New skid plate: improved fastener accessibility for quicker removal.
– New muffler heat shield: protects the rider from burns.
– Takasago Excel rims: with a new black finish specifically designed for Beta.

4-stroke Models:
– 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 six-spring 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.
– New air filter box: intense testing was done on the 4-stroke engine injection mapping to optimize output enabling the introduction of a new air filter box.
– New muffler: revised external profile and internal layout to improve engine performance, especially at low rpm.
– EFI with dual injectors: The introduction of dual injectors allows the application of dedicated maps for each engine displacement in order to increase engine performance (particularly in the middle and top end of the power delivery) and to increase mixture control which subsequently increases fuel mileage.
– New Chassis The front-end of the frame 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 sub-frame: lighter and slimmer design giving the bike a more aggressive look.
– Lithium battery: lighter in weight, more powerful and reliable.
– New muffler heat shield: protects the rider from burns.
– Takasago Excel rims: with a new black finish specifically designed for Beta.

Additional features found on the Racing versions only:

Suspension
– Beta engineers have been hard at work developing the front and rear suspension settings. More specifically, they’ve introduced:
48 mm closed-cartridge Sachs fork with new, lighter, redesigned slider. The system is filled with latest-generation low-friction oil and calibrated to match the 2018 frame to perfection.
– Shock absorber with revised valving and calibration that improves the overall performance of the rear suspension in working with the new design of the frame.
– Black anodized triple clamp to blend perfectly with the red fork tubes
– New Michelin tires.

Premix
– True to the racing spirit, the 2 stroke range has no oil injection.
– Unlike standard RR models, all of the 2 stroke Racing Edition bikes run on premix. The Beta R&D department has listened to the riders’ demands for lighter weight bikes and deciding to remove this feature to minimize weight. A separate mixing system (Oil Injection) can easily be implemented on Racing models by purchasing the relevant kit in our accessory catalog.

Special components
The Racing range also includes these items that set the bike apart from the standard versions:
– Quick release front wheel pin: speeds up tire repairs, saving precious seconds in race situations.
– Vertigo hand guards: modern design, tough and “In-Mold” graphics; ideal for extreme off-road riding.
– Black aluminum footrests: light and sturdy, with a broader contact patch, steel pegs to ensure maximum, long-lasting grip under all conditions.
– Rear sprocket with anodized aluminum core and steel teeth: an unbeatable combination of lightness and durability.
– Billet aluminum chain tensioner blocks.
– Racing seat with pocket.
– Black anodized shift/brake levers.
– Transmission oil cap, engine oil cap and oil filter cap in red anodized aluminum.
– Special Racing graphics and rim decals.

Availability
RR Race Editions are a low production model, first shipments will arrive at dealers in December.

Prices:
– 250 RR Race $8950.00
– 300 RR Race $8950.00
– 350 RR Race $9699.00
– 390 RR Race $9799.00
– 430 RR Race $9899.00
– 480 RR Race $9999.00

* Prices exclude $379.00 destination charge, sales tax, and other dealer license fees.