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BETA SHOCK BODY: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, My 2021 Beta 250RR Race Edition’s rear shock literally came apart at the top of the shock body. I notice there is a seam where it broke. All of the oil had blown out of it in the process. What could have caused this? Harvey Monatt via mrknowitall@hi-torque.com This is an unusual […]

SHOOTOUT: BETA 200 VS BETA 300

By Mike Webb We had a great opportunity to ride the 2022 Beta 200RR and the 300RR while up in Idaho with Beta’s Rodney Smith. What follows here is a two-day test of the duo, so there’s nothing long-term about this; it’s basically a riding comparison between the two machines. First, let’s look at both […]

BETA RELEASES EVO FACTORY TRIAL BIKES

Beta has just announced the the new 2022 Evo Factory Edition Trials bikes. This following is the official word from Beta: Beta presents the most high-performance version of the EVO family yet – the new 2022 Evo Factory. Working in close collaboration with the Beta Factory Team riders Matteo Grattarola, Lorenzo Gandola, Sondre Haga, and […]

2022 BETA 500 DUAL-SPORT: FULL TEST

We had the luxury to grab a quick flight to Idaho and spend some time with Rodney Smith testing some freshly uncrated 2022 Beta machines. High on our list was the brand-new 500RR-S dual-sport machine. This machine has been at the top of the food chain in the dual-sport world, mainly due to superb power, […]

BETA AXLE BLOCKS: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, My left-side axle block keeps coming loose on my 2021 Beta 250RR Race Edition and is also doing so on my buddy’s 300RR. I see it’s threaded but am worried, as it’s egg-shaped now from being loose and I don’t want to strip it. Any thoughts? Jeff Monatt via mrknowitall@hi-torque.com I spent […]

BETA 250RR TWO-STROKE: FULL TEST

There is no doubt that the two-stroke is riding a wave of popularity inspired by a rise in off-road passion, new technology and the status of extreme or hard enduro racing. There are several players here, notably the Austrian TPI machines—KTM, Husqvarna, GasGas—Sherco, TM and Beta. We didn’t get a chance to test too many […]

BETA ANNOUNCES 2022 RACE EDITIONS

Each year, Beta’s second wave of new models includes its Race Editions. These are the competition-oriented version of their off-road two-strokes and dual-sport bikes, and have upgraded suspension and other features. The official Beta press release information follows: Beta USA is proud to announce their 2022 RR Race Edition models With a full eight model […]

2022 BETA EVO TRIALS MODELS

Beta has released info on its 2022 Evo Trials line. Here’s the official press release: The Evo has received a series of major updates to the engine, frame, and suspension over its lifespan, including recent updates to carburetion & ignition mapping which provided a more linear and predictable throttle response. With this model year, Beta […]

BETA 250RR RACE EDITION: AN OFF-ROAD 2-STROKE VIDEO

The Beta 250RR Race Edition was released after Beta’s standard editions and is more of a bike for the purist. It doesn’t have oil injection and there are a number of upgrades, including the closed cartridge KYB fork. Join the Dirt Bike staff as we put the two-stroke through its paces on our first day […]

RIDING THE BETA 250RR RACE EDITION: THE WRAP

We didn’t get a chance to test too many Beta motorcycles in 2021. The factory was hit hard and early by the Covid 19 epidemic and there were no units for testing. Each year, though, Beta releases half-year models called the Race Editions, and we were able to score a 250RR for testing. This particular […]

BETA 450RX MOTOCROSSER

Beta’s 450RX motocross bike is getting closer to reality. A works version of the bike was entered in the  Russian GP  for the SDM Corse Beta Racing Team with Jeremy Van Horebeek. He qualified 18th and then finished 11th in each moto.  Here in the U.S., a commercial featuring Van Horebeek was shown on MAV […]

2022 BETA DUAL-SPORT MODELS

Beta has just released its 2022 dual-sport line. The Italian company  will continue to offer more dual-sport bikes than any other maker. All are based on the same basic engine and frame, but they have four different displacements  and each has a very different personality. Below is the official press release from Beta USA.   […]

2022 BETA TWO-STROKE MODELS ANNOUNCED: FIRST LOOK

Beta is making big news with an all new engine configuration for their flagship 300cc RR two-stroke model . Below is the information we received directly from Beta regarding the 2022 Beta 125cc, 200cc, 250cc and 300cc two-stroke RR models: The engineering team at Beta knows there’s always room for improvement! Nobody understands this better […]

OIL SPILL: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

BETA OIL SPILL Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I have a 2020 Beta 300RR. I recently noticed after my last ride that there was a bit of oil seeping from behind my countershaft sprocket. I confirmed that it wasn’t excess chain lube and was indeed transmission oil. I’ve never changed one of these seals. Can they be […]

2021 OFF-ROAD BIKE BUYER’S GUIDE

The year 2021 comes in with the motorcycle world enjoying an unlikely rally. It turned out that people looked to dirt bikes to escape the ugliness of 2020. Amid pandemic and political uncertainty, motorcycles sold surprisingly well, leaving showrooms empty and riders wanting more. Thankfully, the 2021 models have arrived. Here ‘s a look at […]