2021 Beta 300 RR Overview
I need to preface this evaluation with the disclaimer that that is the primary Beta I’ve ever ridden. I’ve had the chance to spend time on varied different two strokes on this style, however the 2021 Beta 300 RR is the primary from the Italian model that I’ve had an opportunity to get out and experience. So don’t count on an intensive year-to-year comparability. I simply can’t do it, captain!
What I can do although was drive 12 hours northeast from our base right here in southern California to pop two cherries with one, uh, stone? My first experience on a Beta would even be my first four-day path experience in Colorado. New bike, new terrain, 12-inch broad trails on the facet of 13,000 ft mountains. Why not?
Although I didn’t get the prospect to experience it, the 2020 Beta 300 RR introduced with it a number of upgrades that included an all-new chassis together with the body, swingarm, gasoline tank, seat, and bodywork. The engine was additionally geared up with a counterbalance shaft to cut back vibrations. If we think about 2020 a revolutionary mannequin 12 months for the Beta 300, 2021 is extra evolutionary with refined suspension tweaks, sleeker bodywork, higher-quality electronics, and a beefier subframe.
With that in thoughts, let’s take a deeper have a look at the 2021 Beta 300 RR.
Whereas the Beta-built 293.1cc liquid-cooled two-stroke engine is carbureted, it advantages from oil injection that means no pre-mixing of gasoline and oil is critical. That is achieved by a separate oil tank beneath the seat that makes use of engine rpm and a throttle place sensor to range the metering of oil into the engine. This led to fairly good mileage at roughly 35 mpg with the two.55-gallon tank offering 90 miles or so of vary. There are additionally two warning indicators: one in case your oil reservoir is working low, and one other if the system encounters a failure.
The counterbalanced engine quells vibration from the motor considerably. Having the chance to experience a ’13 KTM 300 XC-W (not counterbalanced) back-to-back with the 2021 Beta 300 RR proved night time and day when it comes to the smoothness of the Beta’s engine. One other good function of the Beta for individuals who care about conserving driving areas open versus racing is that the bike is fairly quiet.
We needed to re-jet the 36mm Keihin PXK carburetor for the reason that altitude at camp was over 10,000 toes and temps have been a good bit cooler than California. Fortunately, as with most two-strokes, there may be loads of room to get in there and twist the carb round to get these modifications accomplished pretty simply. After the jetting modifications, we ended up tweaking the air screw a bit to make it richer off idle.
The Beta 300 RR additionally has what I’ll name a rain or shine mapping system with the button to vary between the “sunny” or “wet” setting mounted close to the steering stem on high of the body. Successfully, this button delays ignition timing within the “rain” setting so the facility comes on later which might be higher for slimy moist circumstances. Solely the final day did I discover use for this setting throughout considered one of our trails which had probably the most mud, rocks, and roots. The remainder of the time, I discovered “sunny” to be simply high quality for many driving and would seemingly by no means swap it again residence in southern California.
Beta says this about its RR fashions:
“Our RR fashions are designed for an off-the-cuff off street rider or racer that’s in search of greater than only a play bike. We take pleasure in our slogan “Rideability” because it actually factors out the true power of a Beta. Others are centered 90% on constructing a race bike that’s offered to the common rider. Beta takes pleasure in designing a motorbike that appeals to the ‘widespread’ rider. The structure of the engine, the decrease seat peak, and the graceful energy supply are all traits of the bikes that present the common rider extra confidence.”
Whereas I by no means ended up tweaking the adjustable energy valve (Beta sells an adjunct knob so riders are capable of simply alter the facility valve with out instruments), the low-end energy supply appeared a bit softer than anticipated, even inflicting the bike to flame out after I tried to tractor the motor down too low within the revs. This tender energy supply could possibly be welcome in “east coast” driving circumstances, but it surely didn’t ship the identical low-rpm punch that pulls arduous into the mid-range that I’ve skilled on KTM 300 and 250 two-strokes. That’s to not say that the facility isn’t there when you get nearer to its mid-range, although. The engine nonetheless delivers loads of umph as soon as it begins spinning sooner.
The six-speed broad ratio transmission is nice for wide-open areas and labored practically as effectively in tight locations. The Brembo hydraulic clutch offers easy constructive actuation with out being remotely fatiguing. I might say, for the tight path work I might be excited about doing with this bike, I might change the ultimate drive ratios from the inventory 14/48 to one thing round 13/52.
Though you could possibly by no means get away with plating the Beta 300 RR right here in California, the bike comes all wired up and prepared for flip indicators with the left switchgear, together with buttons for brights, a horn, and indicators do you have to reside in an space the place you possibly can license a two-stroke and are so inclined. It even comes with a pleasant show that exhibits pace, common pace, most pace, whole miles, journey meter, hour meter, and battery voltage and is flanked by warning lights.
“Designed for an off-the-cuff off street rider or racer”
Hmm. Designed for each the informal rider and racer. How do you go about doing that? I suppose the graceful energy supply, comparatively low 36.6-inch seat peak (it doesn’t really feel that prime), capacity so as to add DOT-required requirements, oil injection, and electrical begin do make the 300 RR an approachable machine for anybody. Additionally conserving with the convenience of use theme, the airbox cowl and seat might be eliminated with none instruments or keys. The seat simply pops off through a button situated on the left rear fender. On the similar time, if I have been to race this bike, there are some modifications I might make. Whereas I already talked about the gearing change, wrap-around handguards are most likely the one different issues I might do if I needed to enter a race with the Beta 300 RR. I assume they’re proper, it’s a fairly nice bike for everybody.
The handlebars are six-way adjustable and the seat-to-footpeg distance is kind of snug for 5-foot 8-inch me. What’s not snug is the seat. Oh man. In case you plan on sitting for any period of time, you’ll need to exchange it instantly.
One factor an informal rider would possibly think about altering, except we’re speaking about aggressive weekend warriors, is the suspension. I discovered the suspension pretty stiff on the inventory settings for my 185 kilos (with gear), but it surely’s actually fairly well-damped entrance and rear. It by no means felt harsh. I added some preload to the fork which helped the entrance finish really feel extra planted, however except for that, I used to be fairly pleased with the 48mm Sachs fork and Sachs linkage-type shock. Each are totally adjustable with the fork’s changes all capable of be created from the highest of the fork tubes with out instruments. The fork and shock present 11.6 and 11.4 inches of wheel journey, respectively.
As soon as the tempo ramps up, the suspension works even higher, and also you neglect how jarring it might really feel whereas going gradual over bumpy terrain. The rigidity of the chassis, the suspension, and the Michelin Enduro tires all present a superb steady platform that stays compliant at pace with out deflecting. The 300 RR feels nimble via tight timber as effectively; it was solely the shortage of low-end punch that left me wanting in these eventualities.
The Nissin two-piston entrance caliper bites a 260mm rotor whereas a single-piston caliper squeezes the rear 240mm rotor. It took me a short time to get used to the entrance brake. The preliminary chew isn’t too unhealthy, however the stopping energy ramps up fairly rapidly afterward that means that the road between stopping rapidly and locking the entrance is a high quality one. As for the rear brake, I actually appreciated the scale and place of the pedal which made it simple to modulate.
To high all of it off, the Beta 300 RR is without doubt one of the lowest priced bikes, if not the bottom, in its class at $9,199. That’s an incredible deal, notably for riders in search of an informal, but extremely succesful enduro bike. The most important let down for me was the shortage of a powerful low-end hit and pull into the mid-range. It’s one of many issues I like in regards to the KTM’s I’ve ridden. In case you’re not bothered by the softer smoother energy supply at low rpm, this bike is simply nearly as good as the rest on the market.
|2021 Beta 300 RR Specs|
|Engine Kind||Single cylinder, 2-stroke, liquid-cooled|
|Bore x Stroke||72 mm x 72 mm|
|Exhaust Valve||BPV System|
|Ignition||AC Kokusan – digital CDI with oil pump controller|
|Induction System||induction reed|
|Lubrication||Mixing with electrical pump|
|Carburettor||Keihin PXK 36|
|Clutch||moist multi-disc clutch|
|Engine Oil||SAE 10W/40|
|Body||Molybdenum metal with double cradle break up above
the exhaust port
|Entrance Suspension||Hydraulic USD fork with ø 48 mm shaft, 11.6 inches of journey|
|Rear Suspension||Monoshock with progressive compound lever, 11.4 inches of journey|
|Entrance Brake||Wave disc ø260 mm and double-piston floating
|Rear Brake||Wave disc ø240 mm and single-piston floating
|Entrance Wheel||21 x 1.6 – 36 holes|
|Rear Wheel||18 x 2.15 – 36 holes|
|Entrance Tire||90/90 – 21|
|Rear Tire||140/80 -18|
|Max Size||85.5 inches|
|Max Width||32.1 inches|
|Max Top||50 inches|
|Seat Top||36.6 inches|
|Floor Clearance||15.6 inches|
|Footrest Top||16.0 inches|
|Moist Weight||246 kilos (measured, stuffed with gasoline)|
|Gasoline Tank Capability||2.5 gallons (0.6 gallons in reserve)|
|Cooling System Capability||0.3 gallons|