Beta Motor announces seven-strong 'Racing' model line-up for 2019 including the revamped RR Racing 125cc two-stroke.
Manufactured "to the same specifications EnduroGP World Champion Steve Holcombe uses", the new Beta RR Racing line-up totals seven different options for 2019. With upgrades aimed at improving the race performance, the Racing offers a bit more focus to the standard RR models.
125cc two-stroke RR Racing model added
The newest addition to the line-up is an RR Racing 125 which joins the broad Beta Racing model range: 250 and 300cc two-strokes as well as 350, 390, 430, and 480cc four-stroke.
All seven models feature additions to the standard models, upgrades in chassis and components on the whole but the 125 specifically features some engine and exhaust modifications over standard RR model counterpart.
The Racing model highlights:
- Quick-release front wheel pin – speeds up wheel removal and tyre repairs, saving precious seconds in race situations.
- Vertigo hand guards with unique design, are tougher and have “in-mould” graphics; ideal for more extreme off-road riding.
- Black Ergal footrests are light and strong, with a broader contact patch and constructed from steel to ensure maximum, long-lasting grip under all conditions.
- Rear sprocket with anodized aluminium core and steel teeth for lightness and durability.
- Red Ergal chain tensioner blocks providing quick and precise adjustments to the chain.
- Racing seat with document pocket.
- Black anodized shift/brake levers.
- Transmission oil cap, engine oil cap and oil filter cap in red anodized aluminium.
- Racing graphics and red rim stickers.
The RR Racing two-stroke range has no automatic oil injector and requires oil-petrol pre-mix. Beta R&D department says this is a response to riders' demands for ever-lighter bikes. Removing this feature minimizes weight.
Upgrades for the little ripper 125 RR
Adding spice to the 2019 Racing range is the new addition RR Racing 125cc two-stroke, which has all the extras featured on the larger Racing models with added sauce including improved suspension and re-tuned engine:
- Same front and rear suspension as the larger Racing models but tuned for the 125.
- New cylinder, with modified exhaust port and timing charts.
- New exhaust flange.
- New exhaust valve system and new boosters.
- New clutch cover with air bleed system to give the clutch improved feel, a modified oil filler cap position.
- New clutch basket.
- New expansion chamber.
Combined, the exhaust and engine changes improve low-rev power delivery while boosting high-rev acceleration, which Beta claims results in better performance across the rev range and more linear, manageable power output. The outcome produces a considerably broader riding range for a 125, a crucial feature on a small-displacement engine.
Many feature upgrades were already added to the standard 2019 models, as we found when we tested them earlier in 2018. The Racing models feature the same upgrades over previous models including:
- Beta engineers worked hard on the suspension, developing new front and rear settings to improve overall handling under the most extreme conditions.
- ZF ø 48 mm closed cartridge fork with anodized slider: stiffer and more resistant to wear, while providing less friction. SKF low-friction fork seals and wipers are also installed.
- New fork fork shoes (fork feet) are stiffer and lighter.
- New fork guards designed together with the fork bottom to be practical and stronger.
- Fully redesigned ZF shock with more compact 46mm piston, (claimed around 300g lighter). The new piston has been designed to ensure more stable operation as the oil temperature varies, while increasing sensitivity to enhance comfort and traction. The small upper base and reservoir have also been redesigned to be farther away from the exhaust pipe while minimizing weight. The new spring is also lighter.
- Black anodized triple clamp.
It's always a welcome sight to see the new Beta Racing versions arrive – though it is a little disappointing to not find the new 200cc two-stroke is in the Racing line-up. The European manufaturers are particularly good at adding tweaks and upgrades to their models for a little extra spice. For the racer these upgrades are simple but aimed to improve both performance and practicalities of owning and running a Beta enduro model. As ever, we can't wait to try them.
More information: betamotor.com
Jon PearsonEnduro21 Editor and Bike Testerjon.firstname.lastname@example.org