LIGHTER WEIGHT WITH BETTER PERFORMANCE THAN EVER BEFORE.
2018 Beta 250RR 2-Stroke REVIEW BY TOTAL MOTORCYCLE
The new 2018 Beta 250/300 RR 2-Strokes are arriving to the market with many new features. The Italian manufacturer was able to transfer much of the know-how gained from the great racing successes including World Enduro victories in both the E3 Riders Championship and the Manufacturers World Championship. The Beta engineers, along with guidance from their top riders, Steve Holcombe and Alex Salvini, have designed a new line of motorcycles that are remarkably 10.4 pounds lighter in weight with better performance than the previous models!
But this drop in weight is not the only noteworthy feature. The engines, running gear and suspension have all been given significant technical updates which has further enhanced the strengths of this new generation of RR models making them easy to handle and fun to ride, while offering a high degree of reliability, continuing the term “Rideability”.
The design was also revised with the introduction of a new rear fender, a new color for the plastics and graphics. Oil Injection returns for 2018 to eliminate the need for pre-mixing the fuel.
2018 Beta 250RR 2-Stroke Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
No Price Increase for 2018!
10 lbs lighter for 2018
Increased compression for improved engine response.
2 Stroke Clutch
New smoother clutch for 2018
New cylinder for even smoother power
2 Stroke Frames
More rigid frame for improved handling
250cc: This is Beta’s little baby, perfect for those looking for a 2-stroke bike with a gentler character and with slightly lower power and torque ratings to ensure excellent handling. No doubt, this bike will be a protagonist in this season’s E2 category of the Enduro World Championship.
300cc: Made for those who love big-bore 2-stroke bikes with outstanding torque at any rpm. This is the perfect bike for those who love riding with long gearing.
2018 Beta 250RR 2-Stroke Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
Compared to the 2017 model year, a great deal of development has gone into the engine’s innovation including increased performance, these new features have also shaved off 3.7 lbs.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
A great deal of attention has also gone into the rest of the motorcycle including the chassis and suspension which continues to use a Sachs rear shock absorber and Sachs 48 mm diameter front fork but with a new slider. Both benefit from updated settings to work in junction with the new frame. Many other innovations have been combined with this time-tested solution aimed at improving the aesthetic appearance as well as the dynamic performance of the motorcycle, through a weight reduction of the chassis of an additional 6.6 lbs!
• New Chassis The front-end 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 subframe: lighter and slimmer design giving the bike a more aggressive look.
• Lithium battery: lighter in weight, more powerful and reliable.
• Fork with a new slider: though also lighter in weight, this was developed to increase rigidity and reduce friction. Settings have been specifically calibrated to suit the demands of the new chassis.
• New rear shock settings: adapted for the demands of the 2018 version chassis.
• New skid plate: improved fastener accessibility for quicker removal.
• New muffler heat shield: protects the rider from burns on both the 2 and 4-stroke versions.
• Takasago Excel rims: with a new black finish specifically designed for Beta.
• New colors and graphics: stunning white plastic with red frame sets the bike apart from the competition.
Available at Beta USA dealers beginning in August.
2018 Beta 250RR 2-Stroke – Totalmotorcycle.com North America Specifications/Technical Details
USA MSRP Price: $8499 USD
Canada MSRP Price: $ See Dealer for Pricing in CDN
Type: Beta-Built single cylinder, 2-stroke, liquid cooled, with BPV power valve system and electric start with back up kick starter.
Compression Ratio: 13.2:1
Exhaust Valve: Beta Progressive Valve (BPV)
Ignition: AC-CDI Kokusan w/dual map switch
Spark Plug: NGK BR7ES
Lubrication: Electronic Oil Injection
Oil Tank Capacity: 650cc
Carburetor: Keihin PXK 36mm
Clutch: Wet multi-disc
Final Drive: O-ring chain
Frame: Molybdenum steel/double cradle w/quick air filter access.
Seat Height: 36.6”
Ground Clearance: 12.6”
Footrest Height: 16”
Steering Rake/Offset: 27 degree rake/20mm Offset
Dry Weight: 229 lbs. (wet weight, no fuel)
Fuel Tank Capacity: 2.5 US gallons
Front Suspension: 48 mm Sachs USD fork, adjustable compression and rebound, TFX technology.
Rear Suspension: Aluminum Body Sachs shock w/adjustable rebound and hi/low speed compression
Front Wheel Travel: 11.6”
Rear Wheel Travel: 11.4”
Front Brake: 260mm rotor
Rear Brake: 240mm rotor
Front/Rear Rim: 1” (Front) 18” (Rear)
Front/Rear Tire: Enduro Competition
Warranty: 6 month Limited Warranty
2018 Beta 250RR 2-Stroke – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
Frame Molybdenum steel with double cradle split above the exhaust port
Wheelbase 1482 mm
Max length 2172 mm
Max width 807 mm
Max height 1270 mm
Seat height 930 mm
Ground clearance 320 mm
Footrest height 407 mm
Dry weight 104,0 kg (front 51 kg; rear 53 kg)
Fuel tank capacity 9,5 l.
Cooling system capacity 1,3 l.
Front suspension Hydraulic USD fork with ø 48 mm shaft
Rear suspension Monoshock with progressive compound lever
Shock absorber stroke 135 mm
Front wheel travel 295 mm
Rear wheel travel 290 mm
Front brake Wave disc ø260 mm and double-piston floating caliper
Rear brake Wave disc ø240 mm and single-piston floating caliper
Front rim 21 x 1,6 – 36 holes
Rear rim 18 x 2,15 – 36 holes
Front tyre 90/90 – 21
Rear tyre 140/80 -18
Type Single cylinder, 2-stroke, liquid-cooled
Bore 66,4 mm
Stroke 72 mm
Displacement 249 cc
Compression ratio 13,2:1
Exhaust Valve BPV Systsem
Starter Electric starter
Ignition AC Kokusan – digital CDI with oil pump controller
Spark plug NGK BR8ES
Induction system induction reed
Lubrication Mixing with electrical pump
Carburettor Keihin PXK 36
Clutch wet multi-disc clutch
Primary drive Z.27/72
Transmission 6 gears
Final transmission chain
Engine oil SAE 10W/40
Consumption l/100 km 2,493
Manufacturer Specifications and appearance are subject to change without prior notice on Total Motorcycle (TMW).