a great step forward which allows us to have a dedicated map for this displacement size and therefore, a more linear power delivery, an increase in performance at all engine speeds and lower fuel consumption.
Other features introduced in the whole range are the new gears designed to perfect the gear shift and the precision of the transmission, the fitting of Tagasako rims with a black finish and a revised protection on the muffler to guarantee more safeguard against accidental burns.
How does it go?
Sitting on the seat, even without moving, I am immediately aware of the great work done to accentuate the agile performance of this motorbike. I have it held between my legs, and in the inevitable movements to facilitate the posing for photographs, I instinctively compare it to a 300 2t for the similarity of the dimensions.
I have always appreciated this displacement size in the Beta range, but this time a perfect feeling was created, in such a way that made it fascinating to discover how much optimisation work has been done in this project.
In spite of the fact that the double injector has made this motor even more brilliant, it has gained in usability at low rpm, to the extent that, in some technical passages, it was more profitable and enjoyable to drive exploiting its traction abilities, rather than trying out acceleration. The adrenalin increases as soon as the spaces widen out; twisting the throttle grip decisively, the motor revs up and unleashes all its power suddenly and progressively. Insisting on the driving, you can enjoy the aptitude for elasticity of this motor that hardly ever puts you in difficulty. Be careful though not to give it too much gas, it is after all, an engine size to be reckoned with and excessive exuberance is not always pardoned.
The engine brake is noticeable, which however is not annoying; in fact, it can prove to be a help on certain descents. The terrain on which we carried out the test was completely dry. For that reason we used mainly the standard map, even if on the few occasions I made use of the “deviation”, I was not able to appreciate any substantial differences made by that electronic aid that would otherwisebe useful in the case of rain or heavy terrain.
The suspension department, personalized with the new settings and the new chassis, has been greatly improved and the bike has gained in traction and stability. Perhaps the fork is too soft for that small percentage of riders who physically exploit the full potential of this motor; all the others will enjoy passing the obstacles without putting their forearms in difficulty.
The technical evolution that this RR 430 2018 has benefited from confirms the proverbial reliability of the Beta models and, at the same time, increases the feeling and the ease of driving.
Beta, in the last few years, has grown exponentially to the point of earning for itself a large slice of the off-road, licence-plated world market. This further evolution is undoubtedly fruit of a well-planned vision and of the shrewdness by continuing to offer this motorbike at an attractive price still unchanged with respect to the previous version.
List price: €9,340
Test and tester: Pietro Bartolomei
(in the video) interview with Giacomo Caliterna responsible for Marketing and Communication Beta