The engine has an excellent pickup at low and medium rpms and has good output in higher gears even if it tends to pull back when using medium gears, requiring upshifting! The clutch is often used on dirt path but remains soft and accurate throughout. On the motocross track, its great maneuverability facilitates curve entry while gear spacing and excellent traction brilliantly lead to curve exit preparing you to dive for the next bend! I didn’t find big differences in mapping.
The customized setup makes the Sachs suspensions, which are the suspensions of choice for the whole range, smooth and fluid on potholes and rocks, which is good for an amateur while they should be hardened for racing and this can be done through a few simple clicks.
Despite it being a lightweight (94.5 kg curb weight) the fork is sensitive and rather stable on fast and rugged roads. What surprised me most are its agility and lightness that make riding easier, characteristics that originate from the improvements applied to its bigger sisters. The monoshock, by following the fork, gives good traction even on loose rocks and on extreme and slippery tracks. Beta made an excellent choice with the Nissin brakes which never lose efficiency: you just need to lightly touch the front one for it to brake hard while the rear doesn’t lock but directly responds to pressure applied, just as I like it.
For this model, the company from Rignano sull’Arno decided not to adopt the convenient electronic oil injection system mounted on bigger bikes but chose the conventional premix method. The engine base is setup to house the starter which, for now, is not supplied as standard but is available as option.