Test and previews Tue 14 May 2019

BETA RR200 - It’s easier

Agile, lean and ready for fun in the woods and beyond!

APPEARANCE
BETA 200 RR completes the already rich range of 2-stroke bikes of the Tuscany-based brand; unmistakable style, steel frame as per the best European tradition and lots of high-quality components!
As soon as you hop on it you want to try it in thewoods and on mule tracks; the riding position is perfect, putting you at ease without tiring, also thanks to its small size and light weight (under 100kg), which also make it very maneuverable. A bit like when you get on a 125cc, from which it actually inherits the chassis and the double cradle frame. It comes with electric starter and mixer as standard, two essential accessories that make it very easy to use for their practicality and efficiency, thus making it a bike for everyone. However, it remains a motorbike with a racing character, the connection with its many times worldchampionships winning sisters evident.
Its style with the traditional Beta colors - red frame, black rims and spokes and black aluminum rear swingarm - is very refinedand pleasant.
Fairings and structures are well made, the tank capacity is slightly less than that of models with a higher displacement, in fact it carries 8.5 liters to balancemasses and to give the maximum comfort in the sitting position. The base used derives directly from the 125cc but it features a new dedicated thermal unit which,thanks to the two-ring piston, guarantees excellent performance at low speeds and a longer life.

ON THE ROAD
The engine works really well, you can feel the 75cc more than its younger sister,especially at low and mid-rpm, where it offers a great comfortable push to easily come out of any situation. The vibe is excellent right from the start, mainly as a result of the always fluid and very manageable delivery. The Brembo hydraulic clutch can be easily dosed and is very precise.
The chassis lives up to expectations: the ZF shock absorbers work well even though the standard setting is quite soft and more suitable for amateur use. In any case, compression, return and preload can be regulated to change the response of forks and rear-monoshock ensuring that the bike adapts to our weight and riding style in the best possible way. Nissin brakes are a given and at the top as a product, powerful and modular in all conditions.
Riding it is fun, its lightness and responsiveness do not compromise stability and traction, making it an excellent bike in the woods and ready to tackle mule tracks and hard enduro trails. It gives its best on narrow paths where its cycling qualities combined with the engine good delivery, guarantee quick and intuitive riding. Surely,it’s the right bike for those who want to ride enduro, even of the challenging kind, perfect for amateurs who seek the right compromise between the extreme agility of a125 and a 250hp engine.
Compared to its larger 2-stroke sisters, it’s much more versatile and easier on a physical level, especially for the nature of the engine; but when you flog it still offers a rather good push. Fun even for pro-riders who compete in races; a few limitations related to the categories remain, since it would challenge much more powerful bikes.

ONE WORD/SENTENCE FOR THE BIKE
BETA RR 200, THE RIGHT COMPROMISE!

Tester: Massimiliano Marsili
Text: Lorenzo Neri
Video and Photos: MBfotopress


Technical data: http://www.betamotor.it/system/attachments/0001/3231/TECH_DATA_RR_2T_200_2019_EN.pdf