Beta rolls out its 2014 model year line of RR and RS Dual Sport motorcycles with plenty of upgrades throughout, including engine refinements, chassis updates and a new Trail Tech Voyager GPS unit installed as standard on all three RS models. The 250RR and 300RR two-strokes that were introduced in 2013 return in 2014 with the same price tag as the previous year ($7999 for both models) and suspension updates promise a smoother ride on all models.
2014 Beta RR First Look (250RR and 30RR two-strokes; 350RR, 400RR, 450RR and 498RR four-strokes)
All six of the Beta RR models carry over a number of features from last year. But the Italian marque paid significant attention to suspension updates, putting smaller cartridges inside the 48mm Sachs front forks, changing the compression and rebound pistons for improved oil flow and modifying the valving. The top fork caps were redesigned to make changing the springs easier as well. Out back, the Sachs shock gets a reshaped rebound adjustor, updated valving and a heavier spring.
Engineers reworked the molybdenum steel, double cradle frames on all RR models, which has yielded a claimed 20% decrease in stress at points along the frame that typically take the most abuse. Beta also asserts that changes in the frame provide an easier, more manageable ride. All six models come equipped with a new front fender and redesigned seat base as well.
The 2014 Beta RR four-strokes got suspension and engine upgrades, including a new countershaft and bearings. The 350RR also received a new piston with updated profiles.
The 250RR and 300RR received additional changes, with both now sporting a 2.5-gallon fuel tank (up from two gallons in 2013). They both also come with new oil check plugs and clutch covers.
The 250RR gets an engine update for 2014, with a new power valve mechanism said to boost performance in the low-end and help smooth power delivery across the rev range.
The four-strokes get some engine love too, each coming with a new countershaft, bearings and benefitting from a new heat treating process to improve durability. The 350RR gets a new piston with updated profiles and added lubrication holes. Each of the four-strokes gets an updated shift drum also.
Prices are listed at $7999 for the 250RR and 300RR, $8999 for the 350RR and 400RR, $9199 for the 450RR and $9399 for the 498RR.
(Above) New radiator shrouds are said to improve airflow around the engine head on the 2014 Beta RS line. (Below) All three 2014 Beta RS Dual Sports come with a Trail Tech Voyager GPS unit, standard.
2014 Beta RS Dual Sport First Look (400RS, 450RS and 520RS)
The 2014 Beta double-duty thumpers come with the same frame redesign and suspension set-up as seen on the RR models.
Updates for the coming year include new spark arrestors to soften the engine note and a decompression system to ensure reliable starts in a variety of conditions. The primary drive on the 400RS was shortened to improve engine power and torque delivery. Gear ratios were changed on the three dualies as well to make them more suitable for off-road use.
The air filter, filter cage and mounting brackets were redesigned on the RS line to provide a more secure mount and a cooling fan kit comes standard with each motorcycle to help keep engine temperatures down. New radiator shrouds are said to help increase air flow around the engine head.
In an effort to reduce weight, Beta added new wheels, hubs and spokes for a claimed 3.2-pound loss over the previous year’s models. New steel brake discs are mounted by six points to the hub and come with updated profiles. The swingarm was reshaped and to provide more rigidity and better weight distribution.
Each RS comes with a new fuel tank, with tank cap lowered and redesigned.
As was mentioned above, each of the DS models comes with a Trail Tech Voyager GPS unit as standard which includes GPS speed, distance travelled, a compass, altitude, temperature, maps view and a plethora of other options.
Prices are set to be released in September 2013.