Drag site icon to your taskbar to pin site. Learn More

2011 Beta 400 RR First Ride Photo Gallery

Check out photos of the 2011 Beta 400 RR enduro bike in action as MotoUSA tests it on the trails of Southern Oregon. Read the full details in our 2011 Beta 400 RR First Ride.

Slideshow
2011-Beta-400-RR-2.jpg
A 39mm Keihin carburetor dishes out the fuel mixture and we never noticed a single bog or stutter. It’s one of the most consistent and cleanest carbureting machines we’ve ridden lately, especially considering it’s green sticker legal in California.
2011-Beta-400-RR-3.jpg
A Sachs shock works great at soaking up trail garbage.
2011-Beta-400-RR-4.jpg
Being so easy to manage, carrying a smooth flow is effortless and it challenges the rider to conquer taller logs, rockier climbs and more technical trails.
2011-Beta-400-RR-5.jpg
The RR doesn’t plow through things and rewards riders who like to ride the edges of the trail.
2011-Beta-400-RR-27.jpg
Getting to the air filter is very simple thanks to a unique and clever push-button seat latch. This scored major points with us in a long-term relationship with the 400.
2011-Beta-400-RR-26.jpg
The aluminum bash protection keeps the engine and frame rails away from danger and we put it to the test plenty of times.
2011-Beta-400-RR-25.jpg
We particularly liked how narrow the fuel tank and radiator shrouds are. Part of this is due to the small 2.1-gallon fuel capacity.
2011-Beta-400-RR-24.jpg
The exhaust is whisper quiet and the most noticeable noise comes from the cam chain tensioner which runs off hydraulic pressure.
2011-Beta-400-RR-23.jpg
No levers broke, Domino grips barely tore, no plastic creased, small radiators never tweaked and no bolts came loose. It’s a solid machine top to bottom.
2011-Beta-400-RR-22.jpg
Take one look at the swingarm and it’s clear the Italians value sex appeal. This is one of the sharpest dirt bikes we’ve laid eyes on.
2011-Beta-400-RR-21.jpg
Compression ratio jumps on the 398cc machine up to 12.4:1 from 11.95:1.
2011-Beta-400-RR-20.jpg
The 400 gets a 56.2mm stroke compared to the 63.4mm of the 450.
2011-Beta-400-RR-6.jpg
We used the consistent clutch modulation to help balance on the rear wheel across stumps and logs.
2011-Beta-400-RR-7.jpg
Beta measures the footpegs at just over 16 inches and we found that they ride a bit lower than many other motocross and enduro bikes. It takes more care to avoid snagging the rider’s feet on stumps, ruts and debris.
2011-Beta-400-RR-8.jpg
In the
event that a rider screws up, the built-in handholds work great.
2011-Beta-400-RR-19.jpg
The 400 RR prefers to ride low in the rpm range. It makes more than enough power down low and it is ridden best when short-shifted.
2011-Beta-400-RR-10.jpg
Jumping is not the Beta's favorite thing to do. It will hop down the trail but it's too soft for big launches.
2011-Beta-400-RR-11.jpg
The shorter stroke takes away the burly, wheel-spinning snap of a 450 and tames down the midrange surge that wears out riders’ arms.
2011-Beta-400-RR-12.jpg
This is a machine that constantly seeks, and finds, traction, and can be ridden effectively through nasty terrain with a fraction of the effort required for other bikes.
2011-Beta-400-RR-14.jpg
The air filter is also accessible via a side panel that pops off without any tools.
2011-Beta-400-RR-15.jpg
The 400 simply goes forward effortlessly, changes direction, continues on its way… whatever is necessary.
2011-Beta-400-RR-16.jpg
It’s light in the turns and has a reactive front end.
2011-Beta-400-RR-17.jpg
Beta built its new powerplant with separate clutch and engine oil compartments to help keep contaminants at a minimum.
2011-Beta-400-RR-18.jpg
Controllable power and excellent power had us trying obstacles we normally go around.
2011-Beta-400-RR-9.jpg
A very short first gear is worthy of trials riding while second and third can plod along at slow speeds.
2011-Beta-400-RR-13.jpg
The double-cradle design uses molybdenum steel which has been powder coated bright red – a favorite aesthetic feature of ours.
2011-Beta-400-RR-28.jpg
A six-speed transmission doles out the usable power.