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2013 Beta 450RR First Ride Photo Gallery

The 2013 Beta 450 RR is updated with a new rear shock, plastics and wheels. Our Italian Rally Racing Buddy Manuel Lucchese takes it for a spin.

Slideshow
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The 2013 Beta 450 RR comes in at almost six and a half pounds lighter than last year's model.
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Though most of the weight lost came from alterations to the chassis, the most evident changes are external.
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The 2013 Beta 450 RR was put on a diet but also received updates to the bodywork and wheels.
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A redesigned air box and a new 2.1 gallon fuel tank helped give the 2013 Beta 450 RR a slimmed-down look.
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Despite minimal changes to the engine, our tester felt a big change in the 2013 Beta 450 RR thanks to its weight loss, especially in tight turns through the forest.
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The Beta 450cc engine retains high performance while meeting strict noise reduction laws with the modified exhaust system.
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The only downside our tester found in the 2013 Beta 450 RR was operating temperature, which reached a boiling point in the extreme and slow sections of the track.
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The rear end of the 2013 Beta 450 RR hooks up well, even in loose or slippery situations.
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Braking on the 2013 Beta 450 RR was always precise, even when our tester had to slow the bike down abruptly.
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Riders can adjust the compression of the front forks from the top without tools thanks to clickers mounted on the top end of the forks.
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Our tester felt the 2013 Beta 450 RR would be perfect for amateur riders and a good start for pros.
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Steering was a bit too loose at slow speeds for out tester, an issue quickly fixed by adding a steering damper.
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In stock form the 2013 Beta 450 RR is a perfect mount for the amateur racer and a good starting point for the pros.
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Changes to the graphics highlight an evident aesthetic change to the 2013 Beta 450 RR.