See photos of the 2014 Beta 450 RR in action in the Best in the Desert Nevada 200 in the 2014 Beta 450 RR First Ride photo gallery. Read more about the bike’s performance in the 2014 Beta 450 RR First Ride review.
- Beta has updated the 450 RR for 2014 to improve durability as well as handling.
- The wide bars give you plenty of leverage to muscle the Beta into the corner, while the frame allows for a solid feel and controllability that is one of the best ever.
- At the rear braking performance is even better and allows you to modulate the pedal to settle the chassis when you are crawling around in the rocks without being grabby.
- The improved transmission shifted flawlessly day in and day out with crisp changes and a light lever.
- As I adjusted the levers and bars to my liking, I admired the quality of the hardware and components of the Beta.
- The 2014 Beta 450 RR proved to be an excellent mount on which to tackle the rough, rocky and tight trails of Caliente.
- From the levers to the cushy Domino grips to the red-trimmed digital speedo unit, everything is top-notch.
- On the faster wide-open sections the chassis is stable and planted. The front does knife and then push in deep sand, but move back a bit further on that super-firm seat and all is good.
- I noticed the seat was firmer than I would expect, and by the end of Day 1 it was without a doubt too firm. My tailbone disapproves.
- At the back the Sacks piggyback also gets updated damping and a stiffer spring.
- The engine remains unchanged from the previous model year, including fueling via a carburetor.
- 2014 Beta 450 RRs at the Best in the Desert Nevada 200.
- With the suspension sorted the RR turned with a lightness that makes tight trail work a joy.
- If you are a single-track junky you owe it to yourself to take a ride on a Beta.
- Braking on the Beta is one of the best out there. The Nissin front master cylinder puts forth great power with a communicative feel.