Multiple engine upgrades mark the 2023 Beta Evo test bike line

Beta began producing dirt bikes at a small factory in Florence, Italy, the brainchild of a certain Signori Bianchi. (Interestingly, the name Beta is derived from the initials of the two men who ran the company at the beginning: Enzo Bianchi and Arrigo Tosi – as is customary in many cultures, they are listed first. , so instead of “Ebat”, as one would expect in the US, the company name became Beta Motorcycles.)

When motocross and other off-road racing exploded in popularity in the 1960s and 70s, Beta took notice and began producing MX and enduro machines primarily for European consumption.

The beta test bikes only appeared in 1979 (TR 50) and it wasn’t long before the Italian brand made its mark with legends Jordi Tarres and Dougie Lampkin, both of whom won the FIM world championship. Observed Trials. In the United States, Scott Head won two National Championships AMA/NATC Observer Test for Beta in 1985 and 86. Other Beta drivers to win the US Championship include Ryan Young (five times in a row. from 1988 to 1992) and Geoff Aaron (also five consecutive years, from 1994 to 1998).

Of course, these days Beta is best known for its enduro/all-terrain bikes and it even made its way back into the motor racing pool with MXGP development racer Jeremy van Horebeek and the birth of a two-man motorcycle 300 times the RX.

But the Italian manufacturer has clung to its history in the trials and continues to invest in its elite teams at the world and national level. For 2023, this investment includes half a dozen Beta Evo machines ranging in size from 125 to 300; five is two strokes while one of the three 300s available is a four stroke.

As for the changes from 2022, the Beta press information mainly focuses on engine updates. All six bikes share the same rolling chassis with the signature aluminum girder frame incorporating a built-in 0.75-gallon fuel cell. As a result, some key dimensions are identical: the wheelbase of all six is ​​51.4 inches, the ground clearance is 12.2 inches, the foot height is 13.6 inches, and the “saddle” is 26.0 inches. (Those familiar with test bikes know that saddles on these machines are – indeed – a bit more than decals, as test bikes are most effective when riders are on their pegs. .)

In addition, there are other improvements for 2023 that are visible across the board. Michelin premium Trial Light front tires and Trial X-Lite Competition rear tires are standard on every bike.

In the critical suspension area, the 38mm Paioli conventional fork features new refinements in these hard-coated tubes, and these tubes also perform different functions, all with the aim of increasing the transmission’s progressive feel. hit in the toughest collisions. The left foot contains springs as well as an adjuster for changing the ride height while changes in downforce and regenerative damping are handled on the right foot. Beta says different volumes of oil can be used with this difference between pins to fine-tune the response. The claimed travel is 6.5 inches.

Naturally, the shock setting has also been modified with the aim of making the rear end more responsive when rebounding. Along with improving grip, Beta claims it makes the bike feel lighter, especially when repositioning the bike for an oncoming obstacle while jumping. Wheel travel is listed at 7.1 inches.

Sustained high speeds were not part of the test, so the Evos got small brakes as standard. However, the 185mm front rotor (protected by a layer of black plastic), is clamped by a four-piston caliper while the 160mm rear rotor is mated to a two-piston caliper.

To optimize airflow and provide more protection in the body and radiator cap, the grille has been completely redesigned. Along with that is a new tank cap that helps to flow better aesthetically while concealing the cable gland for a cleaner look. This cover contains a map switch that allows the driver to select one of two engine maps. While the button is easy to reach, Beta insists it’s unlikely to be pressed accidentally. Either way, there’s a small LED that the driver can see to instantly identify which circuit board is in use at any given time.

The beta-designated light gray Domino grip is complemented by a black lever. In addition, the new Beta red graphics on the tank cap, fork feet, fenders, black rim and bare aluminum swingarm create a striking highlight for the viewer. The Beta has reverted to a black plastic windbox, although the color is the only thing that distinguishes it from the 2022 device. Inside there’s the same Twin Air filter.

All six Evos come with a six-month limited warranty.

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