It was a ghost town, as if the whole population of two-strokeville had been abducted,
leaving the lights on and the
doors unlocked. The last message on the answering machine
was when KTM added electric
start, dated 2009.
Now all that has changed, with a
completely new player and a completely new bike. Beta just delivered
its first 250RR 2T off-road bike to
the U.S. This is a hard-core, off-road
motorcycle with a two-stroke powerplant at the core of its very being.
Beta? Yup, Beta. This tiny Italian
firm is currently the most aggressive
and progressive company in the off-road world. Just nine years ago, it
used to be an old-world trials company that offered little for mainstream American riders. In 2004,
Beta started making off-road bikes
with KTM motors, which gave way
to Beta’s own in-house four-stroke
in 2009. Now that a two-stroke has
been added, Beta has one of the
most complete lines of off-road
motorcycles in the world.
NEW OLD-SCHOOL MOTOR
The new motor is clean and modern, but it does look kind of familiar.
Before its release, there were rumors
that it was made by someone else.
Not true; it’s a Beta motor, new from
the cases in. It bears a superficial Beta nailed the target. The 250RR is an awesome
off-road bike for the toughest conditions.