2016 BETA 300RR
on tight technical trails.
shock received setting updates and still features adjustable
rebound, along with high- and low-speed compression-adjustment capabilities. Both the forks and shock are
hard-anodized a matching gold color.
Other notable items that come stock on the 2016 Beta
300RR include an FMF nickel-plated pipe with silencer
made to Beta factory specifications and Galfer brake rotors
front and rear with Nissin braking components. The 300RR
is also equipped with a Magura hydraulic clutch system.
Michelin competition tires ( 18 inches in the rear and 21
inches out front) are mounted on the powdercoated rims
with polished aluminum hubs.
The Beta 300RR is a beautiful bike with loads of Italian
style and craftsmanship on display, just like a fine automobile. With that being said, sometimes the finer things in
life don’t translate well in the real world. Thankfully, this is
not the case with Beta’s 2016 300RR. It has good, usable
power down low and pulls strong through the midrange.
This is not a top-end horsepower-making engine. There
is power up top; it’s just not much. Considering its power
characteristics, the Beta works best when you short-shift
when going through gears. The 300RR is in its element
on tight technical trails using first through fourth gear.
This seems to be where the engine power characteristics
and chassis work in unison, producing magic. At higher
speeds, like fifth and sixth gear, the chassis gets busy.
Big high-speed hits or G-out-type situations are not strong
points for the Sachs suspension; it blows through the
stroke on both ends, bottoming without much resistance.
We were surprised by how well the 300RR worked on a
moto track. Yes, it was pretty soft, and short-shifting to
stay in the meat of the powerband was a must, but the
overall package was fun to ride. Some of our taller test rid-
ers found the Beta’s rider compartment a little cramped,
but all would agree it was light- and nimble-feeling on the
trail. We love the electric start with back-up kickstarter
option—not because we like to kick-start bikes, but
because it’s always nice to know if the battery is disabled
you’re not stuck on the trail. Overall, the 2016 300RR is a
blast to ride. The tighter and gnarlier the trail is, the better
it performs. With some refinements in key areas, this two-
stroke platform could be just what Beta needs to make
that jump up to the next level. ❏
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Beta works with FMF and offers a factory-spec complete
exhaust system as OEM equipment.