There is one quirk with the fuel injection that causes the
motor to rev high for a couple of seconds on start-up. It is
not an issue if you’re stopped and just firing up the bike,
but bump-starting can get sketchy. In our Erzberg zone we
tried coasting, motor off and used first gear to bump-start
it. The bike ignited, did its rev thing and scared several
years out of one tester.
Bars—too wide and too low for our tastes. The saddle is
excellent, other than being very low for our taller, bad-knee
crew. We never had an issue sliding back on hills, and our
butt stayed in place on steep rock ledges. Basically, the legroom on the machine is cramped for all but the young and
flexible or shorter pilots. All of our tall guys (5-foot- 10 and
above) wanted a taller saddle and maybe a lower footpeg.
Several riders complained about catching their boots
on the rear number plates on extreme drop-offs and when
dog paddling. The tank, seat and radiator-shroud junction
are tight, being nice and slim, making for easy mobility in
While the 2-gallon fuel tank is slim, it’s too small for serious off-roaders. We’d like to see at least 2. 4 to 2. 5 gallons.
The grips are comfy, it lacks handguards (really?) and the
Michelin tires worked well in spite of the rear being an Eco
R Both brakes could be better. They’re not weak; they just
aren’t a threat to KTM. Sitting on the bike the levers felt
a little thin, though that sensation went away while riding.
The rear has a vague feeling; we’re not sure if it’s the brake
or the Eco tire that lacked grip. All testers felt that the front
stopper required two fingers for aggressive slowing instead
of the preferred one digit. Beta’s hydraulic clutch is sweet
and has a very light pull, though it began to chatter and
squeal a little when it got hot from abuse in the tight stuff.
We did boil it in one of the ugly canyons; it’d be nice if it
came with a fan.
THE REALITY IS…
The Beta 430RR is a player in the world of hard-core
off-road. It has incredibly smooth and appealing throttle
response, a midrange that helps you make traction, a light
clutch pull, and suspension that prefers the sticks-and-stones domain that nearly every machine on the planet
hates—only a slight lack of versatility hurts its case. It’s not
lightly priced ($9399), but you can take this to the bank if
your world is all about conquering the unattractive obstacles that plague the terrain, then it doesn’t get any better
than the 430RR. In the right context it’s a full cheater! ❏
Very slim ergos
make for easy
The bars and
levers are on point,
the 2-gallon fuel
tank is a bit small,
but the mileage
was good thanks
to the fuel injection. This bike is
worldwide, but is
not EPA legal here!
Word has it that it
will be next year
and very possibly