system diagnostics. As we said, it comes equipped with
enduro lighting fore and aft. The muffler is a legal spark
arrestor. It’s fit with a side stand, and the fuel tank is translucent, allowing for a clear view of the fuel level of the tiny
LOOKING FOR THE BLEMISHES,
NOT THE GROOMED LANDSCAPE
Ergonomically, the 430 is laid out well. The Race
Edition’s ISDE-type seat, larger aluminum footpegs and
bar combination will fit a broad range of pilots. This
machine is superbly quiet, starts immediately and chugs
out of the hole like a tractor. The power churns out as
the throttle cracks and melts nicely into a meaty middle
portion of the powerband. A silky-smooth clutch feel with
good engagement is another benefit of the enduro-friendly
powerband. Our bike was a little notchy shifting initially,
though it did smile bigger as time was put on the machine.
Still, this machine shines when the going gets tight and
hacky, and that’s where the power is king. It’s strong yet
docile. It is fused with near-perfect fuel metering, so there
is no fear of flaming out. It chugs and chews on carnage
with a broad appetite.
It’s a short-shift powerband; revving it really doesn’t do
anything nice other than make noise. Shift when you’re
in the upper meat of the powerband and it continues to
make usable thrust that keeps the suspension relaxed and
the rear tire digging and driving forward. Remember, this
is with the standard mapping. You can probably tailor the
powerband to be more mid-to-top with a change to its setting. For us, this isn’t necessary, as the Beta thrives in the
second- and third-gear world of technical riding. Gearing-wise, the six-speeder is a bit tall on top but is very versatile. The O-ring chain is strong, and the hybrid aluminum/
steel-toothed sprocket is very durable.
Up front, the Sachs closed-cartridge fork takes a
Left: The machine is very thin through the tank and saddle.
The brakes are strong, and the Michelin Enduro Comp tires
work well in the rocks and hardpack, though they leave a bit
on the table in the sand.
Top Right: The grips are smallish and comfy, and the
electrical controls on the machine are very dual-sport and
excessive for a hard-core off-roader. Middle Right: Very
good bar adjustability and a strong bulge handlebar grace
the cockpit. Bottom Right: The Race Edition’s footpegs are
beefy and feature great bite.