For 2014, the frame is stronger and the gas capacity has
been increased. For such a small company, Beta has amazing capabilities.
INSIDE THE PREVIEW
A little inside information is appropriate here.
Manufacturers often arrange for press “preview” rides
on preproduction bikes for good reason. These events
always make the bike seem wonderful. All the elements
are carefully controlled. The track is prepped perfectly.
Ride time is very limited, as several publications must
share the same bike. Competing brands aren’t allowed
on the track for comparison. And the bike itself might or
might not be representative of the later versions that will
roll off the assembly line. It’s almost assured that magazine editors and test riders will walk away with a favorable impression of the bike, and that can (and often does)
change completely when they ride the real bike, on a real
track, against real competition a few months later. That’s
why we make a distinction between “First Ride” stories
and real tests in Dirt Bike.
This was a classic example of a press preview. Glen
Helen’s National track was groomed, and we were
allowed a morning of riding before the bike was taken
away and re-prepped for another publication. For now,
YZ250F 2 0 1
now the only
Japanese manufacturer that is
sticking with the
in its motocross
The Yamaha YZ250F got the same engine layout as the
YZ450. For some people, that might not be good news. In
this case, it seems to work.