For 2014, the frame is stronger and the gas capacity has
been increased. For such a small company, Beta has amazing capabilities.
THE TWO-STROKE SITUATION
If you believe that there’s a massive conspiracy to kill the
two-stroke motor, here’s the truth: you’re right. All manu-
facturers of internal combustion engines are under pres-
sure to reduce emissions. A traditional two-stroke motor
has no hope of passing current pollution standards—never
mind the stricter ones that are coming. The only reason we
still have bikes like the Yamaha YZ250, the KTM 250SX
Why did Beta bother? In a word, passion. Beta is an
Italian company, which means it’s driven by enthusiasts
more than businessmen. And, being a small company has
its advantages; Beta can fly under the radar to a certain
extent. With advancements in direct injection, it’s possible
they will be able to build a clean two-stroke in the future.
It’s already happening in the outboard motor realm. In the
motorcycle world, the reason that no one has done it yet is
simply because no one has done it yet. The market is small
and doesn’t justify investing in a massive research and
So, Beta’s two-strokes don’t have anything experimental or new. They are very traditional, with case reeds and
centrifugal power valves. For our purposes, that’s perfect.
We still haven’t seen anything better for hard-core off-road
Tight woods are the bike’s
forte. The slower the trail,
the better the Beta.