Beta Motorcycles unveils its 2021 RR-S Dual Sport range
Beta Motorcycles specializes in off-road models. The shop maker only produces 20,000 units per year and sticks to what he knows best. At the end of May, the brand unveiled its 2021 two-stroke enduro range, and now the Italian firm is presenting its dual sport range for the upcoming model year.
Although Beta’s production numbers and authorized dealers are lower than those of major manufacturers, being a small business has its advantages. Due to lower sales volumes, the EPA is keeping Beta at less stringent emissions standards. For this reason, the engine in the company’s RR-S Dual Sport lineup is much closer to its off-road-specific counterparts.
Featuring a variety of displacements for different skill levels and environments, Beta’s Dual Sport lineup consists of the 350 RR-S, 390 RR-S, 430 RR-S and 500 RR-S. All models share the same dual-cradle Chromoly frame and fully adjustable Sachs suspension front and rear. A 37-inch seat height, 12.6-inch ground clearance and a 58.7-inch wheelbase also span the range.
Each model benefits from 11.6 inches of front wheel travel and 11.4 inches of rear travel. DOT-approved Michelin Enduro tires hug the 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels with 260mm and 240mm rotors providing stopping power. While the lineup is virtually unchanged for the 2021 model year, a Trail Tech GPS unit and electric starter are now standard on all RR-S variants.
Although the two sports of the Beta have a lot in common, the engine power varies due to the different bores and strokes. The 500 RR-S and 430 RR-S share the same 60.8mm stroke, but the 430’s 95mm piston reaches 100mm for the 500. The opposite of the equation, the 350 RR-S and 390 RR-S share the same 88mm bore, but different stroke with the 350 covering 57.4mm and the 390 having an extended 63.4mm stroke.
Of course, the compression ratios diverge between engines, but this is where the dissimilarities end. Each engine has a 42mm throttle body, hydraulic clutch controlling a six-speed gearbox, and chain-driven final drive. With models sharing many of the same components, there is only a two-pound difference between the 350’s 241-pound curb weight and the 500’s 243-pound curb weight, which is virtually negligible.
The small difference between the models is also reflected in the price, with the 350 RR-S retailing for $ 10,599 and increasing in increments of $ 100 for the 390 and 430 before landing at $ 10,899 for the 500 RR. -S. All new dual sport four-stroke Beta models will be available from a Beta dealer in September, so if you’re looking for an off-roader with a little edge, you might want to take a look at the small Italian manufacturer.