First look at the 2023 Beta Dual-Sport lineup [7 RR-S Fast Facts]
The 2023 Beta Dual-Sport line of four dirt-legal bikes has arrived. All four models are virtually identical except for the bores and strokes used by the 500, 430, 390, and 350 flavors. There are improvements to the suspension, electronics, and ergonomics, so let’s go – y.
- The RR-S range gets the same suspension as the dirt-only RR models. Sachs ZF suspension is used everywhere. The fork is updated from last year, with new oil passages designed to reduce cavitation. In addition, the damping adjustment range is increased. The shock is a piggyback reservoir design with a linkage assist.
- New ECU mapping includes traction control. The 2023 Beta dual-sport bikes have two power modes – wet and dry – and traction control is optimized for each mode. Traction control can be turned on or off in either mode.
- The radiator shrouds are narrower for 2023, allowing the rider to move around the bike more easily.
- Beta updated the graphic, turning most of the bodywork red.
- The four engines have different characteristics. The 500 and 430 share the same stroke and use discrete bores, while the 390 and 350 have identical bores and different strokes. The 390 and 350 are two pounds lighter than the 500 and 430.
6. Trail Tech Voyager GPS units return as a standard feature. In addition to GPS functionality, the unit provides engine monitoring, as well as the ability to download trail maps.7. The 2023 Beta dual-sport lineup gets an overall price hike of $500. All four models are within a $300 price gap, encouraging you to buy the model that suits you best, rather than worrying about price. Buyers who like to have their bikes factory-customized will be happy to know that the BYOB (Build Your Own Beta) program is back for 2023.
We tested the Beta 500 RR-S
2023 Beta 500 RR-S Specifications (430 RR-S, 390 RR-S and 350 RR-S)ENGINE
- Type: 4-stroke single cylinder
- Displacement: 478 cc (430: 431 cc; 390: 386 cc; 350: 349 cc)
- Bore x stroke: 100 x 60.8mm (430: 95 x 60.8mm; 390: 88 x 63.4mm; 350: 88 x 57.4mm)
- Compression ratio: 11.9:1 (430:12.3:1; 390:12.5:1; 350:13.2:1)
- Starting: Electric (kick as an option)
- Fuel: EFI with 42mm throttle body with dual injectors
- Valvetrain: DOHC; 4 valves (titanium intake, steel exhaust)
- Lubrication: separate oil for engine and transmission with dual oil pumps
- Transmission: 6 speed
- Clutch: hydraulically operated diaphragm style
- Final drive: O-ring chain
- Frame: double cradle chromoly steel
- Front suspension; travel: Fully adjustable 48mm inverted Sachs ZF Open Cartridge fork; 11.6 inches
- Rear suspension; travel: Link-assist fully adjustable Sachs ZF aluminum body, piggyback reservoir damper; 11.4 inches
- Wheels: Excel Takasago
- Tires: Maxxis Enduro
- Front tire: 90/90 x 21
- Rear tire: 140/80 x 18
- Front brake: 260mm floating Galfer disc with Nissin 4-piston caliper
- Rear brake: 240mm Galfer disc with Nissin 2-piston caliper
DIMENSIONS and CAPACITIES
- Wheelbase: 58.7 inches
- Seat height: 37 inches
- Ground clearance: 12.6 inches
- Fuel tank capacity: 2.4 gallons
- Curb weight: 257 lbs (390 and 350: 255 lbs)
- 2023 Beta 500 RR-S: $11,799 MSRP
- 2023 Beta 430 RR-S: $11,699 MSRP
- 2023 Beta 390 RR-S: $11,599 MSRP
- 2023 Beta 350 RR-S: $11,499 MSRP
2023 Beta Dual-Sport 500 RR-S Lineup Photo Gallery