It’s officially new bike season and we’ve got more first looks for the 2023 model year. Up next are the 2023 Beta RR models. After a six-year hiatus, Beta USA is re-introducing their standard RR range of four strokes in the US. These bikes will accompany the RR two strokes but differ from the “Race Editions” which will be announced later in the year.
Beta is re-introducing their four stroke RR models to the US market.
Starting with the proven Beta 4 Stroke powerplant, designed and manufactured by Beta in Italy featuring twin fuel injectors, diaphragm clutch, electric starting, dual map choices, and traction control. Then, combine this power package with a chassis and suspension that is more forgiving than the competition’s offerings with Beta’s trademark “Rideability”.'
Of course, Beta did not forget about the 2 Stroke RR range with redesigned bodywork, updated suspension settings, and major updates for the 125 engine. Beta Italy worked in close collaboration with their factory team Enduro champions Brad Freeman and Steve Holcombe to further develop a series of new improvements regarding both the powertrain, frame, and suspension for the 2023 2 and 4 stroke RR models, this along with the guidance of the Beta engineers, have created a product range that offers both performance and beauty. An all-red color scheme and new plastics with a more linear, essential, and sleeker design than before, providing the RR with an even more minimalist look. Some say “less is more”: Beta believes that only the very best will do, and creates bikes with no frills, with only what you really need, whether racing or out on a Sunday ride with your friends.
With this new range of eight different models, each with its own personality, to cater for the needs of a very diverse spectrum of riders. There’s the perfect RR for every rider, but what every model has in common is the ability to instill confidence in the user and offer a genuinely rewarding riding experience.
Updates for all the 2023 RR models include:
» Front Fork: In the quest for an even sharper rider feedback, Beta Italy’s engineers have revised the internals of the front fork – a ZF component, as on the previous generation. The geometry of the oil passages around the fork piston has been modified to reduce cavitation in the system to ensure impeccably smooth fork action throughout the entire travel. This update broadens the effect of the performance as the rider changes the external compression and rebound settings and results in improved rider comfort. Therefore, the bike remains composed and controllable even in rough terrain conditions. The goal is to create a front-wheel feel for the rider that provides a greater amount of confidence
» Radiator shrouds: The new shrouds are narrower than before to give the rider more freedom of movement, especially when cornering. Designed to be sleek and also contribute to the revised, simple, and essential new look of the bike.
» Graphics: all models now feature a new all-red color scheme. The style of the graphics is more minimalist than before, with bold, clearly defined forms and purer, more modern lines which emphasize the muscular shape of the bike and link the new shrouds seamlessly to the other components.
125 2-Stroke RR – Features
For the 2023 model year, the 125 RR 2 Stroke has received the most substantial and far-reaching modifications of the entire 2 stroke range. The upgrades made to the little 1/8 liter power unit have added that extra sparkle that younger riders look for when squeezing every ounce of performance out of their bikes. This suite of upgrades geared to improving the performance of the bike and reducing engine inertia has made the 125 RR, which was already an agile, reactive machine before, even quicker and more responsive than ever, and capable of holding its own in the same rough terrain conditions dominated by its bigger siblings.
» Flywheel and crankshaft: the 125 2-stroke engine features a lighter flywheel and a smaller-diameter crankshaft than its predecessor. Both of these components have been introduced to reduce the inertia of the engine internals. In terms of performance, this translates to a quicker throttle response as it allows the engine’s components to spin up more rapidly, and lets the rider make full use of all the power available despite this model having less horsepower on tap than its bigger siblings.
» Crankcase: the smaller-diameter crankshaft takes up less space in the crankcase. Betamotor’s engineers have redesigned the crankcase to compensate for the space freed up by the smaller crankshaft, optimizing the interior volume of the component itself to ensure the air/fuel mixture flow needed to maximize the performance unleashed by the new components.
» Power valve: the power valve has been recalibrated to match the power delivery that the new crankshaft and crankcase has provided.