the year that Beta celebrates its first 100 years of activity on two wheels,
Beta Enduro starts with this project, which already thirty years ago had brought
it great fame. The Tuscan company launches a KTM derived enduro motorcycle
With the four petrol engines (250, 400, 450, 525), Beta offers all enduro riders
the chance to find ttheir real enduro race-ready bike, with a lot of grit, low
weights and volumes and ample standard equipment .
RR 400 4T
claim that for best results you should always have the largest possible number
Beta knows that the reality of the terrain takes into account many variables and
for this reason, it launches in 2005 the RR 400 which fits ideally between the
small 250, the powerful 450 and the now very powerful, perhaps too powerful,
Immediately noticeable is the design of the bike. The handlebars high enough,
the saddle slender and flat, compact tank and well positioned footrests, allow
for great ease in the movements of the rider. The shape of the front, in my
opinion, is a bit special and can create, in corners, understeer, but on the
other hand, the large wheels results in being very stable on fast and uneven
The engine 400 provides the rider greater ease in driving and managing the power
is simple. Slightly less than the 450 in terms of peak maximum output power,
this engine is much more smooth and linear in power delivery, a characteristic
which becomes really valuable in challenging enduro situation. It ensures
outstanding torque at low RPM which is maintained until at medium fast speed.
The decline in performance is substantial once the peak has been reached. The
6-speed gearbox contribute to make it a very flexible bike.
"A real enduro race-ready, with a lot of grit, low weights and volumes
and ample standard equipment"
Even on Beta, as now on all 4 models, this is the starter motor with the button
on the handlebar, become indispensable for both amateurs and many professionals.
The front suspension is a Marzocchi 45 mm USD fork and the rear shock absorber
offers a good feel of the surface. The fork, perhaps setting a bit soft in my
case, had no problems in absorbing the roughness of the road, while the linkage
(unlike KTM mounting of the PDS) makes the rear end less nervous and more
intuitive to predict.
With regards the brake system Beta has relied on the new disk technology. A wave
floating front disc of 255 mm in diameter and the rear single fixed 240 mm,
respectively coupled to a dual-piston caliper and a single piston. We have not
found problems of deterioration of performance in the use of the system in
The slender superstructure, the details in panels, the flaming red livery and
the many tricks from real enduro, the placing on the market of off-road at the
same level as its competitors, if excellent. And this is only the first year,
imagine the future!
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