The Tuscany house have launched their biggest-displacement dual-sport as of yet, the 2015 MY Beta 500RS. It sports a four-stroke, liquid-cooled, 478cc, single cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission.
The two-wheeler is great for off-road trails, sharing its engine, frame and suspension with the successful RR models, plus it comes standard with Michelin Enduro tires that have a 90/10 off to on-road ratio. Comfort is also increased due to the handlebar pad from the Race Edition and the newly-designed, softer seat foam.
The 2015 Beta 430RS sports a four-stroke, liquid-cooled, 431cc single cylinder engine paired to a six-speed, manual transmission. A lightweight and agile dual sport machine, the joy of riding is enhanced by features such as the Voyager GPS unit with user-defined and preset maps, engine and ambient temperature indicators, a trip meter, and aggressive Michelin Enduro tires with a 90% to 10% off to on road ratio.
Other features, such as the handlebar pad, derived from the Race Edition and newly-designed, softer seat foam increase rider comfort, making the two-wheeler suitable for longer hauls either on or off the road.
The 2015 MY Beta 390 RS sports a four-stroke, liquid-cooled, 386cc, single cylinder engine mated to a six-speed, manual transmission. It is one of the lightest dual-sports available on the market, thanks to the engine, frame and the suspension, which all are the same as the ones on the RR off-road bikes.
A light and agile dual-sport, the 390RS comes with an attractive pack of features, such as a Trail Tech Voyager GPS, RR-inspired graphics, an engine that's 2.2 lb lighter, tuck-away mirrors, off-road inspired D.O.T. tires, and softer seat foam.
The 2014 MY Beta 520 RS comes with a four-stroke, liquid-cooled, 497cc engine paired to a six-speed manual transmission. It has great off-road poise thanks to the frame and suspensions, derived from the successful RR beta series.
A new standard feature on the RS models, and in the whole Beta family is the Trial Tech Voyager GPS, which has downloadable maps, trip meters, clock and can show engine temperature. Plus, it allows the rider to organize, edit and share entire trail systems in 3D.
The fuel tank has been redesigned for a lowered center of gravity and to improve air flow from the radiators. With all these great improvements, the 2014 MY Beta 520 RS is a serious option to consider if one is on the market for a good dual sport.
The 2014 MY Beta 450 RS sports a four-stroke, liquid-cooled, 449cc single cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
This dual-sport gives off a strong off-road vibe thanks to its Sachs 48mm front fork with SKF low friction seals, and the all-aluminium body rear shock, derived from the proven RR Beta models.
Excellent off-road capabilities and steady, safe, on-road performances are ensured by the double cradle steel frame, also frankensteined from the RR models.
An all new RS model has been introduced by the Tuscany House, in the form of the 2014 MY Beta 400 RS. This dual sport bike has been designed focusing on weight reduction, improved ergonomics and better handling.
The Italian engineers have tweaked the engine, to maximize the power output, yet still keep it as light as possible. Lower rpm power delivery has been improved with the introduction of a new air filter, and the primary drive has been shortened, ensuring optimum torque in a wide range of scenarios.
In the 2013 MY Beta 520 RS, the Italian engineers improved the engine cam chain by introducing an increase in oil volume, therefore, reducing friction. Also, maintenance has become easier thanks to a new oil drain plug, facilitating oil changes.
The brakes have been fitted with new front and rear rotors, enhancing rider safety on the road but also improving performance off the road. The visual side has been upgraded with a new, stylish red color and a redesigned headlight and front fender support.
The 2013 MY Beta 450RS features a new Sachs 48mm fork with TFX technology which provides more precise movement with less friction, thus improving the feel and increasing the suspension performance. This new fork has been designed especially for Beta machinery. In this regard, the fork seals and wipers have been replaced with ones that have self-lubricating compounds, and a new triple clamp has been fitted to match the new fork.
The frame has received an upgrade also, with extra gussets and bigger diameter lower tubes, which make it flex less and and improves the overall stability of the two-wheeler, both during sharp turns and in fast straight lines.
The 2013 MY Beta 350RS is a dual-purpose bike that will be just as eager to ride on tarmac as it is competitive beyond the point where asphalt ends. Sporting a four-stroke, liquid-cooled, 349cc single-cylinder mated to a six-speed manual transmission, it has enough grunt to overcome even the most treacherous off-road courses.
Gear engagement and clutch action have been improved, thanks to a new primary gear and new clutch springs. Also, the cylinder head has been redesigned to reduce engine noise.
The 2012 MY Beta 520RS has the biggest displacement in the RS family, and is the most powerful. Sporting a four-stroke, liquid-cooled, 497cc, single-cylinder engine paired to a sturdy six-speed manual transmission, the 520RS has all it needs to tackle both the urban streets and the muddy trails in the wilderness.
In this model, Beta increased the oil volume to the engine cam chain, reducing friction, and also made it easier to change the oil, thanks to a new oil drain plug. It features the BYOB (Build Your Own Beta) program, which allows one to choose from a wide variety of different accessories and settings. The BYOB version also comes with a nameplate of whom the bike was built for.
The 2012 MY Beta 450RS sports a 449cc, four-stroke, liquid-cooled engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The 450RS is more fearsome than ever, featuring improvements in the engine department, like stronger cam chain guides, updated counterbalance bearings and a redesigned cylinder head.
The aesthetics department has been refreshed, with a bold new red frame and white plastics. The RS can be customized to give it a more original look, with over 65 accessories available to choose from.
The 2012 My Beta 350RS dual sport is equipped with a single-cylinder, four-stroke, liquid-cooled, 349cc engine, mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
The clutch has been improved for this model, with a new primary gear and new springs that make for better clutch action and gear engagement.The maintenance department has also been improved with a new oil drain plug for easier oil changes.
The 45mm Marzocchi USD fork coupled by the Sachs shock with adjustable rebound rear suspension help the 350 RS take on a wide variety of scenarios, whether on or off the road.