2021 Beta 250 RR

The 2021 Beta 250 RR is one of four bikes in the Italian manufacturer’s RR lineup of two-stroke off-road models that excel at single-track and technical terrain.

2021 Beta 250 RR
2021 Beta 250 RR
2021 Beta 250 RR (Beta/)

Ups

  • Precise steering helps it dominate the single-track
  • Premixed fuel is not required since it is oil-injected
  • Somewhat surprising power
  • Minimal engine vibration thanks to its solid counterbalancer
  • Smooth hydraulic clutch

Downs

  • 2.6-gallon fuel tank could be a little larger capacity for longer rides
  • Slightly uncomfortable at the handlebar

Verdict

Positive aspects of the Beta’s ride quality, engine, and smooth clutch give this bike a high-scoring grade of an A-, according to our test rider Allan Brown.

Overview

The Beta 250 RR is the Italian manufacturer’s 249cc two-stroke off-road dirt bike. It is designed to be more than just a playbike for the casual off-road rider or racer, from technical enduro terrain to single-track or casual fire roads and any fun riding in between.

Updates for 2021

As we covered in our review, updates include a stronger rear subframe, changes to the shim stacks in the fork and shock, a new seat foam and seat base, an improved air filter housing, new mounting of the side panel, and a red color scheme.

2021 Beta 250 RR Race Edition
2021 Beta 250 RR Race Edition (Beta/)

Pricing and Variants

The base-model Beta 250 RR has an MSRP of $8,799, but it is also offered in a Race Edition that comes in at $9,399. A couple of the main differences between the two is the Race Edition swaps the base model’s Sachs front suspension with a KYB AOS (Air-Oil Separate) closed-cartridge fork, and Michelin Enduro competition tires for Metzeler 6 Days off-road tires. The Race Edition also features hand guards, racing graphics, and seat cover.

Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance

When tested on our in-house dyno, the 250′s numbers were not too far off from the 300 RR, the brand’s highest-displacement off-road model, that we dynoed last year. The 2021 Beta 250 RR’s peak figures were 38.9 hp at 8,100 rpm and 27.3 pound-feet of torque at 6,600 rpm.

When we rode the 250 we were surprised that its power did not fall too far (0.4 less peak horsepower and 1.1 pound-feet less peak torque) behind its bigger sibling. We did notice that, “While there is a small reduction in midrange torque compared to its larger-displacement sibling, the 250 RR engine runs very well and is lighter and more free revving.” The engine’s counterbalancer keeps engine vibration to a minimum.

Its six-speed transmission has a super-low first gear and decent spacing up to sixth, and the Brembo clutch works smoothly, we reported.

2021 Beta 250 RR
2021 Beta 250 RR (Beta/)

Handling

A slightly rigid chassis and point-and-shoot-like steering from a communicative front end combine to make the Beta a single-track dominator. DOT-approved Michelin enduro tires provide impressive lean-angle traction and confidence on harder-packed surfaces as well.

The fully adjustable Sachs suspension of the base model we tested allowed for easy tuning, and we did notice the “rear of the bike tracks well and the Sachs shock has a little more holdup than the fork.”

Brakes

Braking is done with a Nissin two-piston caliper and 260mm disc combo up front and a Nissin single-piston caliper and 240mm disc out back.

Fuel Economy and Real-world MPG

Although fuel economy numbers are currently unavailable, we did note that the fuel mileage is not the best if the bike is ridden hard.

Ergonomics: Comfort and Utility

The Beta has a narrow chassis and an open, flat cockpit that allow for easy body position adjustments; however, we would like to see better comfort in the handlebar.

Electronics

The Beta is equipped with an electric starter, but a kickstarter is sold as a separate option for approximately $400. An ignition map button is located above the fuel tank and is used to toggle between two map settings. A full light kit with pre-wired turn signal connections is also included. A compact dash is mounted in front of the bar pad to provide the rider with handy information.

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Both the base and Race Editions of the 250 RR include a six-month limited warranty.

Quality

The Beta 250 RR receives high scores from our Cycle World test rider for its versatile rideability and surprising power. The updated suspension really refines the package as well. Just a couple of minor infractions with the handlebar and fuel tank size hold it back from receiving an A+.

2021 Beta 250 RR
2021 Beta 250 RR (Beta/)

2021 Beta 250 RR Claimed Specifications

MSRP: $8,799
Engine: 249cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder two-stroke
Bore x Stroke: 66.4 x 72.0mm
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/chain
Fuel Delivery: Keihin PXK 36mm carburetor
Clutch: Wet, multiple disc, hydraulically operated
Engine Management/Ignition: AC-CDI Kokusan w/ dual map switch
Frame: Steel double cradle
Front Suspension: 48mm Sachs inverted fork, fully adjustable; 11.6 in. travel
Rear Suspension: Sachs shock, fully adjustable; 11.4 in. travel
Front Brake: 2-piston caliper, Nissin 260mm disc
Rear Brake: 1-piston caliper, Nissin 240mm disc
Wheels, Front/Rear: Spoked wheels
Tires, Front/Rear: Enduro competition; 21 in. / 18 in.
Rake/Trail: N/A
Wheelbase: 58.3 in.
Ground Clearance: 12.6 in.
Seat Height: 36.6 in.
Fuel Capacity: 2.6 gal.
Wet Weight: 228 lb. (w/o fuel)
Contact: betausa.com

Cycle World Tested Specifications

Seat Height: 37.3 in.
Wet Weight: 247 lb.
Rear-wheel Horsepower: 38.9 hp @ 8,100 rpm
Rear-Wheel Torque: 27.3 lb.-ft. @ 6,600 rpm
Source : Motorcyclist More