The best so far,

Beta’s all-new 200 RR com­bines the light weight of a 125 with the drive of a 300. It’s the best new dirt bike of the year so far

BIKE (UK) - - CONTENTS - with Jon Pear­son Ex­treme en­duro racer, Bike’s dirt ex­pert Con­tact: Beta-uk. com

BETA’S 2019 EN­DURO range stretches long and wide: the eight-model line-up is as com­pre­hen­sive as you’ll find from any man­u­fac­turer. And the new RR 200 is the best of the lot. This is say­ing some­thing, as the 300 two-stroke is Beta’s big­gest seller and choice of world en­duro cham­pion, Steve Hol­combe. Then there’s the big 480 fourstroke, which ap­peals to road bike rid­ers be­cause of its bru­tal mo­tor. But though big ca­pac­ity en­duro bikes can work for rac­ing they’re not ideal be­cause most rid­ers don’t need all that weight and power. They sell in big num­bers in North Amer­ica and Aus­tralia though, be­cause they are fast and torquey, and still ag­ile com­pared with a road-ori­en­tated trail or ad­ven­ture bike. But even in this com­pany, the RR 200 shines. It’s a small-ca­pac­ity two-stroke like I’ve never rid­den. Char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally th­ese are light and fun but also hard work to ride be­cause of a nar­row power­band that re­quires con­stant con­cen­tra­tion. Keep­ing a 125 or 150 two-stroke on the pipe is a great trick to mas­ter but it’s so much less trou­ble to ride a 250 four-stroke. Un­til now, that is. The RR 200 is ver­sa­tile and light. With the same chas­sis as the 125 it is sweet han­dling and en­ergy-light to ride but has the power and torque enough to be a gen­uinely use­ful en­duro and trail bike. A me­an­der­ing loop on a steep Tus­cany hill­side (where the ‘Hell’s Gate’ ex­treme en­duro is held each year) was a good test but there were bet­ter ones lurk­ing off-piste through the trees. Scal­ing a hellish hill on the 200 was an eye-opener: I ex­pected 125-style all-or-noth­ing en­gine per­for­mance but found a bike ea­ger to drive at the bot­tom and at­tack the hill, but with torque and feel from a light clutch and deft throt­tle de­liv­ery when the slope got so tough that push­ing was the only way for­ward. Even a stall part way did lit­tle to halt progress as the electric start fired it back into life and I quickly found the grip and torque to move off again. Much lighter and eas­ier to man-han­dle than its big­ger broth­ers, it means that when I get to the top of the climb I’m ready to give it an­other go in­stead of col­laps­ing. Un­less Beta have sneak­ily fit­ted a 250 mo­tor, then this is the bike of the year for me so far. Sadly, it’ll be Oc­to­ber be­fore Beta’s pro­duc­tion lines at the small Ital­ian fac­tory can start work on the lit­tle 200. When it does hit the show­rooms it’s surely go­ing to be a hit.

Beta RR 200 Rac­ing £6250 (est) PRICE: 190.2cc, sin­gle EN­GINE: cylin­der 2-stroke 930mm SEAT HEIGHT: DRY WEIGHT: 97.5kg

No fuel in­jec­tion here. 200 RR has a carb

A 125 would be scream­ing, but the 200 sails up on a wave of torque

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