Beta 400 RS | First Ride

Beta than you'd think!

By Karel Kramer, Photography by Karel Kramer


Beta built on its trials credentials, started chassis design with a KTM engine and now has its own proprietary powerplant.

Husaberg FE570S, Husqvarna TE449, KTM 450/530 EXC.

Price: $8699
Engine type: DOHC, liquid-cooled four-stroke single
Displacement: 398cc
Bore x stroke: 95 x 56.2mm
Transmission: 6-speed
Claimed horsepower: 44 bhp
Claimed torque: 31.7 lb.-ft.
Frame: Steel semi-perimeter
Front suspension: 45mm Marzocchi fork with adjustable compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension: Sachs shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front brake: Nissin twin-piston caliper, 260mm disc
Rear brake: Nissin single-piston caliper, 240mm disc
Front tire: 80/100-21 Pirelli MT21
Rear tire: 110/100-18 Pirelli MT21
Seat height: 36.6 in.
Wheelbase: 58.1 in.
Fuel capacity: 2.1 gal.
Claimed curb weight: 262 lbs.
Colors: Red/white
Warranty: 12 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact: American Beta
P.O. Box 4099
Paso Robles, CA 93447

VERDICT 4 out of 5 stars
A versatile, go-anywhere mount that splits its talents evenly between on- and off-road.

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