2012 BETA Minicross Review


The BETA Mini Cross 50 R 12 is exactly what young riders need to get into the world of dirtbikes and motorcycles: fun. Without taking itself too seriously in the world of racing, the Mini Cross is geared toward riders from the ages of 8 to 12, and is meant more for buzzing around on trails and home tracks to get youngsters used to the feel of a bike. All over the world, kids are trying to get used riding, whether it be learning how to approach a turn or how to throttle over their first jumps. Not only is the Mini Cross ready for the first time on a track, it is also a safe bike so your little ones can get used to the control and handling of a motorcycle. It is designed with hopes that kids will train their bodies to move with the bike, keeping the balance centered.

The Mini Cross 50 R12 is powered by a 49cc, air-cooled, two-stroke fed by a 14mm Dell'Orto carb. For kids just getting used to riding or racing a mini, the BETA has an automatic transmission so they can concentrate on learning how to handle their machine without worrying about shifting and clutch work just yet. A durable steel frame, 30mm fork, and single shock keep the chassis simple. Also available is the Mini Cross 50 R10, which is the very same bike but with 10-inch wheels front and rear. The 50 R10 is lower to the ground so youngsters ages 4 through 7 years old (company advised age range) can feel comfortable on a motorcycle that’s a little more powerful, but not quite as tall.

New For 2012

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2012 BETA Minicross Specs

  • Model: R12, R10
  • Engine Type: Single-cylinder, two-stroke air cooled
  • Bore and Stroke: 39.5mm
  • Compression ratio: 13.9:1
  • Valve Train: unavailable
  • Induction: unavailable
  • Ignition: Electronic Spark Plug Champion L78C
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 0.53 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: Unavailable
  • Brakes (Front): 160mm rotor with hydraulic caliper
  • Brakes (Rear): 150mm rotor with mechanical caliper
  • Suspension (Front): 30 mm forks
  • Suspension (Rear): Single Shock
  • Wheelbase: 40.2 inches
  • Rake: Unavailable
  • Trail: Unavailable
  • Seat Height: 22.4 inches
  • Curb Weight: 92 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 15 inches; other information unavailable
  • Tires (Rear): 12 inches; other information unavailable


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Key Competitors For The 2012 BETA Minicross

  • 2012 Kawasaki KX 65
  • 2012 Honda CRF 50F
  • 2012 Yamaha TT-R 50E
  • 2012 KTM SX 50 MINI