by Charles Owens on 07/12/2013
American Beta is pleased to announce their 2014 RR models. The company from Florence, Italy has turned 110 years old this year and is celebrating in a big way by further improving their off-road line up. All of the bikes receive updates in the chassis and engine departments to further enhance the “Rideability” of the bikes. Beta takes pride in developing their products with a focus on ease of riding and the 2014 models prove this once again.
Six models will be offered for 2014 including the Revolutionary 250 and 300 RR two strokes. The bikes return with features such as full rear suspension linkage, front and rear lights, full skid plate, FMF plated exhaust with an FMF silencer, extra front number plate to replace the headlight, Nissin brakes with stainless steel wave rotors, electric start, as well as a backup kick starter .
New features for 2014 start with a focus on suspension refinement.
The front fork has a smaller inner cartridge as well as updated compression and rebound pistons to improve the oil flow. The valving has also been changed for an improvement over the square-edge hits. The top fork cap has been updated to make spring changes easier. Finally, new oil has been added to tie everything together. At the back-end, the bikes receive a reshaped rebound adjuster which allows for a more precise adjustment. The shock also receives updated valving and a heavier rear 5.2 kg spring.
The frame on all two strokes has been enhanced by reducing stress to the heavy weighted areas. As shown in the diagram, the frame areas that are in light blue or yellow are the heaviest impacted under extreme conditions. These areas are normally red in color under heavy impacts however the Beta engineering team has reduced all the areas to a yellow or light blue which represents roughly a 20% reduction of stress to the frame. This translates to less feedback to the rider, hence making the bike easier to ride and manage.
The fuel tank size has been increase from two gallon to a 2.5 gallon for increased range. The tank is now a natural (clear) color making it easier to fill and see how much is in the tank. It also adds to the bikes race look. A new front fender provides better protection for the rider from mud and water. The design is stronger than the 2013 model and is more rigid in design. The seat base has also been redesigned for a better fit to the frame and provides more comfort to the rider. The seat continues to be a push button release, this along with the quick-access air filter makes for an easy air filter change.
Also new for 2014 is an oil check plug in the clutch cover. This feature makes it easy to check the clutch and transmission oil. Other updates include a new power valve mechanism for the 250 RR that provides improved performance at low rpm and a smoother transition throughout the power range. There are new brake disks that have an improved heat treatment for more durability.
The best news of all is the prices remain the same for 2014 at an industry low $7999.00 for either the 250 or 300 RR models!