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Beta Motorcycles NZ has released information on the MY 2023 Beta RR Racing models we can expect to see in the coming months.
It would seem the biggest difference is the shock, being swapped out for a japinese made KYB unit. Along with a new graphics kit and restyled hand guards.
Beta pressrelease - Betamotor presents the new RR Racing My 2023 to warm the hearts of Enduro fans!
The main new feature of the 2-stroke and 4-stroke Racing My 2023 models is the introduction of the Kayaba (KYB) rear shock, specially made by the Japanese suspension experts for Betamotor’s Enduro bikes.
In keeping with Beta traditions, the RR Racing range of bikes come complete with everything needed to transform the Enduro models of the Tuscan brand into machines ready to race in the toughest conditions and the most competitive events.
The Racing model range is finished off with new Racing graphics, highlighting the sleek shape of the new radiator shrouds introduced on the RR a few months ago, and different components, such as the handguards.
The racing pedigree of the sportiest version of Beta’s Enduro range is evident in the RR Racing My 2023in a number of ways:Racing components
•Quick release front axle: immediately recognisable by the red anodised alloy release lever, the axle is crucial for saving precious seconds in a race when you need to change a tyre.
•Reinforced handguards: The new handguards, designed and manufactured in-house by Betamotor, feature a two-component material mould, in red and blue, which not only give the bike a racing look but also make them especially hard-wearing in even the roughest off-road use.
•Metzeler tyres: the bikes of the Racing range are fitted with the same tyres used by the official team riders in the EnduroGp championship. High-end products with championship-winning levels of grip!
•Ergal alloy footpegs: to ensure maximum control at all times and ensure no loss of contact with the bike, the RR Racing models are fitted with black ergal racing footpegs with steel pins, featuring a large contact surface area.
•Rear sprocket with anodised aluminium core and steelteethby ZFSprockets: top-class performance, lightness and strength–the perfect mix of all the attributes any racing component must have.
•Dedicated blue racing seat: ananti-slipcoverand built-in pouch offering unparalleled grip, comfort and practicality.
•Anodised black gear lever and rear brake pedal.
•Gearbox oil filler cap, engine oil filler cap and oil filter cap anodised red aluminium.
•Chain tensioners in red ergal alloy.
•New Racing graphics and red and blue wheel decals.Suspension
•48 mm Kayaba AOS closed cartridge fork: on the suspension front, the My2023 retains the closed cartridge fork by KYB.
This product has been continuously honed through collaboration between Beta and Kayaba, giving shape to a highly specialised component that not only maximises the performance of RR Racing bikes, but also makes this performance even more accessible. Anodised internal parts and the new treatments administered to the materials minimise sliding friction, while adjustable compression and rebound damping let each rider find the perfect customisation of the setting. Betamotor engineers have recalibrated the setting so that the fork works optimally in synergy with the new rear shock.
•KayabaC46 RCU Mono: The main change as far as the suspension of the RR Racing models is concerned is the first ever use of a Kayaba rear shock, specifically designed and manufactured for Beta’s 2 and 4-stroke RR Racing models. The new shock’s hydraulic setting can be fully customised by adjusting the external compression (both high and low speed) and rebound settings.The joint research of Kayaba engineers and Betamotor’s R&D department in Rignano sull'Arno led to the development of a shock that is particularly effective in enhancing the dynamic aspects of the vehicle, under all conditions of use. KYB shocks areseen as a gold standard in the racing scene in terms of its ability to absorb the roughness of the terrain, the level of traction transferred to the vehicle andthe consistency of performance even under particularly heavy use, where the high temperatures generated by the suspension’s damping activity tend to make the component’s performance fluctuate. There has therefore been an improvement in thebikes set-up, both in racing use (for which the setting is intended) and in more amateur use, where there is an overall increase in ride comfort. Traction Control -4Str RangeTo make the performance of its models, and of its bigger displacement bikes in particular, ever more accessible to the rider in any situation, in addition to user-selectable electronic engine management maps, the RR Racing features the traction control function. The Traction Control function can be engaged at any time from the usual button on the control panel between the steering tube and the fuel tank. As both the TC function and engine map selection function are controlled from this panel, it has two control buttons and two separate indicator LEDs for the two functions.
In addition to thesecomponents, which span the entire range, there are some aspects specific to 2-stroke Racing models that are worth highlighting:
For the models of the RR Racing 2Str MY 2023family, Beta has decided to stick with its choice of doing away with an automatic mixer, so that its Racing bikes continue to set benchmarks for lightness and, as a result, agility. RR Racing 2Str bikes must therefore be fuelled with oil/petrol pre-mix–a characteristic accentuating the thoroughbred racing nature of this version.These bikes can still be fitted with an aftermarket oil mixer, available as an accessory from the Beta Factory Parts catalogue.
Engine -RR Racing2Str 300 and 200
In the previous model year Beta made some changes to the power unit to enhance the performance of the RR Racing 2Str 300 and 200 models, which remain unchanged in the My 2023 model year. The 300cc and 200cc Racing engines therefore differ from the basic models in the following respects:
•RR300 2Str: Compared to the RR models, the cylinder of the 300ccengine now features modified exhaust and transfer port geometry and a different cylinder head, combined with a differently calibrated power valve. The cylinder head, different from standard both in terms of modified flow geometry and combustion chamber geometry, ensures a higher compression ratio, resulting in a substantial increase in performance. To better manage the increased power output of the engine, the power valve has also been modified, changing the internal spring and adjustment system to ensure full-bodied and readily accessible power delivery throughout the rev range. A different ignition timing completes the package.
•RR200 2Str: The 200cc engine also retains a different cylinder head to the standard version, as well as a single, stiffer power valve, instead of the two used in the RR. All this contributes to increasing power at mid to high engine speeds.Availability Octob