This summer i was able to be one of the first riders to test the new Beta RR Enduro 2017 model range getting the chance to ride all the models; 350cc, 390cc, 430cc and 480cc 4 stroke but also the 2 stroke 250cc and 300cc. To start with here a video while riding the RR 350cc and you will be able to notice how the Beta is extremely agile in the forest and easy to handle even when there are continuous changes of direction:
Personally i think the RR 350cc is the model on which you can feel the biggest difference regarding the engine performance if compared to the 2016 models. Beta hasn’t made any major changes to their model range so i didn’t really feel much diversity especially on the 430cc and 480cc. What is for sure improved are the front Sachs forks that i use to hate on previous models but this time i have to give them credit because they work well and come out with a good setting that is designed for only an Enduro use.
ECU maps on all range have been slightly adjusted and all the bikes have a really good and smooth acceleration which helps you find grip even on slippery rocks. The braking compartment counts on a precise response. Generally the bikes are very balanced putting you in a position of safety even when your wheels are no more on the ground.
To end with my personal verdict is that Beta is an amazing bike for amateur riders and it provides a good dose of fun. You can perceive the built quality and feel its a Made in Italy motorbike. Would i buy it? Maybe, but at this point being several years that the models haven’t gone under big surgery, i would wait the 2018 range since my guess is that the bikes will be re-designed and significantly updated.