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Just read the Beta USA press release. Looks like any changes to the '18 model were in an effort to save weight which is good BUT they removed the kick start which is NOT good.

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Press Release;

For Immediate Release

Paso Robles, California
 

Lighter weight with better performance than ever before

 

 

The new 2018 Beta 250/300 RR 2-Strokes are arriving to the market with many new features. The Italian manufacturer was able to transfer much of the know-how gained from the great racing successes including World Enduro victories in both the E3 Riders Championship and the Manufacturers World Championship. The Beta engineers, along with guidance from their top riders, Steve Holcombe and Alex Salvini, have designed a new line of motorcycles that are remarkably 10.4 pounds lighter in weight with better performance than the previous models!

 

But this drop in weight is not the only noteworthy feature. The engines, running gear and suspension have all been given significant technical updates which has further enhanced the strengths of this new generation of RR models making them easy to handle and fun to ride, while offering a high degree of reliability, continuing the term "Rideability".

 

The design was also revised with the introduction of a new rear fender, a new color for the plastics and graphics. Oil Injection returns for 2018 to eliminate the need for pre-mixing the fuel.

 


 

 


 

 

Engine:

Compared to the 2017 model year, a great deal of development has gone into the engine's innovation including increased performance, these new features have also shaved off 3.7 lbs.

 

All New clutch: A total overhaul has developed a more compact and lighter weight clutch that improves its feel, precision, and stability as operating temperatures change. This new system provides more progression in clutch feel that allows for better control overall, making the tough lines even more graceful. Smaller, more compact clutch cover has been installed.


 

New cylinder: improves performance in terms of torque and power output throughout the rev range while keeping the response perfectly linear.

 


 

Rounded piston and new cylinder head profile: (300cc only): together with the new cylinder, provides smoother engine performance while providing better traction.

Crankshaft: redesigned configuration that is matched to the new cylinder which increases stiffness and provides less engine vibration.

New connecting rod: revised lower bearing area to improve durability.

New power valve timing: different design of the power valve ramps to better adapt to the new primary drive ratio, ensuring better power delivery.

New combustion chamber (250cc only):provides a higher compression ratio which has increased the power output.

Elimination of the kick-start: the incredible work put into making the electric starter more reliable has allowed the kick-start lever to be removed, significantly reducing weight. Given the engine design, a kick-start can still be ordered as an option.

New gear change system: updated star wheel and detent mechanism improves the precision of the transmission eliminating any possible uncertainties when shifting gears.

New air filter box: intense testing was done on the 2-stroke engine timing advance curves to optimize output enabling the introduction of a new air filter box.

 

Chassis:

A great deal of attention has also gone into the rest of the motorcycle including the chassis and suspension which continues to use a Sachs rear shock and Sachs 48 mm diameter front fork but with a new slider. Both benefit from updated settings to work in junction with the new frame. Many other innovations have been combined with this time-tested solution aimed at improving the aesthetic appearance as well as the dynamic performance of the motorcycle, through a weight reduction of the chassis of an additional 6.6 lbs!

 

New Chassis The front-end has been completely redesigned enabling an increase in the flexural and torsional rigidity characteristics compared to previous versions and with a notable reduction in weight thanks to an improved structural layout. This generates a consistent improvement in handling and riding precision.


 

Air filter box and rear subframe: lighter and slimmer design giving the bike a more aggressive look.


 

 

Lithium battery: lighter in weight, more powerful and reliable.

Fork with a new slider: though also lighter in weight, this was developed to increase rigidity and reduce friction. Settings have been specifically calibrated to suit the demands of the new chassis.

New rear shock settings: adapted for the demands of the 2018 version chassis.

New skid plate: improved fastener accessibility for quicker removal.

New muffler heat shield: protects the rider from burns on both the 2 and 4-stroke versions.

Takasago Excel rims: with a new black finish specifically designed for Beta.

New colors and graphics: stunning white plastic with red frame sets the bike apart from the competition.

Available at Beta USA dealers beginning in August.

 

No Price Increase for 2018!

 

2018 MSRP:

250 RR             $8499.00

300 RR             $8499.00

 

Other models will be released over the next few weeks.

 

 

 

 

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Balls, i got a good deal on a new 17 250 6 weeks ago, maybe I should have waited

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Wow, they taught kick starter removal as an upgrade?
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What a disappointment in their decision.
I've had a battery failure, in the field. Bumping a non option.
Glad I don't have a new one...

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I wouldn't be upset.  Positive evolution and kudos to Beta for holding price but evolution not revolution.  If it had KYBs like the GG with a new frame, more planted, tighter trans, and a few other minor things I'd be both happy for them going that way and pissed I couldn't get one now. 

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1 hour ago, silver_fox said:

Just read the Beta USA press release. Looks like any changes to the '18 model were in an effort to save weight which is good BUT they removed the kick start which is NOT good.

Kickstart is available. Somewhat disappointing that it's not standard (Yamaha did this on the YZFX line as well) but at least you can add it for the price of parts and about 30 minutes of your life. Weight reduction is nice.

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Not fair to say no price increase when you have to pay to have what it should come with, i.e. a freaking kick starter. 10 lbs is nice but not if 5 lbs is the battery and kick starter. 5 lbs is not enough to get me to get rid of my 2013, 250. Hell, I am in first place right now and have that bike dialed and modded to perfection. It was 10pm before a poor KTM kick only rider got loaded up. Battery died in a rut. Couldn't even pull it out, had to take the battery back and charge it to get the thing out of there. Seen too many starter failures this year including BETAs to ever race without a kick. Hell even crossing creeks can kill the starter for a bit. For the open trail riders probably ok, but they better seriously upgrade their connectors.

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Steve Holcombe just posted a picture of a 125RR

Where? Sure it isnt the 4banger?

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31 minutes ago, BassMan said:

Not fair to say no price increase when you have to pay to have what it should come with, i.e. a freaking kick starter. 10 lbs is nice but not if 5 lbs is the battery and kick starter. 5 lbs is not enough to get me to get rid of my 2013, 250. Hell, I am in first place right now and have that bike dialed and modded to perfection. It was 10pm before a poor KTM kick only rider got loaded up. Battery died in a rut. Couldn't even pull it out, had to take the battery back and charge it to get the thing out of there. Seen too many starter failures this year including BETAs to ever race without a kick. Hell even crossing creeks can kill the starter for a bit. For the open trail riders probably ok, but they better seriously upgrade their connectors.

I agree, the Beta electric start is almost flawless... until it isn't. I had my first battery fail in a race last week, it was in a mud rut and I was so glad I had the kicker.

As far as price, that kicker was a trade off for the pricey lithium battery.

 

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I agree, the Beta electric start is almost flawless... until it isn't. I had my first battery fail in a race last week, it was in a mud rut and I was so glad I had the kicker.
As far as price, that kicker was a trade off for the pricey lithium battery.
 

I don't like lithium batteries either. They are chit in the cold. Lol lol

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58 minutes ago, silver_fox said:

I agree, the Beta electric start is almost flawless... until it isn't. I had my first battery fail in a race last week, it was in a mud rut and I was so glad I had the kicker.

As far as price, that kicker was a trade off for the pricey lithium battery.

 

I agree, I put a kickstarter on a Xtrainer...$500...looks like they are making a little money on the deal to me.  Dealer gave me crap about my battery not lasting long and said his hasn't failed... the next race, his wouldn't start resulting in starting in last place...hee hee.  Pulling crap like this is almost KTMesque... 

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14 minutes ago, kenrenslow said:

I agree, I put a kickstarter on a Xtrainer...$500...looks like they are making a little money on the deal to me. 

No doubt, but the kit sold by Beta USA retails for $400.  Maybe you paid an additional $100 for installation?

The same Beta kickstart kit is available from Boano Racing in Italy for $166 euro (about $186 USD.)

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32 minutes ago, kenrenslow said:

I agree, I put a kickstarter on a Xtrainer...$500...looks like they are making a little money on the deal to me.  Dealer gave me crap about my battery not lasting long and said his hasn't failed... the next race, his wouldn't start resulting in starting in last place...hee hee.  Pulling crap like this is almost KTMesque... 

Worth a Benjamin for him to install for sure. Why the big price difference USA to Europe? I just don't like the Idea of saying it's lighter etc when they're taking stuff off of it... 

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Damn, big changes announced so far! This is a major change year for the 2 strokes.

1st impression is Hell Yea. Performance over convenience.

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