Picked my 18 390rrs up Tuesday evening. I put my handlebars/mounts/hand guards and seat on. Thursday evening I installed a Rekluse RadiusX and was now ready to ride today. I also have a 2015 350rr and a 2015 500rs so I will be making comparisons to these two bikes.
First off. This bike is beautiful. I really like the white plastic with the red frame and black wheels.
Perfect weather today in the mid 70s. Perfect dirt on our single track trail.
After a couple of heat cycles and the Rekluse break in procedure complete I was off on the trail.
After riding today it now has 14 miles on it.
The Engine: The first thing I noticed is that the engine does have more torque right off the bottom. This is exactly what I was expecting and hoping for. I'm not one to rev out an engine so this is really good for me. The torque of this 390 engine reminds me of my 500 but it revs quicker like my 350. I cant say if it revs as quick as the 350 because the 390 isn't broke in yet but like I said I'm not one to rev it out anyway. The added torque was most noticeable to me because it carried me out of a corner easier and I am able to loft the front end over logs easier. This is exactly what I was hoping for with the engine power characteristics. I was definitely carrying more speed in certain sections because I was having to get on the brakes more than I usually do. This tells me that this engine is deceivingly fast. It gets traction and I am going faster with less effort from the engine already.
I sent this text to my brother after this ride "This engine is like Jesus and David Coperfield had a baby and it came out as a Holy, Magic engine" Yes. I like it.
The Chassis: Beta sure has done there homework in 3 years. I didn't really have any expectations on the handling. I knew it would be good because I really like the 350 and 500. But this 18 is different. It feels lighter than my 350. And yes I know the forks/shock are not broken in yet but this bike holds a rut in a corner better than any bike I've had before. I have ridden this trail hundreds of times, it is literally right out of our shop door so I know it well and where all the places I sometimes struggle with. Maybe I was just having a really good day but I think it was this bike. Every turn rut I hit was right on and tracked right through it without wanting to push or climb out throwing off my balance as I do sometimes on my 350. It tracks extremely well on the flat not rutted corners and powers out with very little spinning. The small jumps with flat landings were soaked up and I had no wollowy feeling like the 15s shocks I have experienced. This wollowy feeling is something I experienced after flat landing jumps and exeting corners. The initial ride was a little harsh on the very first part of the forks but I expect this will go away after they are broken in. When they are I might soften up the compression a little but for now I'm not touching anything. To say I'm happy with the handling of this bike is an understatement.
This 2018 Beta 390 has exceeded my expectations. It feels as light as the my 350 and has the torque similar to my 500 and handles better than any bike I have ever owned. I am very happy with it.
Well done Beta.