It’s just a mock-up and not a final rideable bike, but here are some pictures of the all-new 2015 Beta CrossTrainer 300. It puts the Beta 300cc two-stroke motor into a purpose-built chassis as a bridge bike between trail bikes and race bikes.
The seat height is under 36 inches, which is about three inches shorter than a typical full-on enduro race bike, and an optional lower seat will be available. The two-stroke motor features such conveniences as electric starting (no kick) and oil injection (with an underseat two-stroke oil tank).
The bike is lightweight, based on taking it on and off a bike stand a few times, and most enticingly has a suggested retail price of under $7000. Seen as a stopping point between such bikes as a Honda CRF230F or Yamaha TT-R230, and a full-size off-road race bike, the 2015 Beta CrossTrainer should appeal to a wide range of riders.
The suspension is high grade and fully adjustable, and it is not a go-slow trail bike with 10.6 inches of travel at each end. Features such as a fan-assisted radiator makes the bike usable in hot weather in highly technical terrain. The twin spar frame is impressive, as is nicely finished swingarm, meaty footpegs, Nissin brakes, and hydraulic clutch.
The 300 motor has a powervalve and small-volume expansion chamber, so expect it to be torquey and friendly. Rubber is from GoldenTyre, which is a less-familiar name in America, but is used in MXGP and Hard Enduro competition.
Watch for an Ultimate MotorCycling test of the 2015 Beta 300 CrossTrainer as soon as it becomes available.
Exclusive photography by Don Williams
Specifications: 2015 Beta 300 CrossTrainer
Type: Beta-Built single cylinder, 2-stroke, liquid cooled, with BPV power valve system and
Compression Ratio: 11.3:1
Exhaust Valve Beta Progressive Valve (BPV)
Ignition: AC-CDI Kokusan
Spark Plug: NGK GR7CI8
Lubrication: Electronic Oil Injection
Carburetor: Keihin PWK 36mm
Clutch: Wet multi-disc
Final Drive: O-ring chain
Frame: Molybdenum steel/Parameter-Style w/quick air filter access.
Wheelbase: 57.8 inches
Seat Height: 35.8 inches
Ground Clearance: 12.6 inches
Footrest Height: 15.4
Dry Weight: 218 pounds
Fuel Tank Capacity: 2.25 gallons
Front Suspension: 43mm Inverted with rebound, & spring preload adjustment
Rear Suspension: Steel body shock with adjustable rebound and compression
Front Wheel Travel: 10.6 inches
Rear Wheel Travel: 10.6 inches
Front Brake: 260mm floating rotor
Rear Brake: 240mm rotor
Front/Rear Rim: 21” (Front) 18” (Rear)
Front/Rear Tire: GoldenTyre Soft Enduro Competition
Warranty: 6-month Limited Warranty
2015 Beta 300 CrossTrainer MSRP: $6999