The 2022 Beta RR lineup is here, and there are four two-stroke off-road motorcycles to choose from—the 300 RR, 250 RR, 200 RR, and 125 RR. All four Beta RRs share the same chassis, featuring fully adjustable Sachs suspension, Excel Takasago wheels, and Maxxis MaxxEnduro Soft tires. Let’s examine what’s new in the Beta RR lineup.1. The Sachs ZF open-cartridge fork used on all four models returns with updates. The fork tubes have a new anodizing that Beta says is harder and more resistant to corrosion. Inside, the valving has been changed to enhance plush action.
2. There are new compression damping settings for the Sachs ZF piggyback-reservoir shock. This shock is used on all four 2022 Beta RR models and features independent adjustments for high- and low-speed damping response.3. The Beta 300 RR gets an all-new top-end. The shorter stroke motor still displaces 293cc. All-new is the cylinder head, piston, crankshaft, power valve, and smaller exhaust diameter. Beta claims an increase in torque, despite the move to the more oversquare configuration.4. The 2022 Beta 250 RR and 300 RR get a new clutch. It’s a diaphragm clutch that is three-way adjustable to personalize the actuation. Beta claims a lighter clutch pull, along with a more progressive engagement.5. There’s a new cylinder head and updated power valve setting on the 2022 Beta 125 RR. According to a Beta spokesman, the result is “a more linear power delivery.”6. The seat and headlight on each 2022 RR are now red. The 2022 Beta RRs are seriously red, and the graphics are new.7. Beta has increased prices across the board on its RRs. Compared to last year, the 300 RR is up $500, the 250 RR gets a $600 increase, the 200 RR rises by $300, and the 125 RR’s price is $350 higher. The 2022 Beta RR lineup is due to hit showroom floors in August, so be patient.
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Yamaha’s Ténéré 700 is an excellent foray into the middleweight ADV world. Associate Editor Neil Wyenn owns a 2021 model, and has spent the last year adding and improving various aspects of his bike. Some add-ons are more vital others, and he lets us into his secrets for getting the most out of the Yamaha Ténéré. His total enthusiasm for ADV riding and the Yamaha Ténéré in particular were pretty obvious to me—I’m sure you’ll feel the same. Links to all the items he mentions are below.