The 2022 Beta Evo lineup of full-sized observed trials bikes is here. There are five models to choose from—four 2-strokes, plus a single big-bore 4-stroke. This is a holding pattern year for Beta trails bikes, though there are a few changes. Let’s see what’s up.
The fork settings are new in two ways. The focus is on performance at the extreme ends of the travel. Beta has changed the oil level in the fork tubes. Additionally, suspension valving settings are new. Beta claims the changes result in “much-improved progressiveness of the fork and a more precise response.” As before, the left leg handles springing, while the right leg houses valving.
The paint and plastic are now red with white and black accents. For the first time, the plastic airbox is red. Also, the previously silver handlebar is now black.
Beta has changed its trials bike naming convention. The displacement number used to come before Evo, which is often the case with European brands. Now, Evo follows the displacement. The 2021 Beta 300 Evo becomes the 2022 Beta Evo 300.
No prices have been determined for the 2022 Beta Evo lineup. However, we do know that they will be at Beta dealers in November.
2022 Beta Evo 300, Evo 300 SS, Evo 250, Evo 200 and Evo 125 2-Stroke SpecsENGINE
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at email@example.com and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!