Despite getting a major makeover last year, the trail-friendly Beta Xtrainer gets plenty of updates this year. Let’s take a closer look at the 2023 Beta XTrainer and check out what’s new.
That’s a new subframe. The narrower design is patterned after the subframe on the racing-oriented Beta RR models.
A new airbox is housed within the new subframe. According to Beta, airflow is increased.
There’s a new tank that holds an additional nine ounces of fuel. The new tank is no wider. The tank plastic is now translucent to allow the rider to monitor the fuel level without removing the gas cap.
With a new subframe and places comes new plastics. The side panels are new, as are the radiator shrouds. The side panels now have integrated number plates and Just one fastener. The mid-mount for the tank-mounted shrouds to the rear of the perimeter frame, rather than ahead of it. The graphics are now RR-inspired.
The battery is now a lithium-ion cell. Beta says this year’s Li-ion battery is lighter and more powerful.
The 292cc two-stroke single returns. It features electric starting (kickstart optional), oil injection, a power valve, and a six-speed transmission with an adjustable, diaphragm-style hydraulically actuated clutch. There are also two power modes—wet and dry.
The Ollé R16V suspension is back. There are 10.6 inches of travel at both ends, which allows for the approachable 35.8-inch seat height. The Ollé suspension units are fully adjustable, save compression damping in the fork.
The 2023 Beta Xtrainer breaks the $8k price barrier. The MSRP is up $300 to $8299. Look for the updated Xtrainer at Beta dealers in November.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the much anticipated Yamaha MT-10 SP. That’s the model with the Ohlins semi-active suspension. It’s only been available in Europe for the last couple of years, but finally the good news is, that it’s coming to America. The big question is, whether the extra 3k you’re going to have to pony up for the Ohlins is actually worth it, or perhaps there’s just not that much improvement over the stock KYB suspension that has suited the Yamaha MT-10 so well until now?
In the second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with Val Collins. Val grew up on motorcycles and learned to love speed, however her real love is Formula 1 tunnel-boat racing. These are the guys and gals that are strapped into a tiny cockpit and then hurtle down the straights at 120 mile per hour and pull 5G in the corners. We attended the recent season finale in Lake Havasu and watched our friend Mike Quindazzi try to take the win. Val chats with Teejay about her love for two-wheels and tunnel-boats. Yeah, it’s crazy stuff.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode and have a great Thanksgiving Holiday!