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.
New 120th Anniversary H-Ds + Andrew Hewkin, Artist and philanthropist
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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.
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The new 120th Anniversary Harleys have been announced today, and in this week’s first segment Editor Don Williams takes us through the exciting updates to four models. The hero is probably the latest RoadGlide CVO with its spectacular 120th livery and badging.
In our second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with celebrated artist and philanthropist, Andrew Hewkin.
Andrew chats about his life of unusual coincidences which have taken him on an unexpected and entertaining journey. Traveling through more than one hundred countries, Andrew captured the flavor and essence of the world. He takes us through a few of his hair-raising stories of travel and intrigue that he has expressed visually through over fifty years of his art.
He is a regular contributor to Childline Rocks in his capacity as Cultural Attaché for the Sons of Royalty annual motorcycle ride, and paintings of Cuba, Marrakech, Mexico, and most recently Kerala in Southern India, have been auctioned off for the charity. His work has also contributed to ‘The Princes Trust’, ‘Heart on my Sleeve’, ‘Fight for Sight’, ‘Cancer Trusts’ and many others.
Andrew is a supremely talented, kind, and fascinating man.
So, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!
Andrew’s biography “Before the Paint Dries…” is available on his website AndrewHewkin.com