Beginning with the TR, ZERO, TECHNO, REV and — more recently — EVO, Beta has set the benchmark in the trials world since 1979 when it presented its TR 50 at the Milan Motorcycle Show. Thirty years of evolution later, and with a history of great riders and victory in the highest Trials championship classes as well as riders competing or play riding all around the world, the EVO was born, the most high-performance Beta Trial of all time — an inspired project that, thanks to all the subsequent innovations relating to the chassis, engine, graphics and electronics, has proved particularly successful for the Italian manufacturer.
For the 2023 EVO, Beta has decided to develop its models further, both functionally and aesthetically, reserving the most radical engine updates for its premier model. All modifications are introduced to satisfy ever-evolving consumers as tastes and riding styles change and to reaffirm that functionality and reliability for which the models have always stood out. With this EVOlution, the difference of performance between an earlier version EVO and the new 2023 model is astonishing!
The ongoing commitment of the Beta engineering team promises to deliver the Beta rider with a higher level of performance and rideability. The focus continues to always improve the feeling of the bike through innovative design improvements as well as added top-level components, making the EVO range the most sought-after trials motorcycle on the planet for both top-level riders as well as the local clubman.
The EVO range is one of the most extensive in this class and continues to offer a total of six different models, each with its own character and able to meet the needs of all riders, raising the potential and level of enjoyment that each experience.
New features introduced across the entire range include:
- Radiator grill: A complete redesign. As well as optimizing the airflow directed to the radiator, it also boasts a greater protective surface in the cap and radiator body area to prevent these components from sustaining damage when in contact with branches, rocks or in the case of a fall.
- Tank cover: With a new design, the shape better flows with the frame and allows all the cable routing to be covered for a clean and more orderly look. This new form also effectively incorporates the mapping switch. The EVO offers a choice of two different engine maps that the rider can select with a convenient button on the tank cover. This location makes the button easy to reach while avoiding being accidentally pushed while riding. Also, an LED indicator lets the rider immediately identify which map is currently in use.
- Graphics: The bike’s look and performance are accentuated in equal measure with the latest EVO update. These graphics, along with the bare aluminum swingarm, ensure an elegantly natural look reminiscent of the racing world. The frame is painted in distinctive Beta red to accentuate the beauty of the hydro-formed aluminum structure, a hallmark feature of the EVO. The filter box is now black again but remains the same functionally speaking, as does the dedicated TwinAir foam filter. The lower fork sliders are now in characteristic Beta red as well.
- Domino grips: Achieving maximum freedom of movement on the bike also means having stable and comfortable handholds on the vehicle. The new Beta-customized Domino grips ensure comfort and provide the rider with a solid grip. Black levers emphasize the refined look.
- New shock setting: The EVO shock comes complete with all the adjustments a rider needs to tailor the bike and identify the ideal set-up in order to enhance the rideability. Beta technicians with the help of the factory team riders have harnessed their experience to implement a series of setting updates to boost the progressiveness, responsiveness and damping. As for the fork, the settings and quantity of oil contained in the two stanchions have been revised in order to boost the progressive response during the most extreme drops. With the left and right-hand stanchions differing both functionally and in internal volume, the left-hand side features adjustable spring length for setting ride height, while the hydraulic functions of the fork are settable on the right-hand stanchion for customizing the damping behavior and responsiveness of the front end. By using different oil volumes calibrated specifically for the left and right-hand stanchions, both the progressiveness of the fork and the precision with which feel is transmitted to the rider have been improved. As for the shock, and in order to improve the bike’s traction, Beta has worked on the setting, boosting reactivity during the rebound phase. This allows EVO to offer the rider a greater sense of lightness, particularly when “hopping” to reposition between obstacles.
- Tires: Michelin Trial Light at the front and Michelin Trial X-Light Competition at the rear are the choice for professional riders who experience a heightened sense of grip with this extremely lightweight tire, which marries perfectly with the precision and handling typical of Beta models.
New EVO 250/300 Two-Stroke Features
The larger volume Beta two-stroke engines have undergone significant updates, all implemented in order to improve vehicle performance and rideability, in line with the Beta philosophy. These new updates include:
- Crankshaft and connecting rod: The rod length has been reduced by 1.5 millimeters for a length of 114.5 millimeters. These new components offer multiple benefits, both on the performance side for more rounded delivery and in terms of the motorcycle’s overall feel. The bike is more manageable thanks to a reduction in its weight and rotating mass. Handling is improved while vibration is reduced.
- Cylinder: All new! The port timing has been revised to improve the torque at low engine speeds while the overall weight is reduced.
- Cylinder head: The new combustion chamber improves delivery at low speeds, making it more progressive and tractable while retaining the same engine performance at mid-high speeds.
- Engine map: The engine mapping has been optimized, particularly the ignition map, in order to set up the components in the best possible way and exploit the power and tractability for which they stand out.
- Exhaust pipe: A pipe protector has been added to prevent the rider’s leg from burning while also protecting the pipe from impacts. As well as being functional, this rounds out the bike’s overall look. (Included also on 125 Two-Stroke).
- EVO 125: $7,499.00
- EVO 200: $7,799.00
- EVO 250: $8,199.00
- EVO 300: $8,399.00
- EVO 300 SS (Super Smooth): $8,399.00
- EVO 300 Four-Stroke: $8,699.00
- Plus a $389 destination fee. Not included are professional dealer setup, taxes, license or other required fees.