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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

The Beta Alp is available in two 350cc versions, one looking like a trials machine, the other a Supermoto. If you are keen on trials then the slightly lighter Alp 200 might be enough for you, but the Beta Supermoto 350 makes a decent commuter/weekend fun bike, although it's a tad expensive for something using a fairly old tech 350 motor. 

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

There's nowt wrong with the Beta Alp's old 350 Suzy lump, in fact it's renowned amongst off-roaders as one of the toughest engines you can hammer through a swamp all day long. But the motor can be a bit buzzy above 60mph and there's a fairly low top speed to be had, which makes you wonder why Beta didn't get a deal sorted for the newer Suzuki DRZ400 motor instead.

Ride and Handling

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The Beta Alp Supermoto has long travel suspension and you sit quite high up - it has an 870mm seat height by the way - which gives you confidence in urban traffic. You can hustle this motorcycle through jams Monday-Friday no problem and the Supermoto comes with some classy spoked alloy wheels too.

Equipment

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The Beta Alp 4.0 Trail looks pretty basic as you might expect and although there's no mirrors on it, you do get a front mudguard, although what use that would be in a muddy stream is anyone's guess. The Supermoto version has the same basic layout; no mirrors, dinky indicators and small headlight/nose fairing and both versions have a matt black exhaust which looks like it might suffer corrosion if not kept scrupulously clean. Compare and buy parts for the Beta Alp in the MCN Shop.

Beta Alp (2003-current)

Detail Value
New price £3,895
Engine size 349 cc
Power 27 bhp
Top speed 75 mph
Insurance group 7 of 17
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Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

You cannot fault the Beta Alp's Suzuki engine - that will probably outlast the next ice age. There's also something to be said for choosing a motorcycle built within the EU instead of one of the many low budget Chinese trail bikes which can be had for peanuts off the internet.

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

The Beta Alp is decently made, handles well and the Supermoto has a beefy front brake on it too. But this is a 350cc machine competing with a clutch of 400cc supermoto/trail bikes on the market at about four grand new. The Alp 200cc version costs around £3400. Find a Beta Alp for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 7 of 17

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Model History

2000: Beta Alp 125 and 200 arrive in UK.
2003: Beta Alp 4.0 with 350cc motor launched.

Other Versions

Beta Alp 4T 125: Basic learner trials/trailbike.
Beta Alp 4T 200: Same 125 chassis gets 200cc four stroke lump.

Specifications

Top speed 75 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 16 secs
Max power 27 bhp
Max torque 21 ft-lb
Weight 135 kg
Seat height 865 mm
Fuel capacity 11 litres
Average fuel consumption 50 mpg
Tank range 110 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 7 of 17
Engine size 349 cc
Engine specification Single cylinder, four stroke, 6 gears
Frame Steel tubular
Front suspension adjustment Preload
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes Single 260mm disc
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 90/90 x 21
Rear tyre size 130/80 x 18

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beta alp 200t

I have owned mine for nearly a year,used regularly for trail riding. I think exceptional value for money. Only minor gripe is the brakes, and low from mudguard. Both sorted by Leisure Trail uk. Can keep up with £5,500 KTM's and the like. Very reliable, not bad handling on the trials tyres supplied, change out of £1500 used, cannot recommend enough. Martin

24 February 2008 11:51

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