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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
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
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Engine rating is 3 rating is 0
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 0
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 0
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 0
Value rating is 3 rating is 0

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

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.

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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mbywater

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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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