BETA ALP 4.0 (2003-on) Review

Published: 22 November 2006

"Available in two versions, one like a trials machine, the other a Supermoto"

Beta Alp motorcycle review - Riding

"Available in two versions, one like a trials machine, the other a Supermoto"

  • At a glance
  • 349cc  -  27 bhp
  • 50 mpg  -  110 miles range
  • High seat height (865mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence
  • £3,895

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

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. 

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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.

Engine 3 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

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 & Running Costs 3 out of 5

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 group: 7 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

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.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2003
Year discontinued -
New price £3,895
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 7 of 17
Annual road tax £38
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 27 bhp
Max torque 21 ft-lb
Top speed 75 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 16 secs
Average fuel consumption 50 mpg
Tank range 110 miles
Specification
Engine size 349cc
Engine type Single cylinder, four stroke, 6 gears
Frame type Steel tubular
Fuel capacity 11 litres
Seat height 865mm
Bike weight 135kg
Front suspension Preload
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake Single 260mm disc
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 90/90 x 21
Rear tyre size 130/80 x 18

History & Versions

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.

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