BETA ALP 4.0 (2003 - on) Review
At a glance
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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 vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||Single cylinder, four stroke, 6 gears|
|Frame type||Steel tubular|
|Fuel capacity||11 litres|
|Front brake||Single 260mm disc|
|Rear brake||220mm disc|
|Front tyre size||90/90 x 21|
|Rear tyre size||130/80 x 18|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||50 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£44|
|Annual service cost||-|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||27 bhp|
|Max torque||21 ft-lb|
|Top speed||75 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||16 secs|
|Tank range||110 miles|
Model history & versions
2000: Beta Alp 125 and 200 arrive in UK.
2003: Beta Alp 4.0 with 350cc motor launched.
Beta Alp 4T 125: Basic learner trials/trailbike.
Beta Alp 4T 200: Same 125 chassis gets 200cc four stroke lump.
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