BETA ALP 4.0 (2003 - on) Review

At a glance

Power: 27 bhp
Seat height: Tall (34.1 in / 865 mm)
Weight: Low (298 lbs / 135 kg)

Prices

New £3,895
Used N/A

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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

Next up: Reliability
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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 vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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.

Equipment

3 out of 5 (3/5)

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.

Specs

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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 50 mpg
Annual road tax £44
Annual service cost -
New price £3,895
Used price -
Insurance group 7 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term -

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

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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