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Cycle News 2013 Issue 39 October 1

Cycle News is a weekly magazine that covers all aspects of motorcycling including Supercross, Motocross and MotoGP as well as new motorcycles

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FIRST RIDE P88 2014 BETA 450 RR All BETA WE SWING A LEG OVER BETA'S LATEST 450 RR OFF-ROADER BY THE CYCLE NEWS STAFF PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIT PALMER I f you've been following the offroad scene lately, you've probably been noticing more and more Beta motorcycles popping up at the top of the results columns. They've been doing quite well in the Southern California desert, and they got a big win in the Nevada desert not long ago at the Vegas-to-Reno off-road race. Beta has also been making a mark in EnduroCross and extreme off-road events across the globe lately. So what does all this mean? Just one thing obviously – the Italian marque is pumping out competitive off-road bikes - both four-stroke and two-stroke - the past few years. One of them is the Beta 450 RR thumper. Ever since taking on a complete overhaul in 2010, which included getting its first in-housebuilt motor (before then Beta used KTM motors), the 450 RR has been one of the best bikes in its class. Unfortunately, many out there don't know that. Beta is still trying to make a name for itself here in the US, so the 450 RR is still a bit of an unknown to most Americans and isn't one of the first brands that come to mind when people go shopping for a new big-bore four-stroke off-road bike. But that's understandable. Beta, better known for its long history in trials, has only been offering off-roaders since 2005. For 2014, the Beta 450 RR isn't radically changed over the previ-

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