Little known outside of the trials and enduro communities, the Italian off road motorcycle manufacturer Beta has this month started deliveries of the XTrainer 300 – an incredibly lightweight enduro bike that is sure to send some shivers up KTM’s spine. The Beta XTrainer 300 is designed to be a “All-Around, Entry Level” enduro bike that’s just at home with casual riders wanting a smaller bike or experts looking for something to hone their skills with.
The specifications of the bike are pretty mouth watering. Dry weight is only 99kg (218 pounds) which is incredible given that it’s powered by a 293cc single cylinder, liquid cooled 2-stroke engine. Other features include smaller deltabox frame which provides a lower seat height and a low center of gravity, 43mm front fork (with rebound, & spring preload adjustment) and a dedicated rear shock (adjustable rebound and compression).
In order to make the bike as user friendly as possible, electronic oil injection (no need to pre-mix) is provided as well an electric start and an adjustable powervalve should you want to quieten things down a bit. The engine is actually the same as used in the more hardcore 300RR model, but retuned slightly to be more liner and progressive in its response.
The Beta XTrainer 300 no doubt has KTM’s new Freeride series in its sights. The irony probably isn’t lost on KTM, who provided engines to Beta’s first range of enduro bikes back in 2005. The Beta XTrainer 300 will retail for $6,999 in the United States and £5,395 in the United Kingdom and should be available any day now.