2023 Beta Xtrainer Review – Cycle News

Kit Palmer | June 16, 2023

Don’t let its name fool you. The Xtrainer from Beta is better than you think.

Photos by Kit Palmer

The Xtrainer is modeled after its much-loved RR racing cousin, the Beta 300 RR, but, according to Beta, tweaked for the entry-level rider to make it as easy as possible to ride (but experienced riders will appreciate that, too). Beta started with the 300 RR because who doesn’t like a 300cc two-stroke for off-roading? Almost no one. From there, Beta lowered the seat height by nearly an inch, from 36.6 to 35.8 inches. This was priority number one. Beta mainly accomplished this by taking away some wheel travel, about an inch at both ends. The Xtrainer uses Olle suspension components versus the RR’s higher-end (and pricier) Sach’s or KYB components that come on the RR Race Edition.

Next, power was tamed a bit; it is a 300, so there is plenty of power to work with here. One of the obvious methods Beta uses to harness the Xtrainer’s power is the restrictive exhaust pipe. Just look at that header pipe! It’s noticeably smaller than the RR’s.

2023 Beta Xtrainer right side
Check out the small-diameter header pipe. You can trade it out for a normal-size exhaust pipe if you want some more pop and revs from the engine.

2023 Beta Xtrainer  | What’s New?

The 2023 Xtrainer isn’t a whole lot different than the ’22. Changes might be few, but all are welcomed. Most apparent is the new red versus white coloring, which might not make it any easier to ride but sure makes it easier to look at.

The lead-acid battery is gone, replaced by a lithium battery, and we all know what that means—lighter weight, smaller size, greater performance and longer life. Just don’t let it sit for too long without use. Lithiums can be finicky when it comes to charging and are expensive to replace. But since you’ll be riding the Xtrainer so much, that won’t be a problem.

The fuel tank holds slightly more this year, 2.32 gallons from 2.25. It’s not a lot more, but we’ll take it. The tank is also translucent now, so you can see how much fuel you don’t have. Another huge bonus.

2023 Beta Xtrainer engine
Tuned for torque. The Xtrainer’s 292cc two-stroke oil-injected engine is made to crawl. It’s not a revver but can still move along.


2023 Beta Xtrainer front end
The cost-effective Olle suspension has improved significantly over the years.

The new Xtrainer has a larger volume airbox and a new rear subframe to maintain its narrow profile due to the larger airbox. Inside the airbox, the air filter cage is restricted to help mellow the power output. The RR cage will fit but you will likely need to make some jetting changes if you chose to swap that out.

That’s about it as far as changes, except for the price. MSRP went up $300, from $7999 to $8299.

2023 Beta Xtrainer water crossing
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2023 Beta Xtrainer Review (18 Fast Facts From The Trails)

Introduced eight years ago, the Beta Xtrainer has always been the red-headed stepchild of the boutique Italian brand’s dirt bike lineup. Designed as something between a trials bike and an enduro bike, featuring a more compact frame and lower seat height, the Xtrainer never lived up to its potential as a novice-friendly trail bike capable of taking on highly technical trails—until now. Beta reworked the Xtrainer last year, but we never made the time to ride it. There are more updates this year, and we nabbed the first one in the fleet. As it turns out, the 2023 Beta Xtrainer is a huge step forward for the model, and I love it.

2023 Beta Xtrainer Review: Price

  1. Suspension always held the Beta Xtrainer back. The Ollé R16V suspension was always wanting—we last tested it in 2018. It was both harsh and bottomed easily. Sorting out the Ollé suspension wasn’t a simple task, as they’re unusual units. You could get the $2500 suspension upgrade package through the Build Your Own Beta program, but now your budget trail bike would have a price tag of over $10k.
  1. Beta has gotten serious about the Xtrainer’s suspension, and it works incredibly well, which makes a world of difference. The nicely balanced action is supple and resistant to bottoming at trail riding speeds. This isn’t an enduro bike—if you’re looking to charge your way down a trail, Beta has an RR that will suit you nicely. The 2023 Beta Xtrainer is for fun trail riding speeds and taking on rougher conditions as you explore more challenging trails. If you want to run an RR pace, but are looking for a lighter bike that is less expensive, you’ll be disappointed in the Xtrainer.
  1. Although fully adjustable, we didn’t stray much from the stock settings. Beta suspension testers must have worked overtime on the Ollés. We were never tempted to soften the suspension, as it already was plusher than a Beanie Baby. Attempts to stiffen things up unsettled the balance, with the side-effect of losing traction as the Xtrainer started getting skittery. Weighing in at a featherweight 232 pounds with the new, larger 2.3-gallon fuel tank topped off with straight gas, the Xtrainer is extra sensitive to clicker adjustments. We learned to accept bottoming on g-outs in exchange for fantastic traction and a comfortable ride through even the rockiest terrain.

2023 Beta Xtrainer Review:  Ollé Suspension

  1. The 2023 Beta Xtrainer’s 292cc two-stroke motor has two power settings—Sun and Rain—and they make a huge difference. The good news is that the Xtrainer’s handling and suspension action work with both power modes—that’s not always the case, as a change in power delivery will affect how a bike steers and how the suspension reacts. So, let’s get into the two modes, which go by pictograms rather than official names. It’s also worth mentioning that we had a non-stock FMF Turbinecore 2 spark arrestor installed to keep us legal.
  1. The Sun mode delivers an interesting experience, and there’s a learning curve for its use. Put the 300-class motor
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2022 Beta 200 RR Review [Off-Road Motorcycle Test]

I guess I’m a tweener, and that makes it hard for me to settle on the kind of dirt bike I think works best for me. I enjoy the power of DOHC 250cc four-strokes, yet milder 250 and 300 four-stroke trail bikes are so much fun to ride hard. However, in both cases, the four-strokes make for heavy dirt bikes. When you add in the height of high-performance 250s, my 115-pound chassis starts to get overwhelmed. Perhaps that’s why I also like small-displacement two-strokes. They have enough power to haul me around, the high-quality suspension that can handle rough terrain at high speeds, and a whole lot less weight. That brings me to the 2022 Beta 200 RR.2022 Beta 200 RR Review: For SaleEditor Don Williams and Associate Editor Jess McKinley were fairly hard on the last Beta 200 RR we tested back in 2019. Neither of them was thrilled with the Sachs ZF suspension, and they weren’t shy about it. Well, the 2022 Beta 200 RR is still outfitted with Sachs suspension, but the valving has been reworked at the Beta factory for 2022 to reduce the harsh feel. So I cleared my cache and went into this test with an open mind.I split testing time between the desert and the mountains. The desert provided high-speed slaloms between creosote bushes, plenty of deep sand, big hillclimbs, and technical trails through some of the rockiest terrain around. The mountains swapped between tricky single-track and fast sprints down dirt roads. That’s my idea of a fun motorcycle test.Let’s start with the mountains, as that’s the natural habitat for a 200cc light-equipped enduro bike such as the 2022 Beta 200 RR.2022 Beta 200 RR Review: Power ModesThe Beta 200 RR’s two-stroke motor power delivery can be adjusted in two ways—the easy way and the harder way. There’s a switch on the tank, just above the filler cap, that lets you choose between two power modes—Sun and Rain. That’s the easy way, even though it would be even better if it used one of the unused switches on the left handlebar—I’m not adding turn indicators. The more difficult adjustment is to the power valve, which means you’re off the RR and pulling out tools. On-the-fly adjustments are easier and certainly more useful on changing terrain. I made liberal use of this option on the mountain trails.Although the 2022 Beta 200 RR isn’t fuel-injected, the power modes are different enough to make a significant difference. After some experimenting, it was clear when to use each mode—and not really a surprise.When riding on single track, I rely on low-rpm torque rather than high revs to get me down the trail smoothly. The Rain mode makes the most of the 190cc motor’s grunt, such as it is. The power delivery is smooth, allowing me to focus on the terrain rather than managing the power. The six-speed transmission has well-thought-out gear ratios. With the wide spread of power in Rain mode, the motor never falls off the pipe.2022 Beta 200 RR Review: MSRPThe chassis weighs just 229 pounds with the 2.5-gallon

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