2018 RR-S & RR Race Ed. 4-Stroke

Despite getting a major overhaul in 2017, the 2018 RR-S’s still took on further modifications. For one, all of the RR-Ss are 8.7 pounds lighter, they get updated clutches, and tweaks to their six-speed transmissions to reduce the chance of missed shifts. In a move to drop weight, Beta eliminated the back-up manual kickstarter, a decision that might scare some of you since there is no longer a back-up system in case something goes wrong with the electronics—usually a dead battery—when you’re far from home. Relax, Beta says it has updated the starting system to where it is so reliable now that they feel the chance of it letting you down on the trail is nil. However, if you still have your doubts, you can order your 500 RR-S with a kickstarter, as well. The engine cases have not been changed from 2017 to 2018 so it’s an easy add-on. Beta didn’t forget about the chassis, which gets a new and more rigid frame, new fork sliders that are said to have less stiction and updated shock settings. Capping things off are stronger turn signals, an updated thermostat and new graphics. Beta’s likes to bounce back and forth between white and red plastic; this year it’s back to white.

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