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Jun 19.17 Cast Magnesium Stars in New Enduro Bike
An all-new, innovatively designed two-stroke enduro bike (a class of specialized motocross, or "MX" bikes) from Beta Motorcycles, the 2018 Beta 125 RR utilizes die-cast components extensively, including the cycle’s magnesium clutch and ignition covers. Non-corrosive magnesium separates the water pump from the clutch in the completely new project from Beta’s R&D department. The design incorporates a lighter die cast aluminum crankcase, among the weight-reducing elements that aim for maximum leanness and superior structural strength.

The 6-speed dog-box transmission (a transmission with fewer, but larger and straighter teeth; this type is used to handle fast shifts, relying on far fewer parts than OEM transmissions), specially developed for the 125 RR’s engine, is forged to provide mechanical strength and reliability while still being light and compact. The bike also features a chrome molybdenum frame, polyamide engine guard and Nissin braking system.

Beta began in Florence, Italy in 1904 as a bicycle manufacturing company named "Società Giuseppe Bianchi," and began production of motorcycles in 1948. “Beta” comes from the initials of Enzo Bianchi and Arrigo Tosi, who ran the company at that time. The company focused on two-stroke bikes through the 1950s and 1960s, and initiated development and production of off-road motorcycles in the 1970s.

The 2018 Beta 125 RR will be available at Beta USA dealers beginning in February (2018).

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