Beta XTrainer 300 Review – Everything You Need To Know
Looking to get a Beta XTrainer 300? Beta is an Italian dirt bike brand that has gotten more popular in the United States in the last 5 years for good reason. This review will cover the basics of what you need to know about the Cross Trainer (XTrainer) 300 and whether or not it’s the right bike for you.
What Is The Beta XTrainer?
The Beta Cross Trainer 300 is a 300cc 2 stroke enduro bike that’s designed for hard enduro style trail riding or less aggressive riders. It first came out in 2015 and continues to be a popular bike for riders that want a modern 2 stroke trail bike.
It has modern technology, but is tuned for smooth power and has a slightly smaller than average chassis. This makes it easier to touch the ground and build your confidence.
Is Beta XTrainer Street Legal?
There’s been a number of small problems that XTrainer owners have had over the years. Most of them are just a small percentage of riders.
After doing my own research, it seems that the most common problems with the Beta XTrainer are:
- Carb float height is high on earlier model years (leaks gas)
- Kickstand foot is too small, causing it to sink in soft terrain
- Oil injection system needs tuning (mixing ratio is off, causing spark plug to foul)
How much power does the Beta Xtrainer have?
It’s not like other 300cc enduro bikes, since it only has about 40 horsepower at best. However, the broad torque curve is what makes the XTrainer so good in the woods. The off-idle and mid-range torque allows you to use the clutch less, short-shift, and get over logs and rocks easily.
The smoother power will wear you out less compared to the snappy power of a typical enduro bike.
|Engine||293cc liquid-cooled 2 stroke|
|Starting System||Electric (Kick-start add-on optionable)|
|Oil Tank Capacity||650cc|
|Carburetor||36mm Keihin PWK|
|Wet Weight (with fluids/gas)||232lbs|
Beta XTrainer model year changes
2015: first year
2018 Beta Xtrainer
- New clutch is lighter with better engagement
- Updated transmission to prevent any “false-neutrals”
- New cylinder design for better power throughout the RPM range
- New piston and head designed with higher compression for better low-end torque and throttle response
- Crank assembly updated for reliability
Overall, no huge changes for 2018 vs 2017.
2020 Beta Xtrainer
- Engine updated with better countershaft for less vibration and smoother power, as well as increased lubrication
- Taller gearing to match new engine updates
- Longer swingarm for stability & updated chain guide
- Forks & shock tuned better for bottoming resistance on big impacts
- Ignition mapping selector
- Plastic cosmetic updates for strength and less weight
- Updated instrument panel
These are pretty big changes that make the 2020 noticeably better than the 2019.
2022 Beta XTrainer
- New engine design with bigger bore & shorter stroke (geared more towards horsepower than torque)
- Updated clutch for lighter and smoother pull
- New starter motor – supposed to be more reliable
- Updated electrical system wiring for easier access and cleaner layout
Not as many big changes as the 2020 model, but the new engine will definitely feel different.
Beta XTRainer vs 300RR
While the Beta XTrainer and 300RR are both 2 stroke enduro bikes, they have some distinct differences. Since the XTrainer is designed for a novice to intermediate rider, the engine is smoother and less of a “hit” or snap than the 300RR. The suspension is softer, and the chassis is slightly smaller are the other big factors when comparing the XTrainer vs 300RR.
How does it ride?
The XTrainer, as previously mentioned, is more conservative in almost every way compared to the typical high performance enduro bike.
It works well as slower, technical trails because the suspension is fairly soft and plush. The chassis is shorter, and the geometry is better handling at lower speeds. This means it won’t be quite as stable at high speeds, such as desert riding.
Is it a good beginner dirt bike?
Honestly, I would not recommend the Beta XTrainer if you’re a beginner. While it’s detuned compared to other 300cc enduro bikes, the power is just too much when learning how to ride off-road. The bottom end power is nice and manageable, but if you accidentally hold it wide open, the XTrainer can get away from you in a hurry.
Too much power is intimidating if you’re a new rider. It will likely slow down your goal of becoming a better rider.
Who’s it for?
With that said, this would be a great 2nd or transitional bike if you want a versatile 2 stroke trail bike. That is, after you’ve learned proper riding technique so that you can safely control the extra power.
- Shorter and smaller (If you’re short like me)
- Lightweight for a 300cc enduro bike
- Broad, smooth power
- Has plenty of horsepower for most riders
- Plush suspension for trail riding
- Oil injection (no premixing gas)
- Parts are becoming more available
- It’s smaller (If you’re tall)
- Soft suspension (for high speed/aggressive riding)
- Jetting/oil injection system may need some tuning depending on the model year
- Top-end power falls flat compared to the Beta 300RR or KTM/Husky 300
Looking For The Best 2 Stroke Trail Bike?
The Beta Cross Trainer 300 is on my list among the best two stroke dirt bikes for trail riding. It’s not for everyone, but it has a specific type of rider that it’s intended for.
Will the XTrainer make you a better trail rider?
It can help you ride faster and do more technical trails because it’s predictable with good power. But there’s something that will make you an even better rider in the woods and off-road…
It starts with your riding technique. Tap here to get started with proper riding position to improve your control & confidence.