2020 Beta 500 RR-S

Beta’s flagship dual sport motorcycle.

2020 Beta 500 RR-SBeta

The Beta 500 RR-S is the Italian manufacturer’s flagship dual sport bike. Even though the 500 RR-S’ displacement is actually 478cc, it’s still the largest engine in Beta’s street-legal dirt bike lineup; the others include the 430 RR-S, 390 RR-S, 350 RR-S, and 125 RR-S.

2020 Beta 500 RR-S Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition

Beta doesn’t want just a piece of the dual sport market; it wants to produce the best street-legal dirt bikes on the planet. Did it? For our 2020 street-legal dirt bike comparison, we bumped engine size from 450cc to 500cc and headed south of the border to Baja California, Mexico, to see which motorcycle reigns as king. Stay tuned to cycleworld.com in the coming weeks to see if the Beta 500 RR-S can take the coveted victory.

2020 Beta 500 RR-SBeta

Competition for the 2020 Beta 500 RR-S would include the 2020 KTM 500 EXC-F, 2020 Husqvarna FE 501s, and 2020 Honda CRF450L. With its retail price of $10,899, the 500 RR-S is priced $500 lower than the 500 EXC-F, $600 less than the FE 501s, and $500 more than the CRF450L.

Beta 500 RR-S Updates For 2020

Beta’s flagship dual sport bike received a major overhaul for 2020. The most notable updates to the 500 RR-S include a redesigned frame, an all-new engine design, and an updated subframe, seat, fuel tank, and bodywork.

2020 Beta 500 RR-SBeta

2020 Beta 500 RR-S Claimed Specifications

Price $10,899
Engine Liquid-cooled DOHC single-cylinder
Displacement 478cc
Bore x Stroke 100.0 x 60.8mm
Horsepower N/A
Torque N/A
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
Seat Height 37.0 in.
Rake N/A
Trail N/A
Front Suspension 48mm inverted fork, fully adjustable; 11.6-in. travel
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable; 11.4-in. travel
Front Tire 90/90-21
Rear Tire 140/80-18
Wheelbase 58.7 in.
Fuel Capacity 2.4 gal.
Claimed Dry Weight 243 lb.

Cycle World Tested Specifications

Seat Height 37.2 in.
Wet Weight 265 lb.
Rear-Wheel Horsepower 47.0 hp @ 8,100 rpm
Rear-Wheel Torque 32.6 lb.-ft. @ 7,200 rpm