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Beta Motorcycles

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Founded: 1904
Age: 116 years
Country: Italy
Website: www.betamotor.com
Total series: 20
Active series: 3
Discontinued series: 17
Founded as -Società Giuseppe Bianchi- in 1904 Beta is an Italian company producing motorcycles mostly focused on trial and offroad bikes. Initially making bicycles the company switched over to producing motorcycles in 1948. With the focus on street bikes Beta began directing their efforts towards the offroad segment in the 1970s which resulted in several enduro and motocross models in the following years. In recent years they have been hugely succesful in the Enduro World Championships and taking the top spots in many competitions

Active series

Series
Produced
Variations
1990 - 2020
23
2003 - 2020
65

Discontinued series

Series
Produced
Variations
2004 - 2010
21
2004
3
2001 - 2006
4
2010 - 2013
14
2004 - 2006
2
1987 - 1989
3
2006 - 2010
4
2007 - 2010
10
2004 - 2010
5
2004
1
2007
1
2010
1
2004 - 2008
22
1987 - 1990
8
2008 - 2010
6

Company timeline

1904
  • Founded as Società Giuseppe Bianchi producing bicycles
1948
  • Company starts making motorcycles, the first model is called CERVO 48
1950
  • Beta focuses on two-stroke street bikes
1966
  • Flood in Florence causes major damage to factory
1970
  • Focus switches to off-road motorcycles, initially to motocross and enduro
1980
  • Focus changes to trial as motocross is being dominated by Japanese manufacturers
1983
  • First 125cc/200cc trial model TR240 with twin-shock suspension
2004
  • Major investment to boost product development and market presence