As far as the ride goes, we’ll start with what we liked: The motor is surprisingly good. After the KTM Freeride, we were worried that the Beta might have a trials-like power that is not so great for normal off-road riding, but the Xtrainer delivers a smooth, super torque-y spread of usable power that most beginning riders wouldn’t have any issues controlling. There is just the tiniest amount of a hit in the middle of the power that we only noticed in first gear, which is very low and only useful for a crawling pace. Second gear is still low enough for most technical riding and with all the torque and lugability, the bike is nearly impossible to stall. Almost all of the power is made from the bottom to mid, with the top-end just making a lot of noise that doesn’t translate into more speed. When short shifting and chugging along, the Xtrainer is the happiest and gets a great traction. Even though it is smooth and mild, this is still a 300cc two-stroke and when you need it, you have plenty of power on tap, albeit lower in the rpm than a normal 300’s power. We were worried about hillclimbing the Beta, thinking that the mellow power would hurt the bike’s ability to ascend steep terrain, but boy, were we wrong! Clicking into second gear and pointing the Xtrainer up a hill, we were treated to plenty of power and traction - a great hill-conquering combination! Although we were lower in the rpm than we would be on a 250 or normal 300, we could get up steep trails and hills with ease. The only real downside to this power plant is that it doesn’t ring out like a non-mellowed motor, which forces you to shift sooner; fortunately, the bike is a six speed so it doesn’t run out of legs as quickly as it would with fewer gears.