2020 Factory Bikes—Max Gerston’s Beta 300 RR Race Edition

West Coast off-road ace’s debut ride on the 2020 Beta two-stroke.

Max Gerston raced his new 2020 Beta 300 RR Race Edition for the first time at the 2019 Red Bull Override hard enduro in Decatur, Texas.
Max Gerston raced his new 2020 Beta 300 RR Race Edition for the first time at the 2019 Red Bull Override hard enduro in Decatur, Texas.Shan Moore

West Coast off-road ace Max Gerston showed up for the inaugural Red Bull Override hard enduro in Decatur, Texas, with a new 2020 Beta 300 RR Race Edition, which was to be his first ride on the heavily updated model. All of the Beta off-road bikes feature several significant changes for 2020. The two-strokes now have a counterbalancer to reduce vibration by increasing inertia (which is said to improve the power delivery throughout the rpm range) and new frame geometry, while a KYB AOS (Air-Oil Separate) closed-cartridge 48mm fork is a component that is specific to the Race Edition models. We spoke to the Beta USA rider about his new motorcycle and the modifications he’s done to make it more suitable for hard enduro racing.

Gerston ran a stock header pipe and muffler at the Red Bull Override.
Gerston ran a stock header pipe and muffler at the Red Bull Override.Shan Moore

According to Gerston, the counterbalancer was just the ticket.

“It works really well,” he said. “It actually makes the bike a lot smoother and that’s especially good for hard enduro racing.

As for the new frame with revised geometry, Gerston thinks Beta hit on the right formula.

“The rear end feels a little bit higher, which is actually good because last year’s model felt low in the back, so it kind of fixed that,” he remarked. “It feels good to me. It feels a bit lighter, honestly. I don’t know if that’s just a product of the counterbalancer, no vibration, or maybe it does something [else] with the motor. Either way, it feels nice and light, so I’m happy with it.”

The 2020 Beta two-stroke off-road bikes have a counterbalancer, which Gerston told us makes the bike a lot smoother.
The 2020 Beta two-stroke off-road bikes have a counterbalancer, which Gerston told us makes the bike a lot smoother.Shan Moore

Like most hard enduro riders, Gerston has his suspension set up very soft so he can find maximum traction.

“You take the forks apart, put marshmallows inside, and then put it back together,” Gerston said in jest. “It’s super, super soft; sometimes almost to a fault just because it just sags so much when turning and stuff like that. But it’s better to have it really soft on the rocks because that’s where you’re going to make up the time. You’re going to make up a lot more time going through the rocks fast than you are anywhere else.”

Gerston’s BRP rubber-mounted triple clamps hold a Renthal 999 handlebar that accommodates Renthal grips, Enduro Engineering hand guards, and ARC unbreakable levers. A couple of other things he does is mount a radiator fan and install a skid plate to protect both the underside of the bike and the suspension linkage.

“As far as stuff that we put on it, we just kind of gear it to our specs like normal,” Gerston explained. “We put the BRP chain guide on and we actually have the stock exhaust on there, which seems to be working great. So basically it’s a stock bike with some stuff for rider preference, and to make it a little bit more durable. That’s all she wrote.”

Since Gerston is a tall rider, he prefers the lower Renthal 999 handlebar, which are affixed to BRP rubber-mounted triple clamps.
Since Gerston is a tall rider, he prefers the lower Renthal 999 handlebar, which are affixed to BRP rubber-mounted triple clamps.Shan Moore

The Arizona native runs Bulletproof Designs radiator guards, Samco silicone radiator hoses, Renthal sprockets, a Regina chain, and a Bulletproof Designs rear disc guard. The footpegs and front brake disc are stock. The 2020 model uses a floating rotor up front, but Gerston isn’t particular about it. “I can take it or leave it; it doesn’t really matter,” he said.

Beta USA runs Kenda tires and Gerston chose the Ibex for the Red Bull Override race.

“I’m going to run an Ibex rear tire with a soft mousse; either one with holes in it or an older one that’s been beat up,” he shared. “Either way, I just want it so that it’s somewhat soft, but also firm because if it’s too soft, it doesn’t work really good at all. Then your tire just kind of makes a bridge across all this stuff, so you want some substance to the mousse.”