Beta took a long time getting to the motorcycle market. Headed by Giuseppe Bianchi, who teamed up with his son, Enzo and his friend, Arrigo Tosi, the Florentine firm produced bicycles from 1904 until the introduction of their first internal combustion powered clip-on motor-bicycle in 1948 to post-war Italy. Named from the founders’ initials, Beta sported their own engine designs and ascended to fame in the Motogiro d’ Italia and Milano-Taranto events of the 1950s.
In 1983, Beta introduced their first trials machine in 1983. Swiftly on the pace in this ultra-competitive arena their Spanish “works” rider, Jordi Torrés, rode a mono-shock Beta to his first World Championship. The Beta is considered by most as the finest mono shock, pre-water cooled trials bike for vintage trials competitions available.
The 1987 Beta 250cc TR34 on offer here was originally owned by a highly regarded local trials rider, Charles Volder. He customized the chain guard and skid plate. Our vendor, the third owner of the bike purchased the bike a few years ago and set about resurrecting it mechanically with new tires, fork oil, wheel and swing arm bearings, air filter, plug, grips, magnetic kill switch, brake calipers cleaned, new brake lines, throttle and clutch cable, repacked silencer, and a new chain slider.
Cosmetically, the bike carries all the patina of an “as-raced” machine with fabricated parts and the rash and abrasions of competitive use. Starting easily and reported to run well, the bike is described as “ready to ride”. It is accompanied by an original owners manual, original pink slip, and an original sales brochure.
Frame no. BETAB3065229
Engine no. 31Z3
Location: Riverside, California