I test rode the Beta Explorer and wanted to share my first hand impressions of the recently released eBike.
The electric dirt bike model lineup is growing every year, and this year we are excited to hear that Beta is bringing a new contender to this popular dirt bike category.
The 2024 BETA EXPLORER is a full electric dirt bike. The new Beta E-Moto series dirt bike features a lightweight forged aluminum and steel frame with a powerful 12.5KW electric motor. Furthermore, the rechargeable and quickly removable 35AH lithium ion battery offers few hours of trail riding and charges to full in about 2-3 hours.
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Introducing the 2024 Beta Explorer: A Game-Changer in Electric Off-Road Riding
In short, the Beta Explorer, also known as Beta E-Moto or Beta Electric, is a lightweight electric dirt bike.
Beta USA proudly introduces the 2024 Beta Explorer, a trailblazing electric E-Moto bike developed in collaboration with Apollo Moto. This dynamic model redefines conventional off-road riding with its compact size, making it ideal for trail adventures, camping, hunting, or ranch work. Offering three distinct speed modes—Casual, Medium, and the adrenaline-pumping “Rocket” mode—the Explorer caters to a variety of riding preferences. Casual mode, the favorite of most riders, delivers an impressive range of 50-100 miles.
Fitted with folding footpegs and hydraulic disc brakes, the Beta provides comfort and precision control. A robust 74-volt battery ensures minimal downtime, with the ability to swap batteries in just three minutes. With fully customizable suspension and convenient under-seat storage, the Explorer promises a comfortable and exciting ride.
Embark on new discoveries with the Explorer, available at authorized Beta USA dealers starting this October 2023. Secure your adventure companion at www.betausa.com.
For full list of available electric dirt bike options, read our recent post: Introduction to Electric Dirt Bikes.
The 2024 Beta Explorer is set to redefine the world of off-road riding with its cutting-edge electric technology and impressive performance capabilities. This electric dirt bike boasts a peak power of 12.5 KW, ensuring enough torque and power through a variety of terrains. With three riding modes and a reverse gear, the Explorer offers versatility and adaptability for riders of all skill levels.
|Power||Peak Power: 12.5 Kw|
|Speeds: Two plus Rocket mode – Reverse gear also|
|Battery: 74v35 AH-One Minute to Remove|
|Max Speed: 40 MPH|
|Charge Time: 2-3 Hours (Standard 115v outlet)|
|Range: Speed One: 50-100 Miles, Speed Two: 30-60 Miles|
|Warranty: Chassis – Six Months; Battery, Charger, Motor – Two Years|
|Chassis||Frame: Forged Aluminum with steel upper structure|
|Brakes: Hydraulic 210 mm disc, front & rear|
|Front Fork: USD Adjustable|
|Rear Shock: Adjustable compression, rebound, and spring preload – with linkage|
|Seat Height: 33.8”|
|Weight w/ Battery: 150 lbs|
|Maximum Load: 265 lbs|
|Storage: Water bottle/other under the seat|
|Tires||Rear: 90/100-18 Kenda knobby|
|Front: 70/100-19 Kenda|
|Additional Features||Digital meter displaying range, mode, mph, with total miles|
|One-minute wheel removal for easy maintenance|
|Battery||74V 35 AH, Removable|
The 2024 Beta Explorer: Dominating with Superior Tires
The 2024 Beta Explorer stands head and shoulders above the competition, thanks in large part to its exceptional tire selection. Sporting rear Kenda knobby tires (90/100-18) and front Kenda tires (70/100-19), the Explorer offers a distinct advantage in off-road performance.
The Kenda brand is renowned for its commitment to quality and durability. These specialized tires provide unmatched traction and stability, ensuring a secure grip on challenging terrains. The rear Kenda knobby tires are specifically designed to dig into loose or soft soil, providing enhanced control and minimizing slippage. This means riders can confidently tackle rugged trails, muddy paths, and rocky inclines with ease.
Comparatively, when stacked against the Surron X, the Explorer’s tire selection is a game-changer. While the Surron X may boast commendable features, its tire configuration is not as tailored for aggressive off-road adventures. The Explorer’s Kenda tires outperform the Surron X in terms of traction, durability, and adaptability to diverse terrains.
In essence, the Explorer sets a new standard for off-road electric dirt bikes, offering riders an unparalleled advantage with its superior tire selection. With Kenda’s top-of-the-line tires, this bike confidently conquers the toughest trails, making it the ultimate choice for thrill-seekers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Ride with confidence, ride with the Explorer.
Kenda makes great dirt bike tires, and they also made our list for affordable trail tires, check others out here: Handpicked Top 3 Best Dirt Bike Tires for Trail Riding.
Chassis and Power Delivery
The Beta Explorer is using a pressure forged aluminum chassis with a steel upper structure. Most competitors are using aluminum only, so looks like Beta chose to beef up the upper frame with steel to support the extra power and weight.
The upside down front fork and the rear shock are both adjustable. The linkage style rear shoch has an adjustable compression, rebound, and spring preload. Together with the rear Kenda knobby tires (90/100-18) and front Kenda tires (70/100-19), the Beta Explorer has leg up on the contenders as we expect the suspension and tires to work better than matching competition.
Another thing worth mentioning is that the model is not equipped with a headlight, or a rear lights. This likely means that it is not street legal although it can be made street legal with ease. Check other street legal dirt bikes here.
Display and Drive Modes
The Beta Electric boasts an intuitive digital display that puts control at your fingertips. Providing real-time feedback on range, mode, and speed, it ensures a seamless riding experience. The display also features a total mileage tracker for convenient monitoring.
What truly sets the Explorer apart are its versatile drive modes. With options like Casual, Medium, and the exhilarating “Rocket” mode, riders can tailor their experience to suit their preferences. Casual mode offers an extended range of 50-100 miles, making it ideal for leisurely exploration. Meanwhile, Medium mode doubles the speed and torque for a more dynamic ride, with a range of 30-60 miles. Finally, “Rocket” mode delivers a quick burst of adrenaline, perfect for those seeking an intense 10-second thrill.
Beta Explorer Top Speed
The Beta Explorer has a top speed of 40mph, which is plenty for most trail riding.
In other electric dirt bikes, you can bypass the max power and top speed to gain more power from the dirt bike. This may be the case with the Beta E-Moto as well.
After the test ride at the local Beta demo day, I am impressed. The Explorer is light, powerful and very capable machine.
|Feature||Overall 4.35 / 5 ★★★★★|
- Tires and wheels
- Drive modes
- Charge time
- Small foot pegs
- Front break line routing
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Beta Explorer top speed?
The 2024 Beta Explorer has a top speed of 40mph or 64 km/h.
How much does the Beta Explorer weight?
The total weight is 150lbs.
What is the Beta Explorer weight limit?
The Explorer has a weight limit of 265 pounds, making it suitable for most riders.
Is a Beta Explorer road legal?
No, the stock version is not street legal.
How much does Beta Explorer cost?
Currently the costs is around $4,890.00 USD + shipping of $189.00.
What is the range of the 2024 Beta Explorer on a single charge?
The Explorer offers three riding modes. In Casual mode, riders can cover 50-100 miles on a full charge, making it ideal for extended off-road adventures. The power mode will drop range to about a half.
How long does it take to fully charge the battery?
Using a standard 115v outlet, the battery can be fully charged in just 2-3 hours, ensuring minimal downtime between rides.
Can the battery be charged outside of the bike?
Yes, the 74-volt battery is designed for convenient charging. Riders have the option to charge it independently, allowing them to have a fresh battery ready while riding.
What makes the Explorer’s tires superior to other off-road motorcycles?
The Explorer is equipped with better wheels and with Kenda knobby tires that offer exceptional traction and stability on various terrains. These specialized tires provide a secure grip, enhancing control and minimizing slippage compared to the smaller thinner tires most competitors offer.
How does the Explorer handle in tight spaces and challenging trails?
With a compact size, folding footpegs, and a reverse gear feature, the Explorer is designed for exceptional maneuverability. It’s perfect for navigating tight trails or roads with confidence.
The Beta Explorer is certainly a great contender for any type of single track or trail riding in the electric dirt bike category. The test ride day definitely made me consider this one over the Surron X, which has until now been a best option in my opinion.
I specifically liked the low seat shape and the drivers cockpit area and handlebar ergonomics. Overall quality was high as you can expect from Beta, attention to detail is awesome. Everything fits well and is designed to be easy to use. I can highly recommend this to anyone; if you test ride it, you’ll buy it.
My next dirt bike will definitely be electric.