Beta Italian Motorcycles

Beta Motorcycles

Made in Italy from 1950 to the present.

A Brief History of the Marque
Established in Florence near the turn of the 20th century as Societa Giuseppe Bianchi by Enzo Bianchi and Arrigo Tosi, Moto Beta began production of motorcycles in 1948. The marque derives its name from the initials of the founders.

Beta have built many two- and four-stroke machines for competition and street use in capacities of 49cc to 360cc. Their trials machines were state of the art in the 1990s, with Doug Lampkin winning the World Championship in 1997, 1998 and 1999 on Beta.

During the early 70s some Beta machines were marketed in the United States under the Premier label, and, according to Tragatsch, Giuseppe Bianchi was the original designer.

Some models used Franco Morini engines.

Sources: Tragatsch, Henshaw et al

Beta Motorcycles

Early models include:

  • 48 48cc 1958-1973

    50 Cicogna 50cc 1963-1965

    50 Cross Special 50cc 1969-1975

    50 Scooter 50cc 1959-1965

    50 Trial 50cc 1973-1976

    75 Lince 75cc 1954-1962

    80 Lince 80cc 1959-1965

    100 Astro 100cc 1954-1962

    125 Enduro 125cc 1971-1973

    125 CR 125cc 1975-1978

    125 GS 125cc 1974-1978

    125 Trial 125cc 1981

    125 Urano 125cc 1954-1962

    150 Mercurio 150cc 1954-1962

    160 160cc 1954-1961

    175 MI-TA 175cc 1954-1956

    175 Plutone 175cc 1955-1960

    175 Titano 175cc 1954-1956

    200 Orione 200cc 1955-1961

    240 Tria 240 1982-1983

    250 CR 250cc 1975-1978

    250 GS 250cc 1975-1978

    350 GS 350cc 1976-1978

    420 GS 420cc 1977-1978

    Camoscio 50cc 1967-1977

    Cigno 50cc 1958-1962

    Grillo 50cc 1958-1962

    Pullman 50cc 1969-1975

Late models include:

200 4T 2000-05
Type: Cross 199cc, twin

ALP 4.0 2003-06
Type: Enduro 349cc single

Alp 4.0 2008-
Type: Enduro 349cc single

Ark 50 Air Cooled 1999-00
Type: Scooter 50cc single

Ark 50 Air Cooled Kat 2000-05
Type: Scooter 50cc single

Ark 50 AC 2006
Type: Scooter 50cc single

ARK LC K 1999-02
Type: Scooter 50cc single

Ark LC K Series 2003-07
Type: Scooter 50cc single

Ark LC One 2008-11
Type: Scooter 50cc single

ARK LC Twin Disc 1997-01
Type: Scooter 50cc single

Beta 500 CR 1981-90
Type: Cross 500cc single

Cinquantino 1992-99
Type: Scooter 50cc, twin

Euro 350 Classic 2001-06
Type: Custom 349cc single

Jonathan 350 2006-07
Type: Custom 349cc single

Jonathan 350 Classic 2001-05
Type: Custom 349cc single

Jonathan 350 Standard 2001-05
Type: Custom 349cc single

M 4 2006-
Type: Motard 349cc single

Motard 4 2003-05
Type: Motard 349cc single

Motard 4.0 2003-05
Type: Motard 349cc single

RE 125 4t 2007-
Type: Enduro 124cc single

RR 125 4t enduro 2006-
Type: Enduro 124cc single

RR 125 Motard 2006-
Type: Motard 124cc single

RR 250cc 4T 2007-09
Type: Enduro 250cc, twin

RR 450 2005-
Type: Enduro 449cc single

RR 450 2009 2006-09
Type: Motard 449cc single

RR 50 2004-06
Type: Motard 50cc single

RR 50 Enduro 2004-
Type: Enduro 49cc single

RR 50 Enduro Standard 2009-
Type: Enduro 49cc single

RR 50 Racing Edition 2007
Type: Enduro 49cc single

RR Motard 50 2007-
Type: Motard 49cc single

Urban 200 2008-
Type: Motard 199cc single

Beta Scooters

models include:
Lynx 80 1959-1962
Cicogna 1963 (built by BM Bonvicini)

Sat Jan 07 2017
trapaniracing at aol.com
Need vintage beta info
Moto Beta XR50 / XTR50
Looking for any info from spark plug to oil specs
Waretown, NJ

Thu Sep 15 2016
info at nmcbikes.com
Beta rr50 2001
we are experiencing problems with an rr50 2001 model. engine just rebuilt ,plenty of spark and compression but just wont fire up ? as if the timeing is to advanced any suggestions appreciated

Sat Apr 30 2016
tritonoil at ymail.com
i need help on pricing my 1973 beta 125cc
beta/premier 125cc
i have no idea what my 125 cc bike is worth unrestored, excellent condition, enduro model with a title, 1800 miles. i cant find a source to help buy or sell these older bikes
detroit, michigan

Tue Feb 23 2016

dsklag at yahoo.com
1970 beta primeir 50cc bebe
need carb & left side cover
baltimore,md usa

Sun Jul 15 2012
Original logo
Beta 1962
I am looking for the original logo used in 1960's Beta Motorcycles. I am restoring one and would like to add a decal.

Christian Perez
Santiago, Chile

Badges and Decals

Thu May 24 2012

1981 Beta 250 cross
I would like to purchase parts and manuals for my 1981 Beta 250 cross

Tue May 22 2012
BETA 450
BETA 450 2007 Enduro
I have a Beta 450 Enduro 2007 model, and i need to get a few spare as the previous guy did not look ofter the bike very well, i have contacted americanbeta.com but they not too interested in supplying me with information, and do not have much on their website for this model. can anyone help?
South Africa

Sun May 13 2012
shadowfax55-915<at>hotmail dot com
workshop manual
beta techno 250 1995
i have been looking for a workshop manual for my beta techno 250 1995 model but cant seem to get one can you help me please ,, Jacques
Redcliffe 4020, Australia

Wed Oct 12 2011
mbeta125<at>hotmail dot com
beta 125 cr 1978
beta 125 cr
For all Beta fans: here is a current photo of my Beta 125 cross from 1978.

Wed Jul 20 2011
wanted to get some spare parts for my scooter
beta Eikon 150c
wanted to get some spared parts for my scooter do you had a catalogue for spare parts that i can order from

Mon Jun 13 2011
rstinn<at>hotmail dot com
how to sell
bata's xc-100
good place to sell them besides ebay

Tue Jan 11 2011
ryan<at>candgworks dot com
selling a moto beta
moto beta 100
looking to see if there is any interest across the pond for this beta 100

Sat Oct 23 2010
porscherich AT hotmail.com
Beta Motorcycle
Beta Beta moto
I found a bike and need help with ID frame and engine have same # L*8925* any Ideas?

Sat Oct 23 2010
porscherich<at>hotmail dot com
Beta Motorcycle
Beta Beta moto
I found a bike and need help with ID frame and engine have same # L*8925* any Ideas?

Sun Sep 26 2010
servise R-50
the motorbike needs many things on the engine but i can't find them.can anybody help me where can i find

Fri Sep 17 2010
Beta Year Help
Beta REV-3
I have a Beta bike and want to know what year it is. The numbers are as follows:
Frame *ZD3B90000Y0001657*
Motor ZD3 B9T *015264* YC23
Can you help me?


Mike Richards
Idaho, USA

Wed Jun 23 2010
anthanton<at>gmail dot com
Inquiry of engine's number
BETA Tempo 50 cc 2t
I need your help. I am an owner of a Beta Tempo 50cc 2t (96-97). I cannot find the engine number. The Greek dealer no longer supports the specific model and was of no help. Is there a chance the motor did not have one the first place? My problem is that I cannot sell it unless I find the number written on the scooter's papers.
Please if you know something, help me. \Thanks

Wed May 05 2010
beta don't know, 1990-94
i think its a 250 LC beta, unsure. is there a manual becouse the clutch has gone

Sat Apr 10 2010
lisawallis2<at>hotmail dot com
mini motor clutch
beta mini motor
hi ive got a mini motor beta about 10years old looking for clutch 12-7020 do you know where to get one from

Fri Feb 26 2010
magnuz.c<at>gmail dot com
Beta cr 1977
Beta cr
I have just bought a Beta 250 CR 1977 and I'm looking for a new piston. I have looked everywhere and there seems to be no one who has a piston. I really need help to find piston and info about Beta cr Hope it fine someone who can help me / Magnus from Sweden

Wed Feb 03 2010
indiana-daves at hotmail dot com
beta scooter parts
beta eikon 1999model beta eikon 1999
i need brake pads, do you know where i could get them, sydney australia, thanks :)
sydney, australia

Mon Dec 07 2009
rohan.toyne508 at googlemail dot com
beta spares
beta 125s
hi.i have a beta 125s.registered in 1981.does any one out there have any spares.it does run!.i think it is a road bike with a motocross engine as standard fitting !its very peaky.any info please.regards rohan
north lincs uk

Wed Nov 11 2009
glynnjotaman at talktalk.net
help with my beta
beta 150
i have probabley restored the most rarest beta on the planet, it has a modial engine any help would be gratefull

Re: the little beta we think could be called an orion or a murcurie no one is shure, all i do know is that it was made in 1956 in the beta factory ,Verius parts are stampt with 56 or 1956 and that the crank and some internal parts are stampt with the letters FBM 150 4 T which is a mondial engine in a beta frame and aprilia electrics. the carb is a spanish amial as we canot get it to run with the deloto it came with

Tue Apr 28 2009
filipprz at vp.pl
Beta TR35
Hello!I am looking for ignition module cause I 've got loss of spark in my beta tr35 I heard this is the most common reason How can I check electric instalation to not replacing all parts without sure?

Tue Feb 17 2009
tommy-prager at webmail-erzgebirge.de
Hello, I search for my 125 RC and CR Bikes from ´81 an ´80 any parts. And I have some interesting adresses if someone needs parts from these motorcycles.

Thu Jan 15 2009
bikerhd73h at comcast.net
repair manual and parts
beta beta-premier mini bike
can anyone help me find a manual and possibly parts for a 1970 beta premier mini bie

Thu Dec 04 2008
Help request
Beta rev3 200
can you help me find out about a 3 day trial on borders of Austria & (I think) italy in August

Try this directory, for a start:

Fri Nov 21 2008
heurlin.thierry at neuf.fr
old pub
beta 50
for you

Thu Oct 02 2008
nikki291burton at btinternet dot com
beta plastics
50cc twist & go zd3mca300242
Hi, I need a set of plastics and stickers for my sons bike, can anyone advise me of where I can purchase these? Many Thanks

Sun Sep 21 2008
talongrey1999 at yahoo dot com
Moto Beta Bronco 150 CC 1976
I really need help with restoring my Bronco motorcycle I cant find anything about it if anyone has any information please help me out I need to know where I might get parts

Wed Sep 03 2008
weedyd at hotmail dot com
1970 premier moto beta
premier moto beta ?bebe 50 ?
Here is a pic of my fathers bike. What is it actually. Manufactors date 9 70. He bought it in May 1971. He rode it for a while. I only remember being able to ride it a few times. It was mothballed for 20years or so. Now I have it and have cleaned it up and it RUNS. Don't beleive I'll put it back on the street. HELP! What is it worth and where do I go with it?

Thanks for you time
dan from ks usa
ks. usa

Fri Apr 04 2008
info at centrem.be
beta parts
beta 250 1982 ( motocross ) motocross
Hi , restoration project
to ride in vintage competition
 help! need engine parts!

Sun Feb 24 2008
michel.capaldi at free.fr
BETA XC 100 1969
:I seeks left casing lighting and exhaust cross-country race of origin or dimensions for engine 100 xc FRANCO MORINI very difficult BETA 1969 model the USA in France
Thank you MICHEL

Mon Dec 31 2007
beschx3 at aol dot com
Looking to Buy
1960's vintage Moto Beta 125
Any one interested in selling one or more 1960's vintage Moto Beta 125(s) please contact me at 425-985-1950 or e-mail me at beschx3 at aol.com.

Marv Besch II

Tue Dec 18 2007
timdodge at alltel.net
beta 270
91 or 94 Beta 270
Just purchased a used 270 that was not running. Now have it running but i do not know what kind of mix should be in fuel (32:1, 50:1), can you help?
North Carolina,USA

I usually ran synthetic 40:1 in mine, but I believe some run it as lean as 50:1. Ed. Thanks for the response. According to Beta/usa web site it is a 1992 Beta Zero 260.
Right now i need the fan motor and blade. Do these parts numbers mean anything to you?
14.0101.0.00 electric fan zero
31.2153.0.00 fan zero
Can you give me a price and turn around time on them? As soon as i fugure out whats wrong with the rear brake I'll ask you to check those parts out.

Nov 24th 2007
michel.capaldi at free.fr
Thank you for would this information It be interesting to count these motor bikes in the USA as I do in Europe mine here 125 ENDURO 300567 300631 1973? 100 XC 10185 1969? I would like to know if the engines 125 enduro are always to mark the premier thanks Michel

From: Mike Ting
To: <several>
Sent: Friday, November 23, 2007 1:33 AM
Subject: Moto Beta Premier and BEBE 50cc an 125CC Contact

Al, NH & Michel (plus anyone else interested),

I believe I have talked to many of you via e-mail in the past about Premier Motorcycle items. Rob Trudeau has a website that you may have contacted previously and he gave me your addresses. The best contact Rob Trudeau and myself have found for Premier / Moto Beta parts is Domi Racer in Ohio USA. Tony Shanz at Domi has just about everything you need, however the prices are very high.

Another source for historical information on Moto Beta and Premier parts is the owner of GT Motors - Larry Klein (Moto Guzzi Dealer) located in Lansing MI. Larry is hard to get a hold of, but if you run into him at a swap meet of M/C show he can give you a nice history and may have some leads to follow on how to track down your serial number info, titles or other info and sources.

Domi Racers information is listed below.


DomiRacer Distributors, Inc.
P.O. Box 30439
Cincinnati, Ohio
Toll Free: (877) 451-0354
Phone: (513) 871-1678 ask for Tony Shanz
Fax: (513) 871-6684
E-mail: domiracer at fuse.net

Sun Nov 18 2007
juma5958 at worldnet.att.net
1973 Premier 125 Enduro
Looking to learn more about this particular bike. Would like to know approximate production numbers and how many were brought into the U.S.? Also, looking for a source for good pictures AND specifications that would help with restoration. Also, would like to know if there is a place that still has a large stock of parts for these bikes.

Nov 11th 2007
subject: Spare Parts
Email: btuckey at bigpond.com
message: I am operating a Beta Eikon 150cc scooter, Model S700A. I am trying to source a fuel sender unit which screws onto the side of the fuel tank. As electrical wires protrude through the plastic cap of the sender unit, mine leaks fuel at this point if the tank is filled (to the top).

Thu Nov 08 2007
Al.Cantrell at Interstatepaper dot com
Premier Moto Beta 125 CC Enduro
Premier 125 cc 1972
I would like get get engine parts for this bike. can you help?
Al Cantrell
Georgia , USA

Wed Oct 31 2007
smithsquality at verizon.net
Stolen Motorcycle
1973 Moto Beta Premier 125
My Premier 125 was just stolen and my insurance agent needs an ideal of what it may be worth. Any help?

Tue Oct 23 2007
mfowlkes at bransonfowlkes dot com
moto beta premier be be 50cc
Are there any sources for engine parts for these?

Mon Oct 22 2007
michel.capaldi at free.fr
Je recherche des informations sur l'histoire beta surtout aux usa beta premier MB et aussi des pieces mon site d'amateur beta http://michel.capaldi.free.fr
I makes same research as you; for same the reasons, the restoration of a motor bike beta PREMIER You can contact me I made a site on the motor bikes beta any grounds michel.capaldi.free. fr in France MICHEL CAPALDI

Sat Oct 20 2007
Al.Cantrell at Interstatepaper dot com
engine parts
premier moto beta 125 cc 1972
Do you have piston, rings, crank bearings for this dirt bike?

Thu Oct 04 2007
lea1125 at hotmail dot com
running problem
beta euro 350
ive got a misfire on my bike and when i rock the bike back and fourth it smokes very badley have you any ideas what could be causing this thanks mike
manchester england

Thu Mar 29 2007
ohlookitsdav at yahoo dot com
XTR 125 moto beta
i have an old XTR 125 moto beta with 1000 original miles on it but cant find out what it is or what year it is can anyone help ?

Thu Nov 30 2006
g.davidson1 at btinternet dot com
Beta Cross SP1 (MX3)
I bought this from a guy a couple of years ago, to teach my daughter to ride on. The bike is a 1978 Beta Cross SP1 (MX3), It is a 50cc trail bike, with a 3 speed gearbox and top speed of 30mph. I have trawled the internet but have been unable to find any information on this model. I contacted the factory in Italy, but they could only confirm the colour scheme was correct and they e-mailed a diagram of a Beta Cross MX4 with the physical dimensions of the bike on it. Is this model a rarity, does anybody have any information on this model?

Gordon Davidson.

Mon Nov 20 2006
mktm400exc at aol dot com
Italian Enduro Motorcycle
1973 Beta - Premier
This bike has 307 origional miles on it, never seen dirt, runs great !!
New Jersey, USA

Sat Aug 26 2006
DAHECK56 at MSN dot com
1970 XTR100A
My Dad bought this bike for me in 1970 ,it is a cool bike, it has been torn apart for a while, the only thing that was wrong with it was the shifting fork, planned on rebuilding it but never found the time, looking for a repair manual
Colo. USA

Sun Aug 13 2006
dianejubb at supanet dot com
1956 beta 150
pictures and any background info please for restoration project

Fri Aug 04 2006
hampauliton at earthlink.net
motobeta xc100

Hello, My name is Paul Hamilton, and My father Sold Moto Betas from his upholstry shop in Lake City, a suburb of Seattle, Wa. USA I am taking delivery of a 1971 Moto Beta XC100. a race model of the MBXTR 100A. I sold this bike to my good friend some 35 years ago. I built this bike from parts back in 1970 when I worked for my dad as a moto beta mechanic. I would come to his shop after school and repair moto betas, moto morinis, laverda's and whatever motorcycles people would drag in for repair. Those were the very best days of my life.(So far anyway) My dad sponsered Two Moto Beta race bikes and I was one of two riders that raced short track flattrack for Lake City Moto Beta. My bike was a souped up XTR100A, and was known as "The flexible flyer" The other bike was a custom modified XC100 race model with a hand made 6 reed reedvalve and 7port cylinder.I have some photos of these bikes but I am not sure were I put them! We sold MB 50's 80's 100's 125's The XTR100A and XC100 were our best sellers, but we sold a lot of MB50'S as bumper bikes, I think they sold for $299.00 I wish I had kept one, they would go 55 MPH!
Seattle WA (Shoreline)

Tue May 02 2006
darcm10021 at yahoo dot com
Moto Beta 175cc
Turismo Veloce
Hello, I am trying to complete a restoration of a moto beta 175cc turismo veloce.
During shipping from Italy the mirror, right side battery box and cover for the electrical panel under the seat were (destroyed, stolen, misplaced enter whatever you like here). The bike is very near completion. I am looking for these parts does anyone have any suggestion as to where to look or who to ask.
Marc Drapeau

Fri Feb 24 2006
PaulKantharia at aol dot com
beta xr 50
I think I have an xr50, and I am trying to get some dating info about it.
The frame number is : 25*27774* IGM3912DM.
The engine number is: 17 6 3 Beta mod c.
If there is any one out there who can help please do.
Cornwall UK

Sun Feb 05 2006
chichi.wat at wanadoo.fr
béta kit cross compétition rare 50cm
je vends le kit de béta plus 26mm piston parfait 40mm trés rare ,
bon état à voir peu réparation le chemise petit trou a voir super jamais vu!!!!

Translation: Béta kit cross competition rare 50CM I sell the kit of béta more 26MM perfect piston 40MM rare, very good state to see little repair the small shirt hole has to see great never seen! !!!

From: Peter de Wit <rijschoolrijen at hetnet.nl>
Sent: Sunday, January 29, 2006 7:03 PM
Subject: E-mail met bijlage (attachment): Re-exposure of 2006-01-29 002

hello this is my Beta 125 racing bike around 1956.

Tue Dec 27 2005
stephen at james1226.fslife.co.uk
beta euro 350 manual.
Is it possible to get a workshop manual in english for my beta euro
350. I believe the engine is made by suzuki.

Tue Oct 11 2005
cjmark at panetwork dot com
Moto Beta Turismo Veloce
Does anybody have information about a Moto Beta Turismo Veloce? It's a two-stroke, mid-1950s, of about 175cc. I'm looking for a shop/service manual, parts diagram, general info on the bike, etc.

Sun Sep 04 2005
david.scott at racingredmotorsport.net
Moto Beta
I am buying a Moto Beta 175 to ride in the Moto Giro, it's supposed to be 1958, the engine looks almost identical to a Morini, did they make their own engines then??

I have since found a mention of the Mercurio ( I think that's the model name on the engine) and that says it's a 150!!!!


Thu Jun 02 2005
rijschoolrijen at hetnet.nl
do you know what year this bike was made and do you have technical information?

  • Machine appears to be a 125cc twostroke from the early to mid 1960's with a Bing carbie, Beta on rhs engine case, jampot style rear suspension, plastic tank cap, deeply valanced guards, cylindrical steel toolbox beneath dualseat, heel & toe gearlever rhs, chain and exhaust on rhs. Ed.

Sun Jul 17 2005
jeprro at tenforward dot com
1965 Moto Betas x 2, 1965 Off Road
Can you please tell me best place to sell these on line; one runs and the other ran until something "blew".

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