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An Italian made Trials Bike, theÂ Beta Techno 250 was in production from 1994 to 1999. It has a liquid- cooled, single cylinder two-stroke 247.5cc engine. Horsepower is not the issue here, specifically with trials; the mildly tuned engine generates only about 19 hp. The motorcycle's wheels are 21 inches at the front and 18 inches at the rear, both with small, protected disc brakes. The Techno's weight is only a mere 176 pounds.
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Trials riding is a very popular sport, the basic idea of trials is that the rider must get himself and his machine over obstacles without ever putting a foot on the ground, or "dabbing," as this is known.
The Techno's frame is made by the Italian company Verlicchi, out of extruded aluminum: it's extremely rigid and is light in weight, and doubles as a 1.1-gallon gas tank. Extending down from the steering head are two arms that hold the front of the engine and encloses the radiator. A large skid-plate protects the underside of the motor, with almost a foot of ground clearance. At the back, the swinging arm pivots through both the bottom of the frame and the engine cases. The front forks, manufactured by Paioli, have adjustments for spring preloading and rebound damping. At the back, specially modified Boge shock has preload and rebound adjustability.
The Beta Techno has some championship success with a Britiain, Dougie Lampkin who won the number-one spot in the 1997 World Trials Championship on an Italian-made Beta Techno 250 that had been modified specifically for him. The Technos made for Lampkin, was increased to 272 cc, with an output of 30 hp. To suit his riding style, the engine has been shifted forward slightly from the standard placement, putting more weight on the front wheel.
The Beta Techno 250 is a popular trials bike, and replacement parts are still readily available in many cities in North America.