I have been impressed by Betas of the last 5 years. The clutch used to be sub optimal, but that has been fixed. The later motors have more inertia, and great power in the 300 Factory and correctly mellow power in the 250 and 200. The handling, in my opinion, is second to none. Stable and tight carving. Ever time I get on one I think, this handling is a little superior to my GasGas in the stable feel during slightly-leaned turns. The biggest complaints seem to be about plastic durability and replacement expense. A two-piece front fender assembly, aluminum for the brace, a fender, and two dinky screws, is just better overall. That in-molded one-piece plastic was theoretically a good idea, but low modulus and strength materials for braces is not a good idea. Not sure what's up with the rear fender. It is fashionably angular, and some report, too easy to break. I saw a GasGas crash bad last weekend in my class on a big step. The rider held power on and flipped it in the air. The bike landed upside down hard on the rock, directly on the fold of a FULLY FOLDER OVER rear fender. The fender straightened and you could not tell it had folded so radically. No breakage. Amazing. That is how durable rear fenders ideally should be. But these are details. The Beta is a truly excellent bike.