Metal Motard: A mild Beta M4 supermoto from Italy

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Beta is the best known for its high-end trials and enduro motorcycles, but the Italian company has produced a number of mysterious street legal machines over the years. Among them are the Beta Alp 4 dual-sport, and its counterpart with 17-inch wheels, the Beta M4 supermoto.

Before Beta produced their own engines, they used KTM power stamps on most of their bikes. But the Alp 4 and M4 are powered by a mild-looking single-cylinder engine from the rugged Suzuki DR350. To add insult to injury, the engine was lowered; these bikes are built to be reliable, economical, and affordable, rather than gimmicky.

Beta M4 custom supermoto by Emporio Elaborazioni Meccaniche
It is those features that led Emporio Elaborazioni Meccaniche to the Beta M4 of the 2007 model as the perfect supplier for their new project. The Italian custom shop client wanted an easy-to-ride city bike with miles of style, with an emphasis on control over outright speed.

Keeping the bike compliant with Italian roadworthy regulations (more or less) was also a priority. So Emporio Elaborazioni Meccaniche chose not to mess with the Beta's chassis too much and focused on its bodywork instead. The goal was to reduce it visually, while shaving as much weight as possible to make the ride more aerodynamic.

Beta M4 custom supermoto by Emporio Elaborazioni Meccaniche
EEM started by stripping all the Beta plastics. The OEM suspension, brakes, and wheels were fixed, and the subframe was tuned to prepare for the new bodywork.

Next, the team created a full body of handmade parts, including a new front fender, headlight nacelle, fuel tank, and tail section. The tank draws its inspiration from the enduro bikes of the 70s, but adds an Italian flair. A sharp 'wrap' in the front adds an attractive detail, while it curves upwards to help eliminate the bulk of cables and pipes.

Beta M4 custom supermoto by Emporio Elaborazioni Meccaniche
The vintage vibe of the tank is combined with a modern cut aluminum tail section. The side panels curve into waspish after waspish, with an LED tail light sunk deep into the top. The seat is covered in the type of grip fabric you would find on a motocross bike.

A peek at the rear reveals a well-shaped undercarriage that acts as a rear guard, while also housing a few key components. Embellished with EEM branding, it is surrounded by vertically positioned LED signals.

Beta M4 custom supermoto by Emporio Elaborazioni Meccaniche
The high-mounted front fender is as sharp as the rear unit. With a vintage-style fuel tank integrated into it, the overall effect is a clever blend of vintage and modern sensibilities that feel wonderfully cohesive. The headlight assembly completes the set, with two LED projectors and an LED bar light that provides more than enough light.

A hand-crafted aluminum rib runs down the center of the polycarbonate headlight shroud, adding more depth to the design. That same detail is repeated on each side of the Beta's swingarm, while EEM branded plaques are affixed to the lower forks.

Beta M4 custom supermoto by Emporio Elaborazioni Meccaniche
Moving to the cockpit, EEM installed new handlebars and grips, as well as hydraulic brakes and clutch master cylinders from Messner Moto. The bike's cable clutch was converted to a hydraulically activated setup, and its digital dash was moved to sit atop the fuel tank.

EEM has rewired the rest of the bike as well, for good measure. They also removed the ignition key while they were in there; the only way to start the bike now is by hitting a certain sequence of hidden switches.

Beta M4 custom supermoto by Emporio Elaborazioni Meccaniche
The engine is stock, but the airbox has been ditched for a custom air intake and filter. A new exhaust system completes the setup—it surrounds the engine and exits parallel to the tail.

The Beta M4 supermoto's monochromatic livery is as inspired as its silhouette. EEM chose a gray set for the fuel tank but left some of the green aluminum bits. It looks sharp as heck—and it's 25 pounds [55.12 lbs] it's easier than ever, too.

Mission accomplished.

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Beta M4 custom supermoto by Emporio Elaborazioni Meccaniche





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