Built in 7 days for the Argentinian Builders Challenge!
The Beta Motard 200 is a street-legal 200cc four-stroke supermoto the Italian manufacturer offered in the South American market, particularly Argentina. It sported twin 17-inch wheels, front and rear disc brakes, inverted forks, electric start, and made around 15-16 horsepower. While it was no speed demon, it was an affordable, versatile mount that could dice the urban traffic of Buenos Aires, explore the mountain paths around Salta, or serve as the perfect donor for a custom build!
Enter our new friends from Rodando Sur Moto Garage of Buenos Aires, Argentina — a group of friends who rented a space to work on their own bikes, but soon found themselves fielding requests to build bikes for customers. For this project, they were invited to participate in the 2020 Argentinian Builders Challenge (ABC), in which four teams were given just 7 days to customize a Beta Motard 200 or 250 into a tracker or scrambler.
In that time, the team of friends really came together, modifying the sub-frame, building a new seat, changing the gas tank, creating a 3D-printed number plate for the headlights, building a custom exhaust, and painting the bike. While the win went to their friends at VTF Custom, they built one impressive Beta street tracker…and the process was a reward in and of itself.
Below, we get the full story on this Beta 200, as well as more great photos from Diego Abella (@diego_nikph).
Beta Street Tracker: Builder Interview
• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.
We are a group of friends who rent a place to build our bikes. Suddenly, people started asking us if we could build bikes for them. Now we have a lot of happy customers.
• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?
Model: Motard 200cc
• Why was this bike built?
We build this bike for a challenge that we were invited to participate in, the Argentinian Builders Challenge.
• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
We feel very comfortable building this style of bike.
• What custom work was done to the bike?
We modified the sub-frame…
Built a new seat…
Changed the gas tank…
Made a 3D mask for the headlights…
The exhaust we built ourselves…
…and also we painted the full bike.
• What’s it like to ride?
It’s a really fun bike to use daily.
• Does the bike have a nickname?
No, we didn’t give it a name.
• How would you classify this bike?
It’s a street tracker.
• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?
We are proud of the teamwork that went into this creation.