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Green Goblin (Beta Ark)

January 6th, 2010

Wim Kooiman’s Beta Ark is no green giant compared to his Suzuki SV650, but with dyno figures in the region of 24 brake you know that there’s more than meets the eye with this ride.

The Beta Ark isn’t exactly the most beautiful scooter ever made, but that’s just my opinion. Scooter design has come on leaps and bounds in recent years and a few of the older autos are now starting to look a bit dated. There was an article in a women’s mag (not that I regularly read them, although I reckon my mate who mentioned the article does) that talked about glamour models who only date ugly men. Glamour models who only date ugly men? Lucky guys… Ugly or not, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as they say. And besides, it’s what’s underneath that counts right? Well in the case of scooters, they shouldn’t always be seen at face value. Wim Kooiman (who resides in Andijk in Holland by the way, if you haven’t already deduced by the Dutch blondes in our photo shoot) has gone to great lengths to makes sure that his Beta Ark has got what it takes in the performance stakes with the machine destined for sprinting. That said he doesn’t use the bike for sprinting all the time, he’s been in a bit of bother with the cops apparently after getting caught pulling a few wheelies.

The engine is the full Malossi 70cc job and the engine cases were tuned by a firm called HGS in Holland. Pretty much every aftermarket engine component fitted to the scooter is made by Malossi – the gearing, clutch, variator, ignition, the lot. No surprises there then. The carb isn’t a Malossi though it’s a Keihin PWK 28mm jetted by HGS to suit. And the Moto Tassinari VForce reed valve has also been modified by HGS. The devil is in the details as the saying goes and Wim’s 24hp beast has enabled him to achieve a personal best of 7.47 seconds for the 150 meters (quarter mile scooter drag racing is still rare in Europe) with a top speed of 114.9 km/h (71.39 mph), which for a 70cc scooter? Mustn’t grumble. That’s the thing with these tuned smaller capacity scooters y’see, their rapid acceleration off the line is again perfectly suited to sprinting. It’s a shame that we don’t see many (if any) of the youngsters in the UK taking to the sport as has been seen in Europe. The fact the licence laws in Holland that make it illegal to ride tuned machines on the road however poses a bit of a problem for the youngsters, so it’s easy to see why the scooter gatherings and racing events in parts of Europe get big attendance figures.

Besides the engine, the scooter has been tastefully adorned with a rather fetching green, it is in fact the same lovely pearl green that can be found gracing the bodywork of a Lamborghini Murciélago. Sexy. Somehow I think the Lambo goes a bit quicker though… Besides the plastics, the frame has been sprayed black and parts of the engine have also been sprayed green. The rear mudguard is made by Kiesler who, in my opinion, have produced some of the finest looking aftermarket body parts around. It’s just a shame they haven’t made anything for the bigger capacity scoots as yet. Come on Kiesler! Give us what us Brits want! The eagle eyed among you may have noticed that Wim has fitted NRG DD rims to his Beta Ark which fit in nicely painted in black with a polished edge. The handling of the scooter has been upgraded too with a pair of Malossi F32s front forks which had to be modified to fit. And at the the rear, Wim has fitted a Bitubo World Champion adjustable shocker. Michelin Pilot Sport tyres take care of the traction and a Braking floating oversized brake disc, custom RVS brake lines and a Malossi brake disc at the rear brings the scooter to a standstill. And that’s where we come to a standstill. As for the title of this article, I made that up, Wim’s scooter has nothing to do with goblins and neither does he!

Words: Paul Robinson
Photos: Inne Meys

This article was originally published in the print version of PETROL ISSUE.07

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