Benelli relies on the Tornado Tre 1130 to define the clear line between a sports bike and an off-road one resulting in an ideal street motorcycle that hates stopping when the pavement ends. There is no wonder people claim it as the best bike ever to be produced by Benelli.
Engineers had carefully considered the off-road factor so the frame created provides an easy ride while being sensitive to a rider’s actions. Also, a carefully positioned radiator allows high thermal exchanges when riding your own dusty path at low speed. Completing the chassis’s efficiency is the rear suspension system which manages to combine stability and comfort in the most efficient way.
But none of the previously mentioned features would have mattered if the bike wasn’t powered by the fuel-injected 1131cc liquid-cooled inline-triple engine. The powerful and efficiently-tuned motor is what practically launches this bike like a ramp in the customer’s eyes so we’ll be further studying it.
We’ve all witnessed Benelli’s launch of the Tornado Tre 1130 K in 2006 and couldn’t helped noticing what a refined bike it was from the very beginning. In fact, the Tornado Tre 1130 we’ve had the opportunity to swing a leg over the past days, even though a 2008 model, it is exactly what a buyer would have received two years ago, meaning that refinements didn’t rushed coming at Benellis, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that the bike needs them.
If you’re reckoning the Tre 1130 K is not thrust-worthy enough it is also good to know that this maker has been produced the Tornado (only as a sports bike) ever since 2001 and the line-up doesn’t stop growing. So the engine, tranny are not recently developed, but more of relatively recently refined.
2008 Benelli Tornado Tre 1130 K
As much as the Benelli would try to individualize itself as one truly unique motorcycle, in the mind of its owners there will always be the Triumph Tiger. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t even decide on one so why judge you?
A fight between an Italian and a British motorcycle is indeed expected to be tight, but this is definitely the roughest competition ever. Both of these two are the kind of motorcycle on which you’re way up on the seat, plan to ride it outside the street limits and yet you wear a suit with knee-scrapers.
The Tiger is perfect for gathering miles and miles on weekend trips thanks to its ability to dress as much characters as the rider holding the throttle feels like. This bike can be a commuter, it can tour, and it can even find you scratching the asphalt while trying to leave behind the Tornado. And this will not be the easiest task for the electronically fuel injected 1050cc liquid-cooled, DOHC, in-line three-cylinder engine found on the jungle boy as the 114bhp and 74ft.lbf will have to beat Tornado’s 123bhp and 85ft.lbf.
So I guess everything now depends on the way the two competitors go through corners. The Triumph Tiger, as well as the Benelli Tornado benefit of wide bars which radically improve their easy maneuverability and determines me to call it even. I guess everything depends on each one’s tastes and preferences. But they can also be influenced by the Tiger’s $10,999 MSRP or $11,799 for the ABS version that is available.
2008 Benelli Tornado Tre 1130 K
By simply taking a look at the Benelli Tornado Tre 1130 K the bike’s design will immediately establish an attraction that is hard to ignore even when the Tiger is seen. While riding the thing I noticed many people turning their heads after it and I reckon that it all has to do with its slender look. With one occasion while stopping for gas and a cup of coffee a nice citizen approached me to manifest its curiosity and amaze related to the bike’s exterior. I quote: “It looks like the air tunnel wind molded it or like a long-hair guy driving a convertible!”
This is how people tend to percept it, but for a half-faired motorcycle I must say that it attracts the eye, liking it or not. The headlights are stretched almost on the entire front fairing and the windshield is positioned at sport bike angle. There was no room for the signal lights in this harmony so they were simply integrated in the mirror’s support.
It has a nice, tall and stylish gas tank which underneath it reveals the three-cylinder engine heading its exhaust pipes to the silencer positioned under the seat.
Colors combinations are: Silver and Green, Red and White, Silver and Black.