Benelli’s stand at EICMA was actually Ducati’s
Benelli was finding it difficult to locate its identity amidst the modern and competitive world, even more after it was acquired by a Chinese firm. But now, it seems like a thing of the past, more of a ‘myth’ one could say.
Benelli is trying to revive its fortunes by showcasing products designed by CentroStile Benelli and slowly helping their reputation get back to their original charm. But that is the problem.
They are not trying to build their own reputation, instead, they seem to take on cues from another Italian maker, Ducati.
Benelli’s new Tornado 302R makes appearance.
Benelli was finding it difficult to proclaim its identity amidst the modern and competitive world, even more after a Chinese firm acquired it. But now, it seems like a thing of the past, more of a ‘myth’ one could say. Benelli has started showcasing us products designed by CentroStile Benelli, and slowly their reputation seems to have gotten back to its original charm.
The Italian marquee Benelli, which after raking in some interesting numbers with its range of naked streetfighters, is now coming up with its first fully faired motorcycle in the entry-level segment, the 302R. With what is supposed to just be a ’fairing slapped on’ issue with the naked TNT 300, the 302R promises more than that.
Benelli TRK 502 Finally Sees The Light Of Day
Way back in 2015, the Milan show hosted the Benelli TRK 502 for our first peek at the all-new ride, and it has finally gone into production for public consumption. Critics of the ride call it a ripoff of the Ducati Multistrada, but to be fair, the adventure-bike genre is fairly well established, and most of the bikes in that family fall within three distinct styles. In that, the TRK is no more a copycat than everyone else with a dog in that fight. It sports a dramatic bird’s beak fairing with the typical windshield, but little else beyond a pair of handguards for rider protection. A mid-size mill pushes 33 pounds of grunt at 4,500 rpm backed up by 46 ponies at 8,500 rpm, but at 518 pounds soaking wet you can forget about turning in any kind of blistering trail times by any means. Whether you want to use it as an adventure-tourer or actually plan on going off-road, Benelli offers a suspension and front wheel package that will suit your purposes. For now, we have only the Italian price of around 6k Euros, but ya gotta start somewhere.
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The Benelli brand name has fallen under the Qjian Jiang Group umbrella since 2005, and has subsequently gone from strength to strength in the Asian markets, particularly in India and Malaysia. While a 600 cc mill might be a big engine over there (aren’t they cute?), it’s middling at best in the States, and there is absolutely no shortage of strong competition from established brands in this bracket. The Big-Four in Japan, plus the Italians, Austrians, Germans and Brits all bring quality rides to the table with comparable mills, so this Chinese-made bike – imported and marketed under the SSR banner – has certainly got its work cut out for it. Let’s check it out and see how they did with the TNT 600.
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Benelli put together the TNT 300 “Tornado” with both the entry-level market and the frugal commuter segment in mind. This sporty little ride brings an unintimidating powerplant to the table tucked away in a naked sportbike assembly that fits in with current styling standards and carries more than a little Italian DNA. Sophisticated enough to pass muster with the emissions folks, this ride nevertheless presents a relatively simple alternative to some of the available options on the market today. Competition is stiff in the bottom-tier streetbikes from some very well established names, and while Benelli enjoys some 100-year-plus roots itself, the name now belongs to the Qjian Jiang Group (QJ) based in China. Today I’m going to take a look and see how well the transition is working out for this storied Italian company.
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Class, elegance and style. ZenZero 350 is the Benelli’s high wheel scooter to stand out in urban traffic and the practical and fast vehicle in all conditions, combined with fashion.
The heart of ZenZero 350 is a single-cylinder engine, liquid cooled and equipped with electronic injection. The chassis is a steel trestle with a double cradle in high tensile strength steel tube. The suspension are guaranteed by a hydraulic telescopic fork ø35 mm in front and two rear (...)
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QuattronoveX has personality in abundance and is the 50 cc more sporting manufactured by Benelli, one of the scooter more loved by the young for its appealing design which reminds to the bikes of large displacement.
Its aluminium rims, the design of the lights and of the indicators prove its aggressive nature and strong personality. QuattronoveX has a single-cylinder 2 stroke engine air cooled. The frame is made of highly resilient steel while the (...)
Born to be noticed due to its unique and sinuous lines, Macis is the high wheel scooter of Benelli company with a strong personality, able to stand out at first sight from its direct competitors.
Released in the 125 and 150 displacements, Macis has a 4 stroke engine liquid cooled, ensuring good fuel consumption. The 16” wheels ensure both safety and speed as well agility under any condition. The chassis is a steel trestle with a double cradle in steel tube and (...)
A long-time certainty of Benelli, Caffènero (125cc-150cc and 250cc) is one of the scooters more loved for the high reliability and maneuverability, thanks to its 16”wheels, and for its looks absolutely unmistakable.
The 4 stroke engine, single-cylinder liquid cooled, offer high performances under any condition, ensuring great comfort for both rider and passenger.
The frame of Caffènero is made of resilient steel tubes, the front suspension has a 33 mm hydraulic fork (...)
The Benelli BN 302 is a versatile motorcycle created for those who are looking for a daily commuter, but who is also capable of occasional weekend getaways.
At the heart of the Benelli BN 302 sits a 300 cc, in line 2 cylinders, 4-stroke, liquid cooled engine with 4 valves per cylinder and double overhead camshaft. The engine is mated on a six speed transmission with wet clutch and is fueled by a 16 liter fuel tank with 3 liter reserve.
The stopping power is handled by ø 260 mm floating discs with a 4 piston caliper brake at the front and a single ø 240 mm disc with a double piston caliper brake for the rear.
Other notable features include Electronic Fuel Injection, exhaust with two catalytic converters and two oxygen sensors, steel trestle frame and a rear swing arm with lateral shock absorber.
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With its agile stance, perfect ergonomics and superior versatility, the Benelli BN 600GT will reward you with an unforgiveable riding experience each time you jump on its saddle.
The motorcycle feels similarly comfortable both in town and on the open road and is propelled by a potent 600 cc, in line 4 cylinders, 4-stroke, liquid cooled engine with 4 valves for cylinder and double overhead camshaft. Fire it up and it will deliver a maximum output of 60 KW (82 Cv) at 11000 rpm and 56,7 Nm (5,8 Kgm) of torque at 8100 rpm.
The motorcycle’s backbone is represented by a rigid tubular steel trellis frame that incorporates the engine as a stress member. As far as suspensions are concerned, the Benelli BN 600 GT rides on a 50mm upside-down front fork and a rear aluminium alloy swingarm with a rear shock absorber.
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The Benelli 600R is a versatile motorcycle that feels similarly comfortable both on the track but also in the city.
The motorcycle features a tasty Italian style which is combined with first class components such as Marzocchi ø 50 mm front forks, Sachs adjustable rear suspension, Brembo calipers, fully braided steel brake lines and Metzler Sportec M5 tyres.
Power comes from a 600 cc, 4 cylinders in line, 4-stroke, liquid cooled engine with 4 valves per cylinder and double overhead camshaft. The unit rewards you with a maximum output of 60 KW (82 Cv) at 11500 rpm and 52 Nm (5,3 Kgm) of torque at 10500 rpm. The engine’s power is kept in leash by a six speed gearbox.
The Benelli BN 600R is available with a base price of 6.790 euro and comes in black, red or Benelli gold.
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The Benelli BN 251 is an affordable, versatile and efficient motorcycle especially designed to deal with a wide range of daily tasks. It is nimble, light and good looking entry level motorcycle powered by a liquid cooled single cylinder, 4-stroke DOHC Benelli engine which generates a maximum power of 24.5 hp (18 kW) at 9000 rpm and 21 Nm (2,14 kgm) at 7000 rpm.
The engine is mounted on a steel trestle frame which uses it as a stress member, thus significantly improving the bike’s handling abilities.
The stopping power is assured by a ø 280 mm front disc with a 4 piston caliper and a rear ø 240 mm single disc with a double piston caliper.
As far as wheels are concerned, the motorcycle sits on 17” aluminium alloy rims wrapped in 110/70-ZR17 front and 140/60 - ZR17 rear tires.
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Meet the new Benelli BN6000GTS. The motorcycle continues the success story of the BN 600R. Designed as a sports-tourer, the Benelli BN 600GTS is a potent motorcycle created to cover long journeys without breaking a sweat. Thanks to its versatile character, the motorcycle can also deal great with the requirements of city riding.
As far as power is concerned, the Benelli BN 600GTS sports a liquid cooled, 4 - stroke, 4 - valve, DOHC inline 4 engine with a capacity of 600 Cc. The engine is linked to a 27 liter fuel tank and its power is transferred to the ground by means of a six speed transmission with wet clutch. It is also worthy of being mentioned that BN 600 GTS is a restricted version of the BN 600GT for LAMS approved riders, with 44 kW(restricted) power.
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Featuring a light weight rated at only 201 kg and powered by an 1131 cc, liquid cooled, 4-stroke, 4-valve DOHC, Inline 3 engine, the Benelli TNT 1130R Carbon Edition delivers an incredible power to weight ratio which makes it the most capable TNT 1130 ever produced.
The engine cranks out a maximum power of 116 Kw (158 Hp) at 10,200 Rpm and 120 Nm of torque at 8,400 Rpm. All this power is kept under control by six speed transmission with dry clutch.
It is also worthy of being mentioned that the low weight was achieved thanks to carbon parts used for all fairings, chain guard, fuse cover, front and rear fenders.
Other features offered by the Benelli TNT 1130R Carbon Edition include a tubular trestle swingarm, fitted with eccentric rear wheel adjuster, 50mm fully adjustable front Marzocchi forks and Sachs fully adjustable rear shocker.
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