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  • Ciao, India! We welcome DSK Benelli to India : We ride the BN600i, 600GT and the 899!

    Photos : Sunny, SunilG and MG (Gourab)

    Text: Sunil and Sunny

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    Benelli : A primer

    Benelli is currently owned by a Chinese group called the Qianjiang group who make everything from scooters to quads, electric bikes, generators, pumps, etc. The QJ group produces about 1.2 million two wheelers per year.

    However don't let the Chinese connection dissuade you from considering this brand. The quality is top notch. And like many luxury brands (Apple etc), some Benellis will also be made in China.

    Benelli has set foot for the first time on the Indian soil with the help of DSK Motowheels and looks set to launch 5 motorcycles from its current stable. We thank DSK Motowheels for bringing these Italian beauties for us and wish them all the success.

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    Some important milestones in Benelli's history




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    Having ridden and worked with a lot with the Italian marque - Ducati, I have developed a strange love and fondness for everything Italian. With the power shifting to Asia it should not be surprising that Jaguar is now owned by an Indian company, KTM is almost half owned by our Bajaj and Benelli is owned by someone in China.
    Benelli TNT 600GT Reviewed by @sunilg

    EICMA at the Benelli stall.

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    ^The bike looks purposeful. Even without the panniers.

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    Absorbing the impact from the road is the suspension system consisting of a 50mm USD fork at the front and a single side mounted monoshock at the rear. Braking was well taken care of by two 320 mm twin discs up front and a 260 mm single disc at the rear. This bigger tank and the fairing do make the Benelli TNT 600GT appear huge from some angles; however, once you sit on it that bulkiness seems to disappear completely. From the saddle, the GT looks well balanced. Even riders of short stature would find themselves at ease sitting on it. Despite all its visible bulk, the best thing about the 600GT was the way it handles. Thanks to the sorted chassis and the suspension setup, the bike simply surrenders itself to the rider and does exactly what he wants it to do and goes exactly where he wants it to go, be it in crawling city traffic or high-speed runs on the highway. Ample low end torque let it take the bumper-to-bumper city traffic with utmost ease. Thanks to the ultra-sticky Pirelli rubber, it seemed eager to take on the corners of Lavasa with aplomb and even while riding in the Pune city traffic on a Monday evening for around an hour, the bike showed no signs of overheating and that for me was a wonderful thing. Fit and finish wise as well, the bike didn't leave us disappointed.

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    ^And its lot of fun

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    Benelli TNT 600i

    Reviewed and Ridden by @Sunny

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    The Benelli 600i was a sweet surprise. I will start off with a verdict first: This is one of the best 600s I have ever ridden.

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    The instrument cluster is again minimalistic, but by no means ugly. The panels lines are angular and the stickering minimal.

    The best part of the bike for me was the rear with its dual edgy and triangular underseat exhausts. It should look better with tail tidy and mini aftermarket indicators. I find no reason (other than perhaps gaining more power) that one should replace the stock exhausts with aftermarket ones. They also look and perfectly match the lines of the bike.

    The side scoops give the bike a meaty streetfighter look. I would still prefer a projector lamp up front ala the 600T should Benelli thing of making this bike a perfect looker.

    Overall the bike looks very attractive, though not obviously Italian (like the 899). The fit and finish is top notch and you would have to try pretty hard to fight the fact that it is made in China (with all due respect many luxury products and electronics are indeed made in PRC).


    Performance and Engine:

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    Benelli TNT 899

    Ridden and reviewed by @Sunny

    Legend has it that the first TNT 1130 super naked models were almost untamable, wheelie addicts with a certain raw character that you will rarely find in the super refined engines of today. This was in 2004, when the first naked TNT came out. Things have changed since then. The current TNT 899 Naked which I rode is touted to be much more refined and docile monster (pardon the pun which might refer to a certain model of another Italian marque). The engine of this bike was derived from the original 1130 superbike engine that Benelli had developed.

    The 899 used to come in two flavors, the T and the S, the latter being introduced in 2008. The two versions differ in suspension, with the S having a fully adjustable front fork. Now it has been consolidated, but surprisingly leaving the ability to adjust the front fork behind. There is still some confusion as to which models are still available globally, but in all probability it will be only 899 TNT, the T version.


    She's got the Looks

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    This was shot by Kulpreet Singh way back in 2007 on The Great Australian Roadtrip (which was done on two Hyosung Gt650Rs, 22000 kms) in Wollongong, Australia near Sydney. I spotted this Benelli and was excited to see the exotic for the first time in my life. I did not know that one day I would be riding it on the Indian roads! This is the 1130 Cafe Racer. I usually never sit and pose on bikes which I do not test ride / own but I made an exception to this one! And what a coincidence - both the brands : Hyosung and Benelli are bought to India by the same company - DSK!

    It is touted to be one of the best renditions of the naked motorcycle theme, and I agree. Being an Italian it had to look radical. The first look will leave you intrigued. There is a lot going on to keep your eyes busy. From the unique side mounted radiators to the suave petal discs and the unique front static headlight arrangement that is complemented by the underseat exhaust flanked by interesting two piece taillights and a red swingarm and frame which stands out.

    The front 3/4th view looks the best and very meaty for the 899. The most unique visual feature of the 899 has to be the side mounted radiators. But the Benellis have been known to put their radiators in strange places. The Benelli Tornado Tre 1130 had its radiator under the seat (!) and two radiator fans right below the tail, giving it a faux exhaust look which looked really cool!

    The instrument console is pretty basic but again functional.

    The build quality and workmanship of the 899 (which is made in Italy and not in China) is excellent.


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    Speculations and Things to Note:
    Thanks to @MG (Gourab) for assisting us in the review:

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    Re: Ciao, India! We welcome DSK Benelli to India : We ride the BN600i, 600GT and the

    Our first Benelli ride and review is now live!
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      Re: Ciao, India! We welcome DSK Benelli to India : We ride the BN600i, 600GT and the

      The Benelli TNT 899 seems to be the way to go if they price it aggressively,not to mention the Killer looks and the 'made in Italy' part!Great review guys!
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        Re: Ciao, India! We welcome DSK Benelli to India : We ride the BN600i, 600GT and the

        The TNT was one of the first exotic bike I had fallen in love with, seeing it in a Bike magazine. and now it is coming to India Looking forward to the Z800, Striple and 899 wars
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          Re: Ciao, India! We welcome DSK Benelli to India : We ride the BN600i, 600GT and the

          There seems to be some mismatch in the tabular data. Isn't the street triple's maximum output at 105bhp and does it not have a seat height of 820mm?

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            Re: Ciao, India! We welcome DSK Benelli to India : We ride the BN600i, 600GT and the

            Originally posted by AmitRavi07 View Post
            There seems to be some mismatch in the tabular data. Isn't the street triple's maximum output at 105bhp and does it not have a seat height of 820mm?
            Hey Amit

            Cross checked the figures in the table, it is correct. Please have look at the Triumph Website - Street Triple - The Spirit of Triumph | Triumph Motorcycles

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              Re: Ciao, India! We welcome DSK Benelli to India : We ride the BN600i, 600GT and the

              Originally posted by AmitRavi07 View Post
              There seems to be some mismatch in the tabular data. Isn't the street triple's maximum output at 105bhp and does it not have a seat height of 820mm?
              Recently most of the bikes in Triumph lineup got detuned. Street Triple was hit maximum at 27PS
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                Re: Ciao, India! We welcome DSK Benelli to India : We ride the BN600i, 600GT and the

                Love the 'Made in Italy'shot on the 899. But is the 600 as reliable as 899 since they are from the Chinese stable ?? though under the same Benelli Banner ?? please enlighten on that.
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                  Re: Ciao, India! We welcome DSK Benelli to India : We ride the BN600i, 600GT and the

                  for the models that are made in china, that italian finesse is clearly missing (as seen in pics). the design is awesome in some portions, busy & crowded & overdone at other portion and weird at some portions.

                  That tourer is meant for touring on roads only and never step out of road.
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                    Re: Ciao, India! We welcome DSK Benelli to India : We ride the BN600i, 600GT and the

                    All of them are looking beast, Benelli really made them bulky & beautiful, But TNT 600GT took my heart and that 27L fuel tank is amazing for touring, I don't remember I have seen any other SBK with 27L tank :O

                    Why Benelli discontinued Tornado Tre 1130, any info on this?
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                      Re: Ciao, India! We welcome DSK Benelli to India : We ride the BN600i, 600GT and the

                      Made in Italy makes a better impression than Made in China...

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                        Re: Ciao, India! We welcome DSK Benelli to India : We ride the BN600i, 600GT and the

                        Originally posted by princesirohi View Post
                        That tourer is meant for touring on roads only and never step out of road.
                        It holds up pretty well in off road too and for a tourer it is surprisingly very nimble
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                          Re: Ciao, India! We welcome DSK Benelli to India : We ride the BN600i, 600GT and the

                          Originally posted by neil9381 View Post
                          Made in Italy makes a better impression than Made in China...
                          True... I was more inclined towards the 600i, but the Made in China tag is making me think twice. But 899 is a bit steep on the price for me. [MENTION=7123]sunilg[/MENTION], Sir, whats your opinion on the 600i
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                            Re: Ciao, India! We welcome DSK Benelli to India : We ride the BN600i, 600GT and the

                            +1. Will the PRC made tag be reliable as much as Italian made tag? Also do we have anyidea about what will be the servicing scenario of Benelli? Will the mechanics be trained by Benelli and provided vy DSK or they will provided by Benelli directly? Sorry Sunny for bugging you with so many questions but I'm getting drawn towards the 600GT, and Benelli is an unknown chapter in India till now, let alone the service part.
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                              Re: Ciao, India! We welcome DSK Benelli to India : We ride the BN600i, 600GT and the

                              I never thought in slightest of my dreams that a marque like Banelli even whose videos are so rare on YouTube will come to India someday and will say we will compete with Japs. GT looks so sober and TnT was always a heart string catcher, I never know how a design this old looks so futuristic even after so many years in production. 600i sounds insane even with stock sound kit, only headlight is the part which makes it little dull. But who cares if they can give us a 600i sort of bike around 6 lacs. Lets see how they go by now regarding price, service and spares.

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