For quite a while now, Benelli has been in a rather foggy situation, solely focused on scooters and mopeds under the full control of the Chinese QJ company. But at EICMA 2012, Benelli announced a completely new 600cc inline-Four, a neat-looking naked bike featuring a solid-looking composite frame that was obviously inspired by the Aprilia [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
WSBK Press Release: World Superbike will be celebrating its 25th anniversary at the Monza Round this coming weekend, offering Italian fans a unique opportunity to be able to get up close with the bikes and riders that since 1988 have helped to create the history of the championship. The Autodromo Nazionale Monza is one of [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Number Three: Benelli 250 – The FIVE GREATEST Choosing the five most influential motorcycles of all-time is no easy task. Which is why we picked six.
Third pick is a little obscure, but I like it because it gathered up a bunch of ideas, made them work well and glorified them with success. It’s the Benelli 250, which put together an aluminum dohc top end for cooler operation, cam drive by gears and (eventually) an oil cooler. It brought distinction to [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Years ago, the former head of Harley-Davidson racing, Dick O’Brien, described to me what happens when a Harley engine “wet-sumps.” If for any reason oil at the bottom of the crankcase is not picked up rapidly enough by the scavenge pump, it can be swept around by the whirling crank into the narrow gap between [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)
Three Tenors – When Six-Cylinder Superbikes Were King A look back at the Honda CBX, Benelli 900 Sei and Kawasaki KZ1300 Sixes.
Photography by Marc Urbano They were the Big Sticks of motorcycling in the Seventies and Eighties, future-is-now exercises in engineering prowess that didn’t just toe the waters of excess but went in like giant, 500-pound velvet cannonballs. They were six-cylinder bikes, wearing their long crankshafts across the frame and exclaiming their difference with a sextuplet [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Riding Impression: 2009 Benelli Tre-K 899 The Tre-K 899 is the best conceived, best executed and most attractive Benelli in production today.
Despite production issues that have delayed the introduction of the new parallel-Twin Due 756 (Roundup, February), Benelli continues to refine its present model lineup, releasing new models within the existing streetbike families, all of which are currently powered by the company’s 1130 and 899cc Triples. Each three-cylinder family includes a naked roadster (TnT) and now, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography By Joe Barnes Like Ferrari’s Tifosi, Ducati brand enthusiasts tend to be deeply passionate loyalists whose love for the marque extends into a broader state of Italophilia. They’re more likely to drink espresso than drip, dream of riding the Dolomites than the Dakotas, and have an affinity for the color red that far exceeds [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography by Brian Blades First impressions are important. That might explain why our long-term TnT has only racked up a little more than 1300 miles since our last up-date this past September. Right after its road test in October of 2007, the 1130 began camping out on our workstand because of one problem or another. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
The TnT and the CW staff seem to be star-crossed. Every time it’s been operational, we’ve been so busy with other bikes that we’ve had little time to ride it. And when we have had opportunities to ride it, it’s been out of service, propped up on our workstand for repairs or the installation of [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Two years ago at the Milan Show, China’s Qianjiang-owned Benelli introduced a concept bike powered by a 750 Twin extracted from the tried-and-true 1130cc inline-Three. No further news about this project has surfaced. Until now, that is. Out of the blue, we were told the 750 Due is ready for production. So much out of [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)