Benelli showcases TRK251, 302S and 752S at EICMA
10th Nov 2017 10:04 am
The three Benellis are expected to make their way to India sometime next year.
In addition to the Royal Enfield-rivalling Imperiale 400 and the new Ducati xDiavel-inspired Benelli 402S, the Chinese-owned Italian company has three more motorcycles on display at EICMA.
The smallest in terms of capacity is the TRK251. This is an adventure bike styled along the lines of the bigger TRK502 that is slated for launch in India soon. The TRK251 runs a steel trellis frame, 41mm forks and claims a dry weight of 153kg. Tyre size is the same size as the TNT25 naked – 110/70-17 up front and 150/60-17 at the rear. Power comes from a 249cc, single cylinder, liquid-cooled motor that makes 25.8hp and 21.2Nm of torque. The engine is similar to the one in the TNT25 but appears to produce around 2hp less. The fuel-injected engine is Euro-IV compliant as well.
The second bike is the 302S. This is a more stylish version of the existing TNT300. It sports a modern-looking headlamp with LED DRLs along the side and a split section in the middle that reminds us of the 302R. The new bike gets cleaner and minimal bodywork along the sides but it still looks muscular and handsome. The tail is also quite sleek and gets split grab handles. Also new is an angular, fully digital instrument cluster.
The 302S continues with the same steel trellis frame and the motor makes 38hp and 25.8Nm. However, dry weight has now gone up and is at an enormous 206kg. We expect the 302S to replace the TNT300 in India sometime late 2018.
The final bike also happens to be the most powerful Benelli on display at EICMA. The 752S is a naked bike that runs a brand-new 754cc, liquid-cooled, parallel twin engine. Peak power is 81.6hp at 9,000rpm while peak torque is 67Nm developed at a low 6,500rpm. Power is slightly lower than the 85hp from the inline-four cylinder engine on the TNT600i, but torque is significantly higher and also produced early on in the rev range. Benelli says that the 752S has been tuned for a rich and powerful sound.
The 752S uses a new steel trellis frame and gets fat 50mm forks. These give the bike a tough, streetfighter look, alongside the oval LED headlamp. Bodywork is minimal, with a big fuel tank and a slim tail section. A fat 180 section rear tyre only adds to the muscular look. Braking is handled by twin 320mm discs bitten by four-pot calipers. The brakes have their work cut out given this bike's hefty 220kg dry weight.
The 752S is also being considered for India but is likely to arrive later in 2018. For now, the company’s focus lies on the upcoming launches of the TRK 502 and the Leoncino. Speaking of the Leoncino scrambler, Benelli also showed off a smaller Leoncino with a 250cc single-cylinder engine similar to the TRK 251's.
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