2009 Benelli Tornado Tre 1130 Motorcycle Review — Ultimate MotorCycling

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2009 Benelli Tornado Tre | Motorcycle Review

Intoxicating Triple 

First established in Benelli motorcycles began widow Mama Teresa sank the family capital a Pesaro garage business, that it would offer for her six sons. Through the subsequent despite much racing has travelled a sometimes rocky road, eventually being by Chinese motor group in 2005.

Retaining the original staff and leaving all design and still in Pesaro, the combination of work ethic and Italian flair has proven a potent indeed. The result has produced new Benelli models, and the Tornado, identical in appearance to previous has evolved into a superbike retains the design brilliance of the but without its quirky nature.

I first sat astride the Benelli Tre 1130, I spent some just walking around the machine, looking at it carefully, every nuance–and I admit it: I the bike arrestingly beautiful. I understand that beauty is in the eye and all but clearly I am not alone. The Benelli’s sculpted, angular, avant-garde are strikingly seductive, and the Tornado Tre admiring glances from who sees it.

However, the Tornado is not only in the looks department; it is decidedly in several other aspects as Powered by an 1130cc three-cylinder under hard power it a sonorous droning more to a big-bang MotoGP race than the familiar sound of the fours.

With a relatively 62mm …, the motor lower, and the fairly soft rev kicks in at 10,200 rpm instead of the or so you would see on a similar inline-four. The very considerable 161 horsepower at the crankshaft) peaks at the rev ceiling although maximum torque is only 2000 rpm below the triple’s torque curve is so that the engine produces acceleration straight from

Benelli’s 91.5 ft/lbs claim is impressive by any standard. that the Suzuki GSX-R1000 out around 80 ft/lbs and the Ducati produces just over 90 then you may begin to appreciate how joyous the Tornado Tre is to ride in the world.

The fuel delivery system is it is not quite as smooth as Suzuki’s Dual Throttle Valve and needs a sensitive touch, but so, the Benelli’s throttle connection is Aptly named Tornado, is a powerful, relentless, explosive to this whirlwind and, it is not particularly wheelie prone, the motor produces jet-like irrespective of which gear it is in.

out-of-the-box thinking from is demonstrated by the designers’ reasoning a slimmer frontal area aerodynamic drag. The result is the of the radiator under the tail in front of the rear wheel; also helps distribute at the ideal 50/50 front/rear according to Benelli, helps the turn better. Two large electric fans draw air the radiator, and add to the bike’s very aesthetic.

As a legacy from superbike racing days, the quick-change cassette-style six-speed is mated to the engine via a dry slipper The beautiful carbon-fiber clutch is slotted and open to the elements, so the rattles loudly when in at traffic lights; presumably, aficionados pulling up next to you give a nod and a smile in appreciative fashion.

The clutch lever action is not despite being a cable but the engagement band is a little Once underway, clutchless are buttery smooth and engagement is so the clutch becomes rather anyway.

Once moving, I was surprised by the comfort the Tornado even for my lanky six-foot the secret is that the stretch the tank to the grips is very So, although the riding position is my weight was not hard on my wrists and I did not my neck trying to strain my upwards.

The peculiar shape of the of the tank looks anatomically but it did not compromise my comfort in the way one would in reality, the tank was easy to with my knees and I felt In fact, all the controls felt natural and it was this feeling of that led to my immediate confidence in the machine.

The motor is reasonably thanks to its anti-vibration countershaft, so the stay clear at speed and also give you more to at than your forearms. the tachometer and digital speedometer are and easy to read, the Tornado use a digital gear indicator. the Tornado out of my garage, the narrow-angle stops became fiercely full lock to the left my thumb against the tank, was a little disconcerting.

But once underway, the bike feels right. It behaves and everything works exactly as you expect, which is very on a road machine where lurk around every At a claimed dry weight of 438 pounds wet) the Benelli Tornado is not the open class sport but its handling is excellent.

Completely from the 900, the chassis is from large tubular-steel bolted and bonded onto plates.

Equipped with suspension–oversized 50mm Marzocchi and an Extremetech rear shock–the is as stiffly sprung as one would but the fully adjustable suspension is and reacts smoothly to bumps in the The Tornado is suited to a wide of road conditions; the suspension is not or jarring, yet it is stiff enough for the to handle extremely well.

Much credit for the excellent, handling must also go to the Qualifier tires. Perfectly to the Tornado with their triangular profile, the bike quickly and confidently into and my faith in the front tire stronger as the miles increased. with an Extremetech non-adjustable damper, the Benelli turns in precision, but it is not quite as lightning as a Suzuki GSX-R750.

Even so, the is wonderfully light, stable and invaluable qualities on the road.

is courtesy of Brembo; like else on the Tornado, the binders are and reliable. The master cylinder is not a unit, so the brakes do not have initial sharp bite can so easily catch a novice especially in an emergency situation. The radial calipers that down on 320mm rotors very well, have of progressive feel, and pull the effortlessly down from speed.

With a torquey that provides an intoxicating mated to surefooted and confidence handling, the Benelli Tornado Tre is a superb sport motorcycle. its racing heritage, it may not necessarily be a racer’s first choice. for the enthusiast who rides mostly on the and occasionally on the track, and wants unique and charismatic, he will the gorgeous Tornado standing on the top of the real world podium.

April / MAY 2009 ULTIMATE

Photography by Don Williams


Helmet: Arai Corsair

Leathers and gloves: Kushitani

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