Benelli 1130 Café Racer — Motorcycle Mojo Magazine

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Benelli Cafe Racer 899

Benelli 1130 Café

With all the time I spend on the it is unusual for me to be home for any length of during the summer months, and living in Vancouver it’s more unusual that the be anything but raining during precious days off.

So, I received a random email Paul Moes at Benelli in during one of my few days home me a chance to ride the 2007 Café Racer 1130, I out the window and saw a beautiful cloudless and sky.

With no hesitation I promptly picked up the phone and myself to the offer. “Hi Paul, Misti. I got your email about riding the Café and I would love to do it. I’m in town for two days. Can I pick it up today and it Saturday?

Excellent. I’ll be in an hour.”

Enroute to the Forza Benelli shop, located at 116 2nd in Vancouver, I pondered on where I journey aboard the enigmatic Having never ridden a before, I was excited to have the to ride such an elusive however, riding in and around proper is not really my cup of tea. busy, bustling with a lot of and not the greatest area to be able to and get a real feel for a motorcycle.

I to venture somewhere where the was slower and more relaxed the busy city, somewhere I open it up if I wanted to, and somewhere I really enjoy my time I wanted a vacation on twisty, roads, but with only two home I also wanted to the time to my advantage and “multi-task” as it

Grabbing my cell phone, I my sister who lives in Errington, a quiet little town an hour north of Naniamo, Parksville on Vancouver Island, and her I would be over on the first the following morning for a visit. It was the opportunity to go for a ride, visit my sis and see my and nephews as well as some elsewhere on the island. Plus, previously lived in Victoria and beginning my riding career I was well aware that on the island is “da …” and remember of back roads where I mellow out in the Zen of riding, or unleash the of the Café Racer on some awesome curvy switchbacks.

at the immaculate and neatly arranged store, I spied for the first the mighty 1130 cc Café set exclusively on a display pedestal for all to It’s 100% pure Italian with a color and confrontational styling that the Italians could pull With angular matt and gold fairings mounted a wine red steel tube frame, the Benelli oozes and commands immediate attention.

Its and extremely unique design me yearn to take this performance streetbike for a spin.

a leg over the beautiful Benelli me a little flutter in the stomach as I how elite and expensive the machine is. With a list price of it is definitely one of the more highly motorcycles I have ever It’s also so flashy I that I want to cruise downtown on the way home to show it off and the reactions of people as I sashay by.

The guys at the Benelli shop extremely friendly and after out paperwork, sent me on my way. I up the Café racer, which to life with a meaty put it effortlessly into gear and into my ride.

The Benelli 3-cylinder, 1130cc inline is nothing short of a powerhouse. 135 hp at 9250 rpm and 86 ft lb of torque at 6750 it is punchy and strong, delivering pull throughout the rev range. The is velvety smooth with no or clunks while changing the 6 speeds, though neutral is impossible to find. Seating is comfy, with a well but thin seat, wide and a slightly tilted forward position.

The instrument cluster is but well laid out and intuitive to while the little angular not only look cool the rest of the edgy styling, are actually extremely practical, a crystal clear view

Riding through the downtown I was impressed with the stability and of the flashy Benelli. It responded to steering inputs into the and didn’t hesitate to change or stop in a hurry. The Café comes with double 320mm Brembo disk brakes with twin calipers and a single disk diameter with a twin caliper brake in the rear.

is firm with Marzocchi “upside down” stanchion with compression, rebound and preload adjustments and the rear ASD tube trellis swing arm single shock absorber extension and spring pre-load

I paraded myself and the exclusive Café Racer down Davie and Denman streets, English Bay and around Stanley while watching heads and people point and even a glimpse or two of my reflection in a storefront I certainly liked it.

By the time I got to the North Shore I ready to get off the bike just yet so I riding towards Seymour and up the curvy access road to the top of the ski Here is where I opened the on the Racer and grinned at the powerful it provided and the way it effortlessly held its around the tight switchbacks. I and waved at a few other riders as I to the top, took a moment to in the view and then ripped again.

Part way through the the fuel light came on and I had to up. Three guys approached me the fueling up with various about the black and gold of art I was riding. “Wow, awesome! bike!

Looks expensive, and said one guy and I grinned and let him think yes indeed it was my very own bike.

The morning I anxiously brought the roaring to life and made my way Horseshoe Bay to catch the first of the morning to Naniamo. Riding a gives you the privilege of going to the of the line and loading and unloading which is super handy in the summer months when waits can be hours. I joined a group of riders at the bow of the boat, all of who about the Benelli and commented on the design.

The sail to Naniamo was beautiful as we the Georgia Strait and I sat by the window the rolling waves of the Pacific and the sailboats cruising by. In Naniamo I off the ferry and along the Island towards Parksville and into Despite the small flyscreen and no windscreen on the Benelli, the freeway was surprisingly comfortable at speeds of 130 km/h.

The fuel light on again and I scratched my head as it like I just filled up, but I over and added more gas as

Benelli Cafe Racer 899
Benelli Cafe Racer 899

Rolling into the driveway of my place I spy two little heads out the windows. The heads disappear and the front door flings revealing my three and a half old niece, Locklyn, and my one-year old Kellan. Bounding down the and out to the driveway, they meet me, and pointing at the bike.

They are and of course I am trying to corrupt and make them into motorcycle loving, dirtbike future racers, so I prop up on the bike and let them rev the engine and the horn. Then I see my sis holding a bundle that is my brand new Lynden, who is only weeks We go for a wander to look at the horses and dig for worms and then I’m off for a more ride down the island to

I arrange to meet my friend in Duncan (about the halfway between Parksville and Victoria) so I to the Island Highway for a leisurely to our Starbucks meeting point. we join up, we dart off the highway a few back roads including a blast around Shawnigan Road. The lake sits dense trees and the road has of twists and turns.

Before we get going over the the fuel light once comes on and I realize that is one thirsty motorcycle. After fuel stop, it’s up and the 356-metre Malahat summit we go. Goldstream National Park we off onto Finnlayson Arm Road is a rough, slightly wider single lane, sideroad weaves up and through the mountainous in a technical series of twists and

I’m impressed with the way the Benelli the transitions from smooth riding to the chip chop stuff although I’m a bit freaked out pushing such an expensive and not mine” motorcycle close to its From there we join up on series of small locally backroads including Muns and Lake Road before into downtown Victoria to by Adrenalin Motorcycle Co-Op to say to a couple of old friends.

Simon and I dinner at 5th Street Bar and Grill off before I left. Flying the Pat Bay Highway, I barely make the ferry at 9 p.m. Again, the thing about taking a across on the ferry is that will always fit the bikes on, if you show up only minutes it is to depart.

I place a safety under each side of the and relax with a hot chocolate for the ride.

The hour ride in the dark is a little chilly and I that the small fly screen little protection from the evening temperature but the headlight, the high beam, provides light. As I pull into the lot of my apartment complex in North I think about how much fun the is on the island and how much I miss able to zip around the backroads Victoria.

We used to play games names such as “chip where we took different sideroads and alleys home, or the rain cloud” where we the weather to determine our route, or the cops” where we had to completely any main roads or highways. You ride for hours and hours on the and never hit the same road or get bored with the ride. It was to be there again, nice to the opportunity to ride a new and extremely fun bike which I was sad to have to up, and especially nice to see my family and friends. MMM

For more information visit or For on Adrenalin Motorcycle Co-Op or to be put contact with riders on the that would be more willing to tell you about Island backroads, please

Cheers, Misti

Hurst is a motorcycle racer, and a freelance writer. Visit her website at

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