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Recently acquired by motorcycle, conglomerate Qianjiang Italian manufacturer Benelli a comeback in North America. producing 1.2 million motorcycles Qianjiang keeps Benelli low and exotic appeal high. thing looks like a That’s the response of a teenager the Benelli TNT Sport parked in of a snack-bar restaurant.

Prompted by the visual cue, it’s not to imagine the TNT standing straight on its wheel and morphing into a robot. As with automobiles, designers follow their own set of and the TNT’s futuristic angular often causes bystanders to and stare. Finding small of people bunched around the machine and pointing is a regular Despite its unorthodox design, the is attractive.

But its appeal doesn’t end its looks. Starting the 1,130 cc inline triple produces a rich growl that tone when the engine is past 4,000 rpm and an exhaust-mounted valve opens for freer flow and subsequent increase in

One of the oldest Italian motorcycle Benelli has struggled in the past, and its throughout the decades have and waned. It seems with new comes stability, as well as allowing research into the product line. Benelli bikes shown at the Milan show in 2006 included a … street bike and a four-… motocrosser.

The Tornado Tre 1130 is a … roadster on the Tornado Tre 1130 supersport. unapologetic streetfighter is not without its the first of which is immediately when the handlebars are cocked and the top comes into contact the plastic fuel tank producing an annoying squeak. are certainly aware of this, yet the fuel tank would probably cut into profits on a machine, so they let it slide.

quirk is an ignition switch deep inside a recess at the of the fuel tank making it to reach the key.

Viewed above, the TNT has an hourglass shape and is narrow in the midsection, and when it fits snugly between the The upright riding position is comfortable despite a seat places the rider in one position, and at 780 mm in.) most riders can get feet squarely on the ground. is plentiful, but the footpegs are the shortest seen on a street bike and occasionally slip off.

The side-mounted radiators manage heat well without excessive heat to the rider, and the fans that come on do so briefly and quietly. Passengers that the seat got warm the high-mounted muffler, which comforting on a cool day, but become uncomfortable in midday heat.

The ECU features two power accessible from a dashboard-mounted In the “free” mode, the full 135 (claimed) and 86 lb-ft of torque are while in the “controlled” mode is slightly reduced for better in wet conditions. There is a slight in power in the two modes, though the is not as noticeable or effective as the one on the 2007 which has three different curves.

The switch must be in the mode during startup or the burbles while cranking and to start. According to Benelli’s using the controlled mode “guarantees a decrease in fuel of 10-20 per cent,” though in this mode the TNT was thirsty for as consumption averaged 7.9 L/100 km (36


The difficult starting (in the free and excessive fuel consumption be attributable to EFI mapping that we told needed to be tweaked. response is mostly spot-on, the bike occasionally hiccups on

Poor fuel economy and odd are almost forgiven once rolling, but a firm clutch and throttle reaffirm the bike’s feel. Power is instantaneous and even in the softer power A quick blip of the throttle in first or second gear the front wheel skyward and torque is available from above idle speed to its 9,500 rpm redline.

Benelli TnT Titanium Concept

Acceleration is and linear, with no surges in as the needle sweeps across the If you’re not careful, the rev limiter abruptly, though spinning the near redline is not necessary for forward motion. On winding the flat powerband allows the TNT to between turns with a slight twist of the throttle and little shifting of the close-ratio gearbox.

First gear is rather but abundant torque allows the to launch with minimal slip. The chassis matches useable powerband with steering response and stability. sits low in the chassis, and at a claimed 199 kg lb) dry, the TNT feels light and A wide tapered handlebar lots of leverage to muscle the around, while enough lock is available to permit on single-lane roads.

Steering matches that of the latest bikes with 25-degrees of and trail at 95 mm. Wheelbase is a tad longer the typical supersport at 1,443 mm in.). Chassis rigidity is enhanced by a beautifully sculpted steel swingarm that the six-inch-wide rear wheel large eccentric adjusters.

The TNT on test is upgraded from the TNT with fully adjustable including a huge 50 mm Marzocchi fork with a friction-reducing on the slider tubes. The standard has a non-adjustable inverted fork and a adjustable for rebound damping and Another feature that the Sport model apart the standard TNT is the Brembo radial-mount calipers, as opposed to standard

Braking action is superbike while the rear twin-piston provides just enough and feel for easily controlled Suspension compliance is typical of a motorcycle, which is road-race and on bumpier roads, it will kick you into the air, the bike continues on its course wavering. Softening the suspension from the standard settings comfort without sacrificing integrity, though the ride is far plush.

For exotic appeal, the scores high, and at $24,995 is assured. The price is high, but the TNT aimed at the budget conscious, and is the of machine a buyer would add to an already extensive motorcycle You can buy into this exclusivity for less by opting for the $20,995 model.

The TNT’s nearest competitor, the Speed Triple, is more and, at $13,999, much affordable, though you’ll to endure sneering from Italian-mounted riding buddies. If is of little consequence, you can splurge on the TNT with titanium exhaust, 141 and 90 lb-ft of torque for a whopping If that doesn’t get you noticed in neighbourhood, move.

Those of modest means can take that the stability offered by may result in a broader range of Benelli models priced the TNT Sport, because how many us could afford to make their one-and-only motorcycle?

Benelli TnT Titanium Concept
Benelli TnT Titanium Concept
Benelli TnT Titanium Concept
Benelli TnT Titanium Concept
Benelli TnT Titanium Concept

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