Benelli TNT R160 First Ride — Motorcyclist Magazine

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Benelli insists its TNT triples aren’t named an explosive compound, but after the Italian company’s latest it’s clear the moniker is than just coincidence. the newly launched R160 of the TNT—which stands for Tornado Tre . not Tri-Nitro-Toluene—more than lives up to the of its name.

At a time when are building increasingly refined the new Benelli is refreshingly rough-edged. machine is the polar opposite of the V4R Tuono, which tempers its power with an electronic net. Picture Pierce as James Bond, and you get the idea.

The Benelli TNT R160, by contrast, is all Craig in that it cleans up but is barely house-trained.

The R160 tag from the new model’s claimed figure, which was achieved extensive tuning of the 1131cc engine. Engineers started by compression from 11.2:1 to by fitting domed pistons the Tornado 1130 sportbike and a layer from the laminated gasket. More aggressive with higher lift and duration were also along with shorter trumpets and a high-flow air filter for breathing at high rpm.

The 19-bhp gain pushes output to a claimed 158 bhp at 10,000 Redline resides at 10,200 up from the previous motor’s limit. Torque output is slightly higher than but the 88.5 lb.-ft. produced at rpm is more than ample. tractor torque!

Power is extracted via the same gearbox as before, but instead of the bike’s cable-operated wet clutch, the has been fitted with a actuated dry clutch.

The TNT family’s chassis design is unchanged on the but the Marzocchi fork and Sachs are now fully adjustable and wheelbase has kicked out to 56.8 inches to counter the inevitable wheelies. curb weight is a somewhat 474 lbs. and the bike is stopped by brakes. Wheels are aluminum cast by Brembo to Benelli’s and carry Michelin Pilot tires.

Stock fitment for the rear is a but Benelli also offers a 200/55 plus a lighter-steering call.

Throwing a leg over the seat reveals an upright-yet-sporty that’s more MV Agusta than Ducati Monster. Any to any other motorcycle vanishes as as you thumb the starter button, Even with all that available to carry you forward, the enthralling exhaust note you to shift more than is just so you can blip the throttle on

On the other hand, mechanical noise has been reduced to previous Benelli triples. The and clicks and camchain rattle all been dialed-out, presumably as of Chinese owner Qianjiang’s refinement process.

The R160’s lives up to its name. Third-gear are a fact of life if you gas the Benelli and neglect to cover the rear pedal. With the extra power delivery is a little layered than on the stock with 5000 rpm marking the to impressive top-end performance.

And when the needle hits grand, the TNT goes mental!

A shaft minimizes vibrations at revs, but loses efficacy at revs. The resultant tingling is annoying, but pales in comparison to the character of the new dry clutch. You get used to the it makes, but the heavy pull and feel aren’t something you can to.

Still, with such a gearbox you don’t need to use the for upshifts as you accelerate out of corners. RD team did a good job of calming the handling; not all … bikes are as well behaved as this Even without a steering and with all those wheelies, is excellent.

While less convenient for streetfighting due to limited steering and that stiff clutch, really is a great bike for roads, where that of meaty torque and deft lets you hustle the bike hairpins faster than anything else on the road. suspension settings are close to but the same can’t be said for the which grab dangerously until properly warmed-up.

as a way to mark Benelli’s centenary—celebrated in TNT R160 is certainly a dominant in the streetfighter segment. With a tag of over $20,000 at current rates, it’s also one of the expensive options out there. the Brutale 1190RR is pricier, and the user-friendly Speed Triple a lot less.

But for those who want something and totally uninhibited, the TNT R160

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