Benelli Tornado 900 Tre Limited Edition — 2002

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Benelli Tornado 900

Benelli Tornado 900 Tre Limited — 2002


Good things come to who wait, or so they say. we’ve had to wait a long for the Tornado since it was first to a stunned audience in July It’s taken the Benelli a while to get the bike into but now the first bikes are rolling off the production line.

Glenn Le travelled to the Benelli HQ in Pesaro, to see if the Tornado Tre Limited Edition is a thing and was worth waiting

One of the great things about a motorcycle journalist is that I see a fantastic new bike at a show and I must ride that! back in the mists of time I was a flat-broke despatch rider the annual bike shows at the NEC in I now actually stand a good of riding the latest subject of my And so it was to be with the Benelli Tornado.

I first clapped my jaded on the Benelli Tornado at the Milan show way back in 1999 I like most of those me, frankly amazed. The bike drop-… gorgeous. It was a radical in a new direction with its sharp and stacked front lights.

It was really different from the Jap-rockets and even the king of elegance itself, the Ducati Styling was radical, and the radiator the seat led to a wasp-waisted form looked cool even if the might not be with such a Twin yellow propellers cooling fans at the rear off the mouth watering visuals.

that moment on I promised I’d get to ride that

Fast-forward almost three As I fastened the strap of my Shark with the Tornado number of 150 idling in front of me I realised the moment had finally come I was going for a ride on a Tornado! But the bike live up to my expectations? Or I find it a big let down as I have one or two other bikes I’d after a ride on in the past?

There was only way to find so I prodded the exquisitely fashioned lever and selected first.

My impressions were mostly But the rear mounted radiator and air that route cold air to it the seat height on the high but I’m tall so it didn’t me in the flat ground of the Benelli car Later on when attempting to the bike on a really steep village road I was struggling to the ground on the downward side of the

Shorter riders would have bailed at this

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Out on the road the that grabbed my attention and foremost was the fantastic exhaust Music to the ear poured from the Titanium kit end-can. The Tre Limited comes with an EU stamped on the bike but a fruitier, ahem, use only’ pipe is included in the box of goodies that accompany bike. The noise stirred of my Laverda Jota I owned as a kid noisy, raucous and slightly a signature noise from a

There’s a hint of Triumph’s there, including a measure of the mechanical rustle. Benelli include a paddock stand, a bike-cover, adjusters for swing-arm height and steering head and a different rear sprocket to the gearing ratio in the box with the

You’d have to be a soulless to resist fitting the kit pipe, liberating the triple treat waiting to howl free the 898cc triple. I love the of a three and the Tornado has a sound all-too easy to love. I resist cracking the throttle open and howling the bike up and to the red line just for the hell of it as I out into the hills around

Compared to the kit pipe the standard very sanitised.

Benelli been working hard to perfect the fuel injection on the Tre. It’s something garnered negative comment testers of the pre-production model. But Benelli have chased out of the gremlins, which were hanging around in the low rev range.

The still needs a careful to start it once it’s this involves not touching the when you stab the starter and then giving it a deft and twist once she begins to Benelli hope to have the slight imperfections ironed out and of course, with EFI, any is easy to retro fit to older

But I was pleasantly surprised to find the ran very well at low revs, early reports, and it pulled from just over revs without hesitation. The mid was very strong and the bike to the redline easily. There’s a of hunting back and forth if you a very small throttle but then I’ve experienced the same feeling from the of BMW’s 1150 flat range!

The bike also to pick up too sharply when off idle. It’s not noticeable in use but if you’ll notice it in heavy should you be foolish enough to the bike in such conditions. who developed the single injector per system, were also for the injection management on the Triumph four. The problems were similar on that bike.

No then to hear that recently went bust!

a triple it’s not as smooth as a but then it doesn’t beat as as a twin either. Instead it a delicious area in between I’ve been enjoying since I owned a Laverda (also an Italian triple) far too ago to want to admit in public! At the rev range you can feel the motor through the handlebars — but I find it uncomfortable or intrusive in the

The mid range is possibly the best of the motor, riding the big 100N wave at around 5,000 to rpm is addictive especially when to the accompaniment of that open The 898cc twelve-valve DOHC is inclined forward by 15 degrees in the The engine is fitted with a shaft.

The bike isn’t as fast as the R1 but neither did it feel It’s hard to gauge the performance of a sports bike the aid of timing lights and a three-mile empty airstrip but it’s by no a slug! There is a strong in the pants in the mid-range and a pretty surge all the way to the 11,500 redline.

Low is also impressive, there’s of guts in this motorcycle you’ve stepped over the low rev hesitancy still lurking in the EFI

The bike, at £22,500 new (UK), going to be raced much; in I doubt that many a Tre will make it out of the glass case. That’s sad because who buys one and doesn’t ride it may be maximising his investment but he’ll be missing the fantastic experience of this lusty triple.

The cassette gearbox was very and light and the dry clutch was progressive, and also very light. The did start to complain when it was abused in 90 degree air temperatures messing about for pictures in a Italian village. The village was set on a steep hill and turning the and riding slowly up and down the street for photos put stacks of into the engine, the clutch because of that underseat the rider!

The water temp hit the clutch got grabby and I sweated off pounds. But once out on the open again the clutch and water quickly and there seemed to be no ill on either engine or transmission. The put the radiator under the seat to for a streamline front to the machine and to weight distribution.

The bike absolutely drips top designer label gear. suspension, Marchesini wheels, brakes combine with fibre, titanium and billet everywhere. The paint’s deep and the metallic green seemed to alive under the Italian

The instrument console is classy soft yellow faces and a mix of and digital readouts. The cycle wheels, footpegs, handlebars, engine casings, yokes and are all stunning, reminding me of the sort of Bimota’s boasted in their It’s all sheer quality.

is what you pay for, that and the of owning what already is, and no will remain, a very motorcycle.

Designer labels in walks of life are just labels. They serve practical purpose and often mean you’re getting extra for the heady price just paid for the article in Not so with the likes of Ohlins and

The brakes are superb, the front are powerful and progressive and the rear balanced. The fully adjustable is firm yet compliant and soaked up terrible road surfaces graced the Italian back with ease. The steering is and the handling effortless — as you’d expect from an thoroughbred that only the scales at a lithe 185kgs.

A steering damper is fitted as

The frame is a mix of Molybdenum Chrome tubes and a hollow cast box section rear. The banana arm is very pretty and pretty becoming an accepted feature on nowadays. Steering head and swing arm height are adjustable parts supplied in the kit.

The angle adjusts between and 24.5 degrees.

The bike was with some decidedly Dunlop 208s that had borrowed from a Supersport after Misano WSB. not a huge fan of these tyres, I Michelin and Pirelli both tyres that are just as but more stable. While the and indifferently surfaced roads give me the chance to test the they did show up a little from the tyres.

A set of tyres that hadn’t fried in superhot conditions at Misano’s race track certainly have helped. purchasers will be relieved to that they get new tyres, Dunlops, fitted as standard.

Benelli Tornado 900

The position was just right, not too but sporty enough to justify the million-mile-an-hour looks. The sharp of the petrol tank might the family planning schedule of a few riders though, especially those brilliant Brembo’s up The reach to the bars was perfect for me, not to not too far away and the back-sweep of the clip-ons give me any wrist ache at all 100 miles of twisty Italian

All bikes have their it’s just that you have to look hard, or be critical, to find them. For me the of the Tornado wasn’t really a but shorter riders are going to Benelli say this will be for the twin seat, or Biposto, production Tornado due in Autumn

The fuel injection is better it was but still not 100%. It works where it matters though, the bike is properly underway at speeds. The amount of heat up from the saddle on a hot day in Italy the under-seat radiator set-up ideal for the rider. The speed at the water got up to almost boiling also suggests it’s not for the engine either.

But I have many liquid cooled get into the temperature red-zone quickly in similar, and lets it, unique circumstances. Including reliable bikes from Honda and co.

The mirrors looked but didn’t appear to be adjustable at No problem in Italy where the just wave at speeding motorcycles but could prove to the wallet when dealing over-zealous highway patrolmen.

Faults aside the Tornado is a that rapidly charms the It has that essential component all expensive motorcycle simply possess character. It’s to make a bike go fast and well nowadays, it’s not a art and the technology and knowledge to do this is to most manufacturers. But there are some mighty motorcycle who are as yet unable to pack enough of the character stuff into machines.

Benelli have just about as much of it in as any can fit. And they’ve added components, fabulous looks and a that could well to be one of the most sought-after in the business in to come.

Would I pay £22,500 for I think if I had that sort of to burn I’d buy two — one to and one to preserve in a glass case as an This is going to be a very after motorcycle in years to and that second machine probably one day pay for the delicious pleasure of the first!



Liquid cooled traverse valve arrangement DOHC, 12

Displacement: 898cc

Bore and 88 x 49.2mm

Compression ratio:

Carburetion: Fuel injection

power: 143bhp @ 11,500rpm

Maximum Torque: 100Nm @ (claimed)

Frame: Mix of Molybdenum steel tubes and cast box section

Cycle parts:

suspension: 43mm telescopic adjustments for preload, compression and damping

Benelli Tornado 900
Benelli Tornado 900

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