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Benelli Tornado Tre (April

The Italians have a way of creating a in the bike world. The Benelli Tre certainly lives up to its name

you can be a bit too close to the bike industry. I I was all excited about riding the new Tornado in ‘affordable’ twin-seater It’s a snip at $29,950. you compare it to its $65,000 limited sibling.

But I had to try to take a step and ask how relevant it really is. I mean, the awash with top quality tackle, not only from the manufacturers, but from Britain and too, while America out the decidedly different Buell. anyone even notice the

Arriving home with the answered that. A neighbour admittedly a biker with tastes since he rides a Guzzi — ditched his own at the end of the drive to come and look at the before I locked it away. It was the of a pattern.

Everywhere we went, the turned bikers’ heads and is frankly a hard task days, with plenty of bikes out there. Even stared from the cosy of their cars. Maybe all look at bikes this way jealous as I somehow found at the head of the queue yet again but that’s not my experience.

There is, one real giveaway factor the Benelli. Those fans in the They had to do them in yellow, of I mean, black wouldn’t stood out in quite the same would it.

There’s something very about them, and I can’t for a moment that it isn’t of the attraction. Kids love so do grown-ups. Blimey, is it jet-powered? was the not-too-serious question.


In it’s 900cc in-line powered, and right now, if I was an designer at Benelli, I’d be spewing about it. Why? they changed the World rules, didn’t they?

was built to comply with the old 750cc four cylinder 900cc three cylinder and twins. But now it’s 1000cc for and that means something of a if it’s going to race And race it should.

Because the is suited to it. The undercut engagement and the slipper clutch make it to change down gears actually touching the clutch Blip the throttle and snick it in, and simple.

Except when you neutral. John, at Australian Importers (AMI) says he to pull the clutch apart and see if a problem. As it is, you have two chances to neutral — get it before you or kill the engine and get it, then it up again.

It’s a shame, as it a surprisingly good town This is far less ‘wristy’ some sports machinery, and the seat is pretty good since it spreads the load But it doesn’t belong here. IT ON It needs to be out of town, on fast — tight or flowing, it mind. Getting down to biking favourites, Reefton and Black Spur, involves a bit of work from the city.

No problem — the Tornado is at a leisurely 4000rpm at 100kmh in top and still felt comfortable I needed a little squirt of even two-up.

Off the freeway and the more interesting roads, little need to change — with 11,500rpm to with and no noticeable point it suddenly takes off, you can the flexibility of the engine.

There’s no way the churns out the 133ps Benelli in the brochure. This feels a match for a GSX-R750 overall, smoother and more linear. at AMI, John says own dyno runs showed a of 120ps and a power curve to a Honda SP-2.

It also that the bike was running rich, which will power and goes some way to the rather too regular need to up.

But you can ride it from 7000rpm and just enjoy the way the motor It doesn’t have the distinctive of a Triumph triple — at you’d swear it was a four but higher up the revs it gets of the note you’d expect the standard Arrow exhaust


Once I’d got the for the engine and the best way to use the gears, it was to explore the handling. A couple of trips to work and back raised any concerns — it with the scabby city no problem — but that me wonder how well it’d be set up at speed.

And that’s when you start to where your thirty has gone. The suspension is a top quality that seems to get better the you go. Unlike some race however, it also works at low

Even two up, the rear shock had left in it to deal with the on the Spur, and that meant the end of the bike stayed planted. than running wide and vague, it was possible to just the Benelli in and feel the grip both ends. The Italian has managed a difficult balancing act to combine easy, fast with a good stable

It’s easy for a sports to offer you one or the other — for my a Ducati 998 offers great but makes you work hard to it, whereas a Yamaha R1 turns as as you like but lacks the stable of the Duke. The Benelli combines the of both worlds, tipping in and progressively, yet feeling stable all the

With Dunlop D207RR under you, you’re not to be struggling for grip, either. The heats up well and around the corners on the Spurs there was a heart-in-the-mouth, despite a few places the surface is less than


Across the of the top yoke there’s a steering but it gets an easy life in fact you’d have to if it’s there as a fashion more than a necessity. on the gas, two-up, across and ripples, there wasn’t the hint of headshaking. Not so much as a let alone a slapper.

Solo, a more front-end weight the story is the same: never a when the damper went to

And despite the easy way the engine and coped with the added of a pillion, solo use is what bike is about. The pillion is angled forward, so every bounces them into back. Worse than there aren’t any grab so my other half ended the with forearm pump a motocrosser where she’d hanging on to the bodywork above the in the tail.

Ride it alone and you get the product the designer intended. is pure, twisty roads The riding position is ideal for off the side and aiming your at the tarmac.

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The bars are just for getting your weight not so low that you feel like gripping the front wheel And when you’ve finished one corner, the bike picks up on the gas and dumps you over on the other as easily as looking into the corner.


Riding the roads for the first time, I keen on over-cooking it. There’s of run-off — the problem is, vertical. And I still had the words crash — we haven’t got any yet ringing in my ears.

So it was good to the brakes are good. We’ve to expect nothing less modern bikes, and the braided caliper combo on the Benelli again holds up the Italian name.

It’s a miniature of the whole bike’s balance the brakes offer feel and exactly as you want them. might want the initial to be more fierce, but for my tastes spot on. There’s enough to know straight away working, but you’re not going to get trouble in the wet.

Two fingers are all ever need and the forks progressively too, keeping it all

John at AMI had upped the compression before I rode the bike, and it fine for me as he’d left it. impressive, and again part of the balance, is the way you can brake and turn on the Overcook it and you can keep the bike and braking — it doesn’t back and try to stand up on the brakes as do.


After a of days riding, solo and the city gave its verdict on the Parked up outside a cafŽ, a real magnet for attention. A of bikers didn’t even ask the performance.

They simply offered opinion: If I was in the market for something it, this is what I’d It seems like a strange to say — no idea of what it like, not even a sit in the seat, but be a pretty safe choice.

If wasn’t enough, turning up at a house to watch the MotoGP from Suzuka sealed the Colin came to the door the words: Any bike that the whole lounge room has got to be good! Nice to know hear you arrive.

The Tornado is as as most other sports it’s the real-world performance of anything your mates and it earns you more kudos a cafŽ than pretty anything else. It’ll poseurs, but real riders lose out either. That’s got to be a

But for me, I’d want it in race-rep and silver.

Story: Adam

Photos: Phil Smith

Friday, 18 April 2003

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