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First ride: Benelli TNT

It may be a little rough-edged, but that’s why brawny streetfighter, which was in 2011 to celebrate the famous centenary, has so much appeal

bike performance in all its unrestrained That’s what Benelli’s TNT streetfighter is all about, as it doesn’t on electronic aids, a steering or other support networks to get the job it’s all about a stonking (with an awesome exhaust and a supreme chassis to tear twisty roads with

And in Australia it can be all yours for $21,990, the same dollar mark as its opposition, including the Aprilia V4 R ($21,990), Triumph Speed R ($22,290) and MV Agusta Brutale ($22,990).

The R160, which was released in 2011 as part of centenary celebrations, isn’t as as the Triumph or Aprilia, which is an around town with its fuelling under 4000rpm, it’s difficult to maintain a speed; a heavy pull on the dry which replaces the cable on the stock TNT; and average circle.

But when it’s time to tap the on the shoulder, the Benelli becomes the Above 5000rpm the power is manic, and the sweet-shifting gearbox allow clutch-less gearchanges if you to increase the tempo even

And if you like to broadcast yourself wheelstands and general mischief, then look no further. is uninhibited riding at its best – and a why the R160 is a fresh point of in the streetfighter stakes.

The R160 engine is an evolution of the signature 1131cc inline engine, which now has a higher ratio of 12.5:1, more camshafts (increased lift and and shorter intake trumpets. The and … is 88mm x 62mm.

The have been profound: power has now surged to 155hp at an increase of nearly 20hp. torque has been increased a to 120Nm at 8400rpm. Healthy on both accounts, and the balance does a great job – for the most — of keeping all those pulses contained.

By the way, the chews up about 6.3 litres of every 100km – not that fuel conservation is a prime when you’re riding bike in fast mode. The holds 16 litres.

The suspension on the R160 has been and is now fully adjustable at both – a 50mm Marzocchi upside-down working alongside a Sachs There’s a steel trestle with an aluminium-alloy subframe. The are five-spoke aluminium on Michelin Power tyres – 120/70-17 and

The suspension is stiff, just the Aprilia’s, so it doesn’t always away road imperfections. But on the the odd high-compression jolt through the is a sacrifice for brilliant cornering where the R160 remains a of stability and composure. In that environment, it certainly doesn’t like 208kg (dry) of is being hailed around.

The position is quite upright, just enough of a sporting without putting too much on the wrists. And the cockpit itself is roomy, the pegs are mounted low in the chassis, and there’s a comfortable to top off the spacious accommodation.

Even though the Marzocchi is quite firm, there’s quite a bit of dive once the monobloc brakes are engaged. And because the brakes basically go nothing to razor-sharp in one fell which always increases the of lock-ups without the back-up of

And I’m speaking from experience, as locked up another streetfighter a similar brake package and straight off the road. More doesn’t always equate better real world

The R160 isn’t cut from the cloth as its competitors, and that’s the of it. It’s not micro-managed by a haze of so it’s all up to the pilot to get the best out of it – that’s eating up hairpins or to keep it burbling along at a pace in the city. It isn’t a machine – even some of the fitment is questionable – but you can’t a grudge against it.

The R160 is never going to be a seller, but riders looking for with a distinctive style and should seriously take a

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Type: Liquid-cooled, DOHC triple

Capacity: 1130cc

Fuel Electronic fuel injection

maximum power: 158hp at 10,300rpm

Claimed maximum 120Nm at 8400rpm


Six speed

Final drive:

Clutch: Wet


Frame type: Front trestle, rear aluminium casting

Front suspension: 50mm upside-down fork compression and preload adjustment, travel

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