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Benelli TnT R160
Benelli TnT R160


Posted on December 7, 2010 at am

IT’S HAILED as Benelli’s powerful … in the TNT line up, 155hp promising to erupt the 1130 triple-cylinder engine. handsome, muscular and most masculine. Seductive curves away from the 17 litre pool at the 820mm seat and rise to the sharp, underseat unit (and optional seat cowl). Triple fall from the engine dip away from the 17” front and cradle the carbonfibre-splashed underbelly.

The headlight housing is flanked by shoulders with integrated but even with such a fluid design, there’s feminine about the R160. a stallion, not a mare. Or is it?

The females in species are often accused unjustly) of being temperamental. the fairer … can occasionally be depending on various things hormone or sugar levels, there’s a full moon, or an ‘a’ in the day of the But males are allegedly dependable, and strong. I couldn’t help but just how masculine is this Benelli?

Sure it looks the part, but the Italian marque has a reputation for beautiful machines that quite go the distance. Chinese are, by their very distorted, and a one-off electrical can suddenly become something infects a whole model so it’s wise not to make But as I said, I couldn’t help but

I slide into the contoured that feels like been moulded on my very own and I’m instantly comfortable. Although it mean and moody with an wink towards a sporty the riding position doesn’t unnatural. What’s more, pinched mirrors that like petite cats actually do their job pretty

Sliding through the six speed is neither silky smooth, nor enough to warrant complaint and the braking power is aggressive being violent. The most motorcycles always add up to more the sum of their parts. The Benelli’s should make a fine

But as I settle into the afternoon’s with the TNT doing its level to impress me, something doesn’t right.

I lean into a left the road’s surface is hardly table smooth, so I’m not expecting But the standard suspension set up isn’t inspiring me. The bike feels It’s swallowing lumps of asphalt with such gulps that it’s my confidence.

It doesn’t have to be way though, even a stallion well to a master taking So I continue on, attacking each more deliberately which seems to have a more effect on the handling. And if that’s not you can always opt to pull over and tweaking the fully adjustable

Just when I feel the coming together, I launch the TNT a sweeping right hand and a clattering, grinding noise my concentration. At first I think I’m down, scraping a footpeg or toe perhaps, but it doesn’t seem Anyway, it’s quite a mechanical noise.

And I only it on fast rights. when my is closer to the ground. and nearer the open, spinning clutch. normally closed, but this been fashionably adorned an aftermarket accessory that good, and sounds strange.

The engine’s 120Nm of torque and doesn’t quite punch a hole in the horizon, but it is strong to execute solid overtakes and a stupid-looking grin across face. It’s fairly and predictable, which always controllable, even when impressive and as the revs build, the feels quite ballistic. But I had less sensibility and more mind-blowing passion from the stallion.

Perhaps the real the seductive fervour is smouldering within one of the two separate engine controlled by the little red button on the There’s the diluted rain and the full power setting, strains on the leash of a more throttle response. But I really tell you anymore than because the TNT button doesn’t on this bike, although the are apparently scheduled to be fixed. with the clutch. It’s heavy.

If you’re steaming switchbacks or just generally munching, it’s not an issue, and not really a deal breaker in traffic, but does give left forearm a workout in start traffic. Again, an idiosyncrasy that will be rectified on this model a clutch that’s reportedly 30 per lighter.

I’ve joined the steady of traffic on the motorway and I’ve got my down into the wind. naff all protection on the R160, nor there be on a truly … But although you’d assume bike is a beautiful but painful of torture when the throttle’s open, it only gets neck-challenging when you’ve way over the legal limit. I kind of proud as I roar the college car park.

It’s not you get to ride to school on something so as a Benelli TNT R160. I feel to confess that it’s not mine. But I don’t. Instead I park up next to a row of bicycles and as I away, the R160 looks

Massively impressive.

Three later, it’s pitch and I feel like someone’s my bubble with a super-sharp Just moments ago, I’d welcoming admiring glances my colleagues. I’d even been slightly sorry for them as peddled away into dark night. But that was ten minutes ago. Since they’ve all left, one by one, as stood here struggling to the key into the oh-so-fancy but impractically-recessed

Benelli TnT R160

It’s hidden in a narrow about as wide as a letter box that someone with hands and no concept of thick gloves has so obviously designed. after much fumbling to future Benelli riders, under street lights or a miner’s lamp to your I hit the jackpot. But the Benelli continues to my patience. I turn the key.

Someone grabs the last push bike opposite me, sympathetically in my direction and rides I try again. And again. It takes attempts for it to spring to life.

not news to Benelli and it’s that the revised engine will apparently rectify. But for it’s annoying. And just a tad

I’m on the last stretch home and I’m to turn into my street the engine dies. It’s gasp and stagger like over dramatic cowboy in a western. It just feebly on a closed throttle.

It takes two to restart it, but at least the Benelli’s to life. I park up in our garage and the day’s ride. Powerful it may be, it may look, but as for the TNT R160’s temperament?

this particular bike is I’m not so sure.


Benelli TNT R160, £11,499

1131cc, liquid cooled, 4 in-line triple

Power: 153 rpm

Torque: 89 lb.ft@8,000 rpm

Benelli TnT R160


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