They might be giants: Triumph Tiger & Benelli Tre K – Benelli Tre K…

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Benelli Tre 1130 K

They might be giants: Triumph Tiger Benelli Tre K – Benelli Tre K

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Star Tre-K (she’ll no take it cap’n)

Scuppered by a lack of troops and a punishing publishing schedule the poor old Tre K languished in the Visordown underground bunker for a week or two before we got the chance to ride it.

It’s a strange but cool looking beast. Angular, fussy, oddball, interesting. The long travel suspension, bark-buster hand guards, alloy bash plate and nineteen-inch front wheel might hint at off road potential but, trust me, nothing would be further from your mind than hurling this bad boy up a green lane.

Especially after paying eight grand for it.

We read a piece by Jane Armed Robbery on the Tre K in The Sun . She claimed it was a bit boring or words to that effect. This made us wonder if she’d actually even started it up, never mind ridden it. We disagree, Janey.

Press the starter on the Tre-K (but don’t give it any gas, as the sticker on the tank informs you) and it coughs into life with an instant, nasty bark. You can always rely on small volume Italian manufacturers to flaunt EU noise regulations and the Tre-K doesn’t disappoint. The racket from the tailpipe is pure race grid and you can almost sense the noise meter man’s unwanted attentions.

Blip the throttle and it impresses further. Revs rise and fall so fast it’s as if someone’s nicked the flywheels. To call the Tre-K engine responsive would be doing it down.

This is engine is a race engine. Sounds like it, too. Compared to the Triumph there’s far more mechanical noise. Much more drama. Way more urgency.

It’s much the same once you’re moving but despite its willingness to rev, the torque on hand is immense. Brutal. The Tre-K will pull (hard) in a high gear from tickover. The fuelling isn’t perfect but putting the motor under this sort of loading doesn’t fluster the map. This characteristic, this low-down tractability makes it a gas to ride when there’s little grip.

A great bike to learn power-sliding on should you fancy.

One of its fuelling foibles rears its head only at crawling pace. I’m not sure whether this is a trait of having so little flywheel effect, or just mapping, but damn, it’s easy to stall, particularly pulling away from lights. It coughs, spits back and dies and then the blare of car horns begins.

There’s a button on the Benelli’s dash which is a lean-off facility for motorway cruising. This, effectively, is a power-robbing button to save fuel at motorway cruising speeds. We wondered whether our friendly Sun Correspondent had left this button switched on. Surely not

Out in the open, though, the Benelli is an absolute hoot and absolutely made by that mad-ass motor. It is stupidly fast. Bonkers. It’s like a modern day TDR250 without the propensity for cold-seizures, snapped piston rings and clouds of exhaust smoke.

Wheelies? It’s hard not to. The front wheel tries to smash itself into your face at every opportunity. Just brilliant.

But it’s practical, too. If that makes any sense after the previous statement. The fairing and screen (massively adjustable) does a better job than the Tiger’s of keeping the blast at bay, the bark busters keep your hands warmer and the riding position is roomier and more comfortable as a result.

Benelli Tre 1130 K

The tank is mahoosive as well, so post 200 mile toilet stops are a distinct possibility, especially with the greedy button disengaged.

It would be daft to criticise either the Triumph or the Benelli’s handling or brakes. On the road they share the same stability and flickability. They also give masses of feedback.

Low footrests, wide bars, low saddle height a great way to feel what your tyres are doing. Brakes? Look at the labels, check out the spec. Say no more.

The Benelli’s finish isn’t a patch on the Tiger’s, though. While the paint appears to be applied well, the quality of the plastics and the fasteners isn’t on the same planet as the stuff from Hinckley.

While both these bikes offer real world practicality and therefore naturally become a purchase of the head, not the heart, it’s the Benelli that wins my heart. Here is a soft-roader with everyday practicality and a proper sting in its tail for when the mood takes you. It’s this reason the Jeckyll and Hyde engine that the Benelli Tre-K wins this particular battle.

Yes, the finish isn’t as good, yes the optional hard luggage isn’t as sexy as the Triumph’s but in terms of all-round enjoyment the Benelli wins hands down. The Triumph is a beautifully made, super-practical and fun bike to ride but the Benelli just takes the concept a bit further. If you sometimes like to mix it with sports bikes on a twisty road the Benelli has the capability to blow them all into the weeds.

In comfort.

Disagree with the results? Then review your Benelli Tre K and Triumph Tiger

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