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What Ferrari is to a sports car, Benelli is to sports motorbikes. An Italian brand with a legacy of more than 100 years.


In 1911, the Benelli brothers started by re-modeling and reengineering existing motorbikes using their experience in repairs and refurbishing old two-wheelers. The official motorbike from Benelli was a 175 CC motorbike designed by Antonio Benelli, one of the six brothers from the Benelli family. Antonio was a professional sportbikes rider and would enter these engineered motorbikes in biking competitions. These motorbikes won more than 1000 championships, the crowning glory being the European Championship and 2 World Championship in 1950 & 1969 respectively.

The Benelli’s launched their motorbike under the brand of Tornado in 1960. At 650 CC, 50 bhp achieving a top speed of 175 km/h at 7000 rpm, it was the most potent motorbikes of its time. The Benelli Motorcycle company launched many more models under the Tornado brand known as TNT in the motorbike community. In 2001 they launched its most powerful sports motorbike Tornado 890CC which sold like hot cakes all over Europe. By 2005 the Benelli brand and its manufacturing set up was taken over by QianJiang motor group, one of the leading Chinese two-wheeler manufacturer.  

The Qianjiang motor group entered the Indian market through a partnership with the DSK group of Pune and set up a CKD assembly unit in Maharashtra. The CBU imports are assembled in India, while the premium sportbikes, still manufactured in Italy. In 2021-22 Benelli is geared up for launching around 12 new motorbikes under its Tornado brand. Here’s a list of 4 of its most popular motorbikes yet to launch in India.

Benelli Leoncino 500


Benelli India launched the Benelli Leoncino 500CC at a price point of Rs.4.60 – 5 lakhs in a single variant and two metallic colors. This motorbike is from a category known as Scambler or a dirt bike, a concept with broad appeal in the US and Europe but relatively new to the Indian biking enthusiast.

  • The Leoncino 500 comes powered by a liquid-cooled four-stroke parallel-twin engine producing 46 Nm torque at 8500 rpm, giving a peak power of 47.5.
  • This motorbike has a six-speed transmission, and the braking system is made of petal type disc brakes both at the front and rear wheels, 280 mm and 240mm in size, respectively coupled with ABS, making it a safe riding option for the young rider who is speeding on the highway.
  • The Leoncino 500 comprises a lattice-styled steel frame, making it the most agile motorbike in its category.
  • Look wise; it is the fiercest looking motorbike to hit the Indian roads.
  • To top it up, you have a digital riding console with all its meters like the speedometer, odometer, tachometer, all in attractive and visually breathtaking styling.
  • Riding the Leoncino 500 is a smooth experience due to its rugged suspension of a hydraulic mono shock absorber at the rear end and inverted forks up at the front end.
  • The suspension and ABS braking and the 17-inch alloy wheels make every ride a comfortable ride, giving the motorbike rider a feeling of total control over speed and maneuverability.
  • The ergonomically designed plush seat arrangement enhances riding comfort to take away any exhaustion during long rides.

Benelli TRK 502

Apart from the Scrambler and Classic motorbikes, Benneli also manufactures touring motorbikes. As the name suggests, these are typically made for very long cross-country journeys and well equipped in terms of features and rider comfort to take on such lengthy and arduous drives across multiple terrains, much like the SUV class in a four-wheeler. Benelli has launched two models under this touring motorbike category, the TRK 502 and TRK 502 X.

The TRK 502, a grand touring motorbike that takes adventure biking to a level you have not imagined will launch in India at a price point of Rs. 4-4.5 Lakhs.

  • A liquid-cooled BS6 compliant 500 cc twin cylinder engine propels it, making it a powerful touring motorbike with better fuel efficiency and an environment-friendly bike.
  • This powerful engine produces a peak power of 46 Nm at 600 rpm.
  • The metallic body is rugged and made up of a steel trellis frame that makes TRK502 perfect in style, strength, and agility.
  • The looks are classic and adventurous while giving the rider great confidence while driving for hours together.
  • The suspension is for rider comfort even on the roughest terrain, with USD fork-type at the front end and flexible rear mono-shock.
  • The braking system offers utmost safety with dual-channel ABS and disc brakes at both the front and rear wheels.
  • The Benelli TRK 502 comes loaded with its trademark Benelli soundtrack for making the long touring an enjoyable experience.

Benelli TRK 502 X

The Benelli TRK 502 X is a top-end version of TRK 502, the X being the X factor added to its features. It the most powerful and fully loaded adventure touring motorbike ever to hit the road. The TRK 502 X comes with a price tag of Rs.5-6 lakhs designed to take any terrain, be it dirt, sand, or tarmac, with equal aplomb. The motorbike’s ground clearance is very high to make it more off-roader type.

  • The TRK 502 X sports a 500 CC liquid-cooled twin-engine as the TRK 502.
  • The two-cylindered engine is a little bit tweaked as it comes with eight valves and fuel injection integrated with 6-speed transmission.
  • This powerful engine produces 47.5 NM torque at 8500 rpm.
  • The TRK 502 X sports wide alloy wheels with a 110/80 front and 150/70 at the rear give an adequate grip on any road or even on a dirt track.
  • The braking system is ABS with a 320 mm dual disc brake at the front and 260 mm disc at the rear, making this motorbike challenging yet safe to ride and manure.
  • The riding console and windscreen are type-tested for wind tunnel offing least resistance while riding on open roads and under windy conditions.
  • The exhaust system and the overall bike design is such that it not only maximizes the power and thrust of the motorbike but also ensure rider and pillion safety.
  • The TRK 502 X is your best companion for adventure and traveling to an unknown destination.

Benelli Imperiale 400

If you are looking for a classic motorbike from the Benelli stable, look no further than its newly launched Benelli Imperiale 400 waiting to launch in India for 1.9 -2.5 lakhs. The looks are retro and compare to its motorbike established in the 1950s. The styling is rider-friendly and ergonomic, with the rides becoming more relaxed and enjoyable. If you are the motorbike enthusiast who wants to live his dream and enjoy the freedom of riding both on city roads and off-road dirt tracks, then Imperiale 400 is your motorbike to keep.

  • Imperiale 400 has a powerful 374 CC single-cylinder four-stroke air-cooled engine with electronic fuel injection for better efficiency and mileage.
  • This small engine produces quite a power, 29Nm torque at 3500 rpm giving the rider ample ability to throttle ahead on rough roads.
  • The Imperiale 400 has effectively balanced safety and power using its trademark ABS braking with disc brakes on both its front and rear tires and embedded with floating calipers.
  • The tires are sturdy with a 19-inch front with a 100/90 and an 18-inch rear ratio with a 130/80 ratio.
  • The Benelli Imperiale 400 sports an overall classy look with chrome inserts and heritage styling.
  • A large round front headlight and a teardrop-shaped fuel tank accentuate the look.
  • The console is an LCD in an asymmetric shape, giving the motorbike a fighter jet look.

So, if you are a motorbike enthusiast looking for adventure, freedom and a little madness then go for the Benelli motorbikes to add the much need spice in you humdrum life.

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