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The Italian storm maker has arrived to create havoc in the 300cc category.

The Italian storm maker has arrived to create havoc in the 300cc category.

Benelli officially launches the Tornado 302R at ₹ 3.48 Lakh.

Benelli was finding it difficult to find its identity amidst in the modern and competitive world, even more after it was acquired by a Chinese firm. But now it seems like a thing of the past, more of a ‘myth’ one could say. Benelli started showcasing us products designed by CentroStile Benelli and slowly their reputation got back to their original charm.

And now, the Italian marquee Benelli, which after raking in some interesting numbers with its range of naked streetfighters, has now coming up with its first fully faired motorcycle in the Indian market, the Tornado 302. After hoards of speculations of its launch dates, DSK Benelli has officially launched the 302R at a price tag of ₹ 3.48 lakh, ex-showroom.

July 25, 2017 10:03
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Benelli will officially launch the 302R on the 25th of July.

Benelli will officially launch the 302R on the 25th of July.

The Ninja 300 and the R3 contender is finally coming after the BS-IV exchange.

Benelli was finding it difficult to find its identity amidst in the modern and competitive world, even more after it was acquired by a Chinese firm. But now it seems like a thing of the past, more of a ‘myth’ one could say. Benelli started showcasing us products designed by CentroStile Benelli and slowly their reputation got back to their original charm.

And now, the Italian marquee Benelli, which after raking in some interesting numbers with its range of naked streetfighters, is now coming up with its first fully faired motorcycle in the Indian market, the Tornado 302. After hoards of speculations of its launch dates, DSK Benelli has officially confirmed that they will be launching the 302R on the 25th of July, 2017.

July 19, 2017 23:00
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Benelli has officially dropped plans of launching the TNT 135 in India.

Benelli has officially dropped plans of launching the TNT 135 in India.

The biggest ’Monkey’ is apparently just too expensive for it to survive here.

With what was supposed to change the whole dimension of the segment in the country, the Benelli’s Monkey TNT 135 is now officially scrapped from any launch plans in the country. The Benelli TNT 135 was going to be the most powerful Monkey motorcycle and the least powerful Benelli to be offered.

Slated to launch last month, the makers extended that time to do more market research as few were sceptical of its success. Courtesy its heavy price tag of ₹ 1.3 to 4 1.5 lakh. But now, those speculations are put to rest as the top boss of the company has confirmed that it won’t launch the TNT 135 in India.

May 9, 2017 11:30
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OVERVIEW 2017 Benelli Tornado 302 R

2017 Benelli Tornado 302 R

The Italian storm maker is arriving to create havoc in the 300cc category.

Benelli was finding it difficult to find its identity amidst in the modern and competitive world, even more after a Chinese firm acquired it. But now it seems like a thing of the past, more of a ‘myth’ one could say. Benelli started showcasing us products designed by CentroStile Benelli, and slowly their reputation got back to their original charm.

And now, the Italian marquee Benelli, which after raking in some interesting numbers with its range of naked streetfighters, is now coming up with its first fully faired motorcycle in the Indian market, the Tornado 302. First showcased at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo, this entry level fully faired sports bike from the Italian powerhouse has managed to excite the enthusiasts ever since it was first announced.

April 14, 2017 04:00
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Benelli has begun accepting bookings for the Tornado 302 R in India.

Benelli has begun accepting bookings for the Tornado 302 R in India.

A storm is looming on the 300cc category with this new entry on the block.

Benelli was finding it difficult to find its identity amidst in the modern and competitive world, even more after it was acquired by a Chinese firm. But now it seems like a thing of the past, more of a ‘myth’ one could say. Benelli started showcasing us products designed by CentroStile Benelli and slowly their reputation got back to their original charm.

And now, the Italian marquee Benelli, which after raking in some interesting numbers with its range of naked streetfighters, is now coming up with its first fully faired motorcycle in the Indian market, the Tornado 302. Apparently, there are a few dealers who have begun taking a token amount of ₹ 25000 for this motorcycle that will see an official launch in the month of May 2017.

April 13, 2017 03:00
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The Benelli 'Monkey' TNT 135 may not come anytime soon.

The Benelli ’Monkey’ TNT 135 may not come anytime soon.

The Italian maker is not sure about the monkey’s acceptance by the Indians.

India came to know about the monkey bikes when the then ‘Escorts’ group designed and built the Rajdoot GTS (Grand Touring Sports) 175 in the 60s’ and 70s’. It was powered by the stock-in-trade 175cc, single cylinder, air-cooled, two-stroke engine that was borrowed from a Polish motorcycle maker called Cekop. It is also fondly called as ‘Bobby’ which was christened because of the movie it was shown in.

Now, the Italians have taken a dig at this segment and have been testing out their new Benelli TNT 125 on Indian roads. Although no official announcements have been made regarding the price and availability, the bike was supposed to be launched sometime in May. Unfortunately, the makers have other reasons to believe.

April 10, 2017 07:00
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Featured BMW G 310 R vs KTM Duke 390 vs Benelli TNT 300 vs Mahindra Mojo

BMW G 310 R vs KTM Duke 390 vs Benelli TNT 300 vs Mahindra Mojo

Battle of the naked middleweights enters 2017. Get ready for a lot of flash-bangs.

Strap yourself up to your seat guys. Things are going to get wild here. 2017 saw the launch of the brand new KTM Duke 390 that is said to wipe out any competition there has ever been. Later in the year, the German brand BMW Motorrad will be launching its smallest motorcycle, the G 310 R which is manufactured here in India by TVS. These two machines will change the face of the middleweight naked sports segment which until now had the Mahindra Mojo and the foreigner Benelli TNT 300 from Italy.

We will sit down and chalk up a charge sheet to decipher the best machine you would want to invest in according to your needs and wish. Although the KTM is a notch above in all departments, we will have it here just for the sake of comparison. Mahindra is the least expensive of all and the Benelli is the only one with two cylinders and has that Italian flair that no one carries. The Beemer, on the other hand, is built for the world market and will remain to be a neutral contender in both style and performance compared amongst the rest here.

All the four motorcycles will have a condescending effect on the Indian two-wheeler market, and they have the fresh breed of entry-level naked performance motorcycles to blaze the much needed thrilling experience to enthusiasts and purists. Making motorcyclist get into a realm of more content and less bitter, here is all the help you would need to pick one for yourself:

April 6, 2017 08:30
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List of all new mass oriented bikes which got launched in 2016

List of all new mass oriented bikes which got launched in 2016

The complete list of all the motorcycles and scooters

Like every passing year, the year 2016 too has proven to be one year which has only been progressive enough to make the Indian two wheeler market more mature and versatile. Almost all the bike makers of India did came up with something which was revolutionary and game changer for the price at which they are offered.

In this feature story, we are going to discuss all those significant all new bike launches in the mass oriented segments of the Indian two wheeler market, with some of them have been build up from scratch and are only redefining the segments and creating new records for value for money. Following are those all new bike launches meant for the common masses, with the criteria being sub-500cc category and below the price point of Rs. 2.5 lakh:-

December 23, 2016 05:35
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OVERVIEW 2017 Benelli TNT 135

2017 Benelli TNT 135

The biggest ’Monkey’ is coming to the scene.

India came to know about the monkey bikes when the then ‘Escorts’ group designed and built the Rajdoot GTS (Grand Touring Sports) 175 in the 60s’ and 70s’. It was powered by the stock-in-trade 175cc, single cylinder, air-cooled, two-stroke engine that was borrowed from a Polish motorcycle maker called Cekop. It is also fondly called as ‘Bobby’ which was christened because of the movie it was shown in.

India’s second ‘Monkey’ nearly after half a century is our very own amiably cute and luring Honda Navi. It was an instant hit amongst the youth for its unique design which brought in some fresh air to the otherwise very conventional market of ours. It reigned the segment for quite sometime now but it is time for it to look up. The Italians are coming in to take over the crown. Enter the DSK Benelli TNT 135.

The Benelli was first showcased at the Auto Expo 2016, rumours have it that it is undergoing road tests on Indian soil as we speak.

December 23, 2016 00:30
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Comparison – Kawasaki Z650 vs Triumph Street Triple vs Benelli TNT 600i vs Hyosung GT 650N

Comparison – Kawasaki Z650 vs Triumph Street Triple vs Benelli TNT 600i vs Hyosung GT 650N

Find out who ends on top

When we talk about the Indian two wheeler market in person, this fastest growing market in the world for two wheelers, which perhaps will become the biggest as well in the upcoming years surpassing the markets positioned above it, has shown a tremendous shift in terms of customer preferences. Within this market, if we talk about the performance oriented segments as well, the category of 200-250cc motorcycles has become the range starting class, unlike that of the 150cc commuters as before.

Due to this shift, sense of increased maturity and flow of money, the riders are now looking out for middleweight motorcycles more, while upgrading their riding skills from a 200-250cc motorcycle. This has resulted in an increased interest and sales numbers of middleweight category motorcycles. Since the liter class superbikes are a bit impractical for their upgrade and usage, the middleweight motorcycles are currently considered to be the best bet to be their next purchase. The middleweight segment of motorcycles consists of all kinds of motorcycles right now, with the segment of roadsters being the most practical and preferred ones, which is quite reflected in their sales numbers as well. Currently, the Indian market has four different motorcycles in this space of 600-800cc roadsters – Kawasaki ER-6n, Triumph Street Triple, Benelli TNT 600i and Hyosung GT 650N.

However, Kawasaki has recently announced that it will soon be replacing the aging and dated ER-6n with an all new generation motorcycle, the Z650, which is a roadster based on the new generation Ninja 650. Like the ER-6n, the Z650 will continue the rivalry of Kawasaki with its competitors – Triumph Street Triple, Benelli TNT 600i and Hyosung GT 650N, all of which have varying strengths of their own. All these four motorcycles are made here via the CKD route, which explains their affordable pricing as well. Which brings us to the quest that which one of the four emerges out to be the best bet for your money? Let’s find out:-

December 9, 2016 03:30
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Get Up Close & Personal With The New Benelli Tornado 302: Video

Get Up Close & Personal With The New Benelli Tornado 302: Video

The fully faired variant of the TNT 300 will launch early 2017

Benelli is trying hard to be a household name in India; they want people to rely on them and although they were not completely successful yet but they surely are making a progress to achieve that target. As a matter of fact the Italian two wheeler manufacturer has already launched some interesting products in the Indian market and they now shifted their focus completely towards introducing some new and exclusive entry level performance motorcycles.

Recently we came to know that Benelli is all set to debut the Tornado 302 in India which is actually the faired variant of the TNT 300 which is already available for sale in the Indian market. The new motorcycle definitely looks good and when it launches here it will take on some other fully faired variants like the Yamaha R3 and also the Kawasaki Ninja 300.

The Benelli Tornado 302 is powered by an inline twin cylinder, liquid cooled, DOHC mill which produces about 35.3 PS of peak power at 12,000 rpm and 27 Nm of peak torque at 9,000 rpm. The engine is paired to 6 speed gearbox. In this video you can actually watch Benelli describes everything about the motorcycle starting from its power output to other important specifications. For all your information the motorcycle comes fitted with 41 mm upside down forks and monoshock suspension setup. While it also gets disc brakes for both its front and rear brakes which also comes fitted with duel channel ABS setup for the safety of the rider. The fully faired motorcycle has also features 100/70 section tyre in the front and 150/60 in the rear.

Compared to some of its other rivals the front portion of the motorcycle looks slightly broader than the rear section courtesy the huge fairing. Expect the motorcycle to hit the Indian roads early 2017.

December 6, 2016 07:54
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10 motorcycles for 2017 that vie the top spots under INR. 5 lakhs

10 motorcycles for 2017 that vie the top spots under INR. 5 lakhs

In a country that is price conscious, it was a gamble played by motorcycle manufacturers when they decided to bring in their higher segment motorbikes. If statistics are to be believed, India is in the highest rankings in terms of growing economy. And the gamble payed off. People started investing in premium motorcycles that were lauded in the performance and engineering arena. More and more players started entering the Indian subcontinent to showcase their entry level performance machines. To help you have a clear decision making ability, we have compiled 10 bikes that fall under ₹ 5 lakhs that can suffice all your needs and dreams of owning a bike that can be both practical and fun to ride.

November 24, 2016 12:39
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2017 Benelli Leoncino

2017 Benelli Leoncino

Birth of the Lion Cub

Benelli was finding it difficult to find its identity amidst in the modern and competitive world, even more after it was acquired by a Chinese firm. But now it seems like a thing of the past, more of a ‘myth’ one could say. Benelli started showcasing us products designed by CentroStile Benelli and slowly their reputation got back to their original charm.

The same design house has once again wowed us by showcasing the Leoncino (pronounced Leon-cheeno), meaning the Lion Cub and the Leoncino Trail is its scrambler edition. This street and scrambler motorcycles was first showcased at the 2015 EICMA as a concept and people had then put a lot of money on these bikes because of the potential shown. Then these motorcycles missed the recently culminated Indian Auto Expo 2016 and the Indian fans were disappointed and rubbished it calling it a rumour. But Luckily, DSK Benelli chief, Mr. Shirish Kulkarni, has confirmed the arrival of the Benelli Leoncino and Trail. We saw the production versions at the ongoing EICMA 2016 as well and we are glad to report that it has maintained the rugged and beautiful lines. Rejoice everyone.

November 22, 2016 03:30
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