2017 Benelli TNT 135
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.