EICMA is held every year in Milan, Italy which is a dedicated motorcycle show for concept and new motorcycles
With the EICMA comes a wave of a plethora of unseen motorcycles which viewers see, embrace and admire every year. It acts as an ultimate platform for almost every bikemaker across the globe to come down and show what they have got. From concept bikes to the production-ready versions, EICMA, every year gives motorcycle enthusiasts a true feast of their type of machines to drool over. While all the motorcycle-making companies made the full out of this fest, Benelli was one step ahead and as promised, it unleashed several motorcycles one after the other. In that respect, we list down 6 Benelli bikes at EICMA 2017 which, although not sure, but we wish they come to India and give a slight taste of their Italian supremacy to our riders.
Benelli BN 125: We start with the smallest offering Benelli had to showcase this year, BN125. Spawned from its elder sibling BN 251, the Benelli BN 125 follows the same lines of its bigger model. The motorcycle looks aggressive, as all Benelli nakeds do, with exposed steel trellis frame and finely chiselled body panels with the protruding beak-like headlamp. The bike is powered by a 125cc, single cylinder, air-cooled engine which comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox.Churning out the power of 11BHP and 10Nm, it has all the energy to outperform any other 125cc commuter in the Indian market. Though the engine is puny, it gets USD forks up front and adjustable monoshock at the rear. We aren’t sure if it will come to India, but if it does many premium parts will be stripped down.
Benelli TRK 251: We saw the Benelli TRK 502 and were impressed, truly. And this smaller mule of the adventure bike, TRK 251, takes the excitement further. There’s a scarcity of small capacity adventure bikes in the motorcycle market worldwide and if Benelli any day plans to launch it in the international market, and later in India, riders will jump off their seat and rush the dealership to buy it. But that, only if the Italian bikemaker gives it bang for the buck pricing. Coming to the technical details, the Benelli TRK 251 carries a 250cc, single cylinder, liquid-cooled engine which is capable of producing a whopping 25.4BHP of power and 21.2 Nm of torque, that’s enormous.
Let me take a moment to appreciate its beauty as it deserves it. The twin headlamps of the TRK251 looks like the eyes of a predator bird while the long beak conveys that it might leap to hunt right away. The shrouds look to gel well with the sculpted tank and, at a bit back, the bucket seat looks extremely accommodating. The simple sleek exhaust pipe mixes fairly nice with the minimalistic tail section. Good job Benelli!
Benelli Leoncino 250: The Leoncino bikes from Benelli are a family in themselves. There are a group motorcycles with this name and this time, Benelli showcased the youngest kid, the Benelli Leoncino 250. It is smallest Leoncino, in terms of aesthetics as well as the engine. Under the oval-shaped tank, it straps a 250cc single cylinder, liquid-cooled engine with the double overhead camshaft and 4 valves per cylinder. Mated to a six-speed gearbox, it churns out 25.1 PS of power 21.2 Nm of torque. The headlamp and tail lamp boast of LED lights and the ergonomics look relaxed with easily reachable handlebar and comfy-looking seat. Along with 250mm floating disc at front and 240mm disc at the rear, it also comes with ABS as standard.
Benelli Leoncino 500 Sport: Another entrant in the Leoncino family is the 500 Sport. Unlike the Leocino 250, its a modern cafe racer with striking looks while carrying the same Leocino DNA. Summing it up into a cafe racer is the contributors such as bubble-like headlamp cowl, cilp-on handlebar and rear seat cowl. Contrast Yelow accent strips running through various parts only add to the elegancy of the motorcycle. The Leoncino 500 has a 500cc, liquid cooled, twin-cylinder engine at its heart whose beats are efficient enough to produce 48.6 PS of power and 46 Nm of torque. What makes the modern cafe racer more modern are the fully-digital intsrument cluster and LED headlamp as well as the tail lamp. What sounds more pleasant than all this is Benelli’s confirmation that the new Leoncino family is India-bound. However, we may not see them for as long as 2019.
Benelli Imperiale 400: Benelli has also covered a new segment and what better place could there have been to showcase it than the EICMA. For the first time, Benelli stepped on a calmer platform and introduced this retro-styled commuter, the Imperiale 400. WIth round headlamp, spoked wheels, back-stretched tank, straight seat and chrome bestowed on all parts, the company did everything to make it an old-school marvel. The 373.5cc, single cylinder, fuel-injected engine of the Benelli Imperiale 400 produces 20 PS of power and 28 Nm of peak torque, making it a quintessential tourer. With the ABS being standard, braking duties are handled by 300mm 2-piston floating callipers at the front and240mm single piston callipers at the rear. Saddlebags add the extra drama to its retro commuting credentials.
Benelli 400 S: We conclude the list with the most stunning offering Benelli has put forth this time, the 400S. If the design wasn’t so much inspired by the Ducati Diavel, we might have given it 10 on 10. However, cannot deny that Benelli has made something stunner with those butch aesthetics, ready to intimidate everyone on road. The Benelli 400S grabbed a lot of attention at the EICMA 2017 with its aggressive power cruiser stance. Amidst its exposed black trestle frame sits a 400cc inline-twin, liquid cooled engine which belts out 40 PS of power and 35 Nm of torque while being mated a 6-speed gearbox. The oval-shaped headlamp, large fuel tank and floating tail makes the Benelli 400S a hell of a swashbuckler.
With so many Benelli bikes at EICMA 2017, we couldn’t have asked for more from the Italian marque. The chances and duration of India entry of them are not yet known but we will welcome them with open arms to our shores.