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    Benelli Keeway 250cc Cruiser Launched – RE Meteor 350 Rival

    K-Light 250V cruiser motorcycle offers segment-first features such as 2-cylinder engine and belt-drive systemBenelli Keeway 250cc Cruiser. Image – ThrustzoneHungarian two-wheeler manufacturer Keeway appears to have a bullish strategy for the Indian market, as three new products have been launched simultaneously. The portfolio includes Sixties 300i, a retro styled scooter; Vieste 300, a maxi scooter; and a cruiser named K-Light 250V.Both Keeway and Benelli are owned by China-based Qianjiang Group. Keeway has a presence across Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. In most European markets, the company focuses on small capacity bikes and scooters in the 50cc to 125cc segment.Benelli Keeway 250cc Cruiser – K Light 250VIn terms of its design, Keeway K-Light 250V looks familiar to other cruiser bikes like Harley-Davidson Fat Bob. In international markets, the bike is offered in 125cc and 200cc variants as well. This 250cc version launched in India has larger proportions, as compared to its smaller siblings. The bike has the silhouette of a classic retro motorcycle and comes with features such as round headlamp. Users will be able to choose from three colour options – Matte Black, Matte Blue and Matte Grey.Other key features include sculpted fuel tank, all-LED lights, step-up split seat, engine guard, dual exhaust, pillion back rest, short tail section and rear tyre hugger. Overall, the bike has a muscular profile, which ensures a dominating street presence. It is 2230 mm long, 920 mm wide, 1090 mm tall and has a wheelbase of 1,530 mm.Benelli Keeway 250cc CruiserIn terms of ride comfort, the plus points include the scooped-up rider seat, pulled-back handlebar and forward-set footpegs. However, the pillion section looks relatively constrained in comparison to the rider seat. It can work for city rides, but may not be comfortable for long-distance journeys.Users can expect optimal control and handling with a low-seat height of 715 mm. Some of the unique features of K-Light include a tank-mounted semi-digital instrument console. It shows a range of information including gear position indicator.Keeway K-Light 250V engine and specsPowering Keeway K-Light 250V is a 249cc, V-twin, air cooled motor that generates 18.7 hp of max power at 8,500 rpm and 19 Nm of peak torque at 5,500 rpm. Suspension system comprises telescopic shock absorbers at front and hydraulic suspension at rear. Braking duties are performed by disc brakes at both ends with dual-channel ABS as standard. Take a look at the detailed walkaround video below, credit to Thrustzone.[embedded content][embedded content]Users can expect smooth performance, as the bike comes with a belt drive system. Another useful feature is 20-litre tank capacity. This will ensure fewer stops at fuel stations. K-Light has 160mm ground clearance, which is adequate for a wide variety of environments. The bike has 16-inch wheels at both ends, shod with 120/80 front and 140/70 rear tyres.Bookings for all three Keeway two-wheelers are currently open for a token amount of Rs 10,000. Prices are yet to be revealed. Bookings can be made online on Keeway India website or at any of Benelli dealerships. It will rival motorcycles from Royal Enfield, especially the Meteor 350 cruiser. More

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    Benelli India New Scooter – Keeway Sixties 300i Launched

    Showcased at 2019 EICMA in Milan, Victoria Motorrad Nicky 300 has 50cc and 125cc siblings as wellBenelli 300cc Scooter – Sixties 300iIn a move that will surely turn heads, Hungarian two wheeler brand Keeway has introduced Victoria Motorrad Nicky 300 for Indian market. Here, it is badged as Keeway Sixties 300i. It’s an eccentric idea, especially at a time when electric scooters are sharing much of the limelight.Sixties 300i is a first-of-its-kind scooter in India and could appeal to folks looking for an entirely new experience. The scooter will be sold via Benelli India dealerships. Bookings are open at a token amount of Rs 10k. Deliveries will start from next month. Prices of Sixties 300i scooter will be revealed in a few days.Sixties 300i designSixties 300i has retro styling with features such as round rear view mirrors, broad front mudguard, split seats, and curvy side panels. Based on the specific colour option, there’s liberal use of chrome highlights. These can be seen on the headlamp, rear view mirrors, side panels and exhaust. In case of sportier colour options such as grey, these highlighters are blacked-out.Other key features of Sixties 300i include LED headlamp and vertically positioned rear turn signals. Front fascia has a classy look and feel with a prominent emblem placed on the mudguard. Mid-section of the front apron has a retro styled, rugged looking grille insert with turn indicators at either ends.Benelli 300cc Scooter – Sixties 300iUsers can expect optimal comfort with Sixties 300i, as it offers an ergonomic riding stance. The scooter comes with a large rider seat and there’s plenty of floorboard space. It can be used for carrying a wide variety of luggage, equipment and groceries. The scooter has space for some more stuff at the rear, where it has been equipped with a small carrier. There’s space underneath the rider’s seat as well, which can easily store a half-face helmet.Based on the colour variant, seats are either brown or black. Sixties 300i utilizes a semi-digital instrument console with multi-colour backlit. The unique hexagonal design of the console has a classy, premium feel, which enhances overall user experience.Sixties 300i engine and specsSixties 300i is powered by a 278 cc, air cooled, single cylinder motor that generates 21.75 PS of max power at 7,500 rpm and 23.5 Nm of peak torque at 5,750 rpm. It is mated to a CVT transmission. The scooter can reach a top speed of 120 kmph. Fuel efficiency is expected to be around 30 km per litre.Benelli 300cc Scooter – Sixties 300iDimensionally, Sixties 300i is 1975mm long, 710mm wide and 1165mm tall. It has a wheelbase of 1365mm. Seat height is 760mm and ground clearance is 107 mm. Net weight is 142 kg and fuel carrying capacity is 10.5 litres. Sixties 300i has hydraulic suspension at front and rear. It rides on 12-inch wheels at both ends, shod with tubeless tyres.With no direct rivals at the time of its launch, Keeway Sixties 300i will enjoy the first mover advantage. The scooter is a bold statement, in terms of both its design and its positioning in Indian market. Neo-retro styling, coupled with powerful performance makes this scooter an attractive proposition for enthusiasts. More

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    Benelli Tornado 400cc Motorcycle Patent Leaks – KTM 390 Rival

    The upcoming motorcycle seen in the patents could be part of the Tornado range of sports bikes from BenelliBenelli Tornado 400cc MotorcycleBenelli and its parent company Qianjiang have been on a rampage as far as development of new models is concerned. In recent times, we have come across several spy shots and design patents floating on the internet. Most of these design patents have been filed by QJ Motor, a subsidiary of Qianjiang.The Chinese bikemaker is currently at the helm of operations for itself as well as Benelli. In addition, QJ Motor has partnered with several international brands which include Harley Davidson, MV Agusta for their respective entry-level premium offerings. The latest addition to the list of upcoming bikes is a 400cc sports bike from Benelli.Benelli Tornado 400cc Motorcycle – Patent LeakThis new bike is expected to be retailed under Benelli’s supersport Tornado range. A wide range of Tornado bikes is expected to be added in the future including a 550cc twin and a 650cc four-cylinder. Expected to be called Tornado 402R, this fully-faired motorcycle is most likely based on GS400RR from QJ Motor which made its debut in China recently.The bike shown in the patent follows the design language seen in Benelli Tornado 252R. This includes a vertically oriented headlight cluster with LED DRLs on both sides and shape of the front fairing that are clearly borrowed from the quarter-litre sports bike. That said, the upcoming 402R flaunts some distinct styling attributes, the most prominent of those is a single-sided swingarm.Benelli Tornado 400cc MotorcycleIt also indicates QJ Motor’s hold on drawing board operations since similar single-sided swingarms have been seen in recent small capacity motorcycles at the budget end of the spectrum. Other highlights include split seats, a clip-on handlebar, a muscular fuel tank and a sleek side fairing. Overall, the 402R appears to be quite a handsome motorcycle.Hardware ConfigurationUnderpinnings seem to be borrowed from QJ Motor’s GS400RR which includes a tubular steel frame suspended on upside-down front forks and a rear mono-shock mounted on the swingarm. The Benelli iteration gets slightly lower specifications due to its cost-effective nature. For instance, 402R receives a single front disc brake and axially mounted caliper, compared to the dual front disc setup seen in GS400RR.Expected Powertrain SpecsPowering Benelli 402R will be a 399cc parallel-twin motor which also has been borrowed from its QJ cousin. While left-side engine covers appear slightly different from the one in GS400RR, the right-side engine covers are very similar. This motor also looks uncannily similar to Kawasaki’s 400cc parallel-twin motor powering Z400 and Ninja 400.If that is the case, this unit should be capable of dishing out 45hp at 10,000rpm and 38 Nm of peak torque at 8,000rpm while being mated to a 6-speed gearbox. A few days back, QJ Motor unveiled the new SRK 400 in its home market which looks to be based on similar underpinnings and powertrain. It will rival the likes of KTM RC 390 upon launch.SOURCE More

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    Upcoming Benelli 700cc ADV Motorcycle Leaks – Kawasaki Versys 650 Rival

    Benelli TRK 702 will be powered by a new 693cc parallel-twin engine and will be available in both road-biased and off-road derivativesUpcoming Benelli 700cc Adventure MotorcycleBenelli has been working on expanding its middleweight adventure tourer lineup which currently comprises TRK 251, TRK 502 and TRK 800. In India, the Chinese-owned Italian brand offers TRK 251 and TRK 502 while TRK 800, which recently made its debut at the last edition of EICMA, is considered too premium a product for the country.Hence, Benelli is developing another middleweight adventure bike that will sit in between TRK 502 and TRK 800. Type approval documents of a new TRK 702 have been leaked which looks very similar to TRK 800. Interestingly, the new proposition is a bit more exciting than its bigger sibling, at least on paper.Benelli TRK 702- Powertrain SpecsFor instance, specs of TRK 702 seem to closely match those of its larger sibling TRK 800. While the former gets a 693cc parallel-twin motor that dishes out 75 bhp, the latter draws power from a 754cc parallel-twin unit that pumps out 76 horses. This 693cc unit has been developed by Benelli’s parent company, QJ Motor and has recently appeared in several of its offerings in China.This power plant looks familiar to the motor used by the CFMoto 700CL-X which itself is a derivative of Kawasaki’s 650cc parallel-twin unit. However, the one in 700CL-X kicks out 70.7 bhp and 61 Nm of peak torque. A new engine meant that Benelli had to employ a different chassis although construction of the trellis frame is fairly similar to the bigger TRK 800.Upcoming Benelli 700cc Adventure MotorcycleHardware SpecsIt also receives a new swingarm while the bodywork, though completely new, is highly inspired by the existing TRK 800. TRK 702 rides on 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wire-spoked wheels that are shod with dual-purpose tyres. However, it is also expected to be offered in a road-biased variant with 17-inch front and rear cast-aluminium wheels.Braking duties will be handled by petal-style twin discs up front and a single disc brake at rear and chewed down by radial Brembo callipers. This will be aided by a dual-channel ABS. Suspension setup should offer long travel with inverted forks up front and a mono-shock at rear, presumably with some degree of adjustability. In all likelihood, it will borrow Marzochhi suspension from TRK 800.Design & Expected India LaunchTRK 702 flaunts a traditional ADV attire with highlights like a tall stance, a butch bodywork with a heavily faired front end, a split seating setup, a beak upfront and a tall windscreen. The overall build looks purposeful with accessories like a rear luggage rack, centre stand, handguards and pannier boxes.As for launch in India, it is too soon to predict such a development. That said, Benelli TRK 702 might turn out to be the perfect rival to its Japanese rivals in the form of Kawasaki Versys 650 and Suzuki V-Strom 650XT and Triumph Tiger Sport 660. More

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    Benelli Parent Reveals New 400cc Naked Motorcycle – KTM 390 Duke Rival

    QJ Motor has unveiled its new entry-level offering in European markets called SRK 400, it will compete against the likes of KTM 390 Duke and Kawasaki Z400New QJ SRK 400For a long time, QJ Motor had its consumer base restricted to its home market in China. However, ever since it acquired the Italian motorcycle brand Benelli, the company has adopted a global approach and aims to make its presence felt in other international markets as well.Most QJ Motor motorcycles offered in developed markets like Europe have been available as Benelli branded models. That said, things are looking to change as the Chinese bikemaker is aiming to take on rivals in European markets with its own brand name.QJ SRK 400 Revealed: Styling HighlightsIn this regard, the company has introduced its first model for its European lineup which goes on sale in July this year. Called SRK 400, this naked street racer will be the brand’s entry-level motorcycle in Europe. Upon its launch, SRK 400 will be one of the very few models coming from the house of a Chinese brand. This is because the bike has its own identity thanks to a unique design.Speaking of design, SRK 400 is a sharp-looking bike with an aggressive front fascia featuring a split LED headlight flanked by LED turn indicators. It also receives a muscular fuel tank that gives the bike a masculine appeal. Other visual highlights include a floating tail section, split-style seats, an underbelly engine crash guard, a stubby underbelly exhaust and a rear tyre hugger.New QJ SRK 400The bike’s frame has also been dipped in green paint which creates a nice contrast with the overall colour scheme. Further, yellow-coloured alloy rims also create a pleasant aesthetic appeal on the motorcycle. It also receives sharp tank extensions on either side that results in better aerodynamic properties.Mechanical SpecsPowering SRK 400 is a 400cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled motor that dishes out 41 bhp and 37 Nm of peak torque. This engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox. At a kerb weight of 186 kilograms ready, this naked streetfighter is nearly 20kgs heavier than its immediate rivals in this category from Japanese and European manufacturers.In terms of dimensions, SRK 400 is taller and longer than its competition therefore it might not be a very sharp handling machine in corners. As for dynamics, suspension duties are handled by upside-down forks up front and a mono-shock at rear. Braking hardware comprises dual front discs and a single rear disc that are aided by ABS. The naked streetfighter rolls on 17-inch alloy wheels shod with 110/70 front and 150/60 rear tyres.New QJ SRK 400Price & Expected India LaunchQJ Motor has priced the upcoming SRK 400 at EUR 5,800 (approx. INR 4.67 lakh) which makes it quite a pricey affair. Since QJ has no base in India, this bike can only make its debut in our country in a rebranded Benelli avatar. For that, the motorcycle needs to be priced better than the current offering. More

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    Benelli Prices Mar 2022 – Imperiale 400, TRK 251, Leoncino 500, 502C

    Benelli Imperiale 400Benelli currently retails six models in India including TRK 251, Imperiale 400, TRK 502, TRK 502X, Leoncino 500 and 502CBenelli has come out with its first price revision for the year 2022. The Chinese-owned Italian brand has increased prices of all models including Imperiale 400, TRK 251, Leoncino 500, 502C, TRK 502 and TRK 502X by up to Rs 27,000 depending on the model. None of the motorcycles mentioned above has received any other update.Benelli Prices Mar 2022Starting with the TRK 251, prices for the quarter-lire adventure tourer have been increased by Rs 3,000 across all variants. The bike was launched last year at a starting price of Rs 2.51 lakh. After the latest revision, prices for TRK 251 start at Rs 2.54 lakh for the Dark Grey option and go up to Rs 2.64 lakh for the Pure White and Black dual-tone paint scheme.Coming to its elder sibling- TRK 502 was earlier priced at Rs 4.95 lakh, is now dearer by Rs 16,000. Even its off-road focussed sibling- TRK 502X has also witnessed the same increment in prices. Both half-litre adventure tourers are priced at Rs 5.11 lakh and Rs 5.55 lakh respectively.Prices of Benelli Imperiale 400, their best selling motorcycle which rivals Royal Enfield, have been increased by Rs 2,201. It now costs Rs 1.92 lakh. Leoncino 500 has gotten the highest price hike of all. It has become expensive by Rs 27k, and now costs Rs 4.96 lakh.Benelli Motorcycle Prices March 2022The last bike is the 502C power cruiser which has received a price hike of Rs 5,000. Previously, prices for 502C started at Rs 5.20 lakh. With the latest price revision, the price range for the cruiser starts at Rs 5.25 lakh for Matte Cognac Red. There are two more colour options including Glossy Black and Matte Black that are now priced at Rs 5.30 lakh and Rs 5.35 lakh respectively. All prices mentioned are ex-showroom.Specs & FeaturesSpeaking of specifications, TRK 251 is powered by a 249cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that churns out 25.4 bhp at 9,250rpm and 21.1 Nm of peak torque at 8,000rpm. This motor is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. Suspension duties are handled by upside-down forks and a mono-shock.Braking duties are carried out by a single disc at both ends complemented by a dual-channel ABS. It is designed primarily for touring purposes and hence gets 17-inch alloy wheels on both ends and a massive 18-litre fuel tank. It gets features like USB charging, a digital instrument console and full LED lighting.On the other hand, TRK 502 and 502X is powered by a 500cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled motor that delivers 46.8 bhp at 8,500rpm and 46Nm of peak torque at 6,000rpm. This engine is paired with a 6-speed gearbox via a slipper and assist clutch. TRK 502 is meant for touring purposes and comes with road-biased tyres wrapped around alloy wheels.Whereas TRK 502X is a more adventure-friendly machine that rolls on wire-spoke wheels shod with dual-purpose tyres. Both motorcycles get the same list of features including a semi-digital instrument console and dual-channel ABS. The 502C cruiser shares the same 500cc parallel-twin motor as the ADV siblings. More

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    KTM 250 Adventure Vs Benelli TRK 251 – 250cc ADV Specs Comparo

    Image – Rawat kBenelli TRK 251 also competes against other adventure tourers such as Royal Enfield Himalayan and BMW G 310 GS
    Benelli recently launched its entry-level adventure tourer TRK 251 earlier this month which turned out to be the fifth launch from the Chinese-owned Italian bikemaker this year. Launched at a price of Rs 2.51 lakh (ex-showroom), it has been directly pitted against KTM 250 Adventure in India.
    Besides being closely priced to each other, both motorcycles have similarities in specifications and features as well. Let us closely look at some of their details and how both adventure tourers fare against each other.
    KTM 250 ADV vs Benelli TRK 251
    Dimensions & Features
    While KTM seems to offer better dynamics, Benelli offers better handling thanks to its compact dimensions. TRK 251 is shorter, narrower and lighter which should make it more rider-friendly in comparison to 250 Adventure. Benelli also offers a saddle that is far more accessible at 800mm as opposed to an 855mm seat height offered by KTM.
    However, the latter offers a much better ground clearance of 200mm as opposed to 170mm in Benelli. In terms of features, both motorcycles offer a host of gizmos. Some of the common features include a digital instrument console, dual-channel ABS and LED DRLs. While KTM misses out on an LED headlamp, it edges past Benelli with an automatic headlamp function. TRK also receives a USB charger as standard fitment.
    KTM 250 ADV vs Benelli TRK 251
    Hardware Specs
    Even the hardware configurations used in 250 Adventure are superior to those used in TRK 251. The suspension setup employed in TRK 251 consists of simple telescopic forks at front and a telescopic oil damped coil spring at rear. On the other hand, its Austrian counterpart features a suspension setup sourced from WP Apex comprising upside-down front forks and a rear mono-shock absorber.
    KTM 250 ADV vs Benelli TRK 251
    KTM also gets a stronger braking setup with a larger 320mm disc up front in comparison to a 280mm disc in Benelli. The latter, however, gets a larger rear brake with a 240mm disc. TRK rides on 17-inch alloy wheels on both ends but 250 Adventure gets a larger 19-inch wheel at front. All these factors should combine to give different riding dynamics in both bikes.
    Powertrain Specs
    Starting with performance, both motorcycles are powered by a 249cc single-cylinder, 4-valve, liquid-cooled motor but they differ in their engine output. While Benelli puts out 25.47 bhp and 21.2 Nm of peak torque, KTM edges past it with a greater output of 29.5 bhp and 24 Nm of peak torque. Both are paired with a 6-speed gearbox, however, TKR only gets a simple wet multi-plate clutch whereas KTM benefits from a slipper clutch.
    KTM 250 ADV vs Benelli TRK 251
    As already mentioned about prices, KTM 250 Adventure is slightly more affordable at Rs 2.35 lakh (ex-showroom). Overall, KTM appears to be slightly more value for money when one considers performance of both bikes. More

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    Benelli TRK 251 India Launch Price Rs 2.51 L – KTM 250 ADV Rival

    New Benelli TRK 251 India LaunchApart from KTM 250 Adventure, Benelli TRK 251 will rival the likes of Royal Enfield Himalayan as well
    Benelli has ended the year 2021 with a bang as it has introduced its fifth model this year. After launching a scrambler, two adventure tourers and one cruiser this year, the Italian brand has launched its entry-level adventure bike in the form of TRK 251.
    Offered at a starting price of Rs 2.51 lakh (ex-showroom), the motorcycle is currently the most affordable offering by Benelli in India. At this aggressive price range it directly competes with the KTM 250 ADV, which had a launch price of Rs 2.55 lakh, ex-sh. Price of KTM 250 were recently slashed by Rs 25k, and it now costs Rs 2.3 lakh ex-sh for limited period of time.
    Benelli TRK 251 ADV – Design
    Available in three striking colour options, TRK 251 takes a lot of styling inspirations from its older siblings- TRK 502 and TRK 502X. It gets signature ADV styling elements such as a pointy beak, a large windscreen upfront, a front-heavy quarter fairing, an exposed trellis frame and a sculpted fuel tank.
    Sporty graphics are visible on the front and side fairing and tail section. The wide and tall handlebars aided with centre-set footpegs and an accessible saddle height of 800mm should offer comfortable riding ergonomics.
    New Benelli TRK 251 India Launch
    The twin-pod LED headlamp along with turn indicators mounted on the side fairings give the motorcycle a distinct appeal. Touring capabilities are enhanced with a luggage mounting rack and pannier boxes as an accessory.
    Other common details include a side-on exhaust and a steep tail section. In terms of features TRK 251 is equipped with a fully digital LCD instrument console that displays a wide range of information such as speed, rpm, fuel level, gear position, time and trip meter. Like most ADVs in India, TRK 251 is a road-biased tourer, hence, it rides on 17-inch front and rear alloy wheels shod with road-purpose tyres.
    Mechanical Specs
    Hardware comprises a steel trellis frame suspended on USD forks up front and a T-swingarm type mono-shock absorber at rear. Braking duties are handled by 280 mm single disc with 4-piston callipers at front and 240mm single disc with a single-piston calliper at rear. Anchorage is aided with a dual-channel ABS as standard.
    Powering TRK 251 is a familiar 249cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, DOHC motor which also propels Leoncino 250. This engine cranks out 25 bhp at 9,250 rpm and 21.2 Nm of peak torque at 8,000 rpm. This unit is paired with a 6-speed gearbox. The bike offers a ground clearance of 170mm while it tips the weighing scales at 164kg. Bookings for TRK 251 had commenced earlier this month at a token amount of Rs 6,000 with deliveries slated to begin from January 2022. More