For these with a sporty disposition, the Benelli Twister is making a return for 2024.
Benelli’s had a tumultuous outdated time over the previous twenty-odd years, however since being taken over by Chinese language agency QJMotor in 2005, they’ve been going from energy to energy.
Whereas its bread and butter is now not the severely horny Italian exotica which received plaudits within the ‘90s and early noughties, it’s been churning out an ever rising array of sorted, worth for cash rides that appear to be getting higher yearly. And this one is perhaps top-of-the-line but.
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Positive, it’s extra of an ode to the unique 898cc triple superbike which bore the Twister title – however there’s little doubt that it seems the half; sharp, sporty and centered with a fairly funky paintjob.
It’s been designed and developed on the Benelli Type Centre within the Italian agency’s hometown of Pesaro, earlier than being knocked into form in China.
The beating coronary heart of the brand new Twister is a 500cc liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel twin unit. Which may not sound particularly inspiring, significantly whenever you hear that it’s the identical lump that’s been the favored and confirmed (however barely bloated) TRK 502 journey bike. Fortunately, it’s had a great going over to satisfy the most recent emissions requirements whereas managing to churn out a good 46.9bhp and 34ft-lb of torque.
Elsewhere there’s a light-weight tubular metal trellis body, Marzocchi suspension, Brembo brakes and a set of sporty-styled 17 inch solid alloy wheels, which take a 120/70 on the entrance and a 160/60 on the rear. There’s a color TFT sprint with Bluetooth connectivity, a tyre stress monitoring system, and USB sockets for charging too. Good.
No information as but on pricing, however with the brand new Twister 500 anticipated to be accessible within the first few months of 2024, we shouldn’t have to attend an excessive amount of longer for the total lowdown. The large query is that if it’ll handle to swipe some gross sales from Honda’s not too long ago revised CBR500R…? Solely time will inform.
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