It’s something we’ve all been talking about for some time, but new bikes like the Benelli 752S confirm that Chinese-owned motorcycle manufacturers are on the rise, in a big way.

This week, we grabbed a Benelli 752S test unit and went for a spin along the coast. Come along for the ride…

Following considerable success over recent years with its LAMS-friendly 502C cruiser, Leoncino modern retro and TRK502 adventure bike, Benelli has entered a new segment with its 752S naked bike.

The 752S has launched in Australia with a competitive pricetag of $12,990 rideaway.

Using a new 754cc twin, developing 56kW and 67Nm, the 752S takes on the competitive middleweight sportsbike segment with strong standard specs and familiar Italian design cues.

The bike features a steel trellis frame, Marzocchi fork (117mm travel) and a KYB monoshock at the rear (45mm travel).

Braking is handled by dual 320mm discs with four-piston floating callipers at the front, with a 260mm disc at the rear with a single calliper.

The 17-inch aluminium wheels also benefit from Pirelli Angel ST rubber, a fairly high-end and sporty touring tyre.

Key data is presented on a digital colour display.

Other noteworthy specs include a 14.5-litre fuel tank, 810mm seat height and 226 kilogram wet weight.

Benelli currently offers six other models, including the TNT 135 ($4390 r/a), Leoncino 500 ($9390 r/a), Leoncino 500 Trail ($9890 r/a), TRK 502 ($9390 r/a), 502C ($9990 r/a) and the TRK 502X ($9890 r/a).

The brand is also set to release its new Leoncino 800 and Leoncino 800 Trail, although local pricing has yet to be locked in.

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