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.
Spencer has a keen eye for hard news, and does some of his best living on deadline day. He loves more than anything to travel on his motorcycle, and is adamant that Melbourne Bitter is a world-class lager. He also knows how to operate the big computery thing in the office. By night, Spencer plays guitar with Melbourne punk outfit LOUTS.