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BENELLI TNT25: A WINNING PACKAGE

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After establishing its footprint in nearly 30 countries like Italy, Germany, France, China, UK, USA, Australia, Spain and India to name a few, Benelli , one of the oldest Italian manufacturers, joined hands with KTM International Trading Pvt. Ltd this April and introduced some of the world’s best designed and performing superbikes to one of the most exciting markets in the Indian sub-continent.

A perfect package of performance, comfort and visual appeal, Benelli bikes have every element that makes it an irresistible buy for the motor biking enthusiast. After having showcased the hotly-popular TNT300 last year, the company this year introduced a range of some of the most distinctly Italian flavored bikes seen in Nepal to date, including the in-line, four-cylinder 600cc TNT 600i, , the TNT25 – the smallest offering of the TNT series , and a 150cc maxi scooter – the Zenzero 150.

After having received a phenomenal response for the TNT 300 in the Nepalese market, we were certain that the smallest of the TNT offerings from Benelli’s stable would also be received with great enthusiasm by motor biking aficionados in the country. Hence, we decided to take the bike for a short spin inside the capital.

STYLING:

The Benelli TNT 25 looks very similar to the TNT300. The Benelli TNT25’s contemporary yet distinctive design language makes the motorcycle look unique on the road. The design is minimalistic in nature with flat handlebars, a muscular fuel tank that has a black tank pad/lining running all the way from the beginning of the tank to the edge of the rider seat, racy decals, exposed trellis frame and a neatly incorporated side-mounted matte black exhaust.

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The multi-reflector headlamp with a tiny wind screen on top visually enhances the front profile. Its masculine stance is accentuated further with smooth flowing body lines and sporty styling. An informative instrumentation panel sits atop the headlight. The instrumentation panel houses a digital cum analogue console which provides all the necessary information like the speedometer, tachometer, trip meters, digital fuel gauge and a digital clock. The switchgears are of good quality, the mirrors are clear and the 17-litre fuel capacity is expected to provide an adequate kilometer range.

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The front 41mm inverted forks are finished in silver, holding the beefy Metzeler rubbers. The rear gets LED indicators and an LED tail light which adds an Italian flavor to the design. Overall, the styling acquaints itself with pure Italian flamboyance and the rich heritage that Benelli bikes are renowned for.

PERFORMANCE:

Powering the TNT 25 is a liquid cooled single cylinder, 4-stroke DOHC engine developing 28.16 Bhp at 9800 rpm and 21.61 Nm torque at 8000 rpm. This is the only Benelli bike in Nepal to use a single-cylinder motor. Power is sent to the rear wheel via a 6-speed transmission.

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Twist the throttle hard, and you’ll get some quick acceleration. The responsive engine propels the bike to move effortlessly from standstill to cruising sprints in no time. However, it’s the vibration that’s a slight setback, the more you rev it, the more buzz you feel.

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Just like other Benelli bikes, the power delivery is linear with a good grunt throughout the rev range. The single-cylinder’s linear power delivery and crisp throttle response make it very manoeuvrable and rider-friendly. The TNT 25’s stubby exhaust does play its part to keep with the TNT300’s aural pleasure. There is a lot of bass to that exhaust note.

RIDE & HANDLING:

The TNT 25 is an agile performer. You can easily flick the bike into turns and twists without being disappointed. It is sufficiently slim and light (at 159kg) to make it a nimble performer in Nepalese road conditions.

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Like most of its siblings, the TNT 25 is tightly wrapped in a Trellis frame with upside down forks upfront and a single hydraulic mono shock at the rear. Although the suspension setup is stiff, the ride isn’t that uncomfortable. The flat handle bar which is coupled with rear-set foot gives the rider a forward-leaning position while the well -padded plush seats provide a comfortable riding stance and ergonomics give it a big bike feel.  The sporty yet supremely comfortable riding ergonomics makes the TNT 25 an inimitable modern street bike.  The supple ride also helps make the TNT 25 comfortable and the strong Trellis frame further enhances the handling capabilities. The suspension setup along with the meaty Metzeler rubbers does soak up our road with utmost confidence. The well-padded seats provide a comfortable seating.

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Braking duties are taken care by a 280-mm petal disc upfront with a 4 piston calliper and a 240-mm single disc with a double piston caliper. ABS is missing though. The 17” alloy wheels finish off the sporty look and add to the impressive handling. All in all, the TNT25 blends 28.16 bhp performance with fine handling and a reasonable practicality. Its versatility is evident from the fact that it’s fun to ride not only on daily basis but even when you head for the winding roads on weekends.

VERDICT:

Styled like its big brother range, the Benelli TNT 25 is the perfect entry level motorcycle, delivering excellent fuel economy, agile performance and easy to ride character. The TNT 25 stands out through its Italian flair, ergonomic perfection and ultimately the exceptional performance it offers.

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The TNT 25’s brew of performance and value is hard to beat in the Nepalese market as it sets the bar for budget performance very high, offering more power than its competition at a tempting price. In fact, it might be the most exciting thing in the quarter-liter market today.

A robust ride with even impressive specifications at this price point is sure to change the dynamics of quarter-litre bikes in the Nepalese motorcycle market.

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