Benelli Tre-K 1130 Amazonas

 

 

 

Make Model

Benelli Tre-K 1130 Amazonas

Year

2009 - 10

Engine

Four stroke, transverse three cylinder, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder

Capacity

1130 cc / 69 cu in
Bore x Stroke 88 x 62 mm
Cooling System Liquid cooled
Compression Ratio 11.5:1
Lubrication Wet sump

Induction

Electronic injection with 1 injector per cylinder
Exhaust With catalytic converter and oxygen sensor
Spark Plug NGK CR9E

Ignition 

Electronic injection 
Electric Electric

Max Power

92 kW / 123 hp @ 9000 rpm

Max Torque

115 Nm / 11.4 kgm / 67.9 lb-ft @ 6250 rpm
Clutch Wet clutch with hydraulic command

Transmission 

6 Speed 
Final Drive Chain drive, ratio 16:37
Primary Drive 44/79
Gear Ratio 1st 14/39 / 2nd 18/35 / 3rd 21/32 / 4th 23/30 / 5th 24/28 / 6th 26/27
Frame ASD Steel tube trellis, aluminium coast alloy

Front Suspension

50mm Marzocchi upside-down forks
Front Wheel  Travel 180 mm / 7.09 in

Rear Suspension

ASD Steel tube trellis swingarm extreme technologies single shock adjustable for rebound and spring preload
Rear Wheel Travel 180 mm / 7.09 in

Front Brakes

2 x 320 mm ō discs, 4 piston calipers

Rear Brakes

Single 220 mm ō disc, 2 piston calipers

Front Tyre

110/80 ZR19

Rear Tyre

150/70 ZR17
Dimensions Length: 2200 mm / 86.6 in
Width:     850 mm / 37.4 in
Height: 1340 mm / 52.7 in
Wheelbase 1530 mm / 60.2 in
Seat Height 840 mm / 33.0 in
Ground Clearance 170 mm / 6.6 in

Dry Weight

208 kg / 458.5 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

22 L / 5.8 US gal

Consumption Average

5.6 L/100 km / 17.7 km/l / 41.6 US mpg

Standing ľ Mile  

11.7 sec

Top Speed

223.7 km/h / 139 mph

Review

Cycletorque

Powering this Ďdo anything-go anywhereí bike is Benelliís 1130cc, electronic fuel injected triple cylinder engine. It may look quite familiar as it is also the heart of both the Benelli TNT and Tornado.

With three 53mm throttle bodies, and four valves per cylinder, this triple makes a very healthy 126 horsepower or 92 kilowatts which rips the 205 kg (dry weight) Tre-K down the road nicely thank you.

Power peaks at 9000rpm, but it is the mid-range area, where riders will want to spend most of their time, that the engine produces its best torque, and with the raspy note exiting from the under seat exhaust, it begs to be ridden with gusto in this rev range.

Keeping the Tre-K 1130 on the bitumen is well and truly catered for thanks to the fully adjustable Marzocchi 50mm upside down forks, which keep the front end pointing in the right direction.

The front end is very compliant and soaks up plenty of backroad bumps without sacrificing rider comfort. Pulling the front end up is handled by Brembo four piston calipers, clamping onto twin 320mm floating discs, which do their job without exception.

One noticeable omission which some riders may be on the lookout for is ABS, which is not available at this stage on this model. The rear end, which is certainly a talking point due to the triangulated swing arm, and has an Extreme Technology rear shock with both compression and rebound adjustment.

We first came upon this brand after testing the Bimota DB8 SP and have found itís hard to fault on both bikes. This tells you the company can build suspension to suit all types of terrain. No longer is it the Italian way of making it super stiff so it handles, which is a good thing.

The rear suspension works very well on the Tre-K, whether cruising along at highway speeds or having a larrup through the twisties out in the boonies. As a whole the suspension package really does work well when the Ďred mistí is about and spirited riding is in order, cracking the motor through its paces certainly shows the handling is well suited to what the bike can deliver.

And when this type of riding is in order the rider has the option of using the Benelli Power Control, which is a two stage ECU map. You simply press the button on the dash, further livening up the motor, allowing the rider a few more revs to play with, along with more initial response from the growling triple. On the flip side, the tamer setting can be chosen for around town riding or to assist with wet weather riding, or dirt roads.

Itís not just about the power and torque with this machine, as the upright riding position and comfortable seat and height of 850mm, makes time in the saddle a real breeze, no matter whether itís around town or on the open road.

Comfort doesnít stop there as the front screen has a three step adjustment allowing the rider to change screen height to suit their own height, and although it does seem a little flimsy, it does the job of keeping the breeze flowing over the rider just fine.

The side mirrors although being an odd shape, do a great job of keeping an eye out of what is looming behind the Tre-K. On the flip side of the mirrors, the front indicators are mounted and well concealed.

A mixture of both analogue and digital fixtures adorn the dash, along with the power control button, with the tacho and temp gauges feeding instant information to the rider via the easy to read dials.The digital dash features a large number speedo, vertical bar fuel gauge and clock, along with both a trip meter and odometer.

If a bout of touring is in order, Benelli has a set of semi-rigid panniers, which offer both good looks and enough room to throw in enough gear for an overnight stay or weekend away. The panniers can be easily attached or removed with a simple press of a clip on the back side of the panniers, and lift them straight off the frames.

More than just a good looker

There is no question the Benelli is a versatile bike, as it is very capable of regular around town riding, but can also accommodate the tourer in us as the riding position is right on the mark, and with 21.5 litres in the tank, allows a good few hours of riding before a fuel stop is warranted.

Itís designed for mainly tar riding, and rough tar at that, but it can also cope fine with dirt roads, and the odd fire trail if you are a keen and capable rider. Itís not just an all-roads bike masquerading as an adventure machine. Of course if itís a case of the Ďboy racerí coming out to play well, the Tre-K is also capable of getting the heart racing thanks to the raspy growl from the engine, and the power on tap.

Italian manufacturers are well known for their build quality and the folks at Benelli have certainly kept up this tradition with the Tre-K. It is a niche bike in a broad market and due to this it may not appeal to all lookers, but when stopped on the road side or in a group of bikes, it certainly will turn a few heads.

This model has been around for a few years now, and it still is an impressive machine in both the looks and performance department.