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Benelli TNT R160
Its technology comes directly from the world of races: an impeccable riding position combined with an incredibly stable frame designed to tame 158 hp of raw Italian passion. A motorcycle conceived to offer complete control thanks to the best technology: you can match the pre-set trajectories with the lines of your imagination for the maximum enjoyment.
Enthusiasm makes its way
You can immediately appreciate the personality and energy of the Benelli TNT R160: its character is synonymous with sporty and entertaining riding. The racing components, with fully adjustable forks and shock absorbers, allow you to set up the bike perfectly to your riding style. The mono block 4 piston calipers and 320mm wave discs, the dry clutch with hydraulic operation and slipper device, enable the rider to exploit all the power of this magnificent naked motorcycle. With TNT R160 you will discover your maximum riding potential.
Most people would like an Italian love affair in
their life, but not everyone wants, or can afford, some of the exotic models.
Benelli’s TNT R160 offers the Euro naked bike buyer an attractively priced
It also comes with a lot of trick bits and pieces such as massive 50mm Marzocchi forks, Sachs rear shock, a dry slipper clutch with hydraulic action and braided lines, Brembo calipers, carbon fibre fenders, wave discs and a quality build.
A brilliant innovation is that if you get tired of
the colour, you can swap the four panels for just $995 and have a very different
It might look compact and weigh just a shade over 200kg, but it feels a bigger bike than the Ducati or Aprilia.
There is only a slight reach to the wide bars and the seat is a nice dish saddle that is firm, but comfortable all the same.
The instrument pod is pushed forward inside the tiny front cowl with its minute flyscreen, making it easier to see when riding and the tiny screen provides a surprising amount of protection with minimal buffeting.
The LCD instruments provide a lot of information such as ambient temperature, odo, trip, clock and even a lap timer. To toggle between the info screens you use the ignition switch which can be fidgety.
Let out the moderately heavy clutch and it stumbles forward, needing a little more revs than you would expect. At slow speeds through the traffic it feels quite rough and abrasive with a lot more “grain” in the engine than most triples.
It’s not happy in commuter traffic and it’s not until we reach 4000 revs that it smooths out and with just a few hundred more revs there is a sudden lurch forward as the power comes on in a linear fashion all the way through to the rev limit around 9500rpm. I leave the power control in the performance position and it responds rapidly. The only time I turn it off is for slow-speed roundabouts where you need smoother power delivery.
Despite having wide handlebars, the turning circle is surprisingly big. The problem is that it hits the shroud around the deep and cumbersome ignition key recess.
There is no vibration through the bars to tire your hands or blur images in the mirrors which are among the best on a naked bike. They are wide with a clear rear vision, unobscured by your elbows.
The dry clutch is not as noisy as some and it
provides a firm and sure engagement each time, but is a little difficult to
At highway speeds in sixth gear, the rev counter
shows 3500rpm which means you will have to drop a gear for passing duties.
It tips into corners with ease thanks to a steep rake and it holds a good line through the bend by way of the rigid frame. Steering feels very responsive with a quick change of direction. Some may find it a little twitchy but on the highway it feels very stable. The ergonomics, wind protection, engine speed and a generous 16-litre tank combine to make this a good all-day rider. Hit the hinterland roads and the fully adjustable front and rear suspension will soak up all but the most abrupt bumps. The fully adjustable suspension means it should suit all sizes of rider and riding styles.
The absence of traction control is not a big concern as the standard power control setting works to avoid sudden loss of traction on the rear. However, ABS would be handy. I managed to lock the back under hard braking because the rear lever lacks feel. Rear skids are controllable; the more dangerous is a front-wheel skid. But with braided lines there is plenty of feel to avoid lock-ups.
This is a bike that will stand out from the pack, turn heads and put a big grin on your face when you break from the traffic and hit your favourite roads.
Source: Motorbike writer