Benelli Tornado Tre 1130

 

 

 

Make Model

Benelli Tornado Tre 1130

Year

2006 - 07

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

120 kW / 163 hp @ 10500 rpm

Max Torque

124 Nm / 12.6 kgf-m / 91.45 lb-ft @ 8000 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

Mixed solution. Front: ASD steel tube trellis, fastened to boxed rear section, aluminium alloy castings. Subframe: aluminium die-cast.

Front Suspension

Marzocchi “upside down” stanchion fork Ø 50mm, adjustable in compression and extension with spring pre-load

Rear Suspension

Asymmetric swingarm, composed of cast aluminium and pressed in aluminium alloy, with Extreme Technology single shock absorber adjustable in compression, dual regulation for low and high speed damping andextension and spring pre-load.

Front Brakes

2 x 320mm Ø discs, 4 piston caliper

Rear Brakes

Single 240 mm Ø disc, 2 piston caliper

Front Tyre

120/70-17

Rear Tyre

190/50-17
Wheelbase 1419 mm / 55.9 in
Seat Height 807 mm / 31.8 in
Ground Clearance 140 mm / 5.7 in

Dry Weight

195 kg / 430 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

20.8 Litres / 5.5 gal

 

The Tornado’s frame has been completely revised to meet the new power and torque characteristic of the engine, without loosing any input from the original Tornado project.

 

Rear radiator

This is one of the characterizing features of the Tornado. 50% of the weight is distributed to the front chassis of the bike in all riding conditions. The advantage being increased precision when riding and when entering bends.

 

Rear suspension

The shock absorber and the links have benefitted from recent racing experience. The measurements have been slightly modified to make the frame easier to manage adapting it to the new increased power and torque values.

 

Frame

Some small improvements, for example the welding system and tube assembly are now more accurate. The aluminum plates have been modified to make the Tornado 1130 more enjoyable and satisfying to ride.

Tornado’s success had all to do with the racing frame and the engine that fitted it so this is what engineers concentrated on improving. The bike steers sharp and the three-cylinder engine fed through fuel injection system is there to back the chassis’s abilities up. When compared to other sporty bikes out there, Benelli is conscious of the missing piston disadvantage and that is why we’re dealing with an 1130cc engine.

First introduced in 2006, the first fully-faired Tornado (previous bikes were naked ones) was what everyone expected from the relatively small Italian manufacturer. The engine develops 120 kW at 10.500 RPM, definitely comparable with Japanese supersports (although we won’t do that, read a bit more) and the 124 Nm at 8000 RPM as well.

What clearly stood out was the manufacturer’s ambition to situate itself among the top Italian players next to Aprilia and Ducati so styling was very important. As a result, we witnessed the introduction of a truly aggressive styled motorcycle with features that even inspired others to give it a try on their own bikes.

Much to do with it being impressive and worth the buck is the way it looks. Exterior design is important, especially in the given category and thanks to Benelli designers, it looks worthy of its sporting abilities.

Its front end is characterized through the Y shape given by the screen and headlight, the mirrors representing an extension of that shape, apart from their obvious purpose. Also, the air scoops on the headlight’s sides give it a distinctive look, but if you are used to seeing R1s every day, that’s what you’ll be confusing it with.

On each side, the “Benelli” name will immediately clear your doubts. The fairing features smooth, flowing lines and the paint schemes add further visual impact. You can buy it either complete Grey (light on the top and dark on the sides) or Grey and Green (this last going on the lower half).

Italian bikes usually have a flat looking tank, but this is more than I can take. Carefully blended in, the tank doesn’t manage to stand out at all, but simply do its job of keeping the fuel in its 19 Litres capacity while offering enough space for the rider to tuck under the screen.

The seat doesn’t look like much comfort, but what I definitely appreciate at it is the Ferrari like taillights. Now that is something unseen before!