Italian-designed and Chinese-made Benelli motorcycles are adding two learner bike models to their line-up in 2015.
The new BN 302 arrives in January at less than $5500 plus on-road costs, while the they will also release two sports touring versions of the BN 600 both at $9990 rideaway. The GTS is a restricted LAMS version and the GT is a non-restricted model.
The 300-500cc learner bike category, led by the Kawasaki Ninja 300, is highly competitive and becoming crowded with new models from Honda, Yamaha and KTM. There is also talk of a Triumph and BMW joining the ranks.
The BN 302 joins the sector powered by a four-valve DOHC inline two cylinder engine, producing 28kW at 12,000rpm and 27Nm at 9000rpm. Feeding this engine is the Delphi MT-05 fuel injection system which is also used in the BN 600 range. The engine is mated to a six-speed transmission.
It sits in a rigid steel trestle frame with 41mm inverted forks with adjustable rebound and a mono rear shock with adjustable preload and rebound.
The aluminium alloy wheels are fitted with Pirelli 120/70-17 front and 160/60-17 rear tyres.
It is equipped with twin 260mm brake discs, twin four-piston callipers at the front and a single 240mm disc with a two-piston calliper on the rear.
The BN 302 comes in white, black, orange and Benelli green with the option of black or red frames. It comes with a two-year unlimited kilometre warranty.
The BN 600 GT and GTS are half-faired models with windscreen, very generous 27-litre fuel tank, an upright ergonomic riding position and optional hard panniers for touring capabilities.
It shares the inline four-cylinder, four-stroke, liquid-cooled engine from the BN 600R. The GT has maximum power of 62kW at 11,000rpm and Nm of torque at 8100rpm, matched to a six-speed gearbox. The GTS has a throttle restrictor. There are no confirmed power figures yet but it is expected to be 44kW as in the BN600S learner bike.