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Benelli Unveils Adventure-Oriented BKX300: A Compact and Affordable Option

Benelli Unveils Adventure-Oriented BKX300: A Compact and Affordable Option

Benelli, the Italian brand now under Chinese ownership (QJMotor since 2005), has introduced the BKX300, a single-cylinder adventure motorcycle targeting young riders with its approachable and lightweight design. The BKX300 is launched alongside a roadster version named the BKX300S, both aiming to provide an enticing option for entry-level adventure enthusiasts with a rumored sub-£5000 price.

Here are some key features of the Benelli BKX300:

  1. Design and Styling:
    • Developed and styled in Italy at the Benelli Style Center in Pesaro.
    • Emphasis on simple, clean, and refined lines.
    • LED headlamp with daytime riding lights.
    • Rear features a combination of parking, stop, and indicator lights in a single unit.
  2. Engine:
    • Powered by a 292.4cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke single-cylinder engine.
    • Euro5+ compliant.
    • Evolution of the 249cc unit found in the Italian market TRK 251 and Leoncino 250.
    • New exhaust and slipper clutch.
    • A2 license compliant.
    • Produces 29.2bhp at 9000rpm and 18.1lb.ft of torque at 7000rpm.
  3. Chassis:
    • Steel double cradle frame.
    • Front suspension with 41mm inverted forks and a preload-adjustable monoshock rear, providing 180mm of travel.
    • Alloy-rimmed wire wheels with a 19-inch front and 17-inch rear for the adventure version. The roadster version (BKX300S) has cast alloy 17-inch wheels.
  4. Brakes:
    • Front braking with a 280mm disc and a four-piston caliper.
  5. Features:
    • LCD dash and USB socket.
    • Fuel tank capacity of 13 liters.
  6. Availability:
    • Expected to be available later in 2024.

Alongside the adventure-oriented BKX300, there is also a street-styled roadster variant, the BKX300S, sharing the same platform with different styling and 17-inch street wheels. Benelli plans to offer 125cc and 250cc versions for some markets, providing a variety of options for riders.

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