Benelli set to join junior sports class with Tornado 302

Paul Taylor
By Paul Taylor
platinum_paul ex-BikeSocial Production Editor turned freelancer. Worked in bike industry for 15 years, gets fatter and slower every year. Unhealthy obsession with Honda C90s, top boxes and small bikes.

Benelli's new Tornado

Classic Italian marque Benelli is set to add to the ever increasing number of small capacity sports bikes next year with its new Tornado 302.

The Chinese owned and manufactured Italian brand has been in the doldrums for several years now, but if the new Tornado goes as good as it looks, it may well blow away established models like the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Yamaha YZF-R3.

Powered by a 300cc parallel twin pumping out 36bhp at 12,000rpm, the Tornado 302 features the classic Benelli trestle frame that mirrors that of the still beautiful Tornado Tre models from the start of the millennium.

The high-spec chassis includes 41mm upside down forks and a rear shock with adjustable preload. Brakes are 260 mm floating discs with a four-piston caliper at the front and a single 240 mm disc single piston caliper brake rear. ABS will be an option. Wheels are 17” front and rear, with the pre-production model shown at the Milan show fitted with sporty Metzeler rubber.

Benelli says that the Tornado 302 will be available in the second half of next year and will be imported to the UK. No prices are available yet, however a spokesperson for the company said that it would be ‘competitive.’

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