Benelli TnT 600i ABS

Honey, I woke up the neigh­bours

Evo India - - EVO FLEET - Ab­hishek Waira­gade (@ab­hibhi)

THE UNI­VERSE AL­WAYS bal­ances life. When I was told that I would not be headed to the Kari Mo­tor Speed­way for the jury eval­u­a­tion of our awards, I was a bit dis­ap­pointed to be hon­est. But all of that went right out the win­dow when I was also told that I had the Benelli TnT 600i, the new­est mem­ber of the evo In­dia fleet, for a full week.

In that week I have rid­den the bike to Kamshet, Pa­vana, Mal­shej and Lavasa and ev­ery other place you can think of on the out­skirts of Pune. First things first, like all other Benel­lis, the TnT is one of the best sound­ing ma­chines in the busi­ness to­day. Even among the Benelli lot, the TnT 600i is the only 4-cylin­der bike. Hon­estly, I have not yet heard of a mo­tor­cy­cle un­der `6 lakh that of­fers as much au­ral plea­sure as this Benelli does. It gives you a sen­sa­tion

Tof go­ing faster than you are. Tip­ping the scales at 231kg with­out a sin­gle drop of fuel or flu­ids, this bike is a heavy­weight. Al­though this means that com­mut­ing through peak traf­fic isn’t re­ally easy, out on the high­way it feels solid. It is ex­tremely sta­ble at speeds over three dig­its and a 600cc lump means over­tak­ing is a boon. The en­gine, in the truest tra­di­tions of an in-line four, is peaky. But the gear ra­tios are well spaced and hence the power de­liv­ery is lin­ear. But af­ter 9000rpm you have to be easy on the throt­tle as it starts singing its tune in a full throated voice and com­pletely goes bonkers.

This is a nose heavy bike so tip­ping it over in the fast sweep­ing cor­ners of the Lap of Mutha takes some time get­ting used to. But once you have un­der­stood the

Date ac­quired Du­ra­tion of test

To­tal mileage Mileage this month

Over­all kmpl Costs this month March 2016 1 month 10,037km 1047km 17kmpl Nil nu­ances of han­dling the TnT, it can be a lot of fun. The rid­ing po­si­tion is ag­gres­sive, cour­tesy a raised seat, flat han­dle­bars and rear set foot­pegs which makes it per­fect for twisties. It has only been a cou­ple of weeks though and I am still get­ting to know her but I must say that I am en­joy­ing life with the Benelli TnT 600i. Come to think of it, which other bike in the coun­try of­fers an ex­otic sound­ing in-line four for just un­der `6 lakh? Life is good then.

Stay tuned to this space to find out what it’s like to live with this naked Ital­ian babe on a day to day ba­sis. ⌧

Above: The TnT 600i is best viewed from this an­gle. Left: Chomp­ing miles is a cake­walk for the big Benelli

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