BENELLI IS BACK
DSK has a slew of motorcycles coming our way, including in to Hyosung showrooms
NOPE, BENELLI HAVEN’T forgotten about India. In fact, they’re trying something rather ambitious. After cementing their position as an accessible ‘Italian’ (they’re actually owned by the Chinese) performance brand, they are training their eyes on Royal Enfield. Leading their first onslaught will be the Benelli Imperiale (pictured, top). Its got retro-styling and a 380cc air-cooled engine, with plenty of brushed aluminium bits to add premiumness. Homologation prototypes are going to be here by December, and you can expect it to be launched in the next three months. Even the Leoncino, a scrambler, will be making it to our shores very soon. It is powered by a 499.6cc parallel twin that makes 47bhp and 45Nm mated to a sixspeed gearbox, gets a steel trellis frame, USD forks and twin 320mm discs for braking duties up front. Another bike powered by the same engine that will be making it here is the TRK 502 adventure tourer. Both bikes are currently undergoing homologation evaluation at the moment.
Additionally, to bring customers back to Hyosung showrooms, DSK will be bringing Hungarian (but again, actually owned by the Chinese) brand Keeway Motors to India. They are looking at the entrylevel cruiser segment, and will be launching bikes like the Superlight and K-Light. Sold with a variety of engines around the world, India will be getting the same 202cc single cylinder engine that Pakistan gets, and not the 125cc ones displayed at EICMA, or the 150cc sold in Bangladesh.