BENELLI IS BACK

DSK has a slew of mo­tor­cy­cles com­ing our way, in­clud­ing in to Hyosung show­rooms

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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.

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