Say hello to the 2020 Benelli Imperiale 400 – the latest member of our long-term fleet. Truth be told, I’ve never really been a fan of entry-level cruisers or retro-motorcycles, but after living with the Imperiale for nearly a month, I’m now seeing the bright side of these things. What I really love about the Benelli is that unlike some of its competitors, it doesn’t just beat its chest (or exhaust pipe) about its lineage or classic roots. Instead, here’s a motorcycle that’s engineered to modern standards and blends that in perfectly with the aesthetics of a classic cruiser. Plus, it looks absolutely smashing and the overall quality is brilliant.
The engine refinement is superb, too. The performance is punchy and it can clock triple-digit speeds fairly easily. The throttle response is smooth for the most part, but at low speeds, it does feel snatchy at times. Overall, it’s a very comfortable motorcycle for daily riding. The ride is pliant and the saddle is comfortable. However, the ride does get bumpy at high speeds, especially while countering road undulations.
In short, this Benelli is a charming motorcycle in a subdued and understated way – which I kind of appreciate.
When it came: November 2020
Current Odo reading: 640kms
Mileage this month: 218kms
Fuel efficiency: 24km/l
What’s good: Quality, refinement
What’s not: Bumpy ride
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