Benelli Imperiale 400 Long Term Report: February 2021

By Divyank Kushagra Bansal | on February 28, 2021

In my previous report, I wrote about the Imperiale 400’s bewitching performance and its head-turning look. However, over the past month, I barely got a chance to take the bike out for a spin, as the winter in Delhi was at its peak, which meant some intensely foggy days – not great for riding bikes, of course. Therefore, I stuck to my four-wheeler for most of the month and only took the bike out on some rare sunny days. Despite this, I managed to discover some new pros and cons of the Imperiale 400. For example, since it’s BS6 compliant and, therefore, fuel-injected, cold starts were not an issue at all. On the downside, I discovered that the bike has a bit of a drinking problem – in fact, a big drinking problem – it guzzles fuel at an alarming rate! Now, I know that I’m seldom easy on the throttle, but even if ridden gently, I don’t think that the Imperiale 400 would be as fuel-efficient as one might expect. Also, the big, rock-hard footpegs protrude out quite a bit, which makes pushing the bike with your feet while sitting on it problematic, for they tend to hit your shin, which is always annoying and sometimes even painful. 

  • LOGBOOK

When it came: November 2020

Current Odo reading: 1,119kms

Mileage this month: 127kms

Fuel efficiency: 19.3km/l

What’s good: Hassle-free cold starts

What’s not: Guzzles fuel

Long Term Report: April 2021

Benelli Imperiale 400 Long Term Report April 2021

With the harsh Delhi winter on its way out, the weather once again became favourable to ride over the past month. Plus, this time, I got a chance to ride the Imperiale 400 alongside my TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, courtesy of a city ride with my brother. This ride turned out to be a real eye-opener and, in fact, paved the way for some interesting observations about the Imperiale 400’s ride behaviour and dynamics. A few things about the Imperiale 400 which vexed me this time included limited mirror adjustability and visibility, vibrations in the handlebar at high speeds, overly stiff suspension and, the most serious of the lot, massive amounts of heat generated by the engine. As the weather will become hotter and hotter over the next few months, dealing with the bike’s heat generation will only become more and more challenging. As for the handlebar vibration, I’m sure a quick visit to the workshop will fix the issue. The remaining two observations, I’m afraid, are inherent traits of the bike and are not exactly fixable. Despite these challenges though, the Imperiale 400 still remains a fun retro cruiser to potter around town!  

  • LOGBOOK

When it came: November 2020

Current Odo reading: 1,572kms

Mileage this month: 453kms

Fuel efficiency: 18.7km/l

What's good: Fun to ride

What's not: Generates too much heat

Read more:

Benelli Imperiale 400 Long Term Report: January 2021

Benelli Imperiale 400 Long Term Report: December 2020

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