Our long-term Benelli Imperiale 400 spent its second month in my stable and I must say, riding it has been quite a rewarding experience. The old-school retro styling, further intensified by the black exterior colour option, gives it a lot of character and makes it stand out in a crowd. Barring the select individuals who were unaware enough to confuse it with a Royal Enfield, the bike received a lot of positive response from on-lookers and passers-by.
Having said this though, the Imperiale 400 does have some pertinent flaws that detract from its overall likeability. For example, the suspension is way too stiff and the brakes feel quite numb. Plus, the fuel-level indicator turned out to be faulty and had to be replaced during its first service. Keep in mind, the bike is brand-new! Apart from these niggles, the Imperiale 400 really impresses you with its engine performance and power delivery. The smoothness of the motor and never-ending torque surge, in any gear, make it a fun and engaging daily rider. Not to mention the super-nice exhaust note that enhances the overall ride experience even further. It looks like my personal TVS Apache RTR 200 4V will remain under the covers for a while now!
When it came: November 2020
Current Odo reading: 992kms
Mileage this month: 352kms
Fuel efficiency: 22.5km/l
What’s good: Infectious performance
What’s not: Faulty fuel-level indicator