The middle-weight street naked motorcycle segment has seen attention from the many manufacturers recently. Could Benelli India be one of the motorcycle makers to eye that market space and bring in its 752S?
Benelli has launched the 752S middleweight naked motorcycle in Nepal. That said, the manufacturer could be considering the 752S for the Indian market as Benelli hasn’t been offering any product in the aforementioned segment. Benelli’s last offering in the said segment was the TNT600i that was discontinued a few years ago. Benelli India has the Leoncino 500 on offer that rivals the Kawasaki Z650. However, the recently launched motorcycles such as the Honda CB650R and the Triumph Trident 660 are positioned above the Leoncino 500. Hence, Benelli could consider the 752S for the Indian market to make the rivalry a little more worthy.
The Benelli 752S is powered by a 750cc parallel-twin engine that churns out 75bhp at 8,500 rpm and 67Nm at 6,500rpm. However, the said power rating is of the international model and Benelli could tweak the power output for our market. The engine is a liquid-cooled unit that is housed in a tubular trellis frame. Cycle parts include 320mm twin disc setup in the front and a 260mm single disc at the rear end. The motorcycle comes with 17-inch wheels shod with Pirelli Angel ST tyres. For suspension duties, the 752S gets 50mm Marzocchi up-side down forks in the front and a KYB sourced mono-shock in the rear.
The seat height is set at 810mm which is similar to the Honda CB650R, however, is 5mm more than the newly launched Triumph Trident 660. Ground clearance on offer is 180mm and the overall wheelbase stands at 1460mm - which is longer than the Kawasaki Z650, Honda CB650R and the Triumph Trident 660.
There is no confirmation of the launch from the manufacturer, although by observing Benelli India’s launches in the recent months - possibility of introducing the 752S naked cannot be ruled out as the company could plan on expanding its portfolio. That said, the relaunch of Benelli Leoncino 250 in BS6 iteration could be the manufacturer’s priority for the near future.