Benelli enters LAMS at under $10,000

Date 22.5.2013

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Learners and Latin lovers, your next ride awaits: Benelli is about to launch its most affordable bike yet.

Enter the all-new BN600i – a 600cc four-cylinder, LAMS-eligible, naked sportsbike with an expected ride-away price tag of less than $10,000. This considerably undercuts its Ducati Monster 659 compatriot by around $4000.

The BN600i is the Italian marque’s first foray into Australia’s learner market and marks its only four-cylinder-powered offering in its current crop of triples. The cheapest Benelli to date has been the larger TnT 899 (from $15,590), but expect the marque’s entry price and engine capacity to further shrink should it ever decide to import the Motard 250 or Uno C 150/250 models.

Urban Moto Imports, Benelli’s distributor for Australia and New Zealand, says though exact pricing has yet to be finalised, the BN600i will be available with the choice of two outputs: for learners as well as a full-powered version. The bike is currently undergoing homologation and ADR testing.

Powered by an inline four-cylinder with four valves per cylinder and double overhead camshafts, the full-fat version delivers 60kW (82hp) of power at 11,500rpm and 52Nm of torque at 10,500rpm via a six-speed gearbox.

Suspension components comprise an upside-down front fork (50mm in diameter) and a rear aluminium alloy swingarm with rear shock absorber in extension hydraulic and spring preload adjustment to tackle uneven pavements with ease.

Stopping power comes courtesy of 320mm twin front floating disc and radial callipers and a single 240mm disc with twin-piston calliper at the rear. The BN600i rides on 17-inch alloys with 120/70 front and 180/55 rear tyres respectively and is equipped with a 15lt fuel tank.

As a learner-bike proposition, Benelli says the BN600i offers a comfortable riding position and low seating position for easy handling and is backed by agile looks and an “unmistakably unique” Benelli sound.

The BN600i goes on sale next month in the colour choice of white, black, orange and grey.