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Old 09-28-2011, 01:32 AM   #16
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Old 09-28-2011, 08:49 PM   #17
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I've been spending too many late nights looking at these Italian beauties on the on the homeland website with a fantasy of owning a Tre 899 K. Alas the fantasy will probably never be fulfilled and I will undoubtedly have to live vicariously through others. subscribed.
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Old 09-29-2011, 04:13 PM   #18
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My ears pricked up about the 899 when Michael Neeves gave one a glowing review.

But a friend of mine owned a Tornado Tre, which was just crazy in terms of faults and breakdowns (and starting itself up in the garage )
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Old 09-29-2011, 10:16 PM   #19
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If I won some sort of lottery, a TNT would be near the top of the list of bikes to have. But without the extra, I know there is no way I could afford to keep it running.

As it's been said, they're beautiful, but terribly unreliable and there's almost zero support for them stateside....
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Old 10-05-2011, 08:30 PM   #20
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:42 PM   #21
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Very nice sound track!
Is that an 1130? My 899 comfortable revs to 11k and really does wail
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Old 10-11-2011, 02:30 PM   #22
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I admire your enthusiasm; I'm gonna check out a Benny asap but must admit to being concerned about all the bad comments about relaibility.

Have you tried the 800XC - if so how does it compare - similar sized triples and all that ?

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Old 10-14-2011, 04:18 AM   #23
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Hi, I had a Tiger 800XC until recently and it was a very good bike.

It was a bit too off-road orientated for me and found I was getting into trouble on fast turns and braking.
Very good touring bike and comfortable.

The Tre-K is a superb machine and not really in the same class being road biased.

If you intend keeping to the black-stuff I would highly suggest to get a test ride.
There have been a lot of complaints recently about frames cracking on the 1130s but I have been told this doesn't apply to the 899.
The 899 unit is also based on a newer engine design from the TNT.

Mine has been faultless for 2000 miles now and I'm liking it more each day I ride it.

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Old 10-14-2011, 01:37 PM   #24
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actually what you say makes perfect sense to me - I don't go off road much at all, as you know there really isn't a great deal of opportunity in the UK.

The fast turns & braking issue is due to the wheel size and/or tyre I suppose. I can see that being a problem for me too.

Having done a little research the 899 does look the better bike. Especially as the MPG of the 1130 is poor. What do you get outa the 899 ?

I got a reply from the closest to me Benelli boys but they don't have a demo bike. So how does the power / engine characteristics between the Triumph 800 & the Benelli 899 compare ?

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Old 10-15-2011, 12:38 AM   #25
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I'm getting around 40mpg at the moment but would be a lot better if the engine wasn't so eager to rev!

The Tre-K has much more top-end but the 800 Tiger has better mid-range.
The Tre-K delivery is definately way more exciting and, unless you have the Arrow exhaust fitted, it seems very dull by comparison.

The Tiger will cost you around 1.5-2k more than the Benelli so I can't really see what's to think about
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I'm getting around 40mpg at the moment but would be a lot better if the engine wasn't so eager to rev!

The Tre-K has much more top-end but the 800 Tiger has better mid-range.
The Tre-K delivery is definately way more exciting and, unless you have the Arrow exhaust fitted, it seems very dull by comparison.

The Tiger will cost you around 1.5-2k more than the Benelli so I can't really see what's to think about
well, as you know there is depreciation and the issue of back-up. Frankly there a few good bikes out there - Moto morini are back in business & the Gran passa looks good - the trumpet 12 is in the offing and being a speed freak I keep coming back to the MS12 as offering all the poke I need.

None of the Jap or German/Austrian bikes do much for me.

At the end of the day the Uly is entertaining and hard to beat in some respects - not least of which is fuel economy at near 50 mpg with 80 lbft tork.
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Old 10-23-2011, 08:48 AM   #27
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Well, after digging through the Benelli USA dealer locator page. I found one dealer that has posted that Benelli has not imported any bikes to the U.S. since 2008. So I guess us few that are interested in the 899 will need to wait for the next global economy upswing.
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That is a real shame.

Not sure this will help

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Old 11-03-2011, 07:19 PM   #29
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Yeah that helps..... or you could always gray market a few for us Yanks.
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Old 11-04-2011, 06:26 AM   #30
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That is a real shame.

Not sure this will help


Glad you're enjoying your bike.
These machines are now completely gone from the Canadian market, virtually none were sold across this country, a combination of uncompetitive prices, extremely poor durability reputation, and excepting the Tornado roadster, questionable and polarizing "transformer" styling. As visual likes and dislikes are very different among us all, I would never assume that any of my machines have ANY visual cues that would impress anyone.

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