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Old 12-06-2011, 09:48 AM   #46
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more nonsense....it caught fire? i see nothing about it that would make it any more prone to catch fire than any other fuel injected motorcycle

if anyone wants to learn about benellis, go to the benelli forum
Why is it nonsense? I know the man, it happened, and it was a design flaw.
Something to do with proximity of exhaust to something else, which I forget
what it is.

I've had 2 dealers in 60 miles and was there very often (since they had other
brands too). I've spoken with 3 TNT owners in the last 3-4 years, and all had
numerous issues. One of them bought the bike used with under 1k miles for
1/3 the price of new, and sold it again for even less.

One of the dealers even had the Tre-K in the shop for 2 years and wasn't
able to sell it even after lowering the price by over 30%.

Living next door to Italy = a lot of information about their brands..

EDIT: It did not just catch fire, it burned down completely in minutes.
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:06 AM   #47
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Having owned two benellis and being intimately falmiliar with them mechanically......I can tell you the porported reliability issues are not that bad. there was a simple lock washer situation with a starter/ alternator gear and some earlier alternator drive gear clearance issues....easy fixes. there are some coil failures after time and there are poor set-up/map issues specifically in setting the TPS.

The reliability issues are completely overblown and perpetrated by people who don't know what they're talking about and/or don't know what they're doing.
My best riding buddy bought a brand new Tornado Tre, his first foray into italian bikes after years on jap I4s. Straight out of the shop, about 20 miles into the debut ride, it cut out going round a corner and trapped him under the left side. The dealer said the immobiliser 'thought the bike had stopped'.

A couple of weeks later, smoke began billowing out of it on the motorway. More shop time. Then it began to start up, unattended, in the garage. There's more, these are just the highlights.

Even when it ran, he couldn't trust it, and would only ride with a group (and carrying bike-to-bike jump leads).

Eventually, about 1200 miles and 30 break-downs later, he traded it in. It broke his heart, and he swears he will never buy a european bike again (which is a shame, tbh). Totally scarred by his Benelli owning experience.
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:12 AM   #48
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I can't find the article now (and it was in German anyways), but the Motorrad
guys at Germany are well known for their King Of The Alps test they do every
year.

Back in 2007, or 2008 (I forget..) they had the Tre-K in the roundup and reported the bike to have an excelent engine and brakes but couldn't explain
the peculiar handling which caused two of their test riders to crash the bike
and both of them had no idea why they went down.

Maybe some of the EU readers will remember the article..
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:14 AM   #49
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more nonsense....it caught fire? i see nothing about it that would make it any more prone to catch fire than any other fuel injected motorcycle

if anyone wants to learn about benellis, go to the benelli forum

I'm sure much usefull and correct information can be found at any brand specific forum on the internet. Everyone knows that these brand specific 'areas' are also known for great big group hugs and self justification to keep with the make of bike,,,,I've seen it at the FJR forum, Moto Guzzi forums, indeed on this forum under oilhead GS subforum, and KTM sub forums, where defending their little camp is paramount to many owners.
So, I will take any info off of a specific forum with much questioning.

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Old 12-06-2011, 10:33 AM   #50
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well i suggest you could learn something from the forum. there are many technical threads there explaining the various questions and issues. you see, some people go there to share real substance. if you can't distinguish the difference between fluff and technical information...well you certainly shouldn't own a benelli or much else for that matter.

as far as catching fire....I have a TNT.....there's nothing close to the exhaust. your friend probably caused the problem by incompetent wrenching....i.e. leaving a loose fuel conection. if there was a "design problem" there would be a statistically significant number of TNTs catching fire.

"both of them have no idea why they went down" .......say that out loud to youself.....that's pretty funny!
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:36 AM   #51
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"Then it began to start up, unattended, in the garage."

i consider this a feature
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Old 12-06-2011, 05:32 PM   #52
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"Then it began to start up, unattended, in the garage."

i consider this a feature

It's pretty clear you're drinkin' the juice. Good on ya. keep the faith.
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Old 12-06-2011, 06:27 PM   #53
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It's pretty clear you're drinkin' the juice. Good on ya. keep the faith.

yeah...... I'm the lemming
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Old 12-06-2011, 06:36 PM   #54
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Benelli...not worth the hassle. The best advice i can give is stay far far away!
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Old 12-06-2011, 08:59 PM   #55
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yeah...... I'm the lemming

yup, pretty well.
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Old 12-07-2011, 04:23 PM   #56
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A quirky out of the box motorcycle that would puke gas until it immolated itself?

It's an Italian Buell!

The Ontario Benelli dealer sounds even less grounded than Vancouver. It was a multiline Benelli/Kyosung outfit. Never did understand that business model, going after the fringe buyers at either end of the bell curve?
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Old 01-06-2012, 12:49 AM   #57
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I know this bike was rare but didn't realise there are only 70 in the entire UK

This includes 1130's - (51); 899's (8) and Amazonas (11).

Interesting site:
www.howmanyleft.co.uk

You can search any car or bike.
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Old 01-06-2012, 03:00 PM   #58
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I know this bike was rare but didn't realise there are only 70 in the entire UK

This includes 1130's - (51); 899's (8) and Amazonas (11).

Interesting site:
www.howmanyleft.co.uk

You can search any car or bike.
Wow, interesting. Only 26 of the XTZ750 Super Tenere on the road in the UK, and yet it's a bike that gets talked about a lot (I've had two).

Strada, is that site (in your sig) your business?
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Old 01-06-2012, 05:43 PM   #59
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There's a repair shop 20 miles from me in imperial, pa called destefanos and the owner is some sort of factory repair/rep for benelli. He has 3 or 4 tre k s and serial number one of their superbike. I bring in my cylinders for him to bore as hes mostly a machinist.

He preps them for the factory or something.

Tiny little hole in the wall, you wouldn't believe it if you saw it.

I get the feeling they will always be there, sad because they are just gorgeous. I think they are very negotiable too....
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Old 01-06-2012, 06:01 PM   #60
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A quirky out of the box motorcycle that would puke gas until it immolated itself?

It's an Italian Buell!
Oh dear Gods. That's funny.



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