Benelli Tre k

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Strada, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. Strada

    Strada Tally Ho!

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  2. JamesG

    JamesG Rabid Poster

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    Get used to it. You will experience the same from the dealer network for parts and service.

    That is why they aren't common. Great bikes, but like Moto Guzzi, they have a sporadic dealer and owner support.
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  3. Strada

    Strada Tally Ho!

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    They are currently selling cheaper than the Kawasaki Versys so that may help their popularity!
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  4. Juggernot

    Juggernot Land Locked Sailor

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    I haven't read good reviews on them, thought they looked cool as hell, bought the Tiger instead.
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  5. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Guzzi has great support now after Piaggio took over, Benellis are a LOT worse,
    even here, next door to their home country.

    I've also never seen a positive LONG TERM review of any of their bikes.
    Seen serious reliability issues, and if I remember correctly, motorrad guys on
    their alps yearly test had TWO people crash on one of these (the higher
    displacement one) few years ago due to unexplained/uncommon bike behavior.

    Everyone agreed that the engine was great while it did run though.
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  6. Sir Not Appearing

    Sir Not Appearing That's no ordinary rabbit

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    Great looking bikes, but I think the Tornado set the tone for most people’s opinion on late model Benelli motorcycles. While a great looking bike, I remember the early reviews raved about the engine, handling, etc…….when it actually ran. I remember reading one magazine’s long term report where the bike had pretty much sat at the shop like 90% of the magazine’s allotted time with the bike. Its no fun when you need a support vehicle just to go to the grocery store.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    As with any make, I’m sure there are “good” ones and hopefully your TreK is one of them. Great looking bikes and you got a good deal if its less than a Versys over there. I was looking at TNTs a couple years ago from a dealer that was blowing them out on Ebay and probably would have bought one to add to the stable if I hadn’t just divorced and finances were a bit better.. <o:p></o:p>
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  7. Strada

    Strada Tally Ho!

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    I went for the 899 as it's based on the newer 1130 engine, not the old one still in the TreK.
    The dealer is also derestricting it to make about the same power as the 1130.

    I really hope I get a good one :cry
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  8. Strada

    Strada Tally Ho!

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    Wow, what a machine :D

    Initial impressions are that this is the best bike I've owned and I recently had a Ducati MS1200 which I thought was the best handling bike in this sector - until now.

    There is no question that at just over £6k brand-new, nothing else can compete - test ride one if you can.

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  9. pm9654

    pm9654 Been here awhile

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    Those are beautiful machines, and from what I've heard and read, the 899 is the one to have. Good luck with it, and keep the reports coming!
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  10. Steve G.

    Steve G. Long timer

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    Benelli's introduction to Canada has been a very bumpy one. A dealer in Vancouver had the complete lineup since 2008, with mind numbingly high retail prices. Nobody in the Italian bike community here has ever seen one of the road,,,,,,he would often bring a demo to Italia bike nite, but the prices [$30,000+] would make everyone shake their heads, there recently was a liquidation auction of this shop which saw the same 6 bikes go for around $10,000 each, one guy buying all of them, most with missing parts and long term storage damage. He's been trying to sell them on Craig's now http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/van/mcy/2522742595.html .
    I've always loved the look of the Tornado ever since watching Andrew Stroud running one on the WSB, watching the under-acheiving but nicest looking and sounding bike on the grid at Laguna Seca. But alas, the utter fragility of these machines, and the non-existant parts/dealer network in North America certainly scared most all potential buyers away.
    I will put the recent Benelli efforts in the same catagory as the last Zane based Laverda effort,,,,,gloriously beautifull machines using high end suspension components, and tons of passion, but lacking in mechanical long term integrity and 0% dealer support.

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  11. JamesG

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    Yep. Hopefully the new owners will inject both cash and the resources to build a decent dealer network in the States and elsewhere.

    It would even be tolerable to badge some chinese skooters as "Benelli" as long as they supported the core of serious motorcycles.

    I've been tempted to get one of the "cheap", depression-era firesale Amazonas, it appeals to my eccentric streak. But that well is just about dry having gone from a Buell Uly to a Ural hack. I don't think my sanity nor checkbook can tolerate another machine with so much "character". Next bike will probably be something bland but unbreakablely reliable.
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  12. Infallible

    Infallible Into the Wild Blue Yonder

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    This. I've read plenty of poor workmanship and electrical problems. Too bad as they are a neat ride.
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  13. dougn

    dougn Been here awhile

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    i've got an amazonas and a TNT sport. the long and short is they're very good. know issues are pretty well documented and easy to fix. however a weird frame issue has come up on the trek models.

    in general they handle really well and are mid range torque machines. the TNT will put out a tuned 130 rwhp on a dynojet however.

    the amazonas is very comforable and is a great tourer. i've fiddled a great deal with the suspension and have a stiffer set-up than stock. adapted an ohlins off a sv 650 and revalved and sprung the forks. it would do ok off road now.....sprung too soft before. it's gas mileage is marginal at 34 to 38 mpg US.

    my TNT is smoother than my amazonas and feels stonger. it's a great naked bike and does everything well. compared to my previous superduke R, it feels a little stronger everywhere, is stiffer in the suspension and steers slower. the brakes aren't quite as touchy. oh yeah....and it has the most incredible sound ...like a v12 ferrari

    12k on the amazonas and 5k on the TNT
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    sebastianp Been here awhile

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  15. Strada

    Strada Tally Ho!

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    utter filth :D

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    I must also say that the brakes on this thing are just awesome.

    I thought my MS1200 ones were good but these feel like they have the power to lock the front wheel at any speed.
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  16. Strada

    Strada Tally Ho!

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    Keeps getting better :D

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  17. sportmotogear

    sportmotogear Mr. Fancy Pants

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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. :cry
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  18. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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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 :eek1)
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  19. Dogbone

    Dogbone Been here awhile

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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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  20. sportmotogear

    sportmotogear Mr. Fancy Pants

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