So, many of you remember me from my mega thread about the Chinese cafe racer I bought in February 2019. https://advrider.com/f/threads/my-new-chinese-cafe-racer-ssr-buccaneer-250c.1366197/ If you enjoyed that thread, hold onto your butts because here's another one to subscribe to! I've been looking for a replacement for my behemoth of a scrambler (Yamaha SCR950), because it is too heavy and hurts my back to ride. Well... I've had my eye on Benelli ever since a test ride on the TNT300, and then the Leoncino Trail came out. Because of my really good experiences with SSR fixing major issues well out of warranty (SSR also imports the Benelli) I had no hesitation in dropping Honda money on an Italian-designed, Chinese-made motorcycle. First off, quick history. Italian owned and operated Benelli 10 years ago had great ideas and piss-poor implementation. They had major reliability issues and while the bikes were beautiful from 10 feet away, they had major fit and finish issues. (aka: "Italian Charm"). Benelli today is owned by a Chinese company. But it's not some small fly-by-night company, it's the same company that owns Volvo and Lotus. Shifting manufacturing to China has completely changed the nature of the bikes. They're not massive powerhouses with delicate electronics and bits that can and will catastrophically break anymore. Today's Benellis are now overbuilt, reliable machines. If you're in for this, stay tuned because I'm going to post some pics and some first impressions shortly! Charles.