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▷▷ 2021 ▷ Benelli TNT 1130 (2005 – 2016)

6 julio, 2021


Why do you want it:

There is something very attractive about TNT. It’s a motorcycle that your sane side will scream to avoid at all costs, but your inner devil will encourage you to give this Italian freak a shot. It’s kind of the equivalent of a big red motorcycle button that begs to be pressed despite the big warning sign hanging above it …

So what is TNT? According to Benelli when it was launched, the firm’s naked motorcycle is like trinitrotoluene: a powerful but stable explosive that needs a detonator to activate it. Considering the unreliability issues that plagued the Tornado, which is what TNT is based on, that wasn’t a great piece of marketing. But here’s the weird thing, where the Tornado took down at the time, the TNT really impressed. And it still does.

Powered by a long-stroke version of the triple Tornado with a capacity of 1130cc, the TNT produces a very healthy 130bhp with 86ftlb of torque. In 2005, that put it right in the super bare tree and with only the water-cooled Aprilia Tuono and Ducati Monsters vying for it, the TNT won quite a few fans. It has a unique, very sporty look and has a wonderful exhaust note. Oh yes, reliability …

In fairness to the TNT, it didn’t suffer from anything like the Tornado’s unreliability nightmares, but that didn’t really matter. With a limited dealer network and the stigma of the Tornado hanging overhead, in 2005 TNT was more of a jet of water than a shattering explosion of rocks. But today it is an interesting used perspective.

If you like wacky machines, the TNT 1130 should tick all your boxes. It’s as wild to ride as it is to look at, and while parts are difficult to locate and the dealer network is limited, if you take care of a TNT, it’s actually quite a reliable and oddly attractive motorcycle. It’s certainly a cool café racer, but not for those looking for a machine with Japanese reliability and precision.

What to look for:

The TNT has a lot of character quirks, but happily it’s not too unreliable. The trim level is poor, which is not the fault of the motorcycles, and many owners complain of a hot start problem that causes the motorcycles to refuse to start until it cools down a bit. Annoying, but it’s not the end of the world, and you can drop in upgraded fans to help keep it from getting too frustrating. Always check that all lights are working and that the dash is not displaying any trouble codes as electrical gremlins are common and misconfigured or duff throttle position sensors can also create starting problems. The relatively weak battery can cause wear on the TNT’s drag clutch, so hear a screeching noise when the starter first starts the engine and suggests it is slipping. Other than that, it is worth checking where your nearest Benelli dealer is and joining a dedicated Benelli forum as they are the best sources for help and information as this is a motorcycle owned by passionate and enthusiastic riders who know motorcycles. inside and outside. Oh, and also note that the triple needs its camshain changed every 14,000 miles and valve clearances checked every 6000 miles!

Any update?

The history of the TNT is a bit confusing to say the least, however, alongside the original TNT 1130 from 2005, Benelli also released Café Racer, Sport, and Titanium variants, which basically came down to styling modifications and a few add-ons. A TNT 899 was launched in 2008 powered by a lower capacity 899cc version of the triple engine with 118 hp, while a TNT 125 will arrive in 2017. Benelli has never really stopped production of its triple engine, and many dealers have stock unsold which is often listed for sale, so figuring out exactly when TNT triples stopped being imported into the UK is tricky. Although since they do not pass Euro4, it is safe to say that they are now dead. Possibly…

To pay:

Finding a TNT 1130 is not as easy as you might expect due to the fact that owners tend to hang on to them and it is much easier to buy a Tornado. You can get a new Titanium TNT for £ 14,999, but that’s not really very realistic and instead you’re better looking to spend £ 5000 on a 2004 example with minimal miles on your watches. A well-assembled TNT that has covered over 10,000 will be in the region of £ 4,000 from a dealer, while a spent one will be closer to £ 3,500 from a private sale. Generally £ 5,000 is more than enough to get one …



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