Posts by tag: tnt

Benelli May 17, 2017 posted by

From Russia with Love: Benelli TNT 1130

OK – I admit it. I chose to write up this cherry Benelli TNT only because of the punny title. Well, that and it’s a very unique bike in classic Benelli green. It has very low miles and appears to be in great condition. Above all of that, the seller claims the first owner was noted Italian singer and actor Adriano Celentano (you might remember him from the Italian-language Tarzan rip-off, Bingo Bongo – or not). With a signed tank and other indications that this bike was owned by someone famous in the past, this might well be the TNT you have been hoping for.

2004 Benelli TNT 1130 for sale on eBay

You’d be forgiven if you do no recall Adriano Celentano OR the Benelli TNT model. Both are acquired tastes, after all. Both are Italian. In the case of the Benelli, you are looking at the naked version of the Tornado 900, with a bump in capacity. Three cylinders of 135 HP goodness, funky side-mounted radiators, single high center exhaust, alien styling that puts Ducati naked bikes to shame and enough green paint to attract leprechauns, the Benelli was either a brilliant Engineering/Marketing move, or a last gasp attempt to remain solvent. Sadly, it was the latter, and Benelli fell into the hands of yet another owner. In this case, Benelli is under the ownership of Motor Group Qianjiang (Q.J. Group), a Chinese manufacturer of millions of scooters. Today there are no offerings close to this TNT (or even the Tornado) in the lineup.

From the seller:
Real 4060 kilometers
Condition is very rare, like new.
The motorcycle was in the collection of a Russian businessman who bought it in 2006 at a charity auction in Germany. In Russia, the bike traveled about 2,000 kilometers. Tires of 2004, all tubes, rubber bands of the year 2004. A total of about 1,000 motorcycle data were released. This motorcycle is number 23 (or 823). In the kit there is a book with a key and a flash drive (the instruction and the catalog of spare parts). Very beautiful and bright motorcycle. There is a complete set of documents. ORIGINAL ITALIAN !!!

I’m not sure about the rubber bands, but the rest of the bike seems to be complete and in great condition. And what a bike it is! Reviewers at the time universally praised the power and the handling, some claiming it to be the best naked bike of the current crop. Longer term tests highlighted some potential reliability issues with the bike, which is the more sobering concern; while Q.J. Group owns Benelli and manufacturers small-bore bikes bearing the name, they may not have spares available for earlier models. Knowledgeable readers with late-model Benelli parts experience are welcome to share what you know.

RSBFS is a global affair – as is motorcycle collecting. I’m pretty sure this will be a pass for our US-based readers, but for any of our Euro-Asian followers, here is one a bit closer to home. You might even know about Adriano Celentano, have seen his movies or own one of his albums! This TNT 1130 is a pretty rare model by most counts due to the financial and distribution situation with Benelli, yet looks as modern as the day it rolled out the factory door. Thirteen years is a long time in design language, but this one still speaks volumes. Check it out here, and then share your experience, expertise, or even just your opinion on this unique Benelli. Good Luck!!

MI

From Russia with Love: Benelli TNT 1130
Benelli February 24, 2016 posted by

Tasty Triple: 2007 Benelli TnT for Sale

2007 Benelli TNT R Front

Following on the heels of and offering a more practical alternative to the Tornado, the Benelli TnT offered up wide bars, weird naked insect styling, and big power. For a while, these were all over eBay, sitting unsold in dealers’ showrooms with slightly ridiculous asking prices, then with reasonable ones… Then they disappeared. I’m guessing a slightly insane-looking but premium motorcycle from largely forgotten Italian brand with questionable reliability and a non-existent dealer network was a hard sell at the time.

Go figure.

2007 Benelli TNT L Rear

But if you can find one now, and have a hooligan-bike-sized hole in a garage that includes several other motorcycles to ride while you’re waiting for parts, you should most definitely give the Benelli a second look. Why? Well motive force is supplied by an 1130cc triple producing somewhere in the neighborhood of 120whp and 86ft/lbs of torque, backed by a six-speed cassette gearbox.

2007 Benelli TNT Dash

Reviews when new were very positive when describing both the handling and the powertrain and if you’re thinking, “wow, it’s too bad Laverda never built an engine like this to power a reborn line of bikes,” rumor has it that this three-cylinder mill was originally intended to do just that, but got passed to Benelli when Piaggio shelved the Laverda brand.

2007 Benelli TNT Exhaust

From the original, very uh… spare eBay listing: 2007 Benelli TnT for Sale

I’m reducing my collection and only keeping a few bikes so i have a few more to sell,so up for grabs is a excellent running and riding Benelli TNT Tornado.

2007 Benelli TNT R Detail

There’s something cobbled-together about these for sure: the plasticky dash, the manufacturer’s warning and information decals stuck to the fairing sides, the tacked-on side-mount radiator fans… But the engine offers that classic triple blend of low-end torque and top-end howl, the suspension components are top-notch, and the bike has a quirky charm and undeniable style. And it’s certainly rare, especially here in the US.

2007 Benelli TNT R Rear

At $5,500 with just 2,700 miles, you’d be hard-pressed to find a bike that combines exclusivity, performance, and exotic looks for such a low price. These are mechanically reliable bikes, although the electrics have a bit of a reputation. The biggest concern will be the uphill battle finding parts and a shop to install them…

-tad

2007 Benelli TNT R Side

Tasty Triple: 2007 Benelli TnT for Sale
Benelli December 6, 2010 posted by

Transformers Among Us? Two 2007 Benelli TNT’s W/0 Miles

Transformers Among Us?  Two 2007 Benelli TNT’s W/0 Miles

Am I wrong, don’t these bikes look like the were specifically designed for the Transformers movies?  I’m not sure I’m a fan of the styling but I do like designs that aren’t cookie cutter boring.  The word that comes to mind is “subtle” or should I say the lack of any subtly.  The styling on these bikes is as subtle as a punch in the mouth.  Maybe a nice alternative if your local hang out is over run with Monsters though.

I guarantee you will see one of these bikes in a Sci Fi movie someday.  Like me, I bet you haven’t read up on what the TNT line includes.  For the 2010 model year there are actually four models of  TNT and they can be seen here.  These two are a left over 2007  TNT and TNT Sport.  From what I can tell they only differ is slight suspension and brake tweaks.  Both house a version of Benelli’s healthy three cylinder engine.  A trip around the internets provided several reviews on the TNT.  To sum them up:  great motor, decent suspension and suspect electrics.  Styling of course is in eye of the beholder.

Here is an overly dramatic look at the Cafe version of the TNT:

It looks much more plastic compared to the Tornado Tre. 

If you are one to think outside the box a bit and like what you see, these two bikes are being offered at roughly $5,000 off list.  They are both dealer bikes so I would guess with some haggling you might even do better.  They are offering free shipping  as a nice little bonus.  You can check out the and the .

The rest of the pictures:

 IK