Staying true to their aggressive approach for the Indian market, Benelli has some interesting motorcycles coming up in future adding variety to their already decent lineup.
One of those is a machine built to be two motorcycles in one – a road bike made to look like an off-roader – and it is the BX 250 Motard. Revealed at the 2016 Auto Expo in Delhi, the BX 250 is a versatile motorcycle with long travel suspension, road-biased tyres and the styling which resembles a dirt-bike. And that is exactly what a Motard is.
It is a pretty interesting motorcycle indeed and whenever it will be launched, the BX 250 will be one-of-a-kind in the Indian market. It appears to be a great motorcycle to learn the basics of off-roading with decent power on tap.
The engine is a healthy 250cc liquid cooled unit and produces 25BHP at 9000 RPM and 20NM of torque at 7500 RPM making it into a pretty spirited performer. Doing the shock absorbing duties at the front is a pair of substantial 50mm upside-down forks while the rear is handled by a link-type mono suspension. The tyres are 17 inches and are equipped with a single disc each. The motorcycle is thin and tall with a seat height of around 890mm. The exhaust is routed from under the seat in a typical off-road fashion.
On our brief ride, we discovered that it is an extremely light-weight motorcycle and effortless to throw around, exactly how a motard should be. The suspension handled a variety of road conditions with aplomb and it shall be a hoot to ride in the city. However, replace the stock tyres with dual-purpose rubber and it will be an even better off-roader.
We sincerely thank DSK Benelli for letting us ride the BX 250 Motard
DSK is aggressively promoting Benelli throughout India and has opened a number of dealerships in various cities. The companies Italian roots make it an interesting choice among motorcycle enthusiasts, and its Chinese owners aren’t really a big deterrent.
We were left impressed by the BX 250 and believe it will be worth the wait.