This is coming across like a trend, a trend similar to the revival of the Scrambler brand. Since the day Ducati introduced the current generation Scrambler, almost every motorcycle manufacturer wants to make one.
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Clearly, it is always a renowned company that is responsible for kick-starting the revival of a motorcycle or creating a new segment altogether.
Coming to the bike in question, Benelli TNT135, it is obvious that it wants a piece of the pie that Honda has created with the Grom. Kawasaki has already joined in the fun with their Z125 Pro. Benelli has its own design statement, like all Italians, but the TNT135 has a close resemblance to the Grom and the Z125. In fact, both the Kawasaki and the Benelli resemble the Grom while the Grom itself cannot be said to do so because it came first.
A strong point, at least on paper, that the TNT135 has over the Z125 and the Grom is its more powerful 135cc engine. The Honda and the Kawasaki have 125cc engines on the other hand. Displacing at a precise 134.7cc, the TNT135 manages to produce 12.6 BHP of power at 9,000 RPM and 10.8 NM of torque at 7,000 RPM. Also, the chassis is the steel trellis frame which again makes the TNT135 looks like a more serious machine than the other two. The exhaust is a high-mounted side unit and splits into two exits towards the end. Front headlights are the most radical and aggressive looking as well with its design clearly taking cues from the bigger TNT streetfighters.
On everything else, all three are on par – small wheels, disc brakes at front and back, mono-shock and upside-down forks.
The intention behind making this motorcycle is as clear as the intention behind making a comedy movie – FUN and laughter. It looks like fun and it is. Small footprint, ultra compact size and an extremely manageable engine makes the TNT135 into a carefree, easy and an amusing ride. Initially, it feels a bit unusual because it turns like a scooter due to the small 12-inch wheels and bigger riders will likely feel awkward sitting on it. And even though it has two seats, it is not really practical to have a pillion because everything is just too small. It is not the most practical motorcycle, however, since it is a full-fledged one otherwise, you tend to ride like one and that induces so much fun.
We sincerely thank DSK Benelli for letting us ride this Motorcycle.
If you’re someone who doesn’t believe in wheelies, this might change your opinion because you’ll want to do it regardless. This motorcycle would make you believe that you can do this kind of stuff even if you’re inexperienced and come out unhurt (that may not be the reality though!). Riders usually describe powerful and fast motorcycles as nuts, this is nuts too, but in a very safe way.
Launch Imminent in near future
Unlike Honda and Kawasaki, Benelli has all the plans to launch the TNT135 in India soon and the company should be applauded for that. In fact, it is not launched anywhere in the world yet. For this reason, one can’t even find it on OLX if they tried.
Nevertheless, it is a brave move because India is not a market where people would understand this kind of a motorcycle. With stuff like disc brakes on the small scooter like wheels and upside down front forks, the cost is bound to be on the higher side than all other motorcycles with similar engine displacement. It will likely not fill Benelli’s cash registers and we would like to believe that Benelli understands this.
We would say it can’t be your only motorcycle and you may not enjoy it riding like a normal motorcycle. But imagine this situation that you have it as one your motorcycles, you come back home in the evening tired from the day’s work and you look at the TNT135. You go out for a short spin and come back grinning like a kid. Day sorted!