Benelli Tornado 900 Tre RS test
Rock and soul
Your three-cylinder plays rock ?? n ?? Roll, your cover flatters the soul. A feast for the senses, the bike for those really special days of the year.
The man has style. Positions himself on the Löwenstein plate with his BMW,
alone ?? it is winter ??, and looks down on the wide landscape.
Suddenly, his forehead wrinkles, he turns his head to the side, listens, his eyes get bigger and bigger, what’s going on? Which brain drowns the Eagles with Hotel California with his noise pipe? Rooooaaaahr, a red flash of lightning flashes past, throws itself into the next bend, there is really something.
Our man shakes his head slightly and is sure that it wasn’t a motorcycle at all, that was a UFO ?? or some madman. Exactly someone because of whom we may-
Lich soon all of them will no longer be allowed to drive. Bastard. The magnificent trumpeting sound of the B.enelli Tornado Tre RS gets lost between the guitar solo that has been heard a thousand times and the oppressive silence of the orphaned motorcycle meeting.
The Benelli is not a blade. And no ZX-10R, R1 or GSX-R. The Japanese are brutal. Add 20 hp this season and lose weight to almost 200 kilos. Nobody can keep up with that, the measured 133 hp of the Benelli never come close. But it is not a 999 or a mille either. Twins rumble and rumble. The Benelli screams. If the triple exceeds the magical limit of 7500 rpm, the post goes off. Sound and power soar to an infernal concert. Every 500 revolutions more tunes in a new key until the injection electronics at 12500 rpm protect the wild mechanics from self-destruction.
Much works better on the Tornado than on the first model. The clutch can be dosed well, nothing more tugs. The throttle response fits, no swallowing. More thump around the bottom, up to ten HP more than its predecessor. Ingenious brake: Brembos screwed radially to the fork, it couldn’t be better. Spring elements: great at the front, a bit uncomfortable at the back. Sitting position more comfortable, no longer enthroned, narrower air ducts between the legs. Lower consumption: instead of 7.4 liters, only 6.8 liters per 100 kilometers. Unfortunately, some remained. Bad mirrors, a turning circle that is far too large, your thumbs get caught on the tank, that gives you that uncool look when you pull out of a parking space. Shifting bony, looking for idle takes practice.
After 50 kilometers of getting used to it, the Benelli is fun. It just takes time to calibrate the game of speed, gas, brakes, lean angle and weight shift. But then it fits
everything. If you look for this grinding babble around 3500 / min for gliding in the fourth, on the country road for this steep increase in the power curve at 8000 / min for overtaking in the third.
A little physical effort helps when turning in front of the bends, while on the brakes the form-fitting tank helps support with the center. And when you accelerate, a front wheel that has become lighter makes the steering damper happy: finally work. Even on the motorway, where the digital speedometer shows a remarkable 280 km / h, the Benelli offers good wind protection.
Our Gore-Tex man is now hearing a new song. What from Led Zeppelin. He looks transfigured at the sky, looking for the stairs there. The cheeky red flash
bothers him again. Has the madman turned around in his colorful knee joint and ventured onto the plate. Roar there-
and turns off this red something, not without letting it howl with a sore gag while idling. You cut yourself. Five minutes, ten minutes.
The cassette has run out, looks cross, by chance. Embarrassing. Racing suits are stupid below 20 degrees. You freeze like a boxer
should have a pointed disguise. And heated grips, it also ensures warm feet. One thinks.
The Italians have a sense of form.
The other ponders. You have to for them
to let. The headlight in front, well designed. The tank cap, the footrests, they have your logo everywhere. No utility. What for the eye. Would be good for a BMW too. What’s that in the rear? Ah, cooler, if that works … Funny, the red propellers. 900 cubic? A bit weak on the chest, well, the cow could run better. And then this red! Our friend looks interested. There is a rattle in his head. Building loan agreement? Have you already paid in EUR 8,000, credit line? Went on it for the new Passat.
He rummages feverishly in his BMW system case. There it is, the old biker cassette. Steppenwolf, Born to be wild, a little louder than usual. The flip-up helmet rattles resolutely slammed into you
Lock, the BMW pulls away. Silence falls over the plate again. Only very far away you can hear a boxer creaking helplessly. At 8400 rpm, on the rev limiter. The man understood.
Technical data – Benelli Tornado 900 Tre RS
Water-cooled three-cylinder four-stroke in-line engine, a balance shaft, two overhead, chain-driven camshafts, four valves per cylinder, bucket tappets, wet sump lubrication, injection, Ø 43 mm, no exhaust gas cleaning, 480 W alternator, 12 V / 40 Ah battery, mechanically operated multi-disc Oil bath clutch, six-speed gearbox, O-ring chain.
Bore x stroke 88.0 x 49.2 mm
Cubic capacity 898 cm3
Compression ratio 11.0: 1
Rated output 105 kW (143 hp) at 11500 rpm
Max. Torque 100 Nm at 8500 rpm
Pollutant values (homologation) in g / km
CO 3.697 / HC 0.697 / NOx 0.204
Steel tubular frame, upside-down fork, Ø 50 mm, adjustable spring base, rebound and compression damping, two-arm swing arm made of aluminum profiles, central spring strut with lever system, adjustable spring base, rebound and compression damping, double disc brake at the front, Ø 320 mm, four-piston fixed calipers, disc brake rear, Ø 240 mm, two-piston fixed caliper.
Cast aluminum wheels 3.50 x 17; 6.00 x 17
Tires 120/70 ZR 17; 190/50 ZR 17
Dunlop D 208 tires tested
mass and weight
Wheelbase 1419 mm, steering head angle 66.5 degrees, caster k. A., spring travel f / h 120/115 mm, seat height * 840 mm, weight with a full tank * 207 kg, load * 193 kg, tank capacity / reserve 20.5 / 3.5 liters.
2 year guarantee
Price 18900 euros
Additional costs 200 euros
Top speed1 260 km / h
0 100 km / h 3.1 sec
0 ?? 140 km / h 4.9 sec
0 200 km / h 9.3 sec
60 ?? 100 km / h 3.8 sec
100 ?? 140 km / h 3.8 sec
140 ?? 180 km / h 4.6 sec
effective (display 50/100) 45/93 km / h
Consumption in the test
at 100 km / h 5.4 l / 100 km
Country road 6.8 l / 100 km
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