Benelli has unveiled a new motorcycle in the ADV tourer category. It is called the Benelli BKX 300. Its styling is quite interesting. Does it remind you of some other bike? Do let us know.
The Benelli BKX 300 features a unique set of LED DRLs that are accompanied by what seems to be a projector setup for the headlight. There is a decent-sized windshield and a semi-fairing for that added boldness. The design of the fuel tank, single-piece seat and rear and side panels gels neatly.
The rear end of the motorcycle features a neat tail tidy that also incorporates the licence plate holder. However, there is no separate tail light as it has been made an integral part of the turn signals. It is not the first time that we have seen such a design. BMW S 1000 RR and even the latest Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 also carry a similar setup.
The LCD instrumentation offers excellent visibility in all riding conditions, while the fuel tank has 13-litre capacity. And for any possible needs while travelling, a convenient USB socket is also available.
The beating heart of the BKX 300 is brand new, a 292.4 cc, liquid cooled, four-stroke single-cylinder engine with a 42 mm throttle body, an evolution of the current 250 cc already featured on the TRK 251 and Leoncino 250. In addition to the increase in displacement, updates have been made to the thermal, ballast and transmission components. This engine delivers a maximum power output of 29.2 hp at 9000 rpm and 24.5 Nm at 7000 rpm. The chain-driven timing features double overhead camshaft with 4 valves and a 6-speed gearbox.
Suspension at the front consists of an upside-down fork with 41-millimetre diameter legs and 180-millimeters travel, while at the rear there is a swinging arm and a monoshock with progressive linkage adjustable in the spring preload and 180-millimetre travel at the wheel.
The braking system has a single 280 mm diameter floating disc with four-piston calliper on the front and a 240 mm diameter disc with single-piston floating calliper on the back. The spoked wheels with aluminium alloy hub and rim are 19” at the front and 17” at the rear, and respectively fitted with 100/90 and 140/80 tyres.