The new Benelli 750 parallel twin is getting ever nearer to its official unveiling and several prototypes have recently been videoed on test in China where the company’s QianJiang parent firm is based.
Italian plans for a twin-cylinder, 750cc naked bike based on two cylinders from the existing 1130cc Benelli triple date back around a decade. The Benelli twin was first shown as the Due 756 way back in 2006. After several show appearances and extensive testing in Italy, the original design was eventually discarded. The engine lives on, though, and will form the basis of a new, low-cost middleweight Benelli.
The firm showed the engine again last year, and is expected to take the covers off the bike that will house it in the near future. However, patent pictures have already given a glimpse of its styling and now it’s been taped testing in China.
At least three different prototypes have been videoed in action. One each is seen in green, yellow and orange paint finishes. The screen grabs seen here come from the Chinese ‘YouKu’ streaming site that hosts the videos. It appears that the test riders themselves have filmed them, with first-person footage of the bikes being started and revved. In one, the bike is shown doing a burnout, and another demonstrates it being tested over violent bumps.
While some of the previous patent pictures have given a clearer view of the bike, these videos appear to confirm that the production version won’t change significantly. They also reveal details including two distinct versions of the digital instruments. One shows a traditional-looking black-and-white LCD display, the other a full-colour set-up. Other newly-revealed details include the LED daytime running lights that form a horizontal split across the oval headlight.
Benelli is planning an event in China tomorrow (19 April 2017). It’s not clear whether the Benelli 750 will appear there. It’s more likely that the announcement will revolve around production plans for the TRK 502 and Leoncino.
After the Benelli 750, the firm is expected to reveal a similar-looking 900cc three-cylinder naked bike using the smallest version of its existing triple. Eventually an all-new 1200cc shaft-drive Benelli triple will join the line-up.