Just exactly what is the point of bike mags when the info they give is so generic / misleading / plain wrong ? (delete as appropriate!)
Was just out xmas shopping with the missus but got bored so went for a read in Smiths....
(must have been up to 20 other hubbies doing the same!)
As the proud owner of a Benelli, i spotted the unusual sight of a Tornado on the cover of Ride magazine so took a look, hoping to see a proper review...but no.. just a few lines about it under the banner of value for money bikes.
Whilst it is certainly that, (and they did recognise the decent handling/performance) what little else they did write was quite misleading, mentioning "known cooling problems due to the underseat rad" and electrical problems indicated by eratic clocks.
What a load of b****
These bikes, especially early models(as mine is) do have the odd issue, those mentioned are not generally amongst them. The article completely fails to mention the items that really must be checked, ie the clutch baskets and z25 gears (both were uprated on later bikes, and early bikes need the newer parts)
What is it with these journos? are they just so lazy they pick up on a few generic comments (oh its italian so bound to have electrical issues)? why dont they do their research and ask those in the know, ie the owners.
Certainly Benelli, as with most bikes today, has a very active and informed internet forum (benelliforum.com)
A two line email on there would have provided them with all the pros an cons of Benelli ownership, rather than repeating misleading comments from ill-informed others.
No wonder most mags circulations are dropping if this is the std of their journalism.
Bike magazine is little better, suggesting in their review section that you would have to be a "swivel eyed lunatic" to want a Tornado...
Well, swivel eyed or not, (no comment re lunatic) i happen to rather like mine.... it would just be nice to see a properly researched and written article in the press for once.