Benelli 302 tourer revealed in China

While it features decent tech specs, the bike weighs 216kg wet

Benelli 302 tourer revealed in China

BENELLI'S naked BN302 has spawned a full-faired tourer derivative. The finished bike has just been revealed in China, home of the Italian brand’s parent company, Qianjiang.

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While there’s no guarantee that the machine will be followed by a European-spec version, the fact that it’s got ABS and is based on the Euro4-legal BN302 means there’s no significant technical barrier to bringing it over here. Whether there’s a worthwhile market for a 300cc twin-cylinder touring bike in Europe is another question altogether, though.

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In terms of specifications, it’s much as you might expect given its close ties to the existing BN302. The engine has the same 65mm bore, 45.2mm stroke and 12:1 compression ratio, and the quoted performance figures are pretty close at 34hp – down from 37hp for the naked bike – and 20lbft of torque, up from 19lbft. Those differences are more likely to be down to different measurement techniques than to any technical changes to the power unit.

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As usual with the Chinese-made Benelli models, the decent tech specs are marred by more weight than you’d expect from a machine this size. Benelli is quoting a wet weight figure of 216kg.

Whether the bike ever makes it to the European market remains to be seen, but compared to the increasingly impressive-looking Benelli machines like the Leoncino scrambler and the new 752S naked 750, revealed last November, it looks like a throwback to an earlier era.

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