Benelli 902S Sets it Sights on The Ducati Monster

Benelli has revealed the 902S, a parallel twin-cylinder with 105bhp and a striking resemblance to Ducati’s iconic Monster


Benelli used the Bejing Motor Show to present its latest naked offering, the 902S, a parallel twin-cylinder roadster with typically Italian styling.

The bike is a larger capacity version of the 752S, and like its smaller sibling utilises a trellis frame, tubular rear swingarm, and a904cc liquid-cooled parallel twin-cylinder engine. Unlike its sibling, which boasts 75bhp, the new 902S is reported to be producing around 105bhp, a significant step up in power, and that places it much closer to the class leader in the twin-cylinder roadster class; Ducati’s legendary Monster.

Like the 702S, the cycle parts used on the new bike are refreshingly high-spec, with Brembo being called upon to supply the braking system, with four-piston monoblock calipers and suspension from the Italian brand Marzocchi. The increase in power of the 752S is backed up by a reported reduction in the bike’s overall weight, with the new Benelli thought to be tipping the scales at 220kg ready-to-ride - the 752S weighs a claimed 226kg. That should improve the acceleration and braking performance of the new machine, and there is an unconfirmed top speed of 105mph noted.

The Benelli 752S which is visually ver similar to the 902S

Other specs about the bike were leaked prior to the Bejing show, and they revealed a wheelbase of 1,460mm and 17-inch wheel sizes which are identical to the dimensions of the 752S. Because of this, we’d assume that the seat height of the 752S, which is 810mm, is likely to be the same as found on the new bike, which is good news for shorter riders.

That is about all we know about the bike for now, and there is no pricing information to report or whether or not we’ll get the bike in the UK. The 752S is a bike available in the UK market - priced at £6,499 - and given the demand for sporty and stylish twin-cylinder nakeds in the UK and Europe, we’d reckon on production bikes landing in UK dealerships towards the end of this year.

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