The Benelli BN 302 is the company’s entry-level offering along with the BN 250 and was showcased at the EICMA 2014 Motor Show this year. The small Benelli is aimed for young riders who are looking to start off their first adventures in motorcycling.
From the looks, the BN 302 sports a muscular styling that makes it look like a much larger motorcycle than what it is from a distance. This is party because of the hunched fuel tank with protruding shrouds and beefy upside-down forks that when combined with a neatly packed engine bay give it a big-bike feel. The looks are further enhanced by the single-sided chopped off underbelly exhaust and a twin pipe swingarm. The exposed monoshock mounted high also adds to the sporty nature of the motorcycle.
Featuring a 300 cc inline 2-cylinder that is liquid cooled and generates a peak power of 36 PS at 11500 rpm and 27 Nm of torque at 9000 rpm. The engine transfers its power to the ground via a six speed gearbox.
The engine is neatly wrapped around by a steel trestle frame that is designed to give superior ride and handling character while at the same time being lightweight. For braking, the BN 302 employs a 260 mm twin-disc setup at the front while getting a 240 mm single-disc at the rear.
Benelli BN 300 at EICMA 2014 – Image Gallery