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jchfriis

Benelli TNT300s

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I was at the Benelli dealer in CM the other week and was able to test ride the Benelli TNT300s. It was a blast to ride, and I feel the styling is brilliant, much nicer than the Honda 300. I had an ER6 here and in the old country ages ago a BMW K100, so I'm not a novice, but feel the really big bikes are not right for me here in LOS anymore.

So my question is: Do anyone have experience with the Benellis and how's the after sale service, spare parts etc. here in Thailand

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styling is flashy at photos or at showroom but actually dull.

plus it is a 200 kg bike so too heavy for a 300 something cc engine.

did you check the new yahama r3? it is a much more better bike with sure better quality and they are releasing it soon at 170 - 180 k thb.

honda cbr300r sure is better than it too.

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How much is this TNT bike?

Don't want to turn it into another Chinese bike basing but a nice fairly used 2nd hand Honda or Kawa will probably be comparable in price and definitely better.

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Hi jchfriis ,welcomeani.gif.pagespeed.ce.WEO6J5z5nmCx , yes its a great bike. Im hoping to have a test ride in a few weeks - should be good , although im mainly into dual sport / dirt bikes. Did you pick up a brochure ?. The true weight is just 185 KG , which is in line for a 300 ( a REAL 300cc ) twin. You will notice the fat upside down forks , braided brakes lines , fancy wheels and brakes and superb styling , things the little Honda "300" lacks. With a powerfull engine with a good torque spread and ability to rev without throwing the valves out , it promises to be a great bike. and very well priced at 139,000 Baht. I just dont think you can beat Italian styling , and although it uses some Chinese components , as the Honda does , there have been no reported problems .There arent too many naked bikes this size , but check out the Kawasaki 300 too .Happy shopping .thumbsup.gif

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Hi jchfriis ,welcomeani.gif.pagespeed.ce.WEO6J5z5nmCx , yes its a great bike. Im hoping to have a test ride in a few weeks - should be good , although im mainly into dual sport / dirt bikes. Did you pick up a brochure ?. The true weight is just 185 KG , which is in line for a 300 ( a REAL 300cc ) twin. You will notice the fat upside down forks , braided brakes lines , fancy wheels and brakes and superb styling , things the little Honda "300" lacks. With a powerfull engine with a good torque spread and ability to rev without throwing the valves out , it promises to be a great bike. and very well priced at 139,000 Baht. I just dont think you can beat Italian styling , and although it uses some Chinese components , as the Honda does , there have been no reported problems .There arent too many naked bikes this size , but check out the Kawasaki 300 too .Happy shopping .thumbsup.gif

As an aside to what ktm jeff said, you can actually check out the below 3 naked Kawasakis.

Z300 (parallel twin, has ABS)

Z250 (parallel twin...no ABS)

Z250SL (single, has ABS)

I don't put much stock into the 'fat upside down forks' (MSX125 has those...doesn't make it the best suspension in the world), or other bits and bobs but don't be turned off. It looks to be better quality than the Tiger Boxer 250 was and that had a fairly loyal (small) group of fans who enjoyed the power it had.

I don't know about the weight question, but I do know that manufacturers like to measure it with no fluids (and that can also mean no battery), so a kerb weight is usually preferred.

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styling is flashy at photos or at showroom but actually dull.

plus it is a 200 kg bike so too heavy for a 300 something cc engine.

did you check the new yahama r3? it is a much more better bike with sure better quality and they are releasing it soon at 170 - 180 k thb.

honda cbr300r sure is better than it too.

So people are interested in a naked bike and you recommend a full faired bike?

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ktm jeff, on 05 Feb 2015 - 20:11, said:

Hi jchfriis ,welcomeani.gif.pagespeed.ce.WEO6J5z5nmCx , yes its a great bike. Im hoping to have a test ride in a few weeks - should be good , although im mainly into dual sport / dirt bikes. Did you pick up a brochure ?. The true weight is just 185 KG , which is in line for a 300 ( a REAL 300cc ) twin. You will notice the fat upside down forks , braided brakes lines , fancy wheels and brakes and superb styling , things the little Honda "300" lacks. With a powerfull engine with a good torque spread and ability to rev without throwing the valves out , it promises to be a great bike. and very well priced at 139,000 Baht. I just dont think you can beat Italian styling , and although it uses some Chinese components , as the Honda does , there have been no reported problems .There arent too many naked bikes this size , but check out the Kawasaki 300 too .Happy shopping .thumbsup.gif

I agree completely.

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Better brakes, better forks, better engine, better design, I would definitely choose the Benelli 300 over the Honda 300 (square single cylinder 286cc).

I bought both a CBR250 (weekday) and Ninja 650 (weekend) for 195k combined not long ago. So spending ¾ of that on one 300cc bike wouldn’t happen anyway.

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Better brakes, better forks, better engine, better design, I would definitely choose the Benelli 300 over the Honda 300 (square single cylinder 286cc).

I bought both a CBR250 (weekday) and Ninja 650 (weekend) for 195k combined not long ago. So spending ¾ of that on one 300cc bike wouldn’t happen anyway.

If you're looking at quantity over actual quality to determine performance....well there's not much help.

Perhaps the Benelli needs the twin brakes because individually they are so bad. The forks look like the ones Tiger used on the Boxer...and there was numerous reported problems with those. It's also telling that you can't find a dyno image for any of the following searches "Benelli TNT 300" "Benelli 302" "Keeway 300" "Keeway 302" so I don't know where the idea of a 'better engine' comes from.

And congratulations on getting such a deal on those 2 bikes!

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dave_boo, on 06 Feb 2015 - 12:54, said:

And congratulations on getting such a deal on those 2 bikes!

It wasn't difficult.

I paid 60k and 135k respectively.

About the price of used models nowadays. Now if you want a deal, contact this seller of a 2009 ninja650 with 30k on the odo, 92k baht.

130k with another 3 on that site fro 140k. So it appears I may have even paid over the odds. :grin:

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dave_boo, on 06 Feb 2015 - 12:54, said:

And congratulations on getting such a deal on those 2 bikes!

It wasn't difficult.

I paid 60k and 135k respectively.

About the price of used models nowadays. Now if you want a deal, contact this seller of a 2009 ninja650 with 30k on the odo, 92k baht.

130k with another 3 on that site fro 140k. So it appears I may have even paid over the odds. :grin:

If you got it in good shape, it would be worth paying a little extra.

It is odd how much the glut of new bikes has depressed the second hand market; I bet there's a lot of people fuming because they dropped significant coin on their big bike under the impression that the pre-Ninja 250 artificially high prices on used bikes would be maintained.

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