2014 Benelli BN302 – How to Learn Italian?

11/03/2013 @ 2:13 am, by Jensen Beeler8 COMMENTS

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Next up from Benelli is the 2014 Benelli BN302, a pint-sized two-cylinder machine that continues the Italian company’s quest to bring in new riders to the brand. As such, styling is taken obviously from the Benelli BN600, though shrunken down into a smaller format for younger riders.

We assume that the BN302 uses 300cc parallel-twin motor, though the Italian company failed to mention engine capacity in its press release. Nonetheless, we do know the lump has fuel-injection and that the key power figures are 36hp and 20 lbs•ft of torque.

Like the Benelli BN600GT, the components on the BN302 are fairly basic, with value being the primary driver. 17″ wheels fore and aft are mated to dual 260mm brake discs up front with a single 240mm disc in the rear — tires are 120/70 and 160/60.

The Benelli BN302 comes with a surprisingly large fuel tank, which has a 17 liter (4.5 gallon) capacity. No word on curb weight or other dimensions, though it would seem that the BN302 misses the mark for young riders looking to use the machine for their for A2 license exam, a party foul at this point in the game.

As usual, Benelli doesn’t have a price just yet; though, colors will be orange and white. Expect the 2014 Benelli BN302 to be available in mid-2014, likely in European markets.

Source: Benelli

Comment:

  1. coreyvwc says:

    I for one actually think that looks and sounds pretty impressive for an entry level 300cc ride. I would ride it.

  2. Mormont says:

    I guess the oil filter is an option?

  3. TwoWheelLoo says:

    Looks exactly like a ER-6N…. awkward….

  4. paulus says:

    +1 Mormont
    I was thinking the same… perhaps a clearance issue at assembly time :)

  5. MikeD says:

    I like it, this has to be one of the best looking of the latest “modern times” wave of entry level small bikes that doesn’t look like a Transformer.
    Reminds me of the Kawasaki ER-6N. A LOT.

    So far so good.
    Decent power.
    Heck of a gas tank, modern not over the top look.
    Good rubber size to slap decent sticky or touring tires.
    I see no ABS rings on the hubs so i guess none of that.
    I doubt we’ll ever see this on The States. LOL at the oil filter glitch.
    Did i say i like it ? LOL. (^_^)

  6. These are definitely some cool looking bikes, but what’s with the Foolish placement of the rear suspension? I don’t think I’d want my body rubbing against that spring while I’m riding over speed bumps or potholes, that’s a good way to get a rather nasty injury in a rather delicate place.

  7. Tom says:

    Last I read, Benelli is a Chinese subsidiary.

  8. tsweimer says:

    Finally a bike that looks nothing like an aprilia Shiver.