2011 Benelli TnT 1130 “Century Racer”

10/29/2010 @ 5:45 am, by Jensen Beeler7 COMMENTS

Founded in 1911, Benelli is celebrating its 100th year anniversary at EICMA this year with special “Century Racer” versions of its Tornado Naked Tre (TnT), the company’s naked three-cylinder street bike. The Benelli TnT 1130 “Century Racer” (a Benelli TnT 899 “Century Racer” is also being made available) features a desaturated green color scheme that honors Renzo Pasolini, and will be on display at the show in Milan. Along with the Century Racers, Benelli will have an exhibit that traces the company’s motorcycling history throughout its years. More details about the company’s 2011 model line after the jump.

For 2011 Benelli is also updating its TnT line with Marzoochi forks and radial Brembo brakes that will have 320mm Braking wave rotors (as seen on the 2010 Benelli TnT R160 last year). The Benelli TnT 1130 will get a Sachs shock for the rear, while both versions of the TnT will get a much needed ECU re-mapping. Knowing the issues Benelli has had with its fuel mapping in the past, it’s not clear if this map merely increases the bike’s performances, address problems with the earlier mapping, or both, but you can bet current TnT owners will want the upgrade as well.

The Cafe Racer version of the TnT gets some modest aesthetic changes for 2011, including a new seat and colored valve covers. Meanwhile the Tre K and the rest of the Benelli line receive the same suspension upgrades as found on the TnT, making 2011 a pretty dull year for Qianjiang’s Italian brand. As always we keep hoping for more from Benelli, but continue to be underwhelmed by the company, which is damn shame because Benelli makes some of the most beautiful bikes in the industry, only to mar them completely with a supremely lacking attention to detail.

Source: Benelli

  • bikepilot

    Great looking bike, I’d ride one :)

  • froryde

    Yawn. Huge disappointment from Benelli and the mother company as well…

  • RSVDan

    As much as I am disinclined to support Chinese companies, I was really hoping Qianjiang would supply the needed money to get Benelli back on track. The TnT is a brilliant bike to ride, but needs some help in the fit & finish department, and I was really looking forward to seeing what the Due and their motocross bikes were capable of. What a waste.

  • I hear you Dan. I was ready, cash in hand, to buy a TnT (there is a shop down the street from you that has a nice green one for sale), but reading all the fueling issues, cooling issues, electrical issues….it’s just not a reliable bike.

    And the workarounds that Benelli has come up with to address these problems are ridiculous too (turning a headlight off so the charging system works while idling?). They don’t fix the problem, they just cover it up. Those kind of things are deal-breakers when you’re buying a motorcycle that is that expensive.

    Still, the TnT might be the most gorgeous street-naked I’ve ever seen design-wise. That gorgeous triple keeps me up at night.

  • Jake Fox

    Get a Speed Triple. The looks will grow on you, trust me. Mine is a matte black 2009 and it looks sinister just sitting still.

  • CarbonWarrior

    I have to agree. I have a Benelli Cafe Racer… and, while I agree that the TNT design is one of the most visually intoxicating naked bikes out there, it is in DESPERATE need of a revision. Fix the flaky electricals, load a reliable adaptive ECU with a well-written fueling map. Ditch the Non-Radial brakes on it and stick with the adjustable Marzocchi’s as the STANDARD for the suspension. Even better, bump it up to the Showa BPF’s. The chassis and that engine are magic together, they just need the overall package refinements that will make the bike a package that will spend more time on the road than in the shop. Ditch the now aged TNT and Tornado designs in favor of what needs to be their successors…

  • Tom

    I may be in the minority, but I just cannot bring myself to care about a Chinese motorcycle.