It started life as the Benelli 2ue, debuting at the 2009 EICMA show as a follow-up model to the gorgeous (but horribly flawed) Benelli TnT 1130 series. The next year, the concept stayed the same, though the name changed to the Benelli Due – the “two” referring to the parallel-twin engine of this middleweight, distinguishing it from its three-cylinder sibling.
Since then, Benelli’s 750cc-class naked sport bike has popped up here and there, teasing us relentlessly. Last year at EICMA, the machine showed up again as a concept, slightly changed from its previous incarnation, though largely the same.
Now, we are being told that the 2019 Benelli 752S is ready for primetime (we have heard that before, mind you), and seemingly still, the Italian designed motorcycle continues to intrigues us.
At the heart of the matter is a 750cc, DOHC, four-valve, parallel-twin engine that makes 75hp and 49 lbs•ft of peak torque – not exactly barnstorming, but a respectable amount of power.
Holding that motors is a steel trellis chassis, which also uses steel plates. This makes for a 502 lbs motorcycle at the curb, when the 3.8-gallon tank is fully fueled.
Brembo 320mm discs are up front for braking, with 17″ wheels (5.5″ width on the rear). The suspension is 50mm Marzocchi forks at the front, with an unnamed rear shock that has preload adjustment only at rear, which completes this budget-focused affair.
In terms of styling, we expect to hear comparisons to the Ducati Monster 821 and MV Agusta Brutale 800 in the comments section, though we would offer that the Benelli 2ue concept proceeds those two machines by almost a decade now.
There is no word yet on pricing, but Benelli has shown itself to have strong bang-for-buck value with its two-wheeled offerings. Benelli says that the 752S will be available at dealerships starting in the summer of 2019, though timing is still TBD in the USA.