Gone Riding: Benelli TnT 135

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We have covered extensively the rise of the small-displacement motorcycle segment here at Asphalt & Rubber, and today we are swinging a leg over a bike that is probably well off your radar, the Benelli TnT 135.

Benelli is better known for its larger sport bikes in the US market, with the Italian brand making an exodus from our two-wheeled lexicon at the turn of the century.

Now under ownership by China’s Qianjiang Group, Benelli is better known for its smaller motorcycles, which sell better in emerging markets than they do in the United States.

American importer SSR Motorsports is hoping to change that, and today we have sent motorcycling’s favorite wild man, Adam Waheed, to go ride the Benelli TnT 135 in SoCal and report back to us on this unique brand and motorcycle.

Per our new review format, Adam will be giving you a live assessment of the Benelli TnT 135 right here in this article (down in the comments section), and there he will try to answer any questions you might have.

So, here is your chance to learn what it’s like to ride the TnT 135, before even Adam’s own proper review is posted. As always, if we don’t know an answer, we will try to get a response from the Benelli personnel. So, pepper away.

You can follow our thoughts on the bike live via FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and you can see what our colleagues are posting on social media by looking for the hashtags #TnT135

Spec-Sheet Comparison of Relevant Models to the Benelli TnT 135:

  Benelli TnT 135 Honda Grom Kawasaki Z125 Pro
Horsepower 11 hp 8 hp 8 hp
Gearb Five-speed Four-speed Four-speed
Weight 266 lbs (wet) 229 lbs (wet) 225 lbs (wet)
Engine 135cc / Four-valve / Single-Cylinder 125cc / Two-valve / Single-Cylinder 125cc / Two-valve / Single-Cylinder
Price $2,499 $3,399 $3,199 

Photo: Benelli

Jensen Beeler

Despite his best efforts, Jensen is called one of the most influential bloggers in the motorcycle industry, and sometimes consults for motorcycle companies, whether they've solicited his expertise or not.