The recent association with Mahavir Group has breathed new life into Benelli. The company, which hasn’t had the smoothest run in India so far, is now planning to bring a range of motorcycles to our shores. One of which is the Benelli 402S, the company’s answer to the Bajaj Dominar 400. Let’s take a look at what the Benelli 402S has in store for us.
Take one look at the 402S and you might mistake it for the Ducati Diavel. There's no hiding the fact how "inspired" the Benelli power cruiser is from the Ducati motorcycle. But that is not necessarily a bad thing. It helps the 402S in being quite distinctive from its competition.
Designed for mile munching, the 402S gets wide swept handlebars and forward-set footpegs, for a comfortable riding posture. The bike also sits quite low with most of its mass concentrated towards the front, which further cements its claims of being a power cruiser. Take a closer look and the similarities with the Ducati Diavel are even more pronounced, especially with the exposed trellis frame and the shape of the fuel tank. The only difference between the two Italians is the skull-faced LED headlamp and the design of the exhaust. Not to mention, the Diavel dwarfs the 402S in terms of sheer size.
Powering the Benelli 402S is an in-line two-cylinder, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled 399cc engine. This motor churns out 40PS of power at 9000rpm and 35Nm of torque at 7500rpm. Transmission is handled by a six-speed gearbox, which transfers power to the rear wheel via a chain drive. This makes it the only twin-cylinder bike in its segment.
The Benelli 402S is equipped with a trellis steel frame, which is suspended upon 41mm USD forks at the front and a monoshock unit at the back. While the front suspension is non-adjustable and offers 125mm of travel, the monoshock comes with preload adjustability and offers a travel of 45mm. Braking duties here are handled by twin 260mm discs at the front and a single 240mm disc at the back, with ABS as standard. As mentioned earlier, the 402S sits quite low - its seat height is 740mm, to be precise. Adding to its touring capabilities, the motorcycle packs a 16-litre fuel tank. Its 17-inch alloys come wrapped in 120/70 section front and 160/60 section rear tyres. Thanks to the copious amount of plastic components, the 402S tips the scale at 160kg(dry).
Competition and Expected Price -
Here's the tricky part. Benelli might price the 402S around the Rs 4 lakh (ex-showroom) mark. If it holds any merit, the Italian cruiser won't face any direct competition. However, if we had to compare the specs, the 402S rivals the Bajaj Dominar 400, Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X and the UM Motorcycles Renegade Sports S.