Benelli TNT 25 Tornado
Officially launched by Buraq Autos a few months back, the bike is the first affordable imported street motorcycle for the enthusiast of Pakistan. After having dealers in the key cities of the country, the offtake has considerably improved, with close to 12 bikes being sold in Rawalpindi in mere 7 days
The purpose of this topic is to review my recent purchase (Masha'Allah), updating the post as and when deemed necessary and answering (to the best of my knowledge) queries of the general public.
I will keep this review dual perspective, meaning that I will add the perspective from the people owning a locally manufactured bike (70 /150cc) and imported /super bikes
Won't be adding a lot of pictures (im sure you can find tons on the internet and believe me it is the same bike with the same specs) and will keep the review as detailed as I possibly can
First of all, let's get the specs out of the way (for you all technical nerds out there )
Displacement of 249cc - Bore 72 x 61.2 mm
25.5 bhp @ 9k rpm
ECU Delphi (Delphi MT05 Engine Control Module Series)
Wet clutch (oil changes to be regular and at a shorter interval than local bikes)
Fuel tank is 13.5 with 3.5 l of reserve total of 17 liters with estimated mileage of 25-29kpl (estimated to be lower consider the epic Pakistani traffic with constant breaking and worsening air quality)
Upside down forks
Rear Monoshock (much better comfort that dual shock local bikes, can't even compare)
Tyres 17inch front and rear with 110infront and 150 in back (Metzeler)
Height 3.7 feet (fairly good, a person having a height of 5ft7'can easily stabilize the bike, shorter people may need to use toes)
Ground clearance 170mm (0.55 feet. It will mostly clear all potholes and speed breakers but please be careful, front extension behind the tire can get damaged when riding carelessly)
Ok, so we are done with the technical jargon and whatever that means (I'm too dumb to go into the details of what each spec means but experienced people here may and should probably decipher it for the masses)
One more thing before heading into the details and in order to feed the people who don't want to read a lot in reviews, here are the Pros and Cons (strictly based on my own experience, discussion, research may be different what you all think but since this is my post, so deal with it ! lalalala)
[*]Good throttle response
[*]Liquid cool (yay)
[*]Power to weight ratio is adequate
[*]Trellis frame (Motorcycle Frame Technology)
[*]Italian design and specs (although manufactured in China, evenIphones are, so please don't go China Nazi)
[*]Naked design aesthetically pleasing
[*]Good tire choice
[*]Street bike (lower strain on your back, can be used as a daily driver and my favorite part foot down instead of knee)
[*]Easily available parts (thanks toBuraq but as of today only 3 service centers i.e 1 for each city)
[*]Utterly dull exhaust design (In my opinion only and I'm gonna change it to M4 - although the sound is nice above 5k rpm)
[*]Vibrations (people upgrading from local manufacturers won't feel it but others wanting to have it as a second bike to their super ones will it)
[*]Brake quality not up to mark, takes a bit of effort to bring it to a halt (since the pads are still being broken into it may improve, however as per other websites this is a problem with the brakes. Further, upgraders from a locally manufactured bike will not feel it as it will be more responsive)
[*]Heat discharge from engine can be bothersome at times
[*]Highbeamsaims at the sky for reasons unknown to mankind (maybe they are trying signal to their home planet or something)
[*]Might create a dent in your wallet (read might as "will")
[*]Needs to be broken into for the first 1,000 km (not really a con but... )
Detailed portion (since I like writing and have free time - actually I have to study but I'm avoiding that so I'll commit to the details)
When seeing it for the first time, the motorcycle appears to be bigger than a 250cc, thanks to its Trellis frame and naked look. In my opinion, the red color really augments the frame (I didn't like the second black option) as well.
The first time I got on the bike (I'm 6ft) it felt really nice underneath my body and the seat is really comfortable, felt nothing go numb on an hour long ride in traffic . The bike isn't really heavy (felt easier than a 150cc & Inuzama but of course heavier than sportier bikes) and I could shake it easily. Turning on the ignition switch, give a couple of seconds to the fuel pump to run and you fire up the tiny beast (hehe!). The sound is appropriate for a 250 cc, with the exhaust opening up over 5k rpm. The sweet spot is estimated at around 7.5 rpm as per my discussion and reading other details on the bike.
The wrist handles / grips seem a bit hard and with a poor choice of gloves may give you a stiff hand. You need to grip the race starting from the bottom of your fingers so your palm doesn't feel a lot of pressure, compared to other super and local bikes, I did notice it to be hard.
The LCD panel is descriptive by providing you with time,analog RPM, digital speedometer with engine heat and fuel capacity indicatorbesides the gear notification
Like all other street / super bikes, the pedals are at an inclined angle as compared to locally manufactured horizontal ones so might take a few seconds to find a comfortable position. The clutch is harder than local bikes but lighter smoother and lighter when compared to that of a super bike.
Gear shifting is less cranky and smoothly goes from 1[SUP]st[/SUP] to 2[SUP]nd[/SUP], finding the neutral may take some time for people upgrading from local bikes. Needless to say, the gear cycle is 1 down 5 up (yes it is 6 gears which is the reason for crispier performance times and better mileage)
Rolling on by just releasing the clutch was surprisingly comfortable with little or no knocking by the engine, the throttle response is quick and bike reaches the mid-range rpm pretty quickly. Since I am breaking-in the bike no high rev tests or speed tests have been performed. As I reach the break-in, I will update the section.
The thing I love the most about TNT 25 is its agility, it is really agile and responsive to your body and movements. You don't have to fight to turn it (which is expected considering is lighter at 250cc) and can quickly change angles without giving you a heart attack, primarily thanks to the Metzeler.
The cooling fan turns on at very short intervals (4 to 6 mins, maybe that is normal but meh) and makes its signature sound, which needs some time to getting used to. It was irritating at first but gradually I'm getting used to it. The heat discharge comes directly at your legs and thighs so things may be get a bit hot during the summer time when you're stuck in traffic.
Another thing that I have noticed is that riding at a constant rpm in the second gear leads to engine missing at times and on a stand still, if I'm trying to keep the RPM at a constant 4 or 5k, it keeps moving 400 rpm up and down Im guessing this is due to the break-in period and will adjust / settle after the first 1,000 KM.
Currently,since the bike is in the break-in period no high revs, engine cut-offs and top speed have been tested.
Conclusion (might be too soon for me to say, but... )
If you want to upgrade from a local motorcycle or keep a second bike for your adventures where you won't risk yourmulti million Rupee super bikes, I would recommend it. But please drive for 2 - 3 kilometers to know whether you feel like it or not. If not, don't force buy!
Thanks for reading this long post which I will be updating regularly, Insha'Allah.
Post Script: Breaking-in
Breaking-in is the period when you have to let the engine and its part set it by not zaleelofying the engine (excuse the language ). You ride at 3 / 4of the top speed with no sudden acceleration, stress on bike e.g hilly rides and pillion riding ( I know, so sad). The better the break-in period you manage, the longer and fantastic performance you can expect from your bike. The manual has stated a limit of 1,000 as break-in period (again sad but a must if you love your machine). Reading details on the break-in period, the recommend the following
[*]First oil & filter change at 100 km (do not use fully synthetic oil) because metal shavings are found in the oil as parts are worn it, don't be alarmed if there are some
[*]Second at 400 km
[*]Third at 1,000 km then as and when due
[*]Keep rpm at under the half of redline (redline 10 = 10/2, so change gears at 5k rpm)
[*]Do not lug the engine, shift down when the bike is losing power
If any part has not been included in this review or you have a specific inquiry, please post on this topic and ill try to answer it to the best of my knowledge. Further, please let me know in case i have made any mistakes in the review, positive criticism is welcome