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« on: April 02, 2007, 08:45:34 pm »
From http://www.xrv.org.uk

Here is my report on what was probably the first UK consumer test ride on a Benelli Tre 1130 K (TREK)
I arrived at Real World Motorcycles (www.realworldmotorcycles.com) at about midday, weather was fantastic, perfect for riding clear, sunny warm and dry
There was the bike sat in the back workshop, Martin the owner of the shop had ridden it to brake it in, then given it it's first oil change etc, so now it was ready to ride again
Martin joined me on an R1 that needed testing and Clappy on his Fazer thousand
I'm the first to admit that I'm a long way from being a fast road rider, I have a tendancy to pootle around admiring the scenery so please take this into account when reading this
First impressions was that it was a very good looking bike, it oozes character in typical Italian style, getting a leg over wasn't difficult as I'm used to tall off-road bikes, having said that others that have sat on it found it very tall and bolt upright, I disagreed and said if you think that's bolt upright you ought to try out my KLR  , personally I found the riding position to be very much like my old VFR800i though maybe a tad taller, even at my meagre stature of 5'7" I could still get the balls of both feet down and the bike was light enough for it to be no issue at all, I could even put the stand up before mounting the bike without fear of it toppling over as I mounted it.
The seat was decidedly sporty looking and though I didn't test it the pillion pad looked more like a sport bike version than a big trailie and seemed to just pay token value to carrying a passanger, though of course it may be very comfy but I didn't get to test it out, firing it up was easy and it gave a raunchy crisp note that was very familiar but slightly stiffled (more later).
THe Trek has a dual mapped CDI with a button on the dash to switch to full on manic riding mode if you wish, I didn't wish as I know my limits and this thing in soft mode goes way beyond my riding abilities, it's got oodles of grunt saving me from having to up and down through the gears, it just pulled no matter what gear I was in. we headed for some very nice local twisties and I soon found that this isn't really a big traillie at all, it's a jacked up full on sports bike far more aimed at the Multistrada than at the GS, the suspension is solid and o more than one occasson I got flicked out of the seat, the lean angle towards teh bars was ever so slightly forward giving an upright but agressive slant, the tank is perfectly shaped to allow you to grip it with your knees to take any weight off your arms when in slow moving traffic and it had plenty of room there for taller riders knees too.
Getting on the gas was exhilerating and hammering it out of bends was a thrill, it tracked perfectly and you only had to look through a bend and the bike followed your eyes, no need to deliberately counter steer here.
We took the opportunity to stop at a burger bar for some pictures/video and of course a greasy lunch, then not long after we headed back.
I'd had teh feeling that I was holding Martin up as he's a much more experienced and faster rider than me so I took the bull by the horns and blatted past him in order to gee him up, it worked a treat and within 300 yeards he was past me on off into the horizon, I know without a doubt that a more capable rider would have been with him all the way, this is a mean machine that is comfortable enough to cross continents and strong enough to go way beyond ordinary big traillie thrills, yes it a lose your license whilst still in first gear machine.
Wind protection on the Treak was fantastic, I wore my Marushin X-Moto helemet which is very similar to an Arai XD with a peak and I had no lift on the peak, no buffeting or excessive noise either, the screen is adjustable too but it was already set perfectly for me
Getting back to that stiffled but ever so sweet engine note, on the way back I figured what it sounded like...
A Ferrari on song that what it was, just like it in fact, apparently there is a less restrictive can available for it and I bet it really turns heads
To summarise it..
If your coming off a big traillie you'd say it was a sport bike, if you was a sport bike rider you'd say it was a supermoto with a sportbike engine, personally I mostly said "Holy crap in yer old tin hat !"  

Benelli Trek Video = http://www.riderz.co.uk/vids/trek.wmv
Many thanks to Martin of Real World Motorcycles for indulging my curiosity























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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2007, 09:28:42 pm »
Wow, they've just taken the 'FUGLY' award away from Triumph Tiger. :D  :D  :D
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2007, 09:31:20 pm »
Looks like it's in the same league as the new Tiger  :wink:

I'll unbolt all that shiiiiit from below the exhaust, that will look sweet  :wink:

I like the shape of this bike  8)

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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2007, 09:35:55 pm »
I had a ride on the new Tiger, huuuuuuuge smile on my face, would also not mind having one of
them in the garage for riding around town

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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2007, 09:43:01 pm »
Very Tigerish. I like it! :thumbleft:
 

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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2007, 09:57:28 pm »
I think it looks rather sexy


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« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2007, 11:58:51 pm »
I like it, but me thinks its more of a multistrada than an adv bike, same as Versys.
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« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2007, 08:08:36 am »
i think it is a very very nice looking bike, but will not do the GS thing with it.
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« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2007, 08:15:43 am »
Very sexy!! but certainly not robust enough. I recon after a few kays in the Cederberg those pipes will not look so great and I think one will need atitanium bash plate on that bike. That swing arm looks interesting not sure if its in a good or bad way yet.
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« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2007, 08:23:02 am »
That last pic looks very very nice but I'm not sure who they are trying to fool 8)
 

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« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2007, 08:42:39 am »
I really like the idea of a steel trellis frame, and the swing arm being steel is big fashion wit h them talians these days (think Ducati sport 1000, monster etc.) Although they paid great attention to protection for more trail orientated riding, it is not integrated enough..(looks rather backyard maccie, but with a huge budget and nice manufacturing facility.) Makes me thing of an R1 that has been set up for a RTW trip.

Being benelli, and the price (doubt it will ever see SA) it's a trather silly bike. (mutch like the Duke Multistrada)
 

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« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2007, 08:49:03 am »
Boys (and the ladies of course), you have to remember these bikes are designed for European conditions. Many of the local back roads are in "bad" condition... not so much as potholed, but more uneven because of the extreme temperature changes of winter vs summer. They stick slightly longer suspension on them a-la-Tiger, to cope better with these road conditions. There are very few actual dirt roads, and those that there are can be traveled with a road bike.
 
So, seen from a South African perspective, these are silly bikes. Seen from a European perspective, these bikes rock.
 

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« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2007, 09:01:52 am »
I like it, especially that last pic looks good, but not robust enough.
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« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2007, 09:03:51 am »
I have always liked the Benelli brand and have secretly wanted one parked in the garage. This one is gorgeouse, would love to have it as a daily commuter, but the price tag..... :evil: .

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« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2007, 03:37:39 pm »
I like the look, especially the one with the knobblies.

NOW:  If some engineer would just swop around the cylinder head,

Have exhaust valves in the rear and the inlet in front of the bike.

It will have proper ground clearance, exhaust straight out the back into the mufflers and air intake from the air box down into the front of the engine.

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« Reply #15 on: April 03, 2007, 04:15:16 pm »
I have not yet read the original post so I'm sorry if I'm stating the obvious here:

The Trek seems to be a reworking of the TNT, which is by no means a pretty bike:


The Tornado is very nice though:
 

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« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2007, 07:41:42 am »
I think that tank could easily emasculate any man if the bike comes to an unexpected stop :shock:  :shock:
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« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2007, 08:19:15 am »
Quote from: "Clockwork Orange"
I think that tank could easily emasculate any man if the bike comes to an unexpected stop :shock:  :shock:


 :shock: no stoppies on that bike :shock:  :twisted:
 

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« Reply #18 on: April 04, 2007, 08:25:34 am »
Quote from: "Mark Hardy"
Quote from: "Clockwork Orange"
I think that tank could easily emasculate any man if the bike comes to an unexpected stop :shock:  :shock:


 :shock: no stoppies on that bike :shock:  :twisted:


Bragging about your supposed "size" again, guys? :roll:  :twisted:  :D
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« Reply #19 on: April 04, 2007, 12:33:29 pm »
Quote from: "JourneyMan"
Quote from: "Mark Hardy"
Quote from: "Clockwork Orange"
I think that tank could easily emasculate any man if the bike comes to an unexpected stop :shock:  :shock:


 :shock: no stoppies on that bike :shock:  :twisted:


Bragging about your supposed "size" again, guys? :roll:  :twisted:  :D


Errmm JM are you developing a complex by any chance, is there something you wanna tell us :twisted:

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