Italian motorcycle manufacturer Benelli had a second lease of life after the Chinese company, Qianjiang backed up the firm. Under the backing, Benelli was able to manufacture some good motorcycles, and of recent, roll out the TRK 502 and the Leoncino scrambler.
Now, few images have surfaced online, suggesting the possibility that Benelli is working on big displacement motorcycles. Design patents show that Benelli is working on three motorcycles, a 750cc, 900cc, and a 1200cc motorcycle models.
First up is a touring model, that looks kitted to be a police cruiser. Powering the motorcycle will be a 1200cc, in-line three-cylinder engine, probably a bored-out version of the current 1130cc motor. The motorcycle also hints at a shaft driven rear wheel.
The 900cc motorcycle seems to be a more cost effective model, since some of the exotic materials Benelli uses are missing. The engine could be a revised 898cc motor from the TNT 899, but the overall design looks similar to the TNT 300.
Also, the 900cc motorcycle uses upside down front forks, a naked design, and a chunky exhaust on the side, hinting that it could be designed keeping latest emission norms in mind.
The third of the lot is the 750cc variant, that bears resemblance to a Ducati. The engine used could be an up-scaled version from the TRK 502, and like the 900, street-oriented.
What rises the interest is that Benelli sells motorcycles in India as well, and since most of the models sold globally are entering India one by one, the above mentioned motorcycles could very well be sold in India.
So when is the launch scheduled? We don't know it yet, and we will keep an eye open for any details that pop up. Stay tuned.