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2023 Benelli New BN 302R Review

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2023 Benelli New BN 302R Review

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The Italian motorcycle manufacturer, DSK Benelli has finally introduced its first full faired sportsbike – Benelli 302R in the country. Priced at Rs 3.48 lakh (ex-showroom), this new Benelli bike aims at the enthusiasts looking for a powerful fully-faired 300cc motorbike. The 302R is essentially a fully-faired version of the TNT 300 naked street-fighter. Save for the front fairing offered on the motorcycle, both bikes look identical. The new DSK bike is the only product in its league to get twin disc brakes in the front. The bike also gets dual channel ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) as standard.

Highlights of 2023 Benelli New BN 302R Review

2023 Benelli New BN 302R Review

• Brand Name — Benelli
• Model Name — New BN 302R
• Vehicle Type — Sports Bikes
• Body Type — Sports Naked Bikes
• Colours Option — Yellow-Black, Silver-Black, Orange-Black
• Engine Type — In-Line 2 Cylinder, 4-Stroke, Liquid-Cooled, DOHC Engine
• Engine Displacement — 300 cc
• Fuel Type — Petrol
• Transmission — Manual
• Emissions Norms — BS-VI
• Maximum Power — 38.79 PS@ 11500 rpm
• Maximum Torque — 26.5 Nm @10000 rpm
• Number of Cylinders — 2
• Number of Gears — 6
• Top Speed — 150 kmph (Approximate)
• Acceleration (0 – 100 km/h) — 8 Seconds
• Mileage — 20 – 25 km/l (Approximate)
• Braking System — Dual-Channel ABS
• Seat Height — 785 mm
• Ground Clearance — 130 mm
• Kerb Weight — 182 kg
• Fuel Tank Capacity — 14 litres
• Seater — 2 Seater
• Price — ₹ 3.1 – 3.50 Lakhs* (Expected)
• Warranty — 5 Years / Unlimited km Warranty

Specification of 2023 Benelli New BN 302R

A major draw in the buying decision of a faired sports bike in India is the way it looks and the eye-catching 302R scores big in this department. Thanks to its big-bike size, the 302R easily stands out in a crowd, more so than any of its rivals. We won’t go as far as calling it the best-looking machine in the segment, as the proportions do seem a bit off with a long silhouette and a rather front-heavy look.

Thankfully, Benelli has tidied up the graphics and it doesn’t look quite as busy as the pre-production bike. There are also quite a few neat design details like the lion motif along the sides, funky exhaust end can and plastic inserts near the tail section. We’re also big fans of the classic Benelli metallic silver and green paint scheme that reminds us of the old Tornado 900 superbike. The dials are fairly simple, but offer all the information you need outside of fuel-efficiency data. Fit and finish levels are acceptable and nothing stands out as cheap or flimsy looking, but the lack of a hinged fuel filler cap is surprising.

Key Features of 2023 Benelli New BN 302R

• All Digital Instrumental Cluster
• Techometer
• Tripmeter
• Odometer
• Rider’s Footpegs
• Pillion Footrest
• Cruise Control
• Dual-channel ABS
• Traction Control
• Engine Kill Switch
• Electric Start
• Automatic Headlamp On (AHO)
• Alloy Wheels
• Tubeless Tyre
• 12 V Maintenance Free Battery
• Awesome Exhaust Sound,
• Attractive Shades,
• USD Front Forks,
• Wide Rear Tyre

Engine & Gearboxe Features of 2023 Benelli New BN 302R

• Engine Details — 300 cc, In-Line 2 Cylinder, 4-stroke, Liquid-Cooled, 8 Valve, DOHC Engine
• Engine Type — In-Line 2 Cylinder, 4-Stroke, Liquid-Cooled, DOHC Engine
• Engine Displacement — 300 cc
• Fuel Type — Petrol
• Fuel Supply — Electronic Fuel Injection with Throttle Body ø 34 mm
• Transmission — Manual
• Emissions Norms — BS-VI
• Maximum Power — 38.79 PS@ 11500 rpm
• Maximum Torque — 26.5 Nm @10000 rpm
• Number of Cylinders — 2
• Valve per Cylinder — 4
• Number of Gears — 6
• Gear Pattern — 1-Down, 5-Up
• Engine Bore — 65 mm
• Stroke — 45.2 mm
• Compression Ratio — 12.0:1
• Cooling System — Liquid Cooling
• Lubrication — Pressure Splash Lubrication
• Ignition — Inductive Discharge Type
• Clutch — Wet, Multi-plate Type
• Spark Plug — NGK CR8E
• Drive Type — Chain Drive
• Fuel Efficiency Range — 350 Km
• Top Speed — 170 km/h (Approximate)
• Acceleration (0 – 100 km/h) — 8 Seconds
• Acceleration (0 – 60 km/h) — 4 Seconds
• Mileage (ARAI) — 25 kmpl
• Mileage (Owner Reported) — 27 kmpl
• Start Option — Electric
• Engine Kill Switch

Chassis & Suspension Features of 2023 Benelli New BN 302R

• Frame (Chassis) — Steel Trestle In Steel Tubes
• Front Suspension — 41mm Inverted Telescopic Forks
• Rear Suspension — Rear Swing Arm with Central Shock Absorber (Monoshock)
• Exhaust/Muffler — Catalytic Converter and Oxygen Sensors

Wheels, Tyres & Break Features of 2023 Benelli New BN 302R

• Wheel Type — Cast Aluminum Alloy Wheels
• Front Wheel Size — 17” x MT 2.75” DOT
• Rear Wheel Size — 17” x MT 2.75” DOT
• Front Wheel Travel — 120 mm
• Rear Wheel Travel — 145 mm
• Tyres Type — Tubeless
• Front Tyre Size — 110/70-R17 54 H
• Rear Tyre Size — 150/60-R17 66H
• Braking System — Dual-Channel ABS
• Front Brake — 260 mm Hydraulic Double Disc
• Rear Brake — 240 mm Hydraulic Single disc

Physical Measurement Features of 2023 Benelli New BN 302R

• Overall Length — 2050 mm
• Overall Width — 770 mm
• Overall Height — 1130 mm
• Ground Clearance — 130 mm
• Seat Height — 785 mm
• Wheelbase — 1410 mm
• Kerb Weight — 182 kg
• Fuel Tank Capacity — 14 litres
• Reserve Fuel Capacity — 1.4 litres

Comfort & Safety Features of 2023 Benelli New BN 302R

• Rider’s Footpegs
• Pillion Footrest
• Cruise Control
• Pillion Grabrail
• Pillion Seat
• Step-up Seat/Split Seat
• Engine Kill Switch
• Electric Start
• Tubeless Tyres
• Alloy Wheels
• Dual-channel ABS Breaking System

Electrical Features of 2023 Benelli New BN 302R

• Battery Type — Maintenance Free
• Battery Capacity — 10 Ah
• Voltage — 12 V
• Head Light — LED
• Head Light Type — Adjustable
• LED Trail Light
• Pass Light
• Puss Bottom Start
• LED Indicator Lights
• Automatic Headlamp On (AHO)
• DRLs
• LED Turn Signal Light

Instrumental features of 2023 Benelli New BN 302R

• Digital Speedometer
• Digital Tachometer
• Digital Trip Meter
• Digital Odometer
• Digital Clock
• RPM/Gear Display
• Digital Fuel Gauge
• Gear Indicator
• Low Fuel Indicator
• Low Oil Indicator
• Low Battery Indicator
• ABS Light
• Rev-limiter Indicator
• Fuel Reserve Indicator
• Service Reminder
• Shift Light

2023 Benelli New BN 302R Review : Powertrain & Range

The Benelli 302R comes with a familiar 300cc inline twin-cylinder, 4-stroke, water-cooled engine that produces a respectable 38.26 BHP at a rather high 11,500 RPM and 26.50 Nm of torque high up at 10,000 RPM. After an increase in 1 BHP and 2 kgs of weight, the odds aren’t in its favour. The powerband feels less like a punch and more like a jab that takes forever to kick in. The engine is set up more for touring and less for leaving the world behind. This bike isn’t the slowest in its segment thanks to the existence of the Honda CBR250R but it sounds by far the best in its segment and if I had to go that far ahead and say a segment above, only second to its elder street-fighter sibling. The sound gives you real eargasms and masks the slouch of this motorcycle by giving you the feeling of going much faster.

If only the 302R went as fast as it sounded, this machine would be unstoppable. The motor is extremely versatile though and very well behaved. It can do as much as 50 km/hr in top gear and feels extremely relaxed throughout. Power takes forever to build up and by the time you manage to get into triple-digit speeds, you run out of road. The throttle can take some time getting used to and feels a little choppy and the on-off throttle transition isn’t always smooth which does add a little character to this bike but it would make sense if the 302R was any faster. Thus coming off less as a character and more like a flaw. I wish Benelli would have made this motorcycle lighter because that really holds it back from some real potential performance. We managed to hit a top speed of around 170 km/hr beyond which this machine ran out of breath and road.

2023 Benelli New BN 302R Review : Performance

The reason behind the Benelli’s muted performance comes down to its weight. At 198kg, this bike is nearly 30kg heavier than some rivals and weighs closer to a litre-class superbike. The good news is that the 302 handles its weight well and you only really feel it while taking u-turns or pushing the bike around a parking lot. City riding is easy thanks to a decent turning radius, good heat management and realistic ground clearance.

Benelli went further than just slapping a fairing on the TNT 300 and gave this bike a revised trellis frame as well as a new swingarm. The earlier side-mounted shock has been moved to the centre and as a result, it’s quite hard to access the pre-load adjustability. The fat USD front forks, meanwhile, offer rebound adjustability, a unique feature in this segment. Ride quality is well judged, with a supple feel that absorbs bad roads well and yet offers a confident and planted feel through the corners.

I found the foot pegs to be too low on the pre-production bike and Benelli has addressed that with redesigned pegs that offer enough clearance for knee-down levels of lean. Handling gets a big boost from the excellent Metzeler M5 Sportecs which offer superb wet and dry weather performance. Both, the front and the rear, tyres are slightly narrower than the optional Pirelli’s on the TNT 300 but this leaves no negative effect on the handling. In fact, the 302R is, without a doubt, the most dynamic handler in Benelli’s current line-up, even if it lacks the sharper, more nimble feel of its rivals.

Braking is handled by a twin front-disc set-up, another segment first. Sadly, the performance doesn’t meet expectations and the brakes not only lack bite, but also offer inconsistent pressure at the adjustable brake lever. On the bright side, this is the first bike in the segment to offer ABS; full credit to Benelli there.

Our Opinion

This is a motorcycle that’s meant to do it all. Be it your daily office commute, touring across the country or even visiting the twisties. This is a sports tourer that can do it all while letting its sound always remind you that you’re riding something expensive or special. At its price, this isn’t exactly an affordable bike but it justifies that price by bringing to the table utmost detail to quality, feel and comfort. This motorcycle has a soul and if you are someone that seeks a touring machine that never fails to get attention or impress in its own way, then look no further. This isn’t a performance bargain by any means but an alternative.

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