IAB reader spots the Benelli MotoBi-250 cruiser for the first time in India
Praveen M, Engineer-turned-motorcycle journalist. I'm a sucker for cruising down the highways, and twisties in the hills.
A test mule of Benelli MotoBi-250 Patagonian Eagle has been spied for the first time in India, in the outskirts of Pune. IAB readers Ajay Ketkar and Sachin Vibhute sent us a spyshot, and going by the looks, the motorcycle seems in near-production form.
DSK Benelli is likely to launch this bike in the near future. The MotoBi-250 Patagonian Eagle is already on sale in Indonesia for Rp 35,600,000 (INR 1.7 lakh) on road. The bike uses a 251.8cc 2-valve, liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine which outputs 17.4 bhp of power at 8,000 rpm and 16.5 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. The engine is carburettor-fed and the power is transferred by a 5-speed transmission linked to a chain drive.
The engine is nestled inside a bassinet type frame. It is suspended by traditional forks at the front offering 120 mm travel and oil-damped dual coil springs at the rear with 70 mm of play. When it comes to brakes, the bike uses a single disc at the front and a drum at the rear. ABS seems to be missing in the test mule. The fuel tank capacity stands at 14 litres and the bike weighs 145 kg dry.
Going by the bike’s features and specs, expect DSK Benelli to price the bike competitively. When launched in India, the bike would lock horns with Bajaj Avenger 220, UM Renegade Commando, Royal Enfield Bullet 350, Classic 350 and Thunderbird 350.