CAN THE IMPERIALE CATCH THE BULLET?


BENELLI IS DUE to release its new Imperiale single in the UK this month.

The classic-styled 400 single is targeted squarely at the classic market as an affordable old-styled motorcycle at a reasonable price with all the mod-cons of a modern machine.

The Imperiale seems certain to challenge Royal Enfield for that market.

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To attract the classic buyer, the Benelli has a teardrop tank with old-fashioned knee pads, wire wheels, 41mm telescopic forks and a long exhaust.

The seating features a two-piece perch, with springs adding extra suspension to the rider’s seat.

Powering the Imperiale 400 is a 374cc, air-cooled, sohc, single-cylinder engine that produces 21bhp.

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Braking duties are handled by a 300mm single disc with a two-piston floating caliper up front and a 240mm rear disc with standard dual-channel ABS.

The Imperiale is no lightweight, tipping the scales at 205kg. The Imperiale 400 has been listed in UK dealerships at a highly competitive £3499.

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