Benelli, a Chinese-owned motorcycle manufacturer with Italian roots, has quite an extensive range of motorcycles in the Philippine market. Known for their stylish and affordable entry level options, some of Benelli’s most popular bikes include the Leoncino 500, a retro-styled scrambler that boasts impressive performance and an unmistakable exhaust note, and the TRK 502, a capable adventure tourer that can go the distance in style and comfort.
Among these two popular big bikes, Benelli’s local lineup is also occupied by the 502C, a modern power cruiser that bears a striking resemblance to the Ducati X-Diavel S. Smaller bikes such as the TNT 302S and the TNT 135 are also available, and serve as pretty good beginner motorcycles. In Europe however, bigger and badder Benellis are available. Bikes like the Leoncino 800 and the 752S which are meant to rival major players such as the Ducati Monster and the Triumph Street Twin, are pretty dominant in the European sphere. These big bikes from Benelli have in fact begun trickling into the Asian market, with Malaysia being the first to get a taste of the action with the launch of the 752S.
Initially debuting in the global market in 2018, the 2021 iteration of the Benelli 752S is priced at RM 37,888, or the equivalent of P449,000. For Malaysia, the bike comes in 3 colorways: red, black, and classic Benelli green. Right off the bat, we can see that this bike has been priced extremely competitively, especially considering the bikes it’s targeting. If it does indeed launch in the Philippines, it’ll make for stiff competition against the CFMoto 700 CL-X, which, despite packing a slightly smaller punch, carries an affordable price tag of just P369,800.
Now, moving on to the details of the bike, the 2021 Benelli 752S comes powered with a 750cc, 4-stroke, parallel-twin engine. Equipped with a 6-speed gearbox, the 752S pumps out a healthy 75 hp and 67 Nm of torque, putting it squarely in the territory of middleweight big bikes in the market. Suspension components come from premium Italian suspension specialists, Marzocchi, and provide adjustable front and rear shocks for the 752S. If and when this bike launches in the Philippines, it will surely make for a strong addition to Benelli’s lineup of bikes, which is currently dominated by the 500-class bikes in its roster.