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Top 200 Current Motorcycles: Best Or Worst? - Benelli TnT 899 & Cafe Racer

Updated on May 31, 2009

 Benelli TnT 899

Why, why, oh why couldn't Benelli's stylists have held the course that Aprilia has taken in its better looking bikes like the RSV 1000 R or Pegaso Trail with the Benelli TnT 899, instead of blindly following the Japanese manufacturers into Ugly Bugly Land? This motorcycle is just misshapen and stilted to a fault. The exhaust headers look like they've been in an accident, the front fairing is massively ungainly, the mini rear fender is atrocious, and to top it off they've painted it in Halloween colors.

The motorcycle is powered by a stout 899 cc, liquid cooled, 3 - cylinders in line motor designed with a bore and stroke of 88 mm x 49.2 mm and a compression ratio of 12.5:1 which grants the model an intoxicating 118 horsepower (86.8 kW). When we compute the total dry weight of the cycle being 438 pounds (199 Kg.), and factor the weight in to the speedy power available we get a result of 3.71 pounds per horsepower, a figure that is not that far off from the power to weight ratio of a Koni Challenge car.

Verdict: Orange and black trick or treat? Definitely trick. This bike is just too ugly to park in your driveway as it will scare all the small children on your block. Give it a pass. WORST!

 Benelli TnT 899 S

Well, at least in the Benelli TnT 899 S they've abandoned the All Hallows Eve carved pumpkin color combination of the standard model and even though the styling missteps are just as unfortunate, the blue and black color scheme does make the bike look much more pleasing, albeit like a big bruise.

This model is driven by a beefy 899 cc, liquid cooled, 3 - cylinders in line engine set up with a bore and stroke measuring 88 mm x 49.2 mm and a compression ratio of 12.5:1 which bestows upon the motorcycle an ecstatic 118 horsepower (86.8 kW). When we consider the overall dry weight of the motorcycle equalling 438 pounds (199 Kg.), and factor it into the muscular horsepower the result is 3.71 pounds per horsepower, which is a number that is not too far detached from the power to weight ratio of a Lotus Exige S 240.

Verdict: Much better looking due to its more coherent paint job, I still don't like the bruise color combination, the leaned forward styling or the crunched in headers. WORST!

 Benelli TnT Cafe Racer

The styling on the Benelli TnT Cafe Racer seems to hold together where its little brother the 899 falls apart, and that may be primarily due to the far more intelligent and harmonious color scheme. I've stated over and over that I'm not a fan of overly powerful motorcycles for street use, but the old gold color on this model has me absolutely salivating. Yes, I'd love to get rid of the stupid little tire hugging rear mini fender and the scrunched in headers have to go, but otherwise and considering that most of the styling does not hold together on the 899 series, this bike looks darn good! All due to the paint!

This bike has a burly 1131 cc, liquid cooled, 3 - cylinders in line powerplant with a bore and stroke of 88 mm x 62 mm and a compression ratio of 11.9:1 which endows the bike a rapturous 127 horsepower (93.4 kW). When we factor in the total weight of the bike being 438 pounds (199 Kg.), and factor that into the vigorous horsepower we get a result of 3.45 pounds per horsepower, a number that is somewhat close to the power to weight ratio of a Silva GT3.

Verdict: Incoherent styling is held together by a truly beautiful paint color combination that just simply works. It takes a gargoyle and turns it into a bikini beauty. BEST!

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