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Top 200 Current Motorcycles: Best Or Worst? - Benelli Tre-K & Amazonas

Updated on May 31, 2009

 Benelli Tre-K 1130

Fair enough, the Benelli Tre-K 1130 is not a supermotard, although it does share some styling clues with the far more dirt oriented Amazonas version. It's more accurate to call this a naked bike and although I'm most certainly not enamored of the white side fairing which makes the bike look inept and maladroit, overall, I don't viciously dislike this bike as much as I thought I would. It's most certainly not the type of bike I'd go to plunk my hard earned money onto the Benelli dealership's counter though. Although I have an abiding love of naked bikes, particularly the more classic versions of them, this Benelli leaves me feeling just a bit too lukewarm, so I'll pass on it.

This model has a strong 1130 cc, water cooled, 3 - cylinders in line motor set up with a bore and stroke measuring 88 mm x 62 mm and a compression ratio of 11.9:1 which gives the model a street shredding 123 horsepower (90.5 kW). When we work out the overall dry weight of the bike being 451 pounds (205 Kg.), and factor the weight in to the stout horsepower generated the result is 3.67 pounds per horsepower, a number that is within the range of the power to weight ratio of a Dodge Viper SRT 10.

Verdict: This bike is just sitting on the fence between hotness and notness. Due to the jarring white side fairing, I'm afraid that it falls just one micro smidgen short. WORST!

 Benelli Tre-K 1130 Amazonas

First of all, anyone who tries to convince you that you need an engine that is almost exactly the same displacement as a Fiat Panda, which is a five door car which shuttles five fully grown adults around anywhere in Europe, in order to go off road riding should have their head examined. It's absolute lunacy to take a 1131 cc engine off a paved road. Having said that, if I was riding across the world, or at least on the Panamericana, this is the motorcycle that I would most likely choose. The Benelli Tre-K 1130 Amazonas is a gigantic, mega powerful, and a real handful, but there most likely isn't a challenge anywhere on the planet that it couldn't just motor through. I also adore the look of the bike, with the paint scheme finding the proper balance between modernity and purposefulness. It's one helluva bike!

This bike is driven by a mighty 1131 cc, water cooled, 3 - cylinders in line engine with a bore and stroke of 88 mm x 62 mm and a compression ratio of 11.9:1 which grants the motorcycle a stupendous 123 horsepower (90.5 kW). When we consider the total weight of the motorcycle being 458 pounds (208 Kg.), and factor it into the beefy horsepower on tap we get a sum of 3.72 pounds per horsepower, a figure that is quite close to the power to weight ratio of a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

Verdict: Way too big for off road jaunts but the perfect bike if your idea of a nice long ride is to do Northwest Territories to Tierra Del Fuego. BEST!

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