Taking the war right into the price territory currently occupied by the KTM Duke 200 and the Mahindra Mojo is DSK Benelli. With the new TNT 25, the Italian manufacturer has also marked its entry into the single-cylinder segment. Priced at Rs. 1.68 lakh for the Standard variant and Rs. 1.75 lakh for the Premium one, the TNT 25 will make Benelli a more accessible brand for bike enthusiasts in India.
A 249cc liquid-cooled DOHC engine that belts out 28bhp of power and 21.6Nm of torque powers the nifty TNT 25 and to harness the little monster, a six-speed transmission has been employed. The TNT 25 looks a lot like its elder sibling – the TNT 300 – with the latter’s design cues being evident in the headlamp cluster, the bikini fairing and the fuel tank. The rear end gets a new tail lamp and a conventional exhaust unit instead of the radical underbelly unit of the Benelli TNT 300.
The rear suspension set-up is conventional with a centrally placed mono-shock instead of the offset kind of the 300. Up front, the bike gets inverted forks and a 280mm petal disc brake with a four-piston caliper. Rear braking systems consists of a 240mm disc with a double piston caliper. Sadly, ABS isn’t being offered. 17-inch wheels are part of the standard equipment and they come shod in 110 section and 150 section tyres in the front and rear. MRF tyres are the standard footwear. But if you are willing to shell out an additional Rs. 7,000, you’ll get to ride off with Metzeller M5 Sportecs. Decals, crash bobbins and an adjustable clutch level are part of the accessories on offer.