Benelli Motobi 250 is an inexpensive twin cylinder cruiser…
It seems Indian distributor DSK is pushing Benelli for almost everything which can be brought to India. Apart from the very interesting motorcycles that are in the pipeline, DSK has been caught testing a new cruiser in Pune by a few readers of Indianautosblog again.
The motorcycle in your frame is the not so popular Benelli MotoBi 250 Patagonian Eagle which is already sold in Indonesia (at least). Apart from that weird name it does NOT boast off very impressive specs as well. Power comes from a 2-cylinder 251 cc liquid cooled carbureted motor which is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. Motobi 250 churns out 13 Kw (17.7 PS) of peak power at 8000 rpm and 16.5 Nm of peak torque at 6000 rpm.
These are disappointing numbers considering the fact that this is a twin-cylinder engine we are talking about.
The motorcycle weighs 145 kg, has a wheelbase of 1460 mm and gets a front-disc and rear-drum braking setup.
What is interesting is the fact that this, in all probability, is a test mule (and not a motorcycle being tested for extreme conditions for some international market) simply because of two reasons. One, this does NOT appear to be a new motorcycle in the portfolio for which Benelli would require such multi-terrain testing and two, the unit is all camouflaged. Generally manufacturers do NOT camouflage test mules unless they are for the domestic market, the latest example of which was the Pulsar NS160.
In Indonesia the Patagonian Eagle costs Rp 35,600,000 on Road in Jakarta which is about 1.70 Lakh INR. It costs almost the same as the TNT 25 there. In India TNT 25 costs about Rs 1.7 Lakh ex-showroom so are we looking at a twin-cylinder cruiser under 2 Lakhs? If yes, this will be interesting…