Popular in the Nepali Market for its super and sports bike segment, the launch of Benelli’s 180cc Naked sports bike has definitely made a dent in the market. Benelli has been launching its many sports, super and naked style bikes in the market. The Benelli 180s has been a hit for this Italian company as its 150cc variant is really liked by the users till date. Titled as “Beauty is a beast”, the 180s performs as per its tag.
The new-gen Benelli 180S comes with a revamped design which makes it look very sleek and aggressive. As Benelli’s tagline states ``The thrill of the Hunt``, its body, design and motive justifies this tagline. It has a muscular fuel tank with an extended cowl, derived from its bigger sibling models. The chunky inverted front forks give it an even more aggressive stance. Front section of the Benelli 180s is equipped with a new set of LED DRL (Daytime Running Light) headlamp cluster and a digital instrument cluster. This console displays tachometer, speedometer, trip meter, fuel gauge, odometer and clock indications along with gear position indicator and engine temperature indicator. Similar to the LED headlamp cluster, the bike’s turn indicator lights and tail lights are LED as well. 180S’s rear section appears to be levitating, as it has no visual support to the perfectly placed sporty split seat along with its under seat grab rails. The sporty side slung exhaust has sharp edges to further showcase the bike's aggression.
ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE:
The heart of this beast; the engine is equipped with a single cylinder, 4 valve liquid-cooled, electronic fuel injection(EFI) engine of 175.3cc. EFI replaces the air and fuel operated carburetor by electronically pumping the fuel into the combustion chamber. This improvement on the engine makes hassle free cold starts and smooth rides in the higher altitudes. It produces a power of 18bhp @9500 rpm and a torque of 14nm @7000 rpm. The bike only supports the electric start system. Benelli 180S is specially known for its 3-Spark Plug System engine design. What this does is; it supports better combustion which gives a better throttle response and acceleration at the negligible cost of fuel efficiency. Due to this feature, in real-world situations, performance, rideability and acoustics are refined to its peak. Its top speed is marked at 120km/h and the riding range is 400km. Although the fuel tank looks muscular the capacity is only 10 liters. Manufacturer claimed mileage of 40-42 kmpl is quite commendable for motorcycles in this segment. The wet multi plate clutch gives the engine a better acceleration due to managed friction of the clutch plates. The 180s has a 6-speed gearbox which can be seen through the massive increase in the bike's acceleration along with increased fuel economy and reduced engine wear. Due to these reasons, this bike goes from 0 to 100km within 14-15 seconds which is commendable.
The Benelli 180S comes with Six-spoke cast aluminum alloy wheels that fall into the lightweight category. It measures at 100/80-17 front tyre and a 130/70-17 rear tyre. This streetfighter is equipped with grippy tubeless rubber front and rear tyres to avoid tyre slips, unfortunately, in comparison to its rivals, it is comparatively narrower. Its frame is an arch bar truck type lightweight frame which makes it a lightweight beast. The race-derived chassis of the bike helps it look even more put together. It has a wheelbase of 1,345 mm and its total length is 2,030 mm. The Benelli 180S offers a ground clearance of 170 mm and it has a seat height of 810 mm which is enough to ride through the bumpy roads of Nepal. Because its framing and wheels are made of a lightweight material, its kerb weight is only 147 kg and can handle a payload of around 185 kgs. The Braking System is provided with a powerful 260mm and 220mm twin-piston caliper disc brakes. Even though the front and rear wheels have powerful disc brakes, the bike heavily misses out on an Anti-lock Braking System that is seen on almost every bike out in the market. Being an entry-level street fighter, it is equipped with premium inverted front forks and a rear swingarm linked mono-shock absorber. The front suspension’s travel is 110 mm whereas the rear suspension’s travel is only 50 mm. This gives the rider better stability along with better contact with the road which makes the bike glide.
Benelli 180S is a premium motorcycle, known for its low weight, high power and attractive texture and appeal. Taking advantage of its 100+ years of manufacturing experience, Benelli has successfully launched this beast to the market. The 180S might resemble most of the KTM dukes, but it definitely has its own unique features. If the bike was equipped with BS6 emission standard and an ABS braking system it would have performed better, but with the features it currently possesses, it definitely is the adventurer and aggressive thrill of the hunt. Its price is Rs. 4,49,900 and is available in the color variants of black, red, white and neon. This beast definitely lies in the premium segment. Talking about comfort, this bike is not ideal for long rides, but is a dream for the adventure seeking riders.