A stylish cruiser that’s attractive to the eyes as well as the wallet

If you have your eye on a cruiser but also on a tight budget, then the Benelli Motobi 200 is the motorcycle for you. Often mistaken as a big bike, the profile is definitely oozing with adrenalin. With “Big and little “ tires, swept-back handle bar and relaxed sitting position, its definitely a looker.

Running around the city, the Motobi proved its mettle in the urban jungle. The sporty ride it gives makes it exciting to use.

Powertrain

The Benelli Motobi is powered by a 4-stroke, 2-valve, 197cc, single piston engine that’s fed by fuel injection instead of the expected traditional carb. With a maximum Power  rating of 12.7 hp and 13.0Nm/6000rpm, it has enough grunt to propel the solo rider to satisfactory performance. The 5-speed transmission is geared properly for easy city and highway cruise, although a 6-speed is preferable.

Up front

The handle bar is a bit swept back for more relaxed arm position. The cockpit is of classic influence, with a single round digital gauge. The layout is easily readable, with the speedometer dominating the center. The tachometer is fashionably displayed at a semi round pattern, with round light indicators at the bottom. A selector button also changes the display.

Suspension

An angled telescopic fork provides stability, with Big disc brakes upfront and rear providing ample stopping power. Even with a pillion rider is accommodated, courtesy of the single oil damper spring suspension.

Verdict

The Benelli Motobi is very ideal for everyday city jaunts. The 200cc engine displacement is not a lot, but with today’s traffic, it’s actually more than enough. Compared to other brands with 110,125 or even 150cc powerplants. The Motobi is fast and nimble. Cornering takes a little style, but stability is felt. The big tires may look wild, but may result in more stiffness, especially if riding solo.

A remnant of the past: A kick start pedal!

Good looks aside, the Benelli Motobi is a thrill to ride. An upright riding position gives a relaxed posture as well as a commanding front vision. The foot pegs are centered, giving the legs and knees a comfortable angle. Even small riders are comfortable riding in the Motobi, however; too tall persons may find it a little cramped. It is a small bike after all.

With that, the Benelli Motobi is the ideal entry-level cruiser; Good looks with power. Now that’s a combination.

SRP: PHP120K

Dimensions

  • Seating: 2
  • Height: 1050 mm
  • Width: 800 mm
  • Ground Clearance: 150 mm
  • Dry Weight: 156 kg
  • Wheel Base: 1440 mm
  • Length: 2140 mm
  • Seat Height: 715 mm

Tires

  • Front Tire: 90/90 R17
  • Rear Tire: 130/90 R15

Engine Specs

  • Exhaust: Single Exhaust
  • Chain Drive
  • Liquid Cooled
  • 4-Stroke
  • Displacement: 197 cc
  • Valves Per Cylinder2
  • Compression Ratio: 8.3:1
  • Lubrication System: Pressure Splash
  • Clutch TypeWet, Multi-Plate
  • Maximum Torque: 13.9 Nm/6,000rpm
  • Fuel Tank Size11.8 L
  • Top Speed: 120 kmph
  • Maximum Power12.7 hp

For more information, visit your nearest Benelli Motocycles Dealer or log in at https://philippines.benelli.com

Text/images by Earl Manalansan

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