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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- Front Tire: 90/90 R17
- Rear Tire: 130/90 R15
- Exhaust: Single Exhaust
- Chain Drive
- Liquid Cooled
- 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