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    Just returned an 03 tornado

    Hi,
    Had to post on this topic, just returned an 03 tornado after keeping it only 1month, had an 05 rsvr instead. The tornado looked beutifull but never completed a journey without requiring breakdown recovery. What makes this worse is all the probs (mostly electrical) are common to most tornado plz see the bennelli forums my advise dont touch a benelli with a ten foot pole, only benelli specialists stand a chance of finding reliability, if you do buy one first check factory recalls are done on all 03/04 models the clutch baskets fail if not replaced (as was the case with mine) new engine! then the electronics are hopeless majority of owners experience dashboards resets frequently (mine every time i turned it off) the last straw for me after a morning waiting to be recovered again with the bike running with no key in ignition and cutting out when i tried to ride off, was the lack of interest by benelli told me straight that although most my probs are factory re-calls as the bike just out of benelli warranty id have to pay for everything. If your thinking about buying check there forums first see what your in for, or feel free to e-mail me markbunce@btinternet.com
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    Man...that sucks...that's one of the most beautiful bikes ever too
    "Tuono doesn't want to gently take your hand and guide you on a trip, it wants to rip it off and run away with it! I always get the feeling that to ride a Tuono you have to be a real man, prepared to fight it every step of the way, where as on the Triumph you can have an off day and not be left feeling inadequate"
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    hi beau 1k

    Hi mate, forgot to say how dissapointed i was because as you say they are in my opinion the most beutifull bike ive ever seen, let down greatly by bad support, and a lack of development, in fairness though benelli were in financial trouble when the tre was developed they have since been brought out by a large chinese company so maybe things will get better just want to warn people to research before they buy so they dont go through what i did, but im sure there are some happy owners out there too.
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    Chinese Benelli

    So...what do they call it "Binerri"?
    "Tuono doesn't want to gently take your hand and guide you on a trip, it wants to rip it off and run away with it! I always get the feeling that to ride a Tuono you have to be a real man, prepared to fight it every step of the way, where as on the Triumph you can have an off day and not be left feeling inadequate"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beau1K
    Chinese Benelli

    So...what do they call it "Binerri"?
    I'm speechless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdgarza
    (What do they call it)? What he said, LOL. Why are you, Kilat, speechless?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kilat
    I'm speechless.
    Ahhh...come on...that was some funny shit!

    When you "get it" from reading text...you know it's good
    "Tuono doesn't want to gently take your hand and guide you on a trip, it wants to rip it off and run away with it! I always get the feeling that to ride a Tuono you have to be a real man, prepared to fight it every step of the way, where as on the Triumph you can have an off day and not be left feeling inadequate"
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    That really is a shame.

    I think that Benelli has considerable potential and I really hope that the new corporate governance can get the quality control issues solved.

    The liter class (and above) triple could be a very good and desirable piece.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve / AF1 Racing
    That really is a shame.

    I think that Benelli has considerable potential and I really hope that the new corporate governance can get the quality control issues solved.

    The liter class (and above) triple could be a very good and desirable piece.
    I really like their bikes...and their shotguns aint too shabby either
    "Tuono doesn't want to gently take your hand and guide you on a trip, it wants to rip it off and run away with it! I always get the feeling that to ride a Tuono you have to be a real man, prepared to fight it every step of the way, where as on the Triumph you can have an off day and not be left feeling inadequate"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve / AF1 Racing
    That really is a shame.

    I think that Benelli has considerable potential and I really hope that the new corporate governance can get the quality control issues solved.

    The liter class (and above) triple could be a very good and desirable piece.
    Hi steve,
    Totally agree mate and i must say that when the tre ran it was a pretty special experiance, you also get a lot of attention/interest from other bikers, i had people ask if they could take a pic of it. I dont wish to sound as though i am slating benneli, all i wanted to do was make people aware that there bikes pre chinese buy out had several issues some of which are serious and potentialy dangerous and to research before buying. I applaud any small or large bike company that tries to develop a bike thats a bit different to the norm, the industry needs it lets face it fireblades,gsxrs,R1 although great bikes in there own rite are basically the same e.g. the new blade is pretty much identical the the R1.

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    Not sure I take to the shape very well although iit's definitely a looker.
    Very iconic as a motorcycle, if not a bit like a retro-cafe style racer.

    It's very brave of you to buy a specialist Italian Benelli in the heart of England! The back-up and dealer support is the first thing I looked into before going for an Aprilia. I had the heebie-jeebies choosing between an Aprilia and a Ducati, with Aprilia being held by much smaller dealers. At the end of the day, the Ducati dealer closed down both the branches I was looking at, and the smaller family run Aprilia dealer is still going strong.

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    I think their a step ahead of you!

    I m enjoying my TRE sorry to hear your troubles.
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    Well.....

    I hope the new ownership can do better than the Laverda fiasco a few years ago.

    I bought the 1999 Lav 750S based on how much I loved my SF2 - there was no comparison in the bikes ( I love the SF2 much more than the new bike). The dealer support struggled at best; it was easier to get parts for the '70s machines than it was to get parts from the dealer for the new bikes. I loved the new Lav for the rarity factor ( I was the _only_ guy riding a silver and orange in the San Francisco Bay ) but that wasn't satisfying enough in the long run.

    A year after I bought the Lav the San Francisco Aprilia dealer told me that Aprilia's only competition in regards to dealer support was Honda.

    Am I interested in a Benelli Triple? Of course. But I would buy a Triumph Speed triple any day of the week instead of the Benelli - Triumph has passed the test of time. Besides, a guy I met that once owned a Jota told me that the Triumph triple he owned never gave him the problems of the Italian machine - and the Triumph was an "angry" motorcycle.

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    Am I interested in the new Benelli bikes? Sure. Would I buy a new '06 or '07 model? Probably, as soon as I get enough dough to buy one.
    I do still like my Aprilia, too, and the current one isn't my first one, and probably not the last one, either.

    I have had the chance of test riding most of the '07 models of both Benelli and Triumph during this season. Even though I like both triples, (and some of the Triumph twins), a side by side test ride of TnT Sport and TreK vs. Speed Triple and the new Tiger was pretty interesting. In both cases the Benellis won my heart and my, um, backside. They were both more engaging, better handling, perhaps, better riding position and more fun in general than their Hinckley counterparts. IMO, anyway.

    Both brands and each model are very nice bikes, though. I work in a Benelli and Triumph dealership these days, so I actually sell both of those triples. Even though I get to see both of those side by side, I think I would choose a Pesaro triple for myself. I might not recommend the Pesaro triple to someone already fixed on the Hinckley triple, though, because Triumph aren't too shabby, either, and Benelli will never be everyone's cup of tea. They will appeal a smaller and quirkier audience, even though they are pretty good and reliable bikes these days.

    If you decide to buy a Benelli, just make sure you'll have it serviced and/or tuned by a proper Benelli mechanic who knows his stuff, not by some lawnmower or car mechanic. Or even by some average Jap bike mechanic.

    The Benelli mechanics that know their stuff know that quite a few things can be done to the Benellis, and things that can be installed to Triumphs, like Tuneboy software, can also be installed in the Benellis, which may improve the performance of each triple brands.
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