2014 Benelli BN600 GT PreviewBenelli, the Pesaro-based Italian motorcycle manufacturer, has created a 600cc sport tourer based on its popular BN 600 – the BN 600 GT.
Speaking of the BN 600 GT, Benelli says “a bike easy, comfortable, versatile, with soft and sinuous forms, with which anyone can find a super confidence, appreciating immediately all the qualities.“A perfect vehicle for those who, riding the two wheels, runs throughout the year many miles: BN 600 GT in fact can be considered as a viable alternative to the car for the life of every day and on weekends, this Benelli motorcycle became the ideal travel companion to escape from the routine of the city.”This mid-sized motorcycle features same liquid-cooled, DOHC inline four found in the BN600R. The four-valves-per-cylinder engine produces 82 horsepower at 11,000 rpm, and 41 ft/lbs of torque at 8000 rpm.The powerplant features Electronic Fuel Injection that feeds through four 38mm throttle bodies. The engine is hooked to a six-speed racing transmission with “well-spaced gear engagement” for maximum performance.The BN 600 GT features a steel trellis frame, with the rear in aluminum allow casting for weight savings; all together, the BN 600 GT weighs 492 lbs.The suspension system consists of a 50mm upside-down front fork, and a rear aluminium alloy swingarm with rear shock absorber in extension hydraulic and spring preload adjustment.Braking is handled by two 320mm twin floating discs up front squeezed by radial calipers, and a 260mm single disk out back squeezed by a double-piston caliper.The BN 600 GT rolls on 17″ aluminum alloy wheels shod in 120/70 (front) and 180/55 (rear) tires.Knowing riders will use this sport tourer on long-distance rides, Benelli enhanced the BN 600 GT with a 7.1-gallon fuel tank.The 2014 Benelli BN 600 GT will arrive in white and black, and will be available by summer at a price to be determined.Benelli has also unveiled the BN 302, an entry-level naked sportbike.
KTM RC 390 and Gordon McCall of Quail Motorcycle Gathering
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This week features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the new KTM RC 390. The entry-level KTM has always been an impressive motorcycle that has sold extremely well, however the factory has now taken the bike to another level, with top-spec features that are typically found on flagship machines. Clearly KTM has realized that even smaller engined machines should have high spec suspension, brakes and electronics packages. Nic tells us how well the new RC 390 is equipped, and what he thought of riding the smaller displacement rocket.
In the second segment I chat with automotive and motorcycle industry icon, Gordon McCall. Gordon is the Director of Motorsports at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley, California.
This weekend of Saturday May 14th sees the annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering re-start after its Covid-forced hiatus, and having attended every one of the previous Motorcycle Gatherings, personally I’m very happy that the event is back on the schedule. Gordon chats about the event and a little of what’s happening this year. It’s a great event and if you feel like a trip to the gorgeous Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, you’ll get to meet Gordon, Roland Sands, and of course a large number of stunning motorcycles too.
From all of us at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!