A Chinese authority has released information and an image of the Benelli 902 S, a naked bike that bears a strong resemblance to the 752 S. However, it boasts a larger engine size and more powerful capabilities.
In 2005, the Chinese company Qianjiang Group acquired the renowned Italian motorcycle brand Benelli. Fast forward to 2018, and one of the latest models from Benelli is the 752 S naked bike, with a rich QJ heritage. A few days ago, details of the upcoming Benelli 902 S version were unveiled through China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) database.
The Benelli 902 S shares many visual similarities with the well-known 752 S. From the black tubular space frame to the oval headlight and tapered mirrors, the design elements are nearly identical. The proportions of the tank and rear, as well as the golden fork tubes, also bear a striking resemblance to those of the 752 S. Additionally, both bikes have a stated wheelbase of 1,460 millimeters.
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The front and rear tyres seem the same – 120/70 ZR 17 and 180/55 ZR 17, respectively. Additionally, the full LED equipment, colour display of the dash, Marzocchi shock absorbers, Brembo brake calipers, and two-channel ABS all seem to be unchanged from the currently available top-of-the-line 752 S model.
The primary differentiating factor lies in the enlarged engine capacity of 904cc, a significant upgrade from the previous 754cc. This new in-line two-cylinder engine is found in the Benelli 902 S. Based on the specifications, this should lead to a considerable boost in power, estimated at around 105 hp compared to its previous output of 76 hp.
The Benelli 902 S will boast a top speed of 140mph, an improvement from its previous limit of 118mph. However, it is uncertain if this model will include traction control as the 752 S did not have it.
The Benelli 902 S has undergone some modifications, including its weight. Specifically, it now weighs 220 kilograms with a full tank, while its predecessor, the 752 S, was heavier at 232 kilos. Additionally, the maximum payload for the 902 S is slightly lower at 160 kilograms compared to the 752 S’s allowed payload of 174 kilograms.
The lingering uncertainties revolve around the possibility of the Benelli 902 S replacing or complementing the 752 S, and when exactly this change will occur. One pressing inquiry remains: what will be the price point? Our prediction is that Benelli aims to keep it around £7,000, considering that the current 752 S is currently on offer for £6,399.
So, to conclude: The Benelli 902 S is an exciting step forward from the Benelli 752 S, boasting a larger engine size, increased power, and lighter weight. While maintaining familiar features and dimensions, the 902 S can potentially be equipped with traction control due to its enhanced performance. Anticipated for release in 2024, the new naked bike from Benelli will have a powerful 105 hp, although details are still limited at this time. Keep watching!