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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

This is the smaller engined version of Benelli’s brilliant, but unfortunately rare Tre K 1130  sports tourer. We rate it highly: it’s comfy, easy to ride, sounds great, handles well and has a wild side for when the mood takes you. It’s not the obvious choice, which will actually a plus-point for many, but some will be sceptical, worried about possible reliability and after sales woes. But remember Benelli is now owned by China’s largest two-wheel producer, Qianjiang, who provide the cash for hot and cold running spares and there’s now and up-and-running UK importer to look after you too. It’s well worth taking a test ride.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The basic architecture of this fuel injected, liquid-cooled 105bhp three-cylinder engine can be traced all the back to the original Benelli Tornado superbike. Last year it also featured in the TNT899 super naked, but in this guise the motor is tuned for lots of real-world grunt and has a nice flat torque curve. There’s a healthy kick of power at high rpm and a wailing three-cylinder soundtrack to die for. The throttle response isn’t completely smooth at low revs but Benelli put this down to the fuel mapping they’ve had to use to pass Euro 3 emissions tests. This motor doesn’t have the slipper clutch of its bigger 1130cc brother, so there’s lots of engine braking off the throttle, which isn’t a problem, it just takes getting used to. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

The spacious riding position is perfect and the pegs and handlebars couldn’t be placed any more naturally for comfortable riding. The seat is nicely padded and there’s excellent wind protection from the manually adjusted screen. There’s a 20.7-litre fuel tank for big miles and it comes fitted with Dunlop’s brilliant RoadSmart sports touring tyres, which is MCN’s 2008 tyre of the year. The leverage offered by the wide bars make the Tre K 899 easy to flick through tight, twisty flip-flop corners. It’s as agile as a big supermoto, like the Ducati Hypermotard or KTM990SM or SMT. With a chassis set-up perfected by test rider and ex-Bimota works racer Gianluca Galasso, the Benelli is stable in the corners and offers lots of feedback, despite have non-adjustable 50mm Marzocchi forks and a Sachs rear shock adjustable for preload and rebound damping only.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

To keep costs down, the Tre K 899 doesn’t have fully-adjustable suspension and is missing some of the fancy panels and bellypan of the Tre K 1130, but there’s still an impressive level of equipment, like 50mm Marzocchi forks, Brembo brakes and a manually adjustable screen. There’s a full range of aftermarket goodies available from luggage to Ohlins suspension. Compare and buy parts for the Benelli TRE K 899 in the MCN Shop.

Benelli Tre K 899 (2009-current)

Detail Value
New price £7,995
Dealer used prices
£5,000 (2011) - £5,000 (2011)
Private used prices
£4,500 (2011) - £4,500 (2011)
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Engine size 898 cc
Power 105 bhp
Top speed 140 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 4 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

There’s no denying Benelli had some quality and reliability issues in the past, but with the new Chinese owners aboard things have changed at Benelli. Although outwardly the Italian firm’s basic line-up doesn’t seem to have changed over the years, there has been a lot of research and development behind the scenes to make their motorcycles more rugged and reliable. Build quality on the Tre K 899 is very good, we’ll have to wait to see how it stands the test of time.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

In today’s market, the Tre K 899 looks good value for money. For your hard-earned you get exclusivity, a historic badge on the fuel tank, a rasping soundtrack, practicality, comfort and lots of fun. In short, it’s a superb machine. Find a Benelli Tre-K 899 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 17 of 17

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Model History

2009 – Tre K 899 launched.

Other Versions

Benelli Tre K 1130 - the 899's big brother.

Specifications

Top speed 140 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.7 secs
Max power 105 bhp
Max torque 55 ft-lb
Weight 210 kg
Seat height 810 mm
Fuel capacity 20.7 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 898 cc
Engine specification 12-valve, inline-triple
Frame Steel trellis/cast ali
Front suspension adjustment Non-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Preload and rebound damping
Front brakes 2 x 320mm discs
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 17 in
Rear tyre size 180/55 17 in

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(1 review)

  • Tre K 899

    Capedwgi

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I only paid £6299 new so it should get 10 stars for value.

    12 June 2011

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