BENELLI TNT 899 (2008-on) Review

Published: 09 December 2008

"Smooth, refined, fast, fun and excellent value for money"

Benelli TNT 899S - action

"Smooth, refined, fast, fun and excellent value for money"

  • At a glance
  • 899cc  -  118 bhp
  • 33 mpg  -  117 miles range
  • Insurance group: 17 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (820mm)
  • £9,499

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The Benelli TNT super naked has been with us now, almost unchanged since 2004. Early 1130cc models were snarling, brutal, wheelie-prone monsters with a savage-sounding wail from its three into one underseat exhaust. But these very early models could be temperamental things, but since Benelli was bought by the Chinese Qiangiang Group (they produce over 1.2-million two-wheelers a year over there), money has been poured into making the Benelli TNT more refined and reliable. The Benelli 899S is powered by a reworked version of the old Benelli Tornado superbike engine and is arguably the best TNT to come out of the factory gates in Pesaro, Italy. It’s smooth, refined, fast, fun and excellent value for money too. Benelli also do an 899T, which has a slightly lower spec and non-adjustable suspension for £200 less.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Gifted test rider Gianluca Galasso and ex-factory Bimota rider is in charge of the development at Benelli nowadays and his mark is all over the TNT 899S. No longer are TNTs set up like a plank of wood, the suspension on this one is beautifully plush. The Benelli TNT 899S rides the bumps beautifully, but when you turn up the wick through the bends it stays nice and composed. Around town, the roomy, upright riding position is comfy and the wide bars give you lots of control. Non-radial brakes are up to the job, but the high all-up weight of the bike stops the Benelli from scoring a perfect five.

Engine 4 out of 5

Although the same basic architecture remains, the old 899cc in-line three cylinder Benelli Tornado engine gets new internals to make the Benelli TNT 899S more tractable, less fierce and simple to live with. It boasts a new cylinder head, pistons, cams and revised ignition mapping and unlike Benellis of old, all the on/off jerkiness has gone when you’re feathering the throttle at low revs. This makes the Benelli TNT 899S lovely to ride around town and much more predictable through the bends too. Acceleration isn’t up there with the Triumph Speed Triples and KTM Super Dukes of the world as it only has 118bhp and is quite heavy (it weighs 199kg), but there’s still plenty of performance to be had and a screaming exhaust note to savour at high revs. This brilliant new motor makes the Benelli TNT 899S seem like a completely new model, despite its familiar clothes.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

If Benellis had have been made like this in the first place we reckon they would be a lot more successful. The Benelli TNT 899S is well built and refined beyond recognition compared to the original TNT. For piece of mind, there’s now a full-blown UK importer in place (www.motogb.co.uk) to take care of spares and servicing.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

£7649 buys you a lot of Italian-built style, attitude and exclusivity and now, excellent build-quality and, we hope reliability too. If you’re in the market for a super naked that’s different, but easy to live with, the Benelli TNT 899S won’t disappoint. It’s just a shame that Benelli left it this long to give us what we wanted. We hope it’s not too late. Find a Benelli TNT 899 for sale.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

You get a lot of nice toys with the Benelli 899S, like fully adjustable suspension, Brembo calipers, carbon fibre infil panels and front mudguard. The swooping tubular steel trellis frame with its cast aluminium swingarm pivot still looks great after all these years and the tubular steel swingarm, complete with its eccentric adjusters are a work of art too. Compare and buy products for the Beneli TNT 899S in the MCN Shop.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their BENELLI TNT 899 (2008-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Fantastic bike

05 May 2010 by tntyliss

Not a bike for urban riding but superb for twisty mountain roads. Pure joy to ride it. Fantastic. Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2008
Year discontinued -
New price £9,499
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 118 bhp
Max torque 65 ft-lb
Top speed 145 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.7 secs
Average fuel consumption 33 mpg
Tank range 117 miles
Specification
Engine size 899cc
Engine type 12-valve, in-line-triple
Frame type Tubular steel trellis/cast aluminium
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 199kg
Front suspension Fully-adjustable
Rear suspension Fully-adjustable
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 17 in
Rear tyre size 190/50 17 in

History & Versions

Model history

2008 – Benelli TNT 899S introduced.

Other versions

TNT 899T, TNT 1130 K, TNT 1130 Sport, TNT 1130 Titanium.

Photo Gallery

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  • Benelli TNT 899S - action
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  • Benelli TNT 899S - action
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  • Benelli TNT 899S - front on
  • Benelli TNT 899S - rear shock
  • Benelli TNT 899S - TNT logo
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  • Benelli TNT 899S - filler cap
  • Benelli TNT 899S - tank flag detail
  • Benelli TNT 899S - engine
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