BENELLI TRE K 1130 (2006-on) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"Arguably the most 'complete' motorcycle from Benelli in modern times"

Benelli Tre K 1130 motorcycle review - Riding

"Arguably the most 'complete' motorcycle from Benelli in modern times"

  • At a glance
  • 1130cc  -  123 bhp
  • 35 mpg  -  162 miles range
  • Medium seat height (810mm)
  • £8,495

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Arguably the most ‘complete’ motorcycle from Benelli in modern times. It may be ironic that the best bike this Italian firm, which is steeped in racing history, has built isn’t a superbike, but the Benelli Tre K is a superb, Multistrada-esque, do-anything, all-purpose street motorcycle and it really is very, very good.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

One of the things that makes the Benelli Tre K so good is its versatility on the road. An upright riding position, soft suspension, comfy seat and decent wind protection make it easy to live with but it also rewards when you want to play. The Benelli Tre K's supple suspension offers lots of control and the chassis won’t go all wobbly at the knees during bouts of hard riding.

Engine 4 out of 5

Big Benellis have rasping in-line-three-cylinder engines and the Tre K is no different. Its 1030cc motor is also used in the Café Racer, TNT and Tornado but for the Tre K is retuned for mid-range usability. As well as making a beautiful high-pitched racket like a NASCAR on helium when you thrash it, there’s a nice spread of usable power right through the rev-range too.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

There are plenty of nice touches on the Benelli Tre K such as a beautifully made tubular steel frame and swingarm, the styling is funky and quality items like Marzocchi forks, Brembo brakes and an Extreme Tech rear shock come as standard. With new management, a new UK importer and stricter quality control, Benelli is addressing reliability problems of old.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

Costing £8349 the Benelli Tre K is a lot of bike for the money. It’s fun, easy to ride and versatile; the badge on the tank adds extra kudos too. This could be the bike that takes Benelli forward into the 21st Century. Find a Benelli Tre K 1130 for sale.

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Equipment 3 out of 5

Standard fare is on par with the Benelli Tre K’s closest rival: the Ducati Multistrada. There are no real juicy gadgets or ABS but you get a decent half-fairing with adjustable screen to keep off windblast on long journeys, and there are panniers and sat nav available as options. Compare and buy parts for the Benelli Tre-K in the MCN Shop.

Owners' Reviews

5 owners have reviewed their BENELLI TRE K 1130 (2006-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 3.8 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.6 out of 5
Engine 4.8 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3.4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3.6 out of 5
Equipment 3.8 out of 5
4 out of 5

Not for everyone

19 April 2012 by Anonymous

The Trek is a bit like marmite you'll either love it or hate it. Me? I love mine. The engine is a thing of joy, the exhaust sounds fabulous. Ok it sounds like a bag on nails when it starts but that means little once you are on the move. For me the... Read more Trek is comfortable and I can easily do 3 or 4 hours with out getting that numb bum feeling. The suspension copes with most that I have chucked at it. The chain is a doodle to adjust. Due to the design of the adjuster there is no need to check alignment after adjustment. Its a tall bike and I had to have mine lowered this didnt upset the handling at all. It is not all positive. As many have commented some of the finish leave a lot to be desired. The sub frame is shedding its paint (but then so did my Guzzi 750 Breva) The mirror stems are rust magnets. Getting spares can be slow but this seems to be getting a little better. Benellis in general need to be service by knowledgeable mechanics and there aren't many of those around. When I first got my bike I had some fuelling problems, which needed a new TPS and remap. One of the rear indicators broke off which was sorted under warranty. I had problems with the speedo which was traced to a terminal in a connector not being correctly inserted. But since then I have experienced no further reliability issues. The bike starts first time all the time (even when left for 2 weeks when I forgot to put it on the battery tender). The screen and fairing are adequate. There is bog all storage under the seat. Finding neutral can be a pain sometimes when stopped. My Trek has the drinking habits of Father Jack, averaging between 33 and 37 MPG. If you are thinks of getting one make sure you get a fairly long test ride. 20 minutes will not enough.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 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
2 out of 5

Bought with the heart and not the head

13 January 2012 by Anonymous

This for me was at the time the greatest bike ,i loved every minute of riding it while it was actually on the road .For all its faults i still love it ,the looks ,the engine performance ,the handling etc all great .The downsides for me have been its... Read more reliability and quality of finish and the fact that the manufacture was well aware of other potential defects waiting to happen .Due to the amount of repeated failures i have had and the the time it has been off the road that is why i have scored it as i have . That said the finish on the latest ones has improved a lot and the front suspension has been fixed .Due to the faults ,that are not suffered by all i must add the value of the bike has been badly de valued .The package to me was the best compromise between sports bike and tourer and it looks superb .The bike has bags of engine character and a sound that is so addictive .I have yet to find another bike that i love so much yet really hate it at the same time .I have called mine the ex wife as like her it will have to go in the end .Spare parts for repairs are long winded in there arrival a lot of the time .The only pice of advice i will give is if you buy one make sure you get it from a dealer who actually knows what he is talking about .Service and history are paramount .I now buy with the head and would not buy another .

Overall Rating 2 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 1 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 1 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

my 1st italian

14 June 2009 by trek164

this is very nearly a perfect all rounder its defo the best compromise between sport and tourer in my opinion .my face allways has a big smile when i take the trek out .if i was to complain the only item at fault really has been the finish on the... Read more mirror stems and paint peeling on the rear sub frame and peg hangers but this should be getting done under warranty i hope .I might add that usually we all nearly want to change loads of parts on our machines but this bike the only thing i had improved was the seat and lowered the bike an 1" as its a bit tall.

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

Be different...

16 July 2008 by AFree

Just a brilliant motorcycle. If you're after a Tiger or similar all rounder make sure you try the TreK...you won't be sorry. Read more

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

trek on

07 July 2007 by porterboy

really pleased with the trek, it does everything. i have just done a tour in france it didn`t miss a beat even after two days of rain. fuel consumption is an issue but i am waiting for a new fuel map from benelli who say i should see another 15 miles... Read more a gallon?

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 5 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2006
Year discontinued -
New price £8,495
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 123 bhp
Max torque 85 ft-lb
Top speed 140 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.5 secs
Average fuel consumption 35 mpg
Tank range 162 miles
Specification
Engine size 1130cc
Engine type 12v in-line-triple, 6 gears
Frame type Tubular steel trellis/cast aluminium
Fuel capacity 21 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 205kg
Front suspension Preload, compression, rebound
Rear suspension Preload, compression, rebound
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17 in
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17 in

History & Versions

Model history

2006: Benelli Tre K launched in September.

Other versions

Amazonas: Adventure bike version with off-road wheels and tyres, wavy discs hand guards and taller screen. Launched in 2007 costing £200 more than stock Tre-K.

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