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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

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.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

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.

Benelli Tre K 1130 (2006-current)

Detail Value
New price £8,495
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Engine size 1130 cc
Power 123 bhp
Top speed 140 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 3
Value rating is 4 rating is 3.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3

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

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

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.

Insurance

Insurance group: 17 of 17

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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.

Specifications

Top speed 140 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.5 secs
Max power 123 bhp
Max torque 85 ft-lb
Weight 205 kg
Seat height 810 mm
Fuel capacity 21 litres
Average fuel consumption 35 mpg
Tank range 162 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 1130 cc
Engine specification 12v in-line-triple, 6 gears
Frame Tubular steel trellis/cast aluminium
Front suspension adjustment Preload, compression, rebound
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, compression, rebound
Front brakes 2 x 320mm discs
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17 in
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17 in

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(5 reviews)

  • Not for everyone

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    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 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.

    19 April 2012

  • Bought with the heart and not the head

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 2.5

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    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 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 .

    13 January 2012

  • my 1st italian

    trek164

    Average rating rating is 4

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    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 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.

    14 June 2009

  • Be different...

    AFree

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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.

    16 July 2008

  • trek on

    porterboy

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 a gallon?

    07 July 2007

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ackers

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Benelli Blues

Well I am now enetering the 10th month of my ownership of my Tre-K Amazonas 1130cc and it has managed 6 weeks on the road with the majority of the rest of the time either in Millenium Motorcycle's workshop or laid up at home with a cracked frame.

I hopefully will be picking it up on Friday with a brand spanking new frame and a new gearbox output shaft that had worn out in 8000 miles.

If all the planets align I should have a bike that is totally transformed into a fast, smooth, edgy, bike that I can really live with. If, however, my experience of modern 'mechanics' is anything to go by, I will have a pile of cr*p that has been lashed together by the work experience 'monkey'!! I could have done the work perfectly myself in a week - it has taken them 4 months (although most of this time they have been waiting for Benelli's ridiculously slow parts distribution to arrive).

I think I'll buy a classic and fettle it myself! If riding modern bikes means dealing with dealers then I dont want any part of it. Now then a nice Ural 650 should fit the bill!!!  

 

04 January 2012 13:49

terry52

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Benelli Trek 1130

What can i say 20008 model have had for 1 year and done 5,000 miles on it now reads 10,700 it drinks fuel how ever you ride it, Fast, Slow what ever. My vfr800 out handles it and that has 40,000 miles on it. In traffic I can not get the thing in neutral you catch wing mirrors when filtering on vans if not careful because the handle bars and then the mirrors make it as wide as a gold wing seat hurts you after 30 miles riding as seat so thin, rust on wing mirror stems common fault, try trading one in they are worth nothing as a px by way before any one comments I ride 25000 miles a year and have tried most makes and every type of bike and this is my view you may not agree but except it for that what comments are for good or bad

15 June 2011 22:41

zonda

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benelli TRE K

A totally brilliant bike. Looks very "edgy" and sounds fantastic over 6,000 revs. and goes like shit off a shovel.

Handles well - did a track day at Donnington in 2009 - managed to grind out right footpeg and hit 130 mph plus - all without falling off - for a change !

Tours well and now have hard luggage fitted - off to Austria and Italy in June 2010. Only black mark was  in France in 2009 - alternaror packed up on day 2 of holiday ! Cost an arm/leg but after a lot of hassle managed to get it all back on warranty.

As yet - have never seen anothet TRE K in all my travels - have done 12,000 miles so far. Anyone out there in the north west with a TRE K ?

21 February 2010 19:41

mcnandbiked

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Tre K fuel and vibes

Hello, any comments on highish fuel consumption and reviewers reports of vibes at higher revs. I commute high mileage.

20 June 2009 10:13

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