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BENELLI BN600 (2014-on) Review

Published: 08 May 2015

It’s priced competitively and looks good – but then so is Kawasaki’s ER-6N

BENELLI BN600  (2014-on)

It’s priced competitively and looks good – but then so is Kawasaki’s ER-6N

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

On price alone the Benelli appears very tempting. It looks good, has some lovely Italian styling, and is a cool brand with some real kudos. The Brembo brakes, upside-down forks and nice little touches make it stand out in a competitive market. It doesn’t feel toy-like and has a big bike feel. Nor does it sound half-bad - there’s a bit of character in there trying to escape. 

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

At 220kg the BN is carrying some timber for a naked, entry-level 600 and you notice this weight as soon as you lift it off the side stand. The riding position feels sporty, slightly aggressive with the pegs set back slightly. Fuelling isn’t perfect though - it's snatchy on and off the throttle, while the revs don’t drop smoothly either. But the BN’s handling isn’t bad and the stopping power is rather good. Stability is excellent and the BN delivers a big bike feel which many owners will love. 

Engine 3 out of 5

The inline, four-cylinder, 16v engine is quite happy to rev and there’s a noticeable step in power at the top end. You don’t notice the poor fuelling as much in the upper reaches and you can start to have fun. There’s just enough power to loft the front in first gear with a whiff of clutch and it’s more than enough for new riders. But we still felt it lacked a little - 80bhp from a 600cc inline four pushing 220kg is not much to get excited about. 

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

Benelli have been making bikes for a long time but the BN600 is the first bike to come from them since since the takeover. It feels well put together, but only time will tell.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

In this price-conscious market the Benelli’s first trick is price. The BN will come in cheaper than Suzuki’s Gladius or GSX650F and a full grand cheaper than Honda’s Spanish-built Hornet.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Considering the budget price, the quality of the components used isn’t too shabby. Huge, locally-sourced Brembo radial brakes take care of the stopping power and the non-adjustable forks are upside-down 50mm items from Marzocchi, while the side-mounted rear shock is adjustable and by Sachs. On paper, the BN600 has a higher spec than most of the competition - can you name another bike under £5,500 with radial Brembo brakes and upside down forks?

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2014
Year discontinued -
New price £5,500
Used price £3,500 to £5,000
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £64
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 80 bhp
Max torque 38 ft-lb
Top speed 118 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
Specification
Engine size 600cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 600cc, inline four-cylinder
Frame type Chrome moly steel trellis and cast aluminium composite
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Seat height 800mm
Bike weight 220kg
Front suspension 50mm upside down Marzocchi forks, no adjustment
Rear suspension Single Sachs side-mounted rear shock with pre-load
Front brake 2 x 320mm disc with Brembo radial calipers
Rear brake 250mm disc with double piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x17

History & Versions

Model history

First new Benelli to be released under Chinese ownership in 2014

Other versions

None

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their BENELLI BN600 (2014-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.

Review your BENELLI BN600 (2014-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

24 December 2015 by Sagar

What can I say... It is fairly under rated by a lot of people just because it just made itinto the market. It is a beautiful bike, heavy on paper, but nimble in handling, easily flickable in heavy indian traffic, so any other country should be a piece of cake. Has enough power for city rides, though past 8k rpm, it rockets like a anything, you can't complaint about. Exhaust note is sweet and something to listen to all day along, replace them with ixil's and you can hear a mile away.. Overall a very affordable, practical, fast, aggressive, awesome sounding, italian, sturdy, reliable, bike; you can't complaint about it...

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
3 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
very well built
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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