Benelli TNT 125 (2020 - on) Review
- Simple, small and lightweight
- Cheap to buy and run
- Great fun around town
At a glance
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
If you are into small-wheeled bikes, and not everyone is, the Benelli TNT 125 delivers in every aspect. As well as being remarkable value for money, its styling is wonderfully flamboyant and the ride quality on a par with what you would expect on such a genre of bike.
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Although not quite as prevalent as with the Honda MSX125 Grom, you can still buy hop-up parts for the TNT (big-bore etc), meaning you can customise it further or just go bonkers with the motor’s performance...
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
Small wheels, a 124kg wet weight and a 1215mm wheelbase means that the TNT is super-agile, especially when 90kg of rider starts to add some influence with their body poition!
In town the Benelli zips through gaps and on the open road it is pleasingly stable in a straight line while still retaining its agility in bends. The suspension is perfectly acceptable for the speed of the bike and the combined brakes (the TNT lacks ABS) have enough bite to lock the front or do a stoppie if you hammer them hard enough - although you can’t do skids as the rear brake is linked to the front.
Comfort isn’t really a consideration on a small-wheeled bike but taller riders should note that the TNT’s tank’s recesses are too low to slot your knees into, meaning their pointy edge presses uncomfortably on your leg. With a 780mm seat height, high bars and low pegs the TNT is about as ergonomically-pleasing as a bike like this ever can be.
EngineNext up: Reliability
You can’t expect too much from a 125cc air-cooled single but the TNT’s five-speed engine buzzes along merrily and will hold 60mph, which is more than enough on a bike with 12-inch wheels that is only a meter tall!
Its twin-spark head is also pretty efficient with economy figures in the 120mpg range easily achievable and it makes a decent 11.1bhp with 7.4ftlb of torque.
In town it is more than fast enough accelerating away from the lights and the clutch action very light and gearbox positive. The mirrors vibrate like crazy but the little engine is generally being thrashed to hell so what do you expect?
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
Owned by the Chinese company Qianjiang, all Benellis are built in China but the styling and R&D department is based in Italy. Qianjiang’s parent company is Geely Holding Group, an automotive manufacturer that owns Volvo and Lotus so they are far from small players, which is reassuring in terms of spare parts supply.
When you pay such a low price for a bike you have to expect some compromises however there is nothing to hint at a lack of build quality and the 125cc motor is a reliable unit that is tried and tested.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
If you want to finance it, Benelli are offering a HP deal at 6.9% APR that sees you paying £67.62 a month over three years after a £99 deposit. Finance packages can be taken out over 60, 48, 36 or 24 month periods.
Benelli have focused more on the TNT’s styling than its equipment level and you have to say they have done a great job with lovely details such as its twin stacked exhausts, trellis frame, bold paint and spider eye headlights.
The LCD dash has a fuel gauge, clock and trips but there is no gear indicator and the brakes are combined and therefore lack an ABS system. There again, what equipment do you really expect on a bike such as this and the TNT does have inverted forks and adjustable spring preload on its shock, which is good.
|Engine type||Air-cooled, 4v, single|
|Frame type||High-tensile tubular steel trellis|
|Fuel capacity||7.2 litres|
|Front suspension||35mm inverted forks, non-adjustable|
|Rear suspension||Monoshock, adjustable spring preload|
|Front brake||1 x 210mm disc with three-piston caliper. Linked brakes|
|Rear brake||190mm single disc with single-piston caliper. Linked brakes|
|Front tyre size||120/70 x 12|
|Rear tyre size||130/70 x 12|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||120 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£20|
|Annual service cost||-|
|Used price||£1,900 - £2,100|
How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two years|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||11 bhp|
|Max torque||7.4 ft-lb|
|Top speed||65 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||200 miles|
Model history & versions
- 2017: The Benelli TNT 125 is launched.
- 2020: Small upgrades are made to the styling and motor’s ECU.
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