BENELLI TRE K 899 (2009 - 2014) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£150|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
This is the smaller engined version of Benelli’s brilliant, but unfortunately rare Tre K 1130 sports tourer. We rate it highly: it’s comfy, easy to ride, sounds great, handles well and has a wild side for when the mood takes you. It’s not the obvious choice, which will actually a plus-point for many, but some will be sceptical, worried about possible reliability and after sales woes. But remember Benelli is now owned by China’s largest two-wheel producer, Qianjiang, who provide the cash for hot and cold running spares and there’s now and up-and-running UK importer to look after you too. It’s well worth taking a test ride.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
The spacious riding position is perfect and the pegs and handlebars couldn’t be placed any more naturally for comfortable riding. The seat is nicely padded and there’s excellent wind protection from the manually adjusted screen. There’s a 20.7-litre fuel tank for big miles and it comes fitted with Dunlop’s brilliant RoadSmart sports touring tyres, which is MCN’s 2008 tyre of the year. The leverage offered by the wide bars make the Tre K 899 easy to flick through tight, twisty flip-flop corners. It’s as agile as a big supermoto, like the Ducati Hypermotard or KTM990SM or SMT. With a chassis set-up perfected by test rider and ex-Bimota works racer Gianluca Galasso, the Benelli is stable in the corners and offers lots of feedback, despite have non-adjustable 50mm Marzocchi forks and a Sachs rear shock adjustable for preload and rebound damping only.
EngineNext up: Reliability
The basic architecture of this fuel injected, liquid-cooled 105bhp three-cylinder engine can be traced all the back to the original Benelli Tornado superbike. Last year it also featured in the TNT899 super naked, but in this guise the motor is tuned for lots of real-world grunt and has a nice flat torque curve. There’s a healthy kick of power at high rpm and a wailing three-cylinder soundtrack to die for. The throttle response isn’t completely smooth at low revs but Benelli put this down to the fuel mapping they’ve had to use to pass Euro 3 emissions tests. This motor doesn’t have the slipper clutch of its bigger 1130cc brother, so there’s lots of engine braking off the throttle, which isn’t a problem, it just takes getting used to.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
There’s no denying Benelli had some quality and reliability issues in the past, but with the new Chinese owners aboard things have changed at Benelli. Although outwardly the Italian firm’s basic line-up doesn’t seem to have changed over the years, there has been a lot of research and development behind the scenes to make their motorcycles more rugged and reliable. Build quality on the Tre K 899 is very good, we’ll have to wait to see how it stands the test of time.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
In today’s market, the Tre K 899 looks good value for money. For your hard-earned you get exclusivity, a historic badge on the fuel tank, a rasping soundtrack, practicality, comfort and lots of fun. In short, it’s a superb machine. Find a Benelli Tre-K 899 for sale.
To keep costs down, the Tre K 899 doesn’t have fully-adjustable suspension and is missing some of the fancy panels and bellypan of the Tre K 1130, but there’s still an impressive level of equipment, like 50mm Marzocchi forks, Brembo brakes and a manually adjustable screen. There’s a full range of aftermarket goodies available from luggage to Ohlins suspension. Compare and buy parts for the Benelli TRE K 899 in the MCN Shop.
|Engine type||12-valve, inline-triple|
|Frame type||Steel trellis/cast ali|
|Fuel capacity||20.7 litres|
|Rear suspension||Preload and rebound damping|
|Front brake||2 x 320mm discs|
|Rear brake||240mm disc|
|Front tyre size||120/70 17 in|
|Rear tyre size||180/55 17 in|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||32 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£96|
|Annual service cost||£150|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||2 years unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||105 bhp|
|Max torque||55 ft-lb|
|Top speed||140 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||11.7 secs|
|Tank range||148 miles|
Model history & versions
2009 – Tre K 899 launched.
Benelli Tre K 1130 - the 899's big brother.
Owners' reviews for the BENELLI TRE K 899 (2009 - 2014)
2 owners have reviewed their BENELLI TRE K 899 (2009 - 2014) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£150|
Annual servicing cost: £150
Light, comfy, quick, agile plus a superb exhaust note, what's not to like.....well er, nothing. This is a hoot of a machine with impeccable manners that will tour, scratch and commute with the best of its peers. What it lacks in goodies e.g abs, adjustable front forks, more than makes up for it in everyday usability and did I mention the impossibly gorgeous sound it makes ? Make no mistake this is a piece of Italian exotica and quite possibly quirky, but that's what gives it it's usp. It could do with a tad more padding in the seat but a gel throw over cushion for the longer ride outs will do just fine. I love it and hope and pray it does not let me down. Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes.
This machine is at home home hooning it around the twistys but equally good at a more gentile pace, should the infrequent occasion warrant it. The pillion perch is more than adequate, but I'm not sure about a longer tour as I have never taken a pillion more than 50 miles or so.
Cracking, peachy triple and what a sound, think I mentioned that already ;-) When you crack the throttle open, your rewarded with a nice linear power curve and lots of usable everyday grunt.
Still early days and the honey moon period has been so far so good, but with a 1200 mile euro trek on the horizon, I will ensure that my breakdown cover is well and truly up to date.
Servicing is done by a local bike dealer with a penchant for Italian exotica, which always helps. Plus he's a mate which, again, always helps...
Could have done with ABS, but this is very much a personal choice, I think.
Buying experience: Bought it use from an Italian specialist in Dorset without discount, but I wasn't fussed about that as the price was irresistible.
I only paid £6299 new so it should get 10 stars for value.