Bike of the day: Benelli Tornado 900
Why it’s MCN’s pick:
Watching the WSB racing at the weekend, MCN’s mind drifted back to the early 2000s when WSB had a new kid on the block. The Benelli Tornado Tre took to the track in 2001, a full two years before the road bike emerged. In fact, ironically, the WSB team had folded by 2003 when the Tornado hit the streets…
Powered by an 898cc triple, the Tornado made a claimed 133bhp and packed some cool technology, the most noticeable of which was the funky underseat fans. Beautifully designed by Brit Adrian Morton (who is now at MV Agusta), the Benelli should have sold well, but it was hampered by poor reliability and a lack of race success. Prices dropped like a rock and despite the RS version arriving with red fans, an upgraded motor and radial brakes, the Tornado’s popularity never recovered.
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Nowadays prices aren’t quite as low as before, but if you are after an exotic Italian superbike that won’t break the bank, the Tre is worth a look. It still has its faults, and can be a pain to live with, but what else do you expect from a late-1990s/early-2000s Italian superbike?
“A cracking Tornado complete with both handbook DVD, service book with history, three keys and seat cowl. New tyres just fitted, the bike will come fully serviced with 12-months MOT and 3-months warranty. A lovely bike to ride with great handling and a triple motor containing bags of mid-range punch. A superb value 900 sportsbike with less than 3000-miles on its clocks."
You can see this Benelli and find more Tornado motorcycles for sale here