2018 Benelli TnT135 First Ride Review

If you’re in the market for a motorcycle like the HondaGrom or Kawasaki Z125 Pro, pump the brakes and take a look at this: the Benelli TnT135. No matter how many times SSR, the US importer and distributor for Benelli, say the 135 isn’t aimed at taking down the Grom and Z, it’s impossible to think otherwise. Priced at $2,499, the TnT undercuts the Kawi by $700 and the Honda by $850 (which jumps to $900 if you’re looking at the 2019 Grom). When you’re talking about price points this low, this is a massive difference.

It’s true: the entry-level, little bike category (meaning displacements hovering in the 125cc range) is fairly stacked these days, with bikes like the Grom, Z125, Kymco K-Pipe 125, and SSR’s own Razkull occupying the field – all of which we’ve tested not once, but twice – but what Benelli has brought to the table is a different approach at attracting both new and existing riders to the brand. It’s done this basically by looking at the field and asking, “Why?”

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