As DSK Motowheels, one of India’s strongest players in the Superbike industry, announces its partnership with the Italian motorcycling legend – Benelli, we get you a roundup of these 5 interesting facts that will make your heart go vroooooom.
#1 Benelli is the oldest Italian motorcycle company.
Benelli commenced operations in 1911 in Presario, Italy; making them the oldest Italian motorcycle company.
#2 The Italian Superbike brand ‘Benelli’ was born in a garage.
Benelli brothers Guiseppe, Giovanni, Francesco, Filippo, Domenico and Antonio (Tonino) started the ‘Benelli’ garage that repaired and manufactured motorcycle parts.
#3 They created their first own bike the ‘Velomotore’ in 1921.
‘Velomotore’ was a single cylinder two stroke 75cc bike adapted to a bicycle frame immediately after which the 98cc ‘Motoleggera’ was manufactured.
#4 Tonino Benelli has more than 1000 victories in the Italian and European Championships and two World Titles.
Tonino Benelli won four Italian championship titles in five years from 1927 – 1931 Riding a Benelli 175.
#5 The Benelli 750 Sei was the first production motorcycle with a 6-cylinder engine.
The Benelli 750 Sei was a very progressive bike and was the only six-cylinder motorcycle in production until the entrance of the Honda CBX in 1978.
The DSK-Benelli merger has showcased the largest range of Italian bikes seen in India to date, like the sporty looking Tornado Naked Tre, or TNT superbikes that include the in-line, two cylinder TNT 302, the in-line, four-cylinder 600cc TNT 600 i as well as TNT 600 GT, the 898cc, in-line, three-cylinder TNT899 and 1131cc, also in-line, three-cylinder engine powered TNT1130R, a 155bhp plus superbike.