Benelli, the Italian motorcycle manufacturer known for its high-performance bikes, has recently revealed its new entry-level adventure motorcycle, the BKX 250. The Benelli BKX 250 is designed for the adventure motorcycle segment, which was once dominated by full-sized, liter-plus models but is now increasingly being permeated by mid and small-displacement models.
The Benelli BKX 250 is constructed around a steel trellis frame that’s paired with an inverted 41mm fork and a mono-shock mated to a progressive linkage, both of which offer 7 inches of suspension travel. The bike is powered by a liquid-cooled 249cc DOHC single-cylinder engine that’s mated to a six-speed transmission and can produce 26 horsepower and 15.5ft-lbs of torque. The engine is fed by a 3.5-gallon tank that provides a range of nearly 250 miles between fill-ups. The Benelli BKX 250 also features a new cooling system with twin vertical radiators, which helps to keep the engine running at optimal temperatures even in harsh conditions.
The Benelli BKX 250 is equipped with a 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheel setup, which rides on a spoked wheel set with aluminum alloy hubs and all-terrain rubber tires. The braking system consists of a four-pot caliper and a 280mm floating disc at the front and a single-piston caliper paired with a 240mm disc at the rear. This setup provides strong and reliable stopping power, even when the bike is fully loaded and in rough terrain.
The Benelli BKX 250 also features a sleek aesthetic that puts a modern spin on Dakar-style rally bikes. The bike comes with a set of hand guards and a mini navigation tower set just above a stacked headlight arrangement that is flanked by a set of DRLs. This gives the bike a distinctive look that sets it apart from other adventure motorcycles in the market.
Pricing and availability for the 2023 Benelli BKX 250 have yet to be announced, but the bike is scheduled to hit dealerships in mid-2023. Benelli will also produce a 125cc version of the BKX (the BKX 125) for select markets.
Overall, the 2023 Benelli BKX 250 is an exciting new entry in the adventure motorcycle segment, offering a combination of power, style, and versatility that makes it perfect for riders looking to explore the great outdoors. With its lightweight construction, powerful engine, and long-distance range, the BKX 250 is well-suited for a wide range of adventures, from weekend trips to extended tours. Click here for more details.