When I first laid my eyes on the Benelli
600 GT it reminded me a lot of the movie Rocky. The film is based around a
struggling boxer Rocky Balboa who eventually ends up becoming one of the most
celebrated boxers of all time and is fondly called the Italian Stallion. Like
Rocky, the 600 GT is a short sports tourer with immense capability. But does
the 600 GT have enough punch to bag the title of being the Italian Stallion of
Despite its short build and compact design
the Benelli 600 GT does look quite intimidating from a distance. At a height of
1280mm, weighing in at 243 kilos, the 600 GT does feel like a handful but
therein lies the beauty of its Italian origins. The bike is not intimidating at
all, if anything it seems like the most well mannered motorcycle I have ridden
in years. The 600 GT is 2150mm long and 840mm wide, it has a wheelbase of
1470mm and a ground clearance of 150mm. With all the right measurements of
making a true champion the Italians have catered for outstanding ergonomics and
riding comfort on the 600 GT.
in-line 4 cylinder, 4-stroke, DOHC
Length x Width x Height
x 840mm x 1280mm
Hydraulic Dual Disc
Hydraulic Single Disc
Kerb Weight (Kgs)
Fuel Tank capacity
Price (ex-showroom Delhi)
But just because this bike is comfortable
to ride and has good manners does not mean that it is not aggressive. Sitting
at its heart is an inline 4-cylinder, 600cc engine which has the power of 83
stallions. The engine is a high revving one and the meat of the power lies high
up in the band but post 7500rpm one can really feel the pace setting in as the
surge of power forces you to crouch in. The engine puts out 54.6Nm of torque
which is enough for steep gradients or even motoring in higher gears at lower
revs. The peak torque however comes in at 10500rpm while the peak power of
83.9bhp comes in at 11500rpm which is in the red line of the power band. The
600 GT is quick to a 100kmph and just keeps climbing on the speedo until
checked. Unfortunately our country does not offer too many roads where the true
uninterrupted potential of this bike can be realised.
from its rich lineage the Benelli TNT 600 GT is agile and fleet footed as well
making it a real treat to ride on winding roads. You can shift balance quite
easily and don't need to put in too much effort to maneuver this bike around. The
600 GT rides on 120/ 70 R17 Pirelli tyres in the front and fat 180/ 55 R17
Pirelli tyres in the rear. The tyres come as stock fitment and provide
phenomenal grip on and off tarmac. The 600 GT has a inverted telescopic fork up
front and an adjustable monoshock in the rear. The suspension set up soaks in
bumps and jolts from bad roads with ease thus making it quite ideal for touring
Indian roads. With great power comes great responsibility and that can only be
done if you stop in time. The 600 GT has dual hydraulic perforated discs in the
front and a single perforated disc in the rear. The front brakes are quite
accurate and sharp however we felt the rear brakes could do with more bite and
the addition of ABS would be a much welcomed move.
Benelli TNT 600 GT comes with standard fit sissy guards and optional 25 litre
panniers are also available on offer. The bike does have the true makings of a
tourer, featuring a broad and comfy saddle as well as an ergonomically designed
rider position which syncs up well with the foot pegs and handle bar. The
switch gear is also top notch and comes with good touch and feel. On the looks
front the TNT 600 GT is an eye catcher but leans more towards operational
practicality. So coming in at Rs. 6,01,000 (ex-showroom Delhi), this is not
only an affordable touring bike but also has enough zeal, panache and power to
delight your senses. It is, in my opinion, worthy of being called the Italian
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