Benelli 200 cc cruiser showcased at GIIAS – Rival to Bajaj Avenger in India

The 197 cc engine produces 13.9 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. Images credit to TMC Blog.

The Benelli Motobi 200 Evo cruiser made its debut at the recently concluded Gaikindo Indonesia International Motor Show 2018 (GIIAS). The small displacement cruiser would appeal to budding touring enthusiasts who are on a budget.

Made in China, the Benelli 200 cc cruiser adopts quintessential cruiser styling with a low slung stance, long wheelbase, simple fuel tank, comfortable saddle and raised handlebar. The black theme for the hardware and alloy wheels would attract young audience.

Circular headlamp and taillight, a single-pod instrument console, a traditional fuel fill cap, and several other elements spell simplicity (read cost effectiveness). Overall, there is nothing strikingly outstanding about the Motobi’s aesthetics but it is definitely pleasing to the eyes.

To keep the cost in check, the motorcycle employs simple and time tested suspension system which comprises a telescopic fork up front and a pair of gas-charged shock absorbers at the rear. Braking comes from 280 mm front and 240 mm rear discs. ABS is not a part of the equipment list yet. The forward set foot-pegs, low seat height, and a tall handlebar makes for a pretty relaxed riding position which would be appreciated by the target audience.

The Benelli 200 cc cruiser is powered by a 197 cc single-cylinder engine with oil cooling (hence the small radiator). Taking a leaf from cruiser specialist Harley Davidson, Benelli didn’t bother to shed spotlight on the motor’s rated power but has released the torque output which stands at 13.9 Nm at 6,000 rpm. The gearbox is a 5-speed unit.

Benelli’s relaunch in India would involve 12 new product launches by 2019 with special focus on medium and small displacement motorcycles of different body styles. The Motobi 200 Evo is not confirmed for India yet but given the Bajaj Avenger 220’s popularity, we think the compact Benelli cruiser would be an excellent fit for our market, especially if Benelli comes up with an attractive pricing like it usually does.