Styled to be the younger sibling of TNT250 which is also set to be launched in Indonesia soon, new TNT 15 measures 2,040 mm in length, 780 mm in width, 1,070 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 1,260 mm. Design highlights include simple headlamp with minimal bodywork, new fuel tank with typical TNT extension panels, a color coordinated belly pan, split sets and a stubby silencer. The cycle parts are finished in black. The semi digital instrument console has been derived from the bigger TNT 250.
The carbureted 148 cc air-cooled single-cylinder 2-valve engine has a compression ratio of 9.2:1 and is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. Power and torque outputs have not been released yet.
Designed to target the price sensitive 150cc motorcycle segment in Indonesia, Benelli TNT 15 makes do with a normal tubular diamond frame chassis instead of trellis frames used by bigger Benellis. The naked bike is suspended by front telescopic fork and rear monoshock. The 17-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels are shod with 90/90-17 rubber upfront and 110/90-17 unit at the rear. Braking is courtesy of a single disc upfront and drum unit at the rear.
Benelli TNT 15 will be pitted against Honda Verza which is the segment leader in Indonesia. Going by competition’s pricing strategy, expect the Italian motorcycle to start at around IDR 18 million (around INR 86,000).
Back in India, DSK-Benelli is en route to position itself as an affordable premium sportsbike brand and hence the low-cost TNT 15 is not likely to be launched here anytime soon.
via – tmcblog.com