In 2024, Benelli is set to broaden its adventure range with the introduction of a new model tailored for less experienced riders – the Benelli BKX 300. What’s more, enthusiasts can also look forward to an ‘S’ variant of the BKX 300, featuring a motard-style design.
Both the Benelli BKX 300 and BKX 300 S share the same technical foundation, centered around an upgraded version of Benelli’s single-cylinder 250cc engine. Notably, the engine’s displacement has been increased to 292.4cc, achieved through a larger bore of 78mm. This enhancement is complemented by updates to the transmission, an enlargement of both the intake and exhaust valves, modifications to the combustion chamber design, and the integration of a new counterbalance shaft aimed at improving rideability and reducing vibration.
Additional refinements include a redesigned exhaust with a longer manifold to enhance torque spread, and the incorporation of a slipper clutch in the specification, contributing to reduced lever resistance and smoother gear changes. The result of these powertrain upgrades is a respectable output of 29bhp and 24Nm, while a 13-litre fuel tank ensures the adventures are everlasting.
The shared technical platform extends to the chassis, featuring a robust steel double cradle frame. A 41mm inverted front fork, providing 180mm of wheel travel, is matched with a preload-adjustable monoshock at the rear with an equal travel distance. The BKX 300 sports a 19-inch front wheel equipped with a single, floating 280mm brake disc and a four-piston caliper. Meanwhile, the 17-inch rear wheel incorporates a 240mm disc with a single-piston floating caliper.
Although the BKX 300 and BKX 300 S share remarkable technical similarities, their visual distinctions are notable. While the BKX 300 exhibits the classic appearance of an adventure bike, the S variant exudes a motard aesthetic, characterized by aggressive lines and streamlined bodywork for enhanced maneuverability. The S model also features a lowered ride height of 170mm (compared to the standard 220mm) and reduced suspension stroke at both ends to 150mm. Additionally, the S sheds weight, tipping the scales at 160kg, down from the standard 165kg, and boasts 17-inch wheels on both ends, wrapped in Pirelli hoops, similar to the standard version.
Although pricing details are yet to be disclosed, Benelli anticipates the BKX 300 hitting the market in the second half of 2024, with the BKX 300 S expected to make its debut in mid-2024. Adventure and motard enthusiasts alike can eagerly await the arrival of these exciting additions to Benelli’s diverse lineup.