Benelli has built a sports tourer around the 302R, fully faired sportsbike that it launched in India last year. The tourer version is called the BJ300GS-A, and has just been unveiled in China, where it will soon go on sale for 35,800 Chinese Yuan or Rs. 3.67 lakhs. The motorcycle’s official sales begin from the 7th of March, which means it’s just days away. Bookings for the motorcycle are already open for the Chinese market. Benelli may consider this motorcycle for India as well, as a costlier, sportier alternative to the Royal Enfield Himalayan.
Benelli already sells the TNT 300 and the 302R – a street naked and a fully faired motorcycle respectively – siblings of the BJ300GS-A sports tourer. In terms of changes, the BJ300GS-A gets two hard-case panniers on the sides and a top box for luggage carrying. The fairing has also been redesigned with plenty of additions such as crash guards and fairing-mounted indicators. There’s a taller windscreen up front while the handlebars are raised for a more relaxed riding position. Other changes include wider, split seats and a larger, 17.5 liter fuel tank.
The 300cc, parallel twin four stroke engine is retained, along with liquid cooling, fuel injection, DOHC and 8 valves. However power and torque outputs have changed. The BJ300GS-A gets more torque than the fully faired motorcycle, making 27 Nm at 9,000 rpm. Peak power is rated at 35 Bhp at 12,000 rpm. A 6 speed manual gearbox is standard on this motorcycle. Benelli claims a top speed of 140 Kph, which is more than adequate. The BJ300GS-A is heavier than the fully faired sibling by 18 Kgs, thanks to the extra luggage. Kerb weight is now 216 Kgs.
Upside down front suspension is standard while the rear uses a gas charged monoshock. The motorcycle gets twin disc brakes on the front wheel while the rear wheel has a single, petal disc brake. ABS is standard. While Benelli has not yet confirmed this motorcycle for India, bringing it in won’t be too difficult as the company already runs a CKD assembly operation here. Considering the low volumes such motorcycle manage in India, the CKD import route is likely for this bike, if at all Benelli signs off this machine for the Indian market.