Earlier this month at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS), Chinese owned Italian motorcycle manufacturer Benelli revealed the Motobi 200 Evo cruiser motorcycle. With Benelli returning to India with a vengeance and looking at smaller capacity motorcycles to push forward in the market, the Motobi 200 Evo could be an option for the Italian marque.
The Benelli Motobi 200 Evo unveiled in Indonesia features a stealthy urban cruiser design opting for blacked-out design elements instead of making them from reflective chrome. The Benelli Motobi 200 Evo features classic cruiser design cues including a round headlight, raised handlebars, a low slung and comfortable saddle that tapers over the rear fender and a slightly long wheelbase. The Motobi 200 Evo also features a unique single pod digital instrument cluster and a taillamp that pops up just behind the seat. The Benelli’s design is simple and pleasing to the eye and should help the motorcycle manufacturer keep costs down.
The Benelli Motobi 200 Evo is powered by a 197cc oil-cooled, single cylinder petrol engine that produces 13.9Nm of torque at 6,000rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. Benelli has not revealed any details about the power output of the sub-200cc engine. The Benelli Motobi 200 Evo has an 11.8-litre fuel tank.
To keep costs down, the Motobi 200 Evo features a regular set of telescopic forks up front while at the rear, twin gas-charged shocks help the Italian bike deal with the rough stuff. Braking duties on the urban Benelli cruiser are handled by a 280 mm front and a 240 mm rear disc. The tyres fitted onto the impressive blacked-out alloy wheels are 90/90 section for the 17-incher up front and 130/90 section for the 15-inch unit at the rear. The Benelli Motobi 200 Evo weighs in at 156 kilogrammes.
With its compact size, forward set foot-pegs, low seat height, and tall handlebars, the Benelli Motobi 200 Evo should offer a comfortable riding position for riders. With its small capacity engine and urban cruiser design, the Motobi 200 Evo could be the perfect motorcycle for India, if Benelli does decide to bring it into the country. With the proper price tag, the Benelli Motobi 200 Evo would rival the Bajaj Avenger 220 and UM Motorcycles’ upcoming Renegade Duty cruisers.