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Doubts over Chinese Harley-Davidson HD350

This image from the Chinese Patent Office shows a Qianjiang QJ350 motorcycle with a parallel twin engine stamped with the words “Harley-Davidson Motor Company”.Doubts over Chinese Harley-Davidson HD350

This is a collaboration that was part of former Harley CEO Matt Levatich’s plans to move into more markets and niches.

It was supposed to have been released in June, but has no doubt been pushed back by the pandemic.

Doubts on collaboration

Despite the images now becoming available, there are now doubts over whether the deal will still go ahead under new Harley boss Jochen Zeitz.

The German-born boss has rolled back on Levatich’s bold plans for 100 new models in 10 years and expansion into more markets.

At last week’s second-quarter results announcements, Zeitz said they would reduce “planned models” by 30% and pull out of some markets.

Reducing the number of planned models mean the existing model range will be reduced and some of the new models will be scrapped or delayed.

It seems the Pan America adventure bike will go ahead, but the new Bronx Streetfighter that shares the Revolution Max platform may be axed or indefinitely postponed.

Harley Revolution Max platform includes Pan America and Bronx Streetfighter
Harley Revolution Max platform includes Pan America and Bronx Streetfighter

Significantly, there was no mention of this HD350 project with Chinese manufacturer Qianjiang Motorcycles.

The photos clearly show the bike is badged Qianjiang and that it bears littler resemblance to the previously issued images of the HD350 project bike in traditional Harley orange and black.

Since it has missed the June deadline and now comes in a non-Harley look, perhaps the bike will not go aead.

Cold War

The D350 was supposed to be for Asian markets only as an entry bike to get people hooked on the Harley brand.

But with the heightening “cold war” between America and China, maybe Harley has decided to scale back its controversial collaboration.

Maybe China is one market from which they are even considering withdrawing.

It may be a huge market, but the company has had significant difficulty making its mark because its bikes are too big and are even banned in some jurisdictions.

I’ve had several conversations over the years with Harley executives who have expressed frustration dealing with China and the varied restrictions.

So perhaps the only Harley feature will be an engine in Qianjiang models as well as Benelli which the Chinese company also owns and builds.

Harley replies

I asked Harley-Davidson Australia and HQ in Milwaukee for clarification on the Chinese collaboration, which markets they would withdraw from and which “planned models” would be axed.

Harley Australia said:

I have passed on to the US and will share the response (if they don’t come back to you directly).

A senior marketing manager in Milwaukee said:

I was told you should work in country to get the best answers to these questions.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Benelli 752S is a Ducati Monster clone

They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery, so Ducati should be flattered indeed that the Benelli 752S is a Monster clone, at least in style.

With its trellis frame, droopy single headlight and general design of the tank, seat, shorty front fender and aggressive stance, it is every bit a Monster clone.

Benelli 752S clone
A clone of Ducati’s Monster droopy headlight?

The one thing the Italian-designed and Chinese-built bike does better is the elegant, stubby exhaust which is much nicer than the bulky mufflers on the Ducati.

Benelli’s 752S is actually powered by a 754cc parallel twin engine, rather than an L-twin in the Ducati.

The bike arrives in Australia in September 2020 at $12,990 ride away.Benelli 752S clone

And it isn’t starved of features with 50mm Marzocchi upside-down forks, a KYB monoshock and decent sized twin 320mm front brake discs and Pirelli Angel ST tyres.

It comes in a choice of red, white, green and black.

Clone in style onlyBenelli 752S

The Benelli is a Monster clone in style only, not in tech specs and price.

It is powered by Benelli’s four-stroke, liquid-cooled engine with 56kW of power and 67Nm of torque.

The comparable Ducati Monster is the 821 with 81kW of power and 85Nm.Benelli 752S

More importantly, the Benelli is a bit of a porker at 226kg of Chinese metal and plastic rather than the svelte Ducati at a mere 205kg.

But then the Ducati Monster 821 does cost $18,300.

The Benelli 752 is more comparable to models such as the BMW F 800 R ($13,450), Kawasaki Z900 ($12,599), KTM 790 Duke ($15,790), Triumph Street Triple S ($13,800) and Yamaha MT-07 HO ($10,699).

It comes in a choice of green, red, black and white.

Benelli 752S

Price $12,990 ride away
Engine liquid-cooled twin, 4 valves/cylinder, DOHC
Displacement 754cc
Bore x Stroke 88 x 62 mm
Compression 11.5:1
Power 56kW @ 8500rpm
Torque 67Nm @ 6500rpm
Emissions 135g/km
Economy 5.9L/100km
Transmission 6-speed, wet clutch
Suspension (front) USD 50mm forks, adjustable rebound, compression and spring preload
Suspension (rear) Shock with adjustable preload
Brakes (front) 320mm floating discs, mono block 4-piston calliper, ABS
Brakes (rear) 260mm, double piston calliper, ABS
Tyres 120/70/ZR17; 180/55/ZR17
Length 2130mm
Width (ex mirrors) 810mm
Height (ex mirrors) 1100mm
Seat 810mm
Wheelbase 1460mm
Wet weight 226kg
Tank/reserve 14.5L/3L

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Benelli sort of unveils TNT 600

The upcoming Benelli TNT 600 has sort of been unveiled when partner company QJ Motor recently pulled the wraps off its new QJ SRK 600 (pictured above).

This naked bike will be the basis for the TNT 600 and include keyless ignition, backlit switches, and full-colour TFT dash.

Unlike previous models, which seem to be Ducati dopplegangers (see below for examples), this one owes more to the Yamaha Masters of Torque series.

Yamaha's Masters of Torque modelsYamaha's Masters of Torque models productYamaha’s Masters of Torque models

No TNT for us?

Australian importers Urban Moto Imports say they have “no plans to bring the 600 into Australia at the present time”.

Given the current “trade war” with China, it’s probably not a god time to be thinking about importing more Chinese bikes.

The former Italian brand is designed in Italy but has been made in China by new owners Zhejiang Qianjiang Motorcycle Group Co or “QJ Motor” since 2005.

Their QJ SRK 600 is powered by a 600cc inline four-cylinder engine with 69kW of power and 55Nm of torque.

QJ Motor will offer the bike in three specs with the flagship model featuring Marzocchi forks, KYB shock and Brembo brakes.

It is not known whether the Benelli  TNT 600 will mirror that model set-up.

Benelli is also believed to be working on a TRK 800 based on the QJ SRB 750.

QJ SRB 750QJ SRB 750

It may not be a bored-out version to get it to 800.

After all, Benelli’s Leoncino 800 is powered by a 754cc liquid-cooled twin.

Doppelganger models

It’s not unknown that Chinese manufacturers copy the intellectual property of other manufacturers, but Chinese-owned Benelli can be fairly blatant.

The 402S looks like a small-capacity doppelganger of the Ducati X-Diavel.

Benelli 402S doppelgangerdoppelganger402S

Their 752S looks for all the world like a Ducati Monster.

Benelli 752S doppelgangerBenelli 752S

The Leoncino Sport and Janero are very much inspired by the popular Ducati Scrambler.

And the TRK251 which is like a small version of the Ducati Multistrada.

Benelli TRK125 doppelgangerBenelli TRK125

It could be a series of remarkable coincidences, but it makes sense that the former Italian company would draw inspiration from a compatriot.

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Morbidelli collection finally goes to auction

A collection of motorcycles gathered over 40 years by motorcycle manufacturer and Grand Prix boss Giancarlo Morbidelli will be offered for sale at auction on 25-26 April 2020.

The collection was to be sold at the annual Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale on 18-20 October 2019.

However, the auction was postponed due to a delay in the administrative process concerning the export of the machines.

“All necessary export licences for motorcycles have been requested by Bonhams in accordance with Italian law,” a Bonhams spokeswoman says.

With more than 300 motorcycles, the Morbidelli Collection from Pesaro, Italy, will be the largest single private collection of motorcycles yet offered by Bonhams.

“He spent day and night in the museum,” says his son Guianni. “He had no other life.”

Nieto Morbidelli collection for saleGiancarlo Morbidelli and a Morbidelli V8

Giancarlo’s collection includes international brands such as Harley-Davidson, Honda and Benelli ranging from immaculate restorations to prototypes and barn finds.

They represent the passion of the farmer’s son and former woodworking machinist who, while building up a successful engineering firm as his day job, spent his spare time on tuning, racing and later building his own motorcycles. 

Morbidelli highlights

Two examples from the Morbidelli Grand Prix racing motorcycle collection, largely designed and built by Giancarlo, were fabricated by a small, dedicated team in a corner of the Morbidelli woodworking factory. 

These proved to be ‘giant killers’ seeing off international corporations to claim the 125cc Grand Prix World Championship in three consecutive years: 1975, ‘76 and ‘77, as well as winning the 250cc world title in 1977. 

“He was a genius with bikes,” says Gianni.

“He did everything by himself, working in a very small room. 

“Forty years ago, he laid the foundation of this incredible museum, spending a lot of effort, time, energy and money. 

“One part of the museum is dedicated to the period between the end of the 1960s to the 1980s when he built racing motorcycles. It’s our family heritage, a part of our life, but we thought it would be correct to include in the sale two Morbidelli motorcycles that my father built.”

The 1974 Morbidelli 125cc Grand Prix motorcycle is estimated to fetch up to £120,000 ($A214,500).

Nieto Morbidelli collection for sale1974 Morbidelli 125

It was raced by the great Angel Nieto to second place in that year’s Spanish and German Grand Prix.

A 250cc machine designed for 15-time Grand Prix world champion Giacomo Agostini, who rode for the team during its golden period in 1976, and came second at Misano is estimated to fetch up £100,000 ($A179,000).

Nieto Morbidelli collection for saleAgostini’s 1976 Moridelli 250

However, the Morbidelli family will retain ownership of the majority of the Morbidelli Grand Prix motorcycles, including the world championship winning 125cc and 250cc examples, raced respectively by Paoli Pileri, Pierpaolo Bianchi and Lego Mario.

Benelli features

Nieto Morbidelli collection for sale1942 Benelli 250 GP supercharged

Not surprisingly, the Morbidelli Museum collection in the sale features a strong showing of Benelli motorcycles which were also a great passion of Giancarlo, coming from Pesaro, where this great historic brand was also founded.  

One of the most interesting examples of the marque on offer is the 1942 250cc supercharged 4-cylinder example that could fetch more than £600,000 ($A1m).

This racing machine never actually raced. It was built just in time for motorcycle racing to be stopped due to the war, while supercharging was banned by the FIM in post-war years.

Giancarlo had a personal relationship and friendship with the Benelli family and so was able to procure the original parts which he rebuilt into a fully-functioning motorcycle.

Other Benellis to be offered include:Nieto Morbidelli collection for sale

  • 1950 Benelli 250cc Grand Prix racing motorcycle – the world championship motorcycle ridden to victory by Dario Ambrosini. Estimate £120,000 – 180,000.
  • 1934 Benelli 175cc Bialbero – believed raced by Dorino Serafini, one of only three in the world. Estimate £40,000 – 60,000.
  • 1964 Benelli 250 Grand Prix racing motorcycle, ridden and signed by two-time world champion Tarquino Provini. Estimate £80,000 – 120,000.

Ducati jewel

Nieto Morbidelli collection for sale1964 Ducati 125cc

Another jewel of the Morbidelli Collection is the 1964 Ducati 125cc 4-cylinder Grand Prix racing motorcycle, (estimate £400,000 – 600,000), another GP racing machine which never raced. Created by Fabio Taglioni, Ducati’s chief engineer, this motorcycle disappeared for some years before its engine was found in Russia while its chassis reappeared in Yugoslavia, now Croatia. With the two essential components reunited, Giancarlo rebuilt the mythical motorcycle.

Alongside the pristine restorations, there are several unfinished projects in the sale, offering the opportunity to restore these machines as Giancarlo was hoping to.

The collection also comprises motorcycling memorabilia including Giancarlo’s own reference library, original drawings, trophies, signage and other artefacts, giving a complete picture of the museum and the motorcycling world.  Nieto Morbidelli collection for sale

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Benelli steps up with Leoncino 800

It’s been a three-year wait but the Leoncino 800 and 800 Trail will finally arrive next year to beef up the small range from the Italian/Chinese company.

They are powered by a 754cc liquid-cooled twin with 60kW of power and 67Nm of torque which is a step up from the 35kW Leoncino 500.

Benelli Leoncino 800 Trail
Trail

However, they are porky little lions with the Leoncino 800 tipping the scales at 220kg and the Trail 4kg heavier.

Benelli Australia says the Leoncino will be available at all Benelli dealers starting from mid-2020 with the Trail to follow.

There is no word yet on price, but the Lencino 500 is $A7990 and the Trail is $A8690.

Leonicino 800 features

Benelli Leoncino 800
Leoncino 800

Features include an LED lighting with the Leoncino lion logo in the centre of the headlight and a matching lion statue on the front mudguard.

It sits on Marzocchi 50mm upside-down forks adjustable for rebound, compression and preload with a rear mono shock adjustable for preload and rebound.Benelli Leoncino 800

They have a 15-litre tank and Brembo braes with twin 320mm discs up front.

The Leonicino 800 sits on 17” aluminium alloy tubeless spoked rims mount 120/70-17 and 180/55-17 tyres.Benelli Leoncino 800

Trail has knobby Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres, 120/70 19” in the front and 170/60 17” in the rear. It also comes with full-colour TFT instruments.Benelli Leoncino 800 Trail

Benelli is an Italian company that started in Pesaro in 1911. It was bought by Chinese company Qianjiang in 2005. Bikes are designed in Italy, but made in China and are consequently budget priced.

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Benelli 502C is a LAMS urban cruiser

Benelli 502C fits into a category of bike roughly referred to as an urban cruiser suitable for learner and novice riders.

It arrives in Australian showrooms at $9790 ride away with a two-year unlimited kilometre warranty and roadside assistance in gloss black, “Coniac Red” or matte black.

Urban cruiser

If you think we have invented the term “LAMS urban cruiser” check out these competitors:

It’s a popular class and the best seller is the Honda, followed by the Harley and the Kawasaki.

The first of these urban cruisers was the Yamaha Bolt C which is probably also the most stylish … until now.

Benelli’s Italian-designed and Chinese-made model is beautiful.

After all, it seems to be designed along the lines of a small-capacity Ducati Diavel with a similar trellis-style frame, floating seat, remote rear fender, bellypan and stubby twin single-sided mufflers.

It features forward foot controls which are adjustable like the Vulcan S, wide handlebars, moderate-height 750mm seat and distinctive LED headlights.

The Benelli 502C is powered by their in-line 500cc liquid-cooled twin with 35kW Of power at 8500 revs and 45Nm of midrange torque. The engine is mated to six-speed gearbox.

The generous 21-litre tank should allow these urban cruisers to stray far from their urban environs.

Benelli 502C tech specsBenelli 502C urban cruiser

  • Price: $9790 ride away
  • Engine: 500cc in-line twin, 4 stroke, liquid cooled, 4 valves , DOHC
  • Bore x stroke: 69 x 66.8mm
  • Power: 35kW @ 8500rpm
  • Torque: 45Nm @ 5000rpm
  • Emissions: Euro 4, CO2 96g/km
  • Economy: 4.2Lt/100km
  • Transmission: Multidisk wet clutch, 6 speeds
  • Frame: Trestle steel tubes and plates
  • Suspension: Upside-down 41mm forks, 125mm travel; swingarm with central shock absorber, spring preload adjustable, 50mm travel
  • Brakes: twin 280mm floating disks with 4-piston calliper; 240mm disc, piston floating calliper; ABS
  • Tyres: 120/70 – ZR17” M/C 58W; 160/60 – ZR17” M/C 69W
  • Seat: 750mm
  • Wheelbase: 1600mm
  • Wet weight: 217kg
  • Tank: 21Lt
  • Length: 2280mm
  • Width: 940mm
  • Height: 1140mm
  • Warrant: 2 years, unlimited kilometre, roadside assistance
  • Colours: gloss black, “Coniac Red” or matte black.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Morbidellil motorcycle collection for sale

A collection of motorcycles gathered over 40 years by motorcycle manufacturer and Grand Prix boss Giancarlo Morbidelli is being offered for sale at auction.

The annual Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale on 18-20 October 2019 will be the largest single private collection of motorcycles to be offered by Bonhams to date.The Morbidelli Collection from Pesaro, Italy, has more than 300 motorcycles.

“He spent day and night in the museum,” says his son Guianni. “He had no other life.”

Nieto Morbidelli collection for sale
Giancarlo Morbidelli and a Morbidelli V8

Giancarlo’s collection includes international brands such as Harley-Davidson, Honda and Benelli ranging from immaculate restorations to prototypes and barn finds.

They represent the passion of the farmer’s son and former woodworking machinist who, while building up a successful engineering firm as his day job, spent his spare time on tuning, racing and later building his own motorcycles. 

Highlights

Two examples from the Morbidelli Grand Prix racing motorcycle collection, largely designed and built by Giancarlo, were fabricated by a small, dedicated team in a corner of the Morbidelli woodworking factory. 

These proved to be ‘giant killers’ seeing off international corporations to claim the 125cc Grand Prix World Championship in three consecutive years: 1975, ‘76 and ‘77, as well as winning the 250cc world title in 1977. 

“He was a genius with bikes,” says Gianni.

“He did everything by himself, working in a very small room. 

“Forty years ago, he laid the foundation of this incredible museum, spending a lot of effort, time, energy and money. 

“One part of the museum is dedicated to the period between the end of the 1960s to the 1980s when he built racing motorcycles. It’s our family heritage, a part of our life, but we thought it would be correct to include in the sale two Morbidelli motorcycles that my father built.”

The 1974 Morbidelli 125cc Grand Prix motorcycle is estimated to fetch up to £120,000 ($A214,500).

Nieto Morbidelli collection for sale
1974 Morbidelli 125

It was raced by the great Angel Nieto to second place in that year’s Spanish and German Grand Prix.

A 250cc machine designed for 15-time Grand Prix world champion Giacomo Agostini, who rode for the team during its golden period in 1976, and came second at Misano is estimated to fetch up £100,000 ($A179,000).

Nieto Morbidelli collection for sale
Agostini’s 1976 Moridelli 250

However, the Morbidelli family will retain ownership of the majority of the Morbidelli Grand Prix motorcycles, including the world championship winning 125cc and 250cc examples, raced respectively by Paoli Pileri, Pierpaolo Bianchi and Lego Mario.

Benelli features

Nieto Morbidelli collection for sale
1942 Benelli 250 GP supercharged

Not surprisingly, the Morbidelli Museum collection in the sale features a strong showing of Benelli motorcycles which were also a great passion of Giancarlo, coming from Pesaro, where this great historic brand was also founded.  

One of the most interesting examples of the marque on offer is the 1942 250cc supercharged 4-cylinder example that could fetch more than £600,000 ($A1m).

This racing machine never actually raced. It was built just in time for motorcycle racing to be stopped due to the war, while supercharging was banned by the FIM in post-war years.

Giancarlo had a personal relationship and friendship with the Benelli family and so was able to procure the original parts which he rebuilt into a fully-functioning motorcycle.

Other Benellis to be offered include:Nieto Morbidelli collection for sale

  • 1950 Benelli 250cc Grand Prix racing motorcycle – the world championship motorcycle ridden to victory by Dario Ambrosini. Estimate £120,000 – 180,000.
  • 1934 Benelli 175cc Bialbero – believed raced by Dorino Serafini, one of only three in the world. Estimate £40,000 – 60,000.
  • 1964 Benelli 250 Grand Prix racing motorcycle, ridden and signed by two-time world champion Tarquino Provini. Estimate £80,000 – 120,000.

Ducati jewel

Nieto Morbidelli collection for sale
1964 Ducati 125cc

Another jewel of the Morbidelli Collection is the 1964 Ducati 125cc 4-cylinder Grand Prix racing motorcycle, (estimate £400,000 – 600,000), another GP racing machine which never raced. Created by Fabio Taglioni, Ducati’s chief engineer, this motorcycle disappeared for some years before its engine was found in Russia while its chassis reappeared in Yugoslavia, now Croatia. With the two essential components reunited, Giancarlo rebuilt the mythical motorcycle.

Alongside the pristine restorations, there are several unfinished projects in the sale, offering the opportunity to restore these machines as Giancarlo was hoping to.

The collection also comprises motorcycling memorabilia including Giancarlo’s own reference library, original drawings, trophies, signage and other artefacts, giving a complete picture of the museum and the motorcycling world.  Nieto Morbidelli collection for sale

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com