Benelli Unveils a Ducati Monster doppleganger

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Words: NZ Autocar
29 Jul 2020

There’s nothing quite like imitation to rile a company and doubtless Ducati won’t be happy about Benelli’s latest introduction to the market, the 752S middleweight naked, for it’s a none-too-subtle copy of a Ducati Monster.

But then that’s the modus operandi of so many Chinese firms. Why reinvent the wheel? While they were at it, they also used Ducati Diavel inspiration for their 502C urban cruiser, on sale here for $9990 (see below).

The 752S is a good looking thing, like the Monster then, and it also gets a trellis frame but it differs by running a fluid-cooled parallel twin engine instead of a V-twin (so not a direct copy), effectively two-thirds of the TnT1130 triple. This is said to generate peak power of 57kW at 8500rpm and maximum torque of 67Nm at 6500rpm.

Suspension comprises fully adjustable upside-down 50mm Marzocchi forks, and preload-adjustable monoshock at the rear. Radial-mount Brembo brakes with four-piston calipers grace the front end, clamping onto 320mm semi-floating discs, and there’s a 260mm disc on the back. The 17-inch alloy rims run 120/70-17 and 180/55-17 tyres. Tank capacity is 14.5L.

A TFT display and LED round out the specifications. The 752 S is available in white, red, black or green hues and the suggested RRP here is $13,490. The actual Ducati Monster in 659 LAMS guise goes for $13,689.

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