Benelli has confirmed that the entry level BN 302 will be hitting Australian shores in January of 2015. The BN 302 is yet another entrant into the LAMS category and will join recent additions such as the KTM RC390 and Yamaha MT-07.
At the heart of the bike is a 4-stroke, 4-valve parallel twin engine, producing 28 kw at 12,000 rpm and 27 Nm at 9000 rpm which puts it roughly in line with the Kawasaki Ninja 300. Suspension at the front is an inverted front fork with a 41 mm diameter and a rearshock which not only offers preload adjustment but rebound too – a rarity at this end of the market.
Front brakes consist of a 260 mm twin disc which is above average in comparison to the single discs on the Ninja 300 and the CBR300R. The rear brake at 240 mm is also 10 mm bigger than the aforementioned rivals. Larger than standard tires for this class rap around the 17 inch wheels too at 120/70 and 160/60 – meaning this might not be the most nimble of learner bikes around.
A wet weight of 185kg isn’t exactly light for the class and there’s no ABS to speak of. The Benelli BN 302 comes with a two year unlimited kilometre warranty and should be hitting showrooms any day now for around $5,500 plus on road costs, which would undercut the less powerful Honda CBR300R by a few hundred dollars.