After the debut of Benelli’s first four-cylinder bike – the naked BN 600R – the BN 600GT is now available – if you live in Australia. Outside of India, Australia is the first market to get the new mid-sized sports-tourer and it’s at an extremely competitive price. The bike is also scheduled to be released in the UK within the next few months.
It’s a unique proposition – we can’t think any any other four-cylinder sports-tourer in this capacity or price range. Its closest rival is either the updated Versys 650 or at a stretch, the Suzuki V-Strom 650. The Honda CB650F, which is the only other four-cylinder in this price range and capacity only comes in faired and naked offerings.
The GT is powered by a 4 valve, 600 cc DOHC four-cylinder liquid-cooled engine, as used in the BN 600R. It produces 60 kW (82 hp) at 11,000 rpm and maximum torque of 55 Nm at 8000 rpm. It has electronic fuel injection with four bodies (38 mm in diameter), a 6-speed transmission, with clutch in oil bath.
At the front of BN 600GT is the classic tubular steel trellis and at the rear is a fusion of aluminium which lightens the weight of the chassis at the rear. Front suspension is an inverted 50mm fork and the rear swingarm is aluminium alloy shock absorber with adjustable rear preload and rebound adjusting – a rarity at this end of the market.
Up front is a double floating 320mm diameter disc with four-piston radial calipers and at the rear a 260mm diameter disc with a two-piston caliper. If you’re looking for a bike capable of long distances without frequently needing to stop for fuel, the BN 600GT could be the answer to your prayers. The fuel tank has a massive 27 liter capacity which would probably be good for around 5-600 km distance before needing to top up.
The biggest selling point however is the price – $8,990 which includes two-year premium roadside assist. That’s $1,000 less than the new Versys 650 (which is already great value) and about $1,300 less than the Versys 650.
A learner approved version will also be available and colours on offer are white, black or green.