The BKX 300 is Benelli's new adventure bike dedicated to the younger generation of riders, a bike designed for those who want to move freely and take on new routes. An all-round two-wheeler, easy and light, built to offer optimum handling in all conditions, guaranteed fun both on asphalt and off-road. A bike made for beginners looking for adventure, but also for those who don't want to miss out on the pleasure of riding a compact, dynamic, innovatively styled motorbike.
Naturally, the BKX 300 was developed in the heart of the Benelli Style Centre in Pesaro, which gave it simple, clean yet extremely refined lines, and a look that catches the eye at first glance. This is also thanks to an extremely original headlamp assembly, which at the front features a modern and eye-catching headlamp design—in particular the DRL design, shared with the road version—while at the rear has a “combo” solution integrating the parking, stop and turn indicator lights.
The beating heart of the BKX 300 is brand new, a 292.4 cc, liquid cooled, four-stroke single-cylinder engine with a 42 mm throttle body, an evolution of the current 250 cc already featured on the TRK 251 and Leoncino 250. In addition to the increase in displacement, updates have been made to the thermal, ballast and transmission components. Thanks to the increased bore, it was possible to increase the diameter of the intake and exhaust valves and consequently redesign the combustion chamber. The counter balance shaft was also redesigned to reduce vibrations and increase reliability. The exhaust system is new, with a long manifold for a more full-bodied torque curve. Also new is the back-torque limiting slipper clutch, which reduces the clutch lever actuation force at the handlebar, as well as making gear shifting smoother. The engine, in Euro 5+ configuration, delivers a maximum power output of 29.2 hp (21.5 kW) at 9000 rpm and 24.5 Nm (2.5 kgm) at 7000 rpm. The chain-driven timing features double overhead camshaft with 4 valves and a 6speed gearbox.
Like its road-going sibling, the BKX 300 features a chassis designed to maximise the bike's handling, with a steel double cradle frame capable of ensuring smooth operation on any route. Suspension at the front consists of an upside-down fork with 41-millimetre diameter legs and 180-millimeters travel, while at the rear there is a swinging arm and a monoshock with progressive linkage adjustable in the spring preload and 180-millimetre travel at the wheel.
The braking system has a single 280 mm diameter floating disc with four-piston calliper on the front and a 240 mm diameter disc with single-piston floating calliper on the back. The spoked wheels with aluminium alloy hub and rim are 19” at the front and 17” at the rear, and respectively fitted with 100/90 and 140/80 tyres. The LCD instrumentation offers excellent visibility in all riding conditions, while the fuel tank has 13-litre capacity. And for any possible needs while travelling, a convenient USB socket is also available.
The BKX 300 will be available at all Benelli dealers starting from the second half of 2024. The price is yet to be determined. A 125 cc and 250 cc version will also be available for some markets.