STUNNING in its tantalising green paintwork, the newly released Benelli 752S will surely win a lot of hearts with its modern contemporary lines, with a style that’s quite different from anything else the naked segment has to offer.
Simplicity is perhaps the key to the visual effectiveness of the 2020 Benelli 752S. There is nothing overly complicated, no overdesigned graphics on the fuel tank, just simple design and shape that seems to work seamlessly in the overall effect.
This theme flows through the entire bike. Allowing the rider to be focused on the road ahead, and the riding experience. There is no distraction from intrusive gadgets and controls that can detract from the rider’s focus.
Its unique look is enhanced by the distinctive soundtrack of the standard exhaust, giving the Italian bike a character all of its own. At 220kg dry weight, it’s a little on the heavy side too, and you notice that the first time you kick it off the stand.
But that’s not a bad thing, because the weight is so well distributed towards the front of the bike that when braking hard into a corner, the bike just dips perfectly as you aim it towards the apex.
The same goes for changing direction. The 752S is just effortless and provides the rider with shitloads of fun. The firm suspension keeps the bike planted. It works well as a combined package.
Marzocchi 50mm upside down forks can be found on the front of the bike, with the rear swing arm sporting a central KYB shock absorber with spring preload adjustability. The suspension is matched to a trestle steel tube frame, which adds to the overall package.
A double semi-floating 320mm disc brake with 4-piston callipers and ABS finds a home up front of the 752S, while rear stopping power is provided by single 260mm disc with single piston floating calliper and ABS.
Both work well in pulling up the nimble 752S. It’s an impressive setup that supports the late braking and weight distribution characteristics of the bike, especially when pushing the Benelli into corners hard.
An in-line 2 cylinder, 4-stroke liquid cooled double overhead cam 754cc powerplant provides the go power for this mid-range naked bike. It is interesting to note that this is the only model Benelli that is not LAMS (learner) approved.
Producing 56kW of power and 67Nm of torque, the Benelli 752S does feel a tad underpowered, especially when pulling the throttle completely on. If anything, it could do with a slight increase in power output. That would make this bike truly remarkable.
That said, we recommend you don’t dismiss this bike as its still a great machine, worth a place in your garage as a daily commuter or a weekend fun machine. What it lacks in power, it makes up for with its great handling.
With a 6-speed gearbox and multidisc wet clutch, gear changes on the Benelli are smooth and the combination matches quite well to the engine characteristics. It’s fitted with electronic fuel injection as well.
The all-digital TFT display is simple and integrates well into the overall design of the bike. It delivers all the required info a rider will need, on the fly, in simple and easy to read graphics, including speed, revs fuel range, time and gear selection.
It feels nimble and compact, with a wheelbase of 1460mm and an overall length of 2130mm. The 752S is very easy to manoeuvre around, whether that’s getting in or out of the garage, parking at your favourite café or challenging the urban jungle.
With a seat height of 810mm, the Benelli works for taller or shorter riders, with its mid-range seat height. Seating position is upright and comfortable, and ensures easy reach to all handlebar controls. The seat is good for 400km a day.
It starts to feel a little too firm after that sort of distance, but that’s probably your butt telling you its time for a rest. It’s up against tough competition in a cramped marketplace, including Yamaha’s MT-07, Suzuki’s GSX-S 750 and the soon to launch Triumph Trident.
It’s a very good package overall though, offering an enjoyable riding experience, good looks, and unique styling. Priced at $12,990 ride away, it’s available in Green (as tested), Red, White or Black.
The 2020 Benelli 752S comes with a 2-year unlimited kilometre warranty and roadside assist for the same period.
Our test bike was provided by Benelli Australia. To find out more about the 2020 Benelli 752S, contact your local Benelli dealer.