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Mar 8, 2002

New Benelli Production Streetbike Seen At Valencia

Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>By Glenn LeSanto<hr noshade size="1" width="450" align="left"><img src="../issues/mar02/benelli3.jpg"><BR><BR><img src="../issues/mar02/benelli4.jpg"><hr noshade size="1" width="450" align="left">The final production version of the Benelli Tornado has been spotted in Valencia. The company has one bike, a final pre-production model, at the circuit already. Another two bikes on the way for showing over the weekend, the pair are actual production bikes from a batch of 150 limited edition bikes that will go on sale to the public shortly.<hr noshade size="1" width="350" align="left"><img src="../issues/mar02/benelli5.jpg"><hr noshade size="1" width="350" align="left">Looking as gorgeous as it did when it was first shown in prototype form the Tornado is perhaps the best looking production bike in existence. The trademark twin yellow underseat fans are still present in the rear tail section, and a host of other details abound.<hr noshade size="1" width="450" align="left"><img src="../issues/mar02/benelli2.jpg"><BR><BR><img src="../issues/mar02/benelli8.jpg"><hr noshade size="1" width="450" align="left">The bike is dripping in exotica, with Ohlins suspension, magnesium engine cases and carbon fiber bodywork. Details like the flick-knife-style ignition key leave you in no doubt that this is a very special motorcycle.<hr noshade size="1" width="450" align="left"><img src="../issues/mar02/benelli6.jpg"><BR><BR><img src="../issues/mar02/benelli7.jpg"><hr noshade size="1" width="450" align="left">