The KTM Duke has been the undisputed king of the naked street-fighter segment ever since it was introduced in India in 2012 in a collaboration with Bajaj. The only real competition the Duke 200 faced was by the Pulsar 200 NS which came from Bajaj anyway and has been discontinued in favour of their newer models. But the Duke’s time of easy sailing seems to be coming to an end as DSK Benelli has started selling the TnT 25 in India.
The DSK Benelli TnT 25 is a direct rival to the Duke 200 and it just takes a glance to see why. The TnT 25 has the same naked bike styling as the Duke and it looks a bit more subdued than the aggressive KTM. The TnT 25 is lower than the Duke and has more padded pillion and rider seats for improved comfort – something which is one of the biggest problems with the Duke. The Benelli bike also comes with a monoshock suspension and large petal dual disc brakes but does not come with ABS which might be a big oversight in the long run.
The Benelli TnT 25 might be slightly heavier than the Duke but it makes up for it with its engine; A 250 cc single-cylinder with power and torque figures of 28.16 Bhp and 21.62 Nm compared to the Duke’s smaller 200 cc engine that makes 25.6 Bhp and 19.2 Nm. It also has a 17 litre fuel tank which makes the KTM’s 10.5 litre tank seem woefully insufficient. The best apart about the TnT 25 is that it comes with a host of customisation options which allows a customer to personalise their Benelli in 175 ways which will cost anything between Rs 15,000 and Rs 50,000.
The Italian bike’s elder sibling, the TnT 300, is undergoing some serious competition from the Duke 390 and the Kawasaki Z250. But the Benelli TnT 25 has a very tempting price tag of Rs 1,68,000 (ex-showroom Pune) and slots itself perfectly between the 200 and 300 cc categories. Launched at a reasonable price with a peppy engine and comfortable seats to boot, the DSK Benelli TnT 25 is a worthy addition to the growing naked street fighter bike segment in India.
Are you excited about the new Benelli TnT 25 or do you prefer the Duke 200? Let us know in the comments below. You can ride the Duke by renting it from Wheelstreet – India’s first bike rental platform, and we’ll be getting the TnT 25 available for rent soon.