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The 2018 Benelli 402S Is A Discount Ducati Diavel

Taking Inspiration Directly From The Ducati Diavel, This Is The 2018 Benelli 402S

Want the looks of a Ducati Diavel but want a smaller engine and a significantly cheaper price? The 2018 Benelli 402S might be the bike for you. Now, when it comes to the modern incarnation of Benelli motorcycles, you might’ve been taken in by the whole “they’re Chinese, not Italian” talk that often dogs the brands every move. To some degree, you’d be right. These bikes might be Italian designed, but they’re pretty much totally manufactured in China – but then again, so is pretty much everything else you own. So why not take a chance on the 2018 Benelli 402S? It’s a small capacity cruiser that makes a big impression.

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The Diavel Inspired 2018 Benelli 402S

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Taking its design inspiration directly from the Ducati Diavel, the 2018 Benelli 402S is the budget power cruiser for those in need of an Italian design aesthetic but in a somewhat diluted form. Using the Diavel as a guide, Benelli have given the 402S an exposed trellis frame, a short stubby sub-frame with a sporty seat, and an elongated tank for a proper power cruiser look. The frighteningly short pillion seat sits on top of a tidy rear tail that comes complete with split rear lights, and stands above the 402S’s tire hugger that acts as a license plate holder and holds on to the bike’s turn signals too.

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The 2018 Benelli 402S is powered by a 399.3cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel twin engine that reportedly pushes out a respectable 39.4 horsepower at 9,000 rpm, and 25.8 lb-ft at 7,000 revs. The engine might be a touch uninspiring and lacking in spice, but for a small capacity sports-oriented cruiser that’s geared towards the casual commuter or new rider, it’s got more than enough power on tap. The suspension is also pretty good considering the budget nature of the bike, boasting 41mm USD forks up front twinned with an adjustable monoshock at the rear. The brakes aren’t bad either, with two 250mm rotors with four piston calibers providing the stopping power up front, partnered with a single 240mm rotor at the rear…and ABS is offered as standard.

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On top of that, the 2018 Benelli 402S comes with alloy wheels, and altogether weighs in at 352.74 lbs. It looks the part, the performance looks solid and if it arrives on US shores, it should be very fairly priced. As an entry level motorcycle, don’t discount it. It’s going to arrive in Europe for the second half of 2018, but we’ll keep you informed of any US news as soon as we get it.

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