The Kenstomoto Demolisher: Custom Benelli TNT 600
This Benelli TNT 600 Is Like No Benelli You’ve Ever Seen Before!
Armed with a radical design idea and a Benelli TNT 600, Malaysian designer Kenny Yeoh of Kenstomoto has built a ferocious looking machine. His inspiration came in the form of a “Zaku” that any anime fan will tell you, is a military mobile suit from the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise. Don’t worry, we had to Google it too. But after we did, we got the idea and it seems that Kenny has achieved exactly what he was aiming for.
The Benelli TNT 600: Modified
The build began as all builds do, with a stark look at the donor bike. In this case, it was a 2013 model Benelli TNT 600, and after it was stripped down to its bare naked bones, Kenny began planning on what parts would stay, and which would go. As a designer, first and foremost, Kenny made the executive decision to leave the engine and gearbox as they were, and instead focused on structural and aesthetic improvements instead. While purists might argue that it’s not properly “custom” until you’ve played with the engine, Kenny knew his strengths, and most importantly, where his weaknesses were. In this case, he decided to leave the engine to those in the know.
The first thing to get the Yeoh treatment was the rear sub frame and the bike’s head unit. With the rear looking a little more “svelte” Kenny looked at improving the front headlights, replacing the stock unit with a custom projector with surrounding DRLs (daytime running lamps) and relocated the Benelli’s instrument cluster. The cluster itself now comprises of a set of custom fabricated brackets that hold the headlights and keep the gear-shift indicator in place, just above the handlebar clamps. The bars themselves were swapped out and replaced with clip ons.
Moving back towards the rear of the bike, and working on top of the already shortened sub-frame, Kenny fabricated a custom fiber glass tail section. The seat itself is mostly the stock original; save for the new leather upholstery, and still uses the original attachment points.
Underneath, the Benelli has been fitted with a new, custom made chain guard, with Kenny’s brand, Kenstomoto, laser cut into it. The stock wheels were also given a new paint job, with red and black coloring and a cool homage to Italy pin striped on the wheels edge. The original exhausts got the chop and were replaced with new custom pipes that now exit just underneath the swing arm pivot.
We don’t often see Benelli customs on our radar, and it’s a real shame. There are many who argue that since the company was taken over by a Chinese firm, that the quality of the bikes has somewhat diminished but I can say that on a recent test ride, I was very surprised at just how much fun I had on one. Anyway, let’s hope we see more awesome customs like this in the future!