They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery, so Ducati should be flattered indeed that the Benelli 752S is a Monster clone, at least in style.
With its trellis frame, droopy single headlight and general design of the tank, seat, shorty front fender and aggressive stance, it is every bit a Monster clone.
The one thing the Italian-designed and Chinese-built bike does better is the elegant, stubby exhaust which is much nicer than the bulky mufflers on the Ducati.
Benelli’s 752S is actually powered by a 754cc parallel twin engine, rather than an L-twin in the Ducati.
The bike arrives in Australia in September 2020 at $12,990 ride away.
And it isn’t starved of features with 50mm Marzocchi upside-down forks, a KYB monoshock and decent sized twin 320mm front brake discs and Pirelli Angel ST tyres.
It comes in a choice of red, white, green and black.
Clone in style only
The Benelli is a Monster clone in style only, not in tech specs and price.
It is powered by Benelli’s four-stroke, liquid-cooled engine with 56kW of power and 67Nm of torque.
The comparable Ducati Monster is the 821 with 81kW of power and 85Nm.
More importantly, the Benelli is a bit of a porker at 226kg of Chinese metal and plastic rather than the svelte Ducati at a mere 205kg.
But then the Ducati Monster 821 does cost $18,300.
The Benelli 752 is more comparable to models such as the BMW F 800 R ($13,450), Kawasaki Z900 ($12,599), KTM 790 Duke ($15,790), Triumph Street Triple S ($13,800) and Yamaha MT-07 HO ($10,699).
It comes in a choice of green, red, black and white.
|Price||$12,990 ride away|
|Engine||liquid-cooled twin, 4 valves/cylinder, DOHC|
|Bore x Stroke||88 x 62 mm|
|Power||56kW @ 8500rpm|
|Torque||67Nm @ 6500rpm|
|Transmission||6-speed, wet clutch|
|Suspension (front)||USD 50mm forks, adjustable rebound, compression and spring preload|
|Suspension (rear)||Shock with adjustable preload|
|Brakes (front)||320mm floating discs, mono block 4-piston calliper, ABS|
|Brakes (rear)||260mm, double piston calliper, ABS|
|Width (ex mirrors)||810mm|
|Height (ex mirrors)||1100mm|