Benelli 500 Quattro

Benelli 500 Quattro

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The most striking thing about the 500 Benelli is that it bears more than apassing resemblance to another four-stroke, four-cylinder half-litre machine,the 500 Honda. The similarity centres on the engine which not only looks likethe Japanese bike's unit, but also sports the same cylinder dimensions: 56 x50.6 mm. However, with a 10.2:1 compression ratio, the Benelli produces slightlymore power with 55 bhp available at 9800 rpm.

The single-overhead-camshaft engine, which is fed by four Dell'Ortocarburettors, can push the 440 lb bike to a top speed of 112 mph. Because of thebike's relatively low weight, fuel consumption is good and 50 mpg is easilypossible. Although initially available with two powerful drum brakes, the 500 isnow equipped with a two disc front and single disc rear layout, a move dictatedby the public's reaction to the many disc-braked Japanese bikes.

Styling is typically Italian with wide flat handlebars and boxy panels, tankand instruments. Incidentally, the bike's engine is manufactured at theMoto Guzzi factory in Mandello del Lario, as are all the Benelli four-strokeengines, while the two-stroke units of the two companies are built at Benelli'sPesaro works. This has been the case since motor magnate Alejandro de Tomasobought out the ailing companies a few years ago. Since that time, the single-camHonda lookalike engine has been the basis for most of the companies' four-strokerange.

Dane techniczne:

Make Model
Benelli 500 Quattro
Four stroke transverse fourcylinders 2 valves per cylinder SOHC
498 cc / 30.4 cu in
Bore x Stroke
56 x 50.6 mm
Compression Ratio
Wet sump
Cooling System
Air cooled
4-into-2 or 4-into-2-into-4
4 x 22 mm Dell'Orto VBH22 carburetors
12v 15Ah
Max Power
41 kW / 55 hp @ 9400 rpm
Max Torque
46.1 Nm / 4.7 kgf-m / 34 lbs-ft @ 9300 rpm
Wet multidisc cable operated
5 Speed
Gear Ratios
1st 16.97 / 2nd 11.85 / 3rd 8.83 / 4th 7.26 / 5th 6.22:1
Steel double cradle
Front Suspension
Telescopic forks
Rear Suspension
Pivoted rear fork 5-way spring preload
Front Brakes
Double disc 230 mm Ø
Rear Brakes
Single disc 200 mm Ø
Front Tyre
Rear Tyre
Dry Weight
200 kg / 440 lbs
Fuel Capacity
19 Litres / 5.02 US gal
Consumption Average
6.2 L/100 km / 16.1 km/l / 37.9 US mpg
Top Speed
190 km/h / 118 mph