The Benelli Tornado Tre 900 is a motorcycle made from 2002 to present by Benelli of Pesaro, Italy. The current model is designated at the Tornado Tre 903. The new Benelli company showed a stunning design model at the Milan motorcycle show in 1999, which combined both angular and curved elements. Housing a triple-900cc engine, the engine was also part of the bikes stressed frame. The engine was purposefully placed quite well forward to keep the front wheel down under acceleration, but as this left little space for the radiator it was placed under the rear seat pan, resulting in a high riding position. It also meant that airflow was restricted around the radiator, resulting in the need to place twin yellow-coloured electric fans under the rear seat, which became a distinct rearward view of the bike. The resultant hands down/bum-up riding position, although coloquially Italian, made earlier testers question the duration of any long-distance riding, placing a lot of weight on the riders wrists and stress on the extended back.


General information

Model: Benelli Tornado Tre 903 RS

Year:      2004

Category:            Sport

Rating:  71.5 out of 100.


Engine and transmission

Displacement:   898.00 cc (54.80 cubic inches)

Engine type:       In-line three, four-stroke

Power: 140.80 HP (102.8 kW)) @ 11500 RPM

Torque:                100.00 Nm (10.2 kgf-m or 73.8 ft.lbs) @ 8500 RPM

Compression:    11.0:1

Bore x stroke:    88.0 x 49.2 mm (3.5 x 1.9 inches)

Valves per cylinder:        4

Fuel control:       DOHC

Cooling system:                Liquid

Gearbox:             6-speed

Transmission type,

final drive:           Chain


Chassis, suspension, brakes and wheels

Frame type:       Steel and aluminum alloy

Rake (fork angle):            23.5°

Front suspension:            Marzocchi “upside down” stanchion fork diameter 50 mm, adjustable in compression and extension with spring per-load.


Rear suspension:             Asymmetric swingarm, composed of cast aluminum and pressed in aluminum alloy

Front Tyre dimensions: 120/70-17

Rear Tyre dimensions:   190/50-17

Front brakes:     Double disc

Front brakes diameter: 320 mm (12.6 inches)

Rear brakes:       Single disc

Rear brakes diameter:   240 mm (9.4 inches)


Physical measures and capacities

Dry weight:         195.0 kg (429.9 pounds)

Power/weight ratio:       0.7221 HP/kg

Seat height:        810 mm (31.9 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.

Overall length:  2,170 mm (85.4 inches)

Wheelbase:        1,419 mm (55.9 inches)

Fuel capacity:     9.00 liters (2.38 gallons)