Decoding Benelli BJ600GS in Vietnam

Thanks to its attractive price, Benelli BJ600GS 600 cc is the focus of speed enthusiasts. However, the lack of information online and the origin from China still makes buyers think.

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Decoding the name Benelli BJ600GS

Benelli is a car company with deep roots in Italy, the cradle of most famous motorcycle models and top technology. But due to unfortunate events for Benelli that took place in the 90s of the last century, in terms of this brand it still seems to be 1 level lower than its “compatriot” Ducati. Born in 1911 in Pesaro, Italy under the hands of “widow” Teresa Benelli.

She invested all her remaining capital into the business in hopes of providing stable work for her six children. Prominent among them is his son Tonino, who demonstrated his extraordinary talent in mechanical engineering as well as his original knack for racing with the Benelli 175 with four Italian championship titles over the years. : 1927, 1928. Particularly in 1930, it won the championship with the single camshaft version (SOHC) and in 1931 with the engine version using double camshafts (DOHC).

During World War II, Benelli still provided vehicles for both the Army and civilians. Until the late 1960s, the arrival of Japanese manufacturers caused a crisis in the European motorcycle industry. Due to being on the brink of bankruptcy, this car company decided to sell itself to an Argentine company. Despite applying advanced techniques at that time, due to too many obstacles and the merger with Moto Guzzi, the company was forced to stop in 1988 to create a joint company named “Guzzi Benelli Moto SpA”. ”.

It was not until 1995 that Benelli was said to have been remanufactured and the revival of the brand with its glorious history was recognized by the launch of the Tornado 900 model in 2002. Currently, Benelli is under the management of Benelli. management and operations of a company specializing in providing Qianjiang Group engines located in Southeast China. This is also the place where the BJ600GS model in this article was created.

What does Benelli BJ600GS have?

Go online and type the phrase “Benelli BJ600GS” and you will get 13,700 results within 0.35 seconds. However, the entire first two pages of the Google system are mainly information posted by Vietnamese online newspapers about the car after the importer Motorock distributed it, and the following pages are mostly discussions. about the car on forums of Asian countries, there are not even any foreign newspapers that have published detailed information or specific reviews about this car model. Simply because in the European market this model exists under the name BN600 and when retyping the keyword, the results are completely complete.

We experienced the BJ600GS model for 1 week. In terms of overall appearance, the BJ600GS has a larger physique than a 600 cc bike, beyond our imagination when looking through photos. Manufactured in China, but according to available information, the BJ600GS was “molded” by a design company named Generic in Austria. The appearance of the BJ600GS is like Benelli’s answer after a long absence. They brought this car model to the ECIMA 2012 exhibition in Milan, Italy to prove their return. However, this supposedly attractive overview quickly disappears when we discover the borrowed lines that are said to be inherently haphazardly arranged by the Chinese.

The front of the car with robot-style headlights creates a fierce highlight for the car. The fuel tank has a capacity of 15 liters with embossed ribs on both sides, making the BJ600GS look bigger. The frame with a red-painted steel hollow tube trellis structure looks like it was borrowed from a fellow Ducati Monster model. Meanwhile, the single-displacement rear suspension system and the rear design with a pair of aggressive twin exhaust pipes have many similarities with the Aprilia Shiver model. The entire plastic part of the car is thick, sturdy and not “untidy” which is inherent in the thinking of Vietnamese people towards cars of Chinese origin.

The vehicle’s central dashboard displays details along with the main engine rpm, which is typical of large displacement vehicle models. Speed, fuel tank capacity and vehicle itinerary are measured by an electronic speedometer. In addition, on the left are basic signal lights that are easy to observe. The electronic display system in the instrument cluster provides good contrast for the driver even in strong sunlight. The control switch cluster on both sides of the steering wheel is arranged in a traditional style, simple and easy to use even for first-time vehicle drivers.

Equipped for this 250 million vehicle is a 50mm diameter inverted front suspension system with hydraulic compression (adjustable), a single rear shock absorber with a hydraulically adjustable bracket system ( You can adjust the speed of tension/compression to increase/decrease). To restrain the BJ600GS at high speed is a system of two front brake discs with a diameter of 240mm with 4 cylinder pistons, a single rear brake disc with the same diameter of 240mm but with 2 cylinder pistons.

If at Ducati all of this equipment is clearly labeled with the supplier’s name such as Ohlin shock absorbers or Brembo brakes, everything on the BJ600GS is “anonymous”. On the contrary, Benelli probably also chose the famous German tire distributor Metzeler with the Sportect M5 Interact set priced at nearly 500 USD for this model with front / rear tire parameters of 120/70 ZR17 and 180/55 ZR17 respectively. .

Operational features: how does it feel to drive in the city and on the road?

The heart of the Benelli BJ600GS is an engine block that is said to be completely different from the past when it uses a 4-cylinder in-line engine instead of the traditional 3-cylinder design. With a capacity of 600cc and compression ratio of 11.5: 1 for maximum power of 80 horsepower at 11,000 rpm, maximum torque of 55 Nm at 8,000 rpm. The car uses a liquid cooling system and a 6-speed wet clutch.

Vehicles with a seat height of 800 mm are probably only suitable for people with a physique over 1m70. With the Euro III emission standard system, the engine produces a gentle and slightly deep exhaust sound, creating a less exciting feeling for large displacement enthusiasts. In return, this is a plus point if you constantly move in the city, the light clutch and 2-level clutch system make the driver need to shift gears much lighter. The original tall handlebars are equipment that helps the rider sit comfortably throughout the test journey.

Despite having a capacity of up to 600cc, the BJ600GS creates sympathy and friendliness thanks to its gentle throttle and smooth in-line 4-cylinder engine. Even if you go at level 3 at low speed, it still doesn’t create the jerky feeling often found on other large displacement models. On the contrary, the minus point for this model is the hard shock absorber system, which minimizes the ability to “swallow” the throttle, causing more shock than other cars in the same segment in the same shock absorber mode.

On the road, the BJ600GS does not appear to be too powerful and does not create the feeling that the driver is driving a 600 cc vehicle. With level 1, if you pull the throttle all the way, the car quickly takes you to 60 km/h with the engine rpm nearing the peak without any jerks. Level 2 reaches 100 km/h and from level 3 onwards will feel a bit “out of breath” and bring the driver to a feeling of gradually accelerating clearly, not too “shocking”. However, the speed we achieved with the Benelli BJ600GS on a non-standard test track is 184 km/h, within safe conditions.

At a speed of about 90 km/h, the car’s body appears to float, thanks to a pair of branded tires and a fuel tank spread out on both sides, helping the driver create a better cornering position. The braking system always gives the driver a feeling of safety, even when braking suddenly, with the shortest braking distance. If you need to accelerate at a speed of 60 km/h or more for the BJ600GS, it may take a while and this is something no fan wants to experience.

Many theories say that the cause of this is due to the Euro III emission management part, but that is only a part, the remaining key lies in the fact that the 600 cc engine block produces 80 horsepower and must pull the vehicle. The vehicle has a gross weight of 220 kg compared to models in the same segment such as Kawasaki ER-6N 204 kg, Honda Hornet 600F 168 kg and Suzuki GSR 600 180 kg.


Benelli BJ600GS is suitable for people who like appearance, often use it in urban areas and do not require too much speed. Most importantly, the price is reasonable for a famous brand!

Read the comparison and review of Benelli BJ600GS and Ducati 795

See more detailed photos of Benelli BJ600GS

Specifications Benelli BJ600GS

  • Saddle height: 800 mm
  • Petrol tank capacity: 15 liters
  • Weight: 220 kg
  • Engine: 600cc, 4 cylinders, 4 stroke, water cooled.,Compression ratio 11.1:1
  • Wattage:80 horsepower/11,000 rpm
  • Torque: 55 Nm/8,000 rpm
  • Transmission box: 6 speeds, wet clutch
  • Front/rear tires: 120/70 ZR17 , 180/55 ZR17
  • Reference selling price: 246,000,000 VND (equivalent to 11,800 USD)

Thanh Long (TTTD)

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