Zhejiang Qianjiang, the Chinese motorcycle giant that now owns the Italian brand Benelli, recently launched the new QJ SRK 600. But once it makes its way to Europe, India, and North America, this naked motorbike will be known as the 2020 Benelli TNT 600i.
The most noticeable changes to the new middleweight streetfighter come in the form of a sleek headlight design and an underbelly twin-pipe exhaust system in place of the previous dual-exhaust unit positioned at the tail section. The bike now also has a shorter wheelbase than before.
The TNT 600i/SRK 600 is powered by a 600cc DOHC liquid-cooled, in-line-four engine that generates 80hp and 55Nm of torque. Although the retuned motor, which is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, has lost a bit of power, it now has more torque and complies with the BS6 emissions standards that have been implemented in India since April 2020.
QJ claims the 2020 model is 33kg lighter than the previous version. The design team has also revised the tank, trim, and seat configuration. Among the features retained by the new model are the touchscreen full-color LCD, keyless ignition, and LED turn signals and taillight.
Three variants are available, with the standard variant featuring factory brakes and suspension, and the midrange spec boasting Xihu brakes and KYB suspension. The top-of-the-line version is blessed with high-performance Marzocchi forks, KYB shocks, and Brembo brakes.
This Benelli bike has younger siblings that are being sold in different countries: the TNT 302 and the tiny TNT 135, which is available here. Would you like to see how the highway-legal TNT 600i naked bike will fare in the middleweight motorcycle class here?