Hello, I know I'm dragging up an old thread but I'm keen on talking with other Imperiale owners about their experiences with said machine. I purchased my Imperiale around two months ago and I have just clocked up a thousand miles on it. I've owned mainly Japanese bikes over the years but I did have a Triumph for two years and to be honest I wasn't that impressed with it. I put the fact that there are very few references to the Imperiale on this forum due to it being quite a new model of bike so therefore not having a high ownership as of yet, but I feel the Imperiale is very much a 'niche' motorcycle also. How did you find out that your Imperiale was built in India? I was under the assumption that all new Benelli's were now put together in China. I have no issue with where my bike was built as long as it was put together well, after all most Triumph's are now built in Thailand!
I think that my Imperiale is a great little machine, fun to ride and cheap to run, which in my opinion is the essence of motorcycling. There are a few 'niggles' that I have found during my ownership, these are the speedo not reading the correct speed, erratic idle after you turn the bike off then start it again after a few minutes whilst the engine is still warm and the ABS light seems to only light up when it feels like it on start up's. None of these 'issues' affect the performance of the bike though.
Anyway as I said previously I would be interested in hearing the thoughts of other Imperiale owners.