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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Just exchanged my 99 speed triple for a tnt,I was a bit concerned about reliability issues particullary cutting out in heavy traffic, however after going on the wirral easter egg run yesterday my concerns have dissappeared, lets hope it,s a sign of good things to come.
Iwill keep the site posted as things occur or not.;)
 
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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
Me too

I've just done the same - had a 99 Speed Triple since new and changed for a new TNT a couple of weeks ago.
I did 23000 miles on the S3 without a problem, I hope the Benelli doesn't turn out to be a bag of spanners, especially as my nearest dealer is miles away. What have I done ?! :(
 
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
tnt

Hi Paul, Ive got the same problem with my nearest dealer bieng about an hour away, Ive done 2700 mls so far, Ive had a couple of warranty issues.
1. radiators had a pin hole leak- replaced immediatly.
2. paint peeling off top yolk- awaiting parts
3. battery tray slightly melting- as above
4. bike cutting out at traffic lights- i,m on the third map now and the cutting out problem has gone but the bike is not quite as smooth( this problem is in another thread as well ) the dealer is looking at a new map for me now.
However these problems have not put me off the bike in fact it never ceases to amaze me how much power it has and how well it handles and its got that exclusivity factor. By the way in all the times it cut out it never failed to restart immediatly.
Im from cheshire, where are you?
 
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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
tnt swinging arm

Hi all, firstly I agree the power the handling and looks make it a superb machine, but there's a fine line between a bike with attitude and a bike that's aggravation, if I can get a few issues resolved I will be very happy. I have spoken to a electronics boff about my hot starting problem, he tested the resistance on the battery and said it was high and the battery amp hour was low? In other words the battery is not up to it. I am going to speak with my dealer today. I rode to Normandy (France) early May and had 2 days riding in wet weather; the TNT was no problem except when I returned I noticed rust stains on the chain side of the swinging arm. on close inspection it appears to be faulty welding on the tube which has let water in and started corroding, my dealer (red dog motorcycles) are still waiting for the factory to reply (6weeks so far) what worries me is if I get a fault that takes the bike off the road how long would it be before benelli resolved it????
I will keep you posted.
Vtxbrit.
 
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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Hector

I'm in Bedfordshire so my nearest dealer is On Your Bike in Aylesbury but they couldn't service it for weeks so I took it to Red Dog Motorcycles. It's only the second time I've riden it and it broke down - I stopped to check directions and it wouldn't start, it seems the battery was flat even though I'd just ridden 100 miles so I had to bump start it! The fans come on if I go below 50mph so I can only assume this is flattening the battery. It seems the alternator is not up to the job of powering everything and there doesn't seem to be a fix; it can't be doing the battery any good either. At least mine doesn't stall at traffic lights but as I do a lot of miles I was hoping the thing would be reliable. I cannot believe there is such little support from Benelli - how do they expect people to buy their lovely machines if the build quality and support is so crap? Ducati, Aprilia and Triumph have managed to make bikes that work so why can't Benelli?
 
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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
INFO

Hi All, been a while and most of the posts I was reading have disappeared.
With regards to the cutting out/flat battery symptoms on the TNT, what's the latest solution. I previously posted that I had found a stop-gap to restart the bike. ( ignition off, up into 6th, then Ignition on and back down the box, you should here something reset when you hit 3rd )
I bought my TNT in march this year, but it is an ex demo from last summer. At the time I believe it was the first in the UK.
Does anyone know the latest fuel map that I should be looking for, the bikes due in to the dealers to get this cutting out problem fixed.

Out of interest, has everyone had this problem with the TNT. Although I love the bike and spent all my dosh on it, I've wasted the entire summer not being able to ride with any confidence in it. I understand the problems that have been going on at the factory, but at the end of the day, have I been sold a piece of Sh1t and should I look at compensation/refund ??

CSM
 
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Re: INFO

Good luck getting your money back, especially given the fact the factory aren't even paying the dealers for warranty work at the moment. Hang in there, I know it looks grim but hopefully there will be a buyer for Benelli soon and KJM will start distributing parts so the dealers can fix all our bikes.

Mine is a June 04 bike and has all the same problems as yours. All I would say is get yourself AA cover and thrash the tits off it until the warranty runs out - that's what I'm doing. :rollin
 
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Re: INFO

Exactly the same situation for me , my dealer said hes not getting paid for warranty work either.
 
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Discussion Starter · #9 ·
Warranty

Well, I guess something to be worried about.... we import CCM, they shut-down until a new owner came in, the new owner will not cover any warranty work on bikes not sold by them!
 
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Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Re: Warranty

I've noticed something about Benelli ownership which never experienced before - All the owners are passionate about their bikes and will forgive them almost anything. Also, I've never been on a forum where the dealers join in to find out what's going on and I've even seen posts from Adrian Morton, the bloke who designed both the Tornado and TNT!

Perhaps there should be an area of the forum where dealers/KJM/Benelli can discuss issues and keep us all informed at the same time? At least it would hopefully end all the speculation. It wouldn't be too hard to contact all the UK dealers and make them aware of the site.

What do you lot think, is our moderator listening?
 
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Discussion Starter · #11 ·
Re: Warranty

I'm listening. :)

Thinking about it.. it hurts when I do it though! <img border=0 src="http://www.ezboard.com/images/emoticons/roll.gif" />
 
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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
Re: Warranty

Id agree about the passion, and the funny thing is even with all the phoning round trying to convince myself that the problems had been solved id already decided that i was going to have one anyway.
 
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Re: Warranty

It would be interesting to survey all current owners to see what behavioural and attitudanal traits we share in common,

Could be some aspiring research candidate's PhD material.

Why do us owners choose design over reliability etc?
:rollin

re the dealers and importers discussing issues, not in this life time, for the most part dealers/importers would be happy that íssues'are not discussed online (read: in Public) as it hurts their sales.

Good dealers would always have a one on one relationship with their client and keep the client satisfied even though they may lose money on a deal.

It would be interesting to see whether importers/dealers would be sued in light of them acting as the manufacturers agent.
 
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