Benelli BX 449 Cross


Make Model

Benelli BX 449 Cross




Four stroke, single cylinder,


449 cc / 27.4 cu in
Bore x Stroke 98 x 59,5 mm
Compression Ratio 12.5:1
Cooling System Liquid cooled


Electronic injection-throttle body 42 mm




Kick and electric
Exhaust system  With catalytic converter and oxygen sensor
Clutch Wet clutch, 7 steel disks

Max Power

41.3 kW / 55.4 hp@ 9500 rpm

Max Torque

45 Nm / 4.6 kgf-m / 33.2 lb-ft @ 7000 rpm


6 Speed 

Final Drive

Frame Aluminium alloy perimeter with casting, moulded,  extruded parts and structural carbon rods

Front Suspension

50 mm Upside down fork, fully adjustable

Front Wheel Travel

310 mm / 12.2 in

Rear Suspension

Sachs shock absorber fully adjustable, 310mm  wheel travel.

Rear Wheel Travel

310 mm / 12.2 in

Front Brakes

Single 260 mm disc

Rear Brakes

Single 220 mm disc

Front Tyre


Rear Tyre

Seat Height 960 mm / 37.8 in

Dry Weight

110 kg / 243 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

9 Litres / 2.4 US gal

The Italian maker intends conquering motocross riders with its brand new creation which name sounds like the one of a Citroen car, but has nothing to do with it at all. The BX 449 Cross, like its name says is fitted with a carefully engineered 449cc single-cylinder four stroke DOHC four titanium valve engine and a five-speed gearbox. It is good for a start and considering its looks, there is nothing to keep it from climbing the success mountain immediately.


Benelli had definitely knew what it was getting itself into as all its competitors were already good and rolling expecting for somebody new on the scene to smash. But I have a small feeling things won’t be going that way and Benelli will get out of 2008 not only with a clean face, but with a decent fan club too.

Clearly, its fiercest competition comes from Japan under the names every bike manufacturer is afraid of, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki.