During the launch of the 2017 SM Sport 110R in Penang recently, a 250 cc cruiser was seen on display, the 2017 Benelli Patagonian Eagle. While outwardly resembling a Keeway Dorado 250, this machine carries a parallel-twin instead of the Dorado’s V-twin, despite carrying a Keeway 250 badge on the side panels.

This quarter-litre cruiser is a prototype for testing on Malaysian roads, and is currently installed with twin carburettors. However, we were informed by an MForce Holdings – Malaysian distributor and assembler for the Benelli, Keeway, SYM and SM Force brands – representative that the final local market model will have EFI.

Scheduled to enter the market before the end of this year, the Patagonian Eagle carries a liquid-cooled, 249 cc, four-valve twin that produces a claimed 17.4 hp at 8,000 rpm and 16.5 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. A five-speed gearbox and chain final drive gets power to the ground, via a 15-inch rear wheel.

At the front is an 18-inch wheel with a single 260 mm diameter disc for braking. Suspension on the Eagle is conventional, telescopic forks with 120 mm of travel in front, and dual shock absorbers in the rear, where a drum brake does braking duties.

Seat height on the Patagonian Eagle is a very typical cruiser 695 mm, low to the ground and rider-friendly, while dry weight is claimed to be 145 kg. There are two colour options for the 2017 Benelli Patagonian Eagle – matte black and matte red.