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Bennche Spire 800 Review

Bennche Spire 800 Review

Bennche Spire 800
Bennche Spire 800

While out in Texas for the 2011 Mud Nationals, I had the opportunity to jump behind the wheel of Bennche’s sport model, the Spire 800. The Spire is all about sport with power and size to match. The 800cc v-twin has 55HP and lots of low end torque that can easily spin the wheels in the dirt.

Besides the impressive power plant, the Spire 800 comes street-legal ready with windshield, mirrors, horn and blinkers. Unfortunately, that doesn’t work in California, but in states like Arizona, it is a huge plus to have all the necessary safety items already installed.

We had a fairly packed schedule trying to cover all the events at Mud Nationals, but I did get to run around in the dirt for a few hours. I was very impressed with the power-to-weight ratio of the Spire 800. It felt very sporty and fun to drive. It comes with four wheel independent suspension, dual vented hydraulic disc brakes, and tilt steering.  The width of the Spire is a narrow 52″ and much like other stock UTVs, it would benefit with some aftermarket shocks and a long travel suspension, if you plan to get aggressive in the dunes or on the trails.

The Spire comes with a front and rear sway-bar, which gives the user the opportunity to dial it in for terrain and rider preference.  I felt that the front sway-bar was a bit much for my liking, so I would probably remove it.  But I do like to have the option to make that decision myself.

With an MSRP of $8,999, the Bennche is a great value and they have outfitted the Spire nicely with aluminum wheels and a winch right out of the box.

Bennche Spire 800
The Spire 800 has a width of 52″.  With the addition of a long travel suspension and some aftermarket shocks, it would be quite an impressive duner.

Bennche Spire 800
Spire 800 comes street-legal ready with windshield, mirrors, horn and blinkers.

Bennche Spire 800
The Spire’s bed is built for light loads

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Specifications:

Engine  
    Engine Type     V-Twin, 8 Valves
    Displacement     800 cc
    Bore & Stroke     91 x 61.5mm
    Compression Ratio     9.5:1
    Fuel System     EFI
    Ignition     Electric
    Transmission     Automatic L-H-N-R
    Drive Train     Shaft Drive; On-Demand 2WD/4WD; Locking Differential
    Cooling     Liquid
    Horse Power     55 HP
    Fuel Tank Capacity     7.6 gallons
    Battery     12 volts 21 amp
Dimension
    Overall Length     104.3 in.
    Overall Width     52.4 in.
    Overall Height     73.2 in.
    Seat Height     16.7 in.
    Ground Clearance     10.2 in.
    Front Tire     25×8-12
    Rear Tire     25×10-12
    Wheelbase     76.2 in.
    Dry Weight     1165 lbs
    Bed Capacity     154 lbs
    Towing Capacity     220 lbs
Suspension
    Front Suspension     Independent Double Wishbone
    Rear Suspension     Independent Double Wishbone
Brake
    Front Brake     Dual Ventilated Hydraulic Disc
    Rear Brake     Dual Ventilated Hydraulic Disc
Other
    Color     Black, Blue, Red
    Warranty     12 Months Limited Warranty

More Photos:

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Manufacturer Info:

Bennche, Inc.
1434 Patton Place, STE 106
Carrollton, TX 75007

Toll Free: 888-881-3036

Website:  www.bennche.com

Direct Link: Spire 800

 

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