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Benelli November 10, 2016 posted by

Quick Fix? 2005 Benelli Novocento in need of some care

Most of the bikes we post on RSBFS are in pristine condition or if not, are so rare as to make their condition less of a concern.  This one is somewhere in the middle...a 2005 Benelli Novocento with what appears to be light cosmetic damage.

Before proceeding further with this post, I have to admit that in the past I have had a bit of bias against the newer Benelli bikes, mostly due to the fact that the triple engine was originally designed to be the new power plant for my beloved Laverda marque (a pox on your house, Francesco Tognon!)  But as any smart collector or US/UK voter knows, allowing your emotions to influence decisions can cause you to do/not do things that you end up quickly regretting.  Therefore we present this 2005 Benelli Novocento in need of some light care/restoration for your consideration.

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2005 Benelli Novocento on for sale eBay

The history of Benelli has been well chronicled on RSBFS, with an especially good write up done here, but suffice to say the company has gone through the trials and tribulations that are typical for a small Italian motorcycle manufacturer.  Right now primary ownership seems to be Chinese with a major brand focus on scooters but parts for this model do appear to be available.  This is important because this bike does show evidence of being lightly down but the seller is quite honest about this with lots of details/pics and the damage looks to be cosmetic.  Best of all the price seems to have been adjusted to reflect the current condition so this might be an opportunity to pick up one of these at a discount.

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Reviews by owners of the 900cc Benelli were very positive, although the seat height is apparently fairly high and apparently the OEM mirrors are basically worthless.  It may not be the fastest bike but it looks and sounds awesome and it certainly isn't something you are likely to see at your local bike night.

Here is a video review from Motorvision.

Mileage on this one is at 6,155 which means it has been broken in.  The seller does indicate that all the issues associated with the early Benelli bikes have been addressed, including the factory warranty replacement of the clutch basket.

Here is an overview of what the seller has posted in the ebay listing

  • Upon bringing the bike home, I ordered all of the updated parts it required from a Benelli dealer in Germany.  This includes updated clutch basket and bearings, z25 gear, alternator drive cup and cushions, z25/alternator driven shaft, bellville washer and bolt, side cover gasket, as well as a few other pieces.
  • All original parts will be included in sale.  
  • Oil has been changed every season (less than 1000 miles) with AMSoil full synthetic and hiflofiltro filter (one filter will be included with the sale).
  • The only upgrades from stock have been a Leo Vince sbk titanium slip on exhaust, and a top notch Rk gold chain.
  • Comes with a benelli branded ,fitted cover.
  • I will be including many extra parts, some used, some new, including stock exhaust, cover, full shop manual in english, extra carbon fiber mount for the Leo Vince exhaust if you want to delete the passenger pegs, extra coil sticks

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The seller seems to be quite honest about the condition and includes additional pics in listing via a link to google drive.  There are also a fair number of questions with seller responses embedded within the eBay listing , which seems to indicate an honest seller.

Note - I emailed the owner about the missing riders right mirror, he indicates this is not included in the sale.  However research on owners has indicated the mirrors on this bike are one of the more commonly replaced items due to the standard ones poor effectiveness.

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Now for the question - should you consider acquiring this bike?  Well as stated previously it is in need of some love to bring it back to OEM condition but most of the effort seems to be cosmetic.  The level of detail provided by the seller is good so I don't think this one has been abused, probably just unlucky.  And the current opening bid price of $5000 is much less than the average $9500 prices we have seen for these previously on RSBFS so even with the cost of any repairs/restoration you might end up ahead.

I think this bit of green and silver triple powered Italiana is a good opportunity for someone who is reasonably comfortable with light restoration.  Personally I would consider this bike as an acquisition if the seat height was a few inches less.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Quick Fix? 2005 Benelli Novocento in need of some care
Benelli February 24, 2016 posted by

Tasty Triple: 2007 Benelli TnT for Sale

2007 Benelli TNT R Front

Following on the heels of and offering a more practical alternative to the Tornado, the Benelli TnT offered up wide bars, weird naked insect styling, and big power. For a while, these were all over eBay, sitting unsold in dealers' showrooms with slightly ridiculous asking prices, then with reasonable ones... Then they disappeared. I'm guessing a slightly insane-looking but premium motorcycle from largely forgotten Italian brand with questionable reliability and a non-existent dealer network was a hard sell at the time.

Go figure.

2007 Benelli TNT L Rear

But if you can find one now, and have a hooligan-bike-sized hole in a garage that includes several other motorcycles to ride while you're waiting for parts, you should most definitely give the Benelli a second look. Why? Well motive force is supplied by an 1130cc triple producing somewhere in the neighborhood of 120whp and 86ft/lbs of torque, backed by a six-speed cassette gearbox.

2007 Benelli TNT Dash

Reviews when new were very positive when describing both the handling and the powertrain and if you're thinking, "wow, it's too bad Laverda never built an engine like this to power a reborn line of bikes," rumor has it that this three-cylinder mill was originally intended to do just that, but got passed to Benelli when Piaggio shelved the Laverda brand.

2007 Benelli TNT Exhaust

From the original, very uh... spare eBay listing: 2007 Benelli TnT for Sale

I'm reducing my collection and only keeping a few bikes so i have a few more to sell,so up for grabs is a excellent running and riding Benelli TNT Tornado.

2007 Benelli TNT R Detail

There's something cobbled-together about these for sure: the plasticky dash, the manufacturer's warning and information decals stuck to the fairing sides, the tacked-on side-mount radiator fans... But the engine offers that classic triple blend of low-end torque and top-end howl, the suspension components are top-notch, and the bike has a quirky charm and undeniable style. And it's certainly rare, especially here in the US.

2007 Benelli TNT R Rear

At $5,500 with just 2,700 miles, you'd be hard-pressed to find a bike that combines exclusivity, performance, and exotic looks for such a low price. These are mechanically reliable bikes, although the electrics have a bit of a reputation. The biggest concern will be the uphill battle finding parts and a shop to install them...

-tad

2007 Benelli TNT R Side

Tasty Triple: 2007 Benelli TnT for Sale
Aprilia January 1, 2015 posted by

RareSportBikesForSale.com 2014 Year in Review

2014 Year in Review

Happy New Year from all of us at RSBFS! We enjoyed a great 2014 setting many new records. Nearly 750k visitors stopped by, we're well past 53k fans on our Facebook page, and 2.6m pages were viewed. To the best of our knowledge, 101 bikes were sold to RSBFS readers, 78 on eBay and another 23 that sold via our Featured Listing service!

We've compiled some notable lists to reflect on what was 2014 on RSBFS and what will help shape 2015. Thanks for reading and can't wait to see what 2015 will bring.

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Benelli November 13, 2014 posted by

Classic Sportbike Recap: Benelli, Moto Morini, and a Dunstall Norton

If your biking interests occasionally run to the historical, take a look at some recent entries over at our sister site: Classic Sport Bikes for Sale. This week featured a Benelli Tornado, the Italian alternative to big-bore British parallel-twins, a jewel-like Moto Morini 350, and a rare Dunstall Norton Commando

1974 Benelli Tornado 650S L Front

With a 642cc parallel twin and a top speed of 117mph, you could be forgiven for thinking you were reading about a classic British roadster. But this 1974 Benelli Tornado had a short-stroke engine that loved to rev and, even stranger, was actually oil-tight... Read more over at classicsportbikesforsale.com

1984 Moto Morini 350 K2 L Rear2

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Classic Sportbike Recap: Benelli, Moto Morini, and a Dunstall Norton
Benelli October 11, 2014 posted by

Flashy and Green: 2005 Benelli Tornado Tre

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These Benelli Tornado Tre machines have a unique look and feel that is unlike any other exotic. It is a strange beast in some ways, yet the flaws and foibles seem to ingrain the bike with a character that makes it stand out from the crowd. Yes, it is a triple. Yes, the radiator is mounted behind the engine and trans. Yes, this is the model with the funky turbine style radiator fans in the tail. Yes, this is the company that is no longer in business (and was last owned by a Chinese consortium). While this is not the more collectible LE model, this bike looks to be in outstanding condition and available from the original owner. That is what you want when you are considering a marque or model that has limited parts availability. Low miles and obvious care make this a great example of the breed. Bidding starts at $6k - not too high to open considering the condition. Let's see where it goes!

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2005 Benelli Tornado Tre for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
Original owner, motorcycle shipped from Italy to California for setup and then to Texas where it has been garaged, total mileage @ 1,275, routinely started up to running temperature and ridden 1/4 mile and then back to storage. All documentation on file.

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MI

Flashy and Green:  2005 Benelli Tornado Tre
Benelli August 28, 2014 posted by

Corsa Triplo: 2003 Benelli Tornado Tre Novecento Limited Edition

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Located in Southern California is this gorgeous Benelli Tornado Tre Novecento Limited Edition. The LE model is the hot setup in the Tornado Tre world; with up-rated components and sharper focus, this was the model utilized as the basis for competition on the racetrack. Numbered and produced in low (homologation) numbers, the LE was a very expensive alternative to the base Tornado Tre. If there is any criticism of the LE model, it is that it is too similar to the base bike - only sharp eyes will spot the differences that an LE brings to the party. If you are expecting your extra cash to raise the bling level and make a statement, the Tornado Tre LE is a bit of a functional mute.

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2003 Benelli Tornado Tre LE for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
You are bidding on a very rare 2003 Benelli model Tornado Tre Novecento Limited Edition. 150 models were produced worldwide to homologate the base LE model for World Superbike competition. This bike is #130. Less than 30 bikes were imported into the USA. This bike is an original owner motorcycle, always garaged, never down, never raced in immaculate condition. Oil/filter change and new battery July 2014.

This bike differs from the base model in the following respects:
Full carbon fiber bodywork, fenders and fuel tank
Carbon fiber clutch cover
Sand cast engine cases
Dry clutch
Adjustable swing arm pivot
Ohlins suspension front and rear
Marchesini forged aluminum wheels
Titanium muffler for Benelli by Arrow

The bike comes with the OEM muffler and a separate Benelli race kit case containing: swing arm pivot inserts
swing arm shaft
rear sprockets
Custom factory cover/case with Benelli labeling
Benelli rear paddock stand
Battery Tender

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If you are curious about the naming, it's all pretty simple. The "tre" refers to the three cylinder engine. "Novecento" is Italian for 900. The engine is placed so far forwards that the radiator was relocated to the back. The turbine fans are not a gimmick; they pull air through the radiator at slower speeds. Most reports indicate that the Tornado Tre is a competent machine - perhaps not the fastest or most potent - but decent power and handling wrapped up with character. These are pretty rare motorcycles. Check it out here and let us know what you think!

MI

Corsa Triplo: 2003 Benelli Tornado Tre Novecento Limited Edition