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Benelli October 23, 2013 posted by

Pasta Chow Mein: 2003 Benelli Tornado Tre Limited Edition

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Take classic Italian styling and design, and merge it with Chinese money and manufacturing efficiency. Throw in a slightly odd 3-cylinder powerplant, a rear-mounted radiator, and the best possible components across vendor shelves. Replace aluminum with magnesium. Toss in a dry clutch. Drape in carbon fiber. Build it by hand, plan to make very few, and number each one. What you end up with is the very handsome, very rare, Benelli Tornado Tre Limited Edition. How rare are these silver/green beasts? RSBFS has only ever posted one.

2003 Benelli Tornado Tre Limited Edition for sale on eBay

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An interesting cross between a Ducati Superbike and a Japanese four, the Benelli three cylinder concept allows for a good rev range and very tidy packaging. The rear mounted radiator (and somewhat goofy twin "turbo" fans in the tail) have a very real purpose: to allow the motor to be pushed further forward in the chassis for a better front weight bias. They also tend to allow the bike to run a tad hot in traffic - keep the revs and the speed up and you'll never have an issue.

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From the seller:
***VERY RARE Benelli Limited Edition-(NOT A 900 Tornado Tre-not same)***
First Reasonable Offer Bike IS SOLD
DO NOT WAIT-SELLING NOW!!!!!!

********Exclusive 1of18 in USA 1of131 Worlwide*********
< New MSRP in 2003 was $39990.+ < Thousands in Factory extras(keeping forever).....was ----Factory kit includes: --Race kit --Sprockets --Special Tools --Cover Street and Race Exhaust System --Carbon Fiber Gas Tank as well as aluminum ---Purchased by me from Benelli --Multiple Full Service Packs --Grips/Levers/Bar Ends -- The last available Titanium body mount matching machined fasteners etc --NEW tires (flat spots from crate? crack inside? you never know....old from crate even properly stored-I take NO chances --TWO Factory Service and Prep CDs including race tuning with kit -- Starter Recall Kit(mine was Benelli serviced and checked and does not/will not need but you never know BOUGHT ALL THE STUFF POSSIBLE DUE TO THOUGHTS OF OCCASIONAL RIDES MAYBE-AND WAS KEEPING FOREVER -BUT I COULDNT.... Have all documents and IS FL TITLED. 1 of only 3 of the 18 in USA to qualify to be US titled. The other 15 remain on MSO for UK or Italy. All are in high end collections and few know of this bike.

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Benelli conceived the Tornado Tre and the LE model while undergoing a glorious Italian renaissance of the brand. Started in 1911 and surviving as one of the oldest motorcycle manufacturers in Europe, Benelli failed to make a go of it and was sold into receivership. Purchased by a Chinese corporation (the motor Group Qianjiang), Benelli continues to exist - seemingly without the former glory. Parts can be difficult to source, although I understand that they are still available if you look hard (and far) enough.

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This Tornado Tre LE has an opening bid of $9,999 - with no bidders yet. This would be a screaming deal for a low mile (reported as 13!), very rare machine. The BIN price is set at $25,900, which is probably fair when compared to the rarity and original MSRP, but likely high for the interest in one of these Chinese-Italian steeds. That is a shame given the quality and design of this very capable and unique motorcycle. But that is also how free enterprise works. Check out all of the details here, including LOTS of pictures and more details/text by the seller. Good luck!!

MI

Pasta Chow Mein: 2003 Benelli Tornado Tre Limited Edition
Benelli May 26, 2013 posted by

Six Pack, Brand New ! Benelli Sei 0 miles for 20k Euro (Germany)

Just a few days we've introduced the naughty sounding Benelli Sei as opposed to the more common and known Honda CBX 6 cylinder bike. Having six cylinder one after the other one in a straight line, make sure that the forces of of the first and second order are all naturally balanced. These forces are generated by the rotating masses of the crankshaft. The 6 cylinder then, is a very smooth engine and also reliable. It became BMW cars flagship motor until the EU introduced tougher CO2 emission limits that is forcing German OEMs to move toward 4 cylinder smaller capacity engines compensated with twin turbos for higher efficiency. On a motorbike the six inline engine configuration had its technical limits given by the width of the motor and more importantly by the difficulty to cool the inner cylinders in absence of water cooling. They are nevertheless unique, and come with a free revving nature and great sound. The Benelli Sei is in my opinion, the best 6  cylinder out there and I simply love those exhaust mufflers and simple and still modern lines of this 30 years old Italian exotica.

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This particular sample is brand new. Not only, it was never driven, it also was never started nor was fuel ever introduced in the tank (no risk of rest then...). It is brand new !

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Do I need to say more ?

Let's hear it from the seller (translated with Google):

Benelli 750 sei. Built in 1976. Absolute new condition. This bike is never ridden. It was also never petrol in the tank. The brake fluid reservoir is virginal.

The bike comes from the private collection of Alejandro DeTomaso. It was spent directly after production there. It was always there in his museum. I purchased it from there after the bankruptcy. It was packed in a wooden crate and shipped to me in Hamburg. In this crate, it is still intact today. The tool kit is fully available. The rubber mounting the battery is boxed under the seat. A battery was never installed.

A photo shows it in the museum shortly before the sale.

The engine oil is Fills and rotates through tadelos. I started the engine nier. The carburetors have never seen gasoline. Nothing is fixed or rot .. The bench aht a minimal small crack on one edge. The tires are original of 1976.

Vehicle papers are available. For questions 0171-3689837

Please do not tell. I have no internet access at the weekend.

I solve my little car collection now on, so I offer it here.

A nationwide shipping is available. The exact shipping cost would then be determined.

The warranty expired in 1977. Therefore: private sale without any Garatie, warranty or return.

Bidders for fun get to do it with my lawyer!

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I guess not... Just have aloof at the gallery below and click on the ebay link at the bottom if you'd like to make this yours. The price is set at 19.999 EUR. First come, first served...

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1976 Benelli Sei brand new in Germany

Claudio

P.S. If you have missed the previous post on a Benelli Sei and wish to hear such a machine sounds, just go back a few pages and look for the silver model...

Benelli May 18, 2013 posted by

Six-Pack: Benelli 750 Sei (Switzerland)

Before Honda's CBX, came Benelli’s first six cylinder production sport naked: the 750 Sei (= Six in Italian). This Italian exotica of the late 70s is powered by a 6 x 125cc cylinders. These are laid in-line one after the other and are fed by 3 x 24mm carburetors. The six chromed exhaust terminals, 3 on each side, are one of the most important styling details of the first “SEI” models.

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In addition, the bike introduced a new and fresh style,  with more angular lines than contemporary Italian and Japanese bikes alike. One aesthetic trick is realized for example, by the black diagonal shape around the front part of the other wise round fuel tank, giving the 750 an edgy look.

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Most notably though, was the sound of the Benelli. Not as smooth as the CBX, it is a mix of engine burbling, low frequency rough breathing turning into high frequency symphony at the higher rpms. Have a listen to this: (please note that this video is not related to bike on sale, instead it is to make you appreciate how a 750 Sei will please you regardless of performance):

Quite unique, isn't it ?

I also like the color of this pristine sample found in Switzerland. I find the silver lack to match well with the black of some trim parts and the chrome of the mechanical ones. This bike is in perfect shape and well maintained. and for this reason the asking price of about 9500 € is fair.

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If interested in owning something that will make casual observers count up o six while looking at those exhaust headers and then wait until you will start the engine for them, click on the link below:

Benelli 750 SEI (low mileage in Switzerland)

Claudio

Benelli March 19, 2012 posted by

Monday Mailbag Part 2, From Switzerland

Claudio emailed us recently to let us know we have fans in Switzerland, how cool is that?! He also sent along this tasty selection of bikes available there:

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Thanks for the forwards Claudio! A great selection for sure and hopefully it helps our European readers. It's great hearing from our fans outside the U.S.!

dc

Benelli January 6, 2012 posted by

Yep, Another One: 0 Mile 2003 Benelli Tornado Tre Limited Edition

Yep, Another One: 0 Mile 2003 Benelli Tornado Tre Limited Edition

It was barely a month ago when a zero mile Tre appeared for sale in Colorado. Well, zero mile Tre part due is here. This seller has been selling a steady stream of nice Bimota's from his dad's collection and the thinning continues with this Tre. Who wouldn't want a dad with a collection of Italian exotics?

Here are the detail on this beauty:

 

Up for auction is a 2003 Benelli Tornado Tre Limited edition. This is a very clean brand new zero miles motorcycle that I am selling for my Dad who is selling his collection. This bike has never had gas in the tank or acid in the battery. It was stored properly in a heated indoors facility and the cylinders and exhaust were oiled.The condition of the bike is fantastic and is like new and is dripping with carbon fiber. This bike has the factory upgraded exhaust, carbon fiber rear turn lights and license plate bracket and carbon fiber gas tank. It also comes with the original gas tank, exhaust and rear turn signal lights. It also comes with the factory tools, manuals, extra keys and cover. This bike does have a free and clear title in the sellers name.

 

I thought I'd change things up a little and spare your from my mumblings and include some real comments from RSBFS readers and Tre owners.

From Joel:

I’ve ridden the Tre all models, many times. It is very nimble for a big bike and the power delivery is excellent. IIRC, the LE also has a dry clutch which is very cool and sounded great.

Errol touches on reliability.

I’ve owned my 900 Tre since 2005, and have covered 75,000 km on it. I’d buy another in a heartbeat.

 

From JSBULL:

If I were to get another sport bike, I would not hesitate to buy a Benelli. The triple is an amazing engine, the bike handles great and attracts a ton of attention. It kept up with metric bikes of it’s time just fine.

 

Nathan talks of the Benelli I would consider selling an organ for:

...there is also a very few of the LE’s in Germany as the Goddard replica, complete with race paint scheme and radial mounted brakes. According to Peter Goddard about 10 goddard replica’s were made, all went to Germany.

 

And maybe Nathan sums it up best in just a few words:

I''d give my left nut for a LE.

Mmmmmm, extras!

The auction has quite a few days remaining but bidding looks brisk. Click here to enter the frey.

Ian

Benelli December 9, 2011 posted by

Six the hard way: 1976 Benelli SEI Down Under!

For Sale: 1976 Benelli SEI in Australia

Some of you might be looking at this fantastic Benelli SEI and think that "SEI" is Italian for "CBX." You would be close, if not a bit backwards. Before the onslaught of the Japanese, and many years before Honda brought forth the mighty CBX, this Benelli six cylinder machine was the techno wonder to behold. Offering 2 more cylinders than Honda's flagship CB750 model, the Benelli SEI created an instant sensation in the marketplace. It also spawned some imitation. In addition to the CBX, Kawasaki introduced the KZ1300, a similar cylindered beast with liquid cooling).

With more pipes than your local church organ, the SEI certainly makes a statement. It also makes for a very wide motorcycle. However this Italian "copy + improvement" on Honda's CB-class of 4 cylinder bikes cleverly placed the alternator behind the cylinders rather than at the end of the crank - which helped reduce the width somewhat. Still there is no doubt that this bike makes a very significant statement.

From the seller:
BENELLI 750 SEI 1976, 100% ORIGINAL IN EXCELLENT CONDITION, OWNED BY MY LATE FATHER AND NOW ONLY RIDEN ON RARE OCCASSIONS. NEVER BEEN DROPPED. BIKE SOUNDS GREAT AND RIDES WELL, NEW K81 TYRES. THIS IS AN UNMOLESTED ITALIAN SUPERBIKE FROM THE 70'S WITH GENUINE 30,000 ODD KLMS. BIKE IS LOCATED ON THE GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA.

With a reported 3,200 of these machines built (spread between 1972 and 1978), this definitely classifies as a rare bike. Performance is adequate at 76 hp - but not spectacular by today's numbers. Still the sound of that 6-into-6 exhaust as this 750 shrieks to redline is something I wouldn't mind hearing inside my helmet.

This bike is located in Queensland, Australia - and as such might be a bit of a distance away from most of our readers. However given all of the rare Ducatis and Bimotas that have been shipped Down Under recently, it would be great to get one back!
This particular bike has a opening ask of $10,000 - which is a big initial ask, but probably not out of line with the value of this rare machine. For more details and pictures, click on the link and jump over to the auction. Good Luck!

MI





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