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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

Benelli December 3, 2011 posted by

Another Italian Beauty: 2003 Benelli Tornado Tre 900 Limited Edition

For Sale: 2003 Benelli Tornado Tre 900 Limited Edition

Update 12.2.2011: Back on eBay. Links updated. -dc

I must admit that the modern incarnation of the famed Benelli brand was not even on my radar until a neighbor and riding buddy picked one of these up relatively recently. These Tornado Tre 900s are flat out interesting steeds. Bristling with technology melded with the kind of artistry one expects from an Italian brand, this is a bike with real presence. The silver/green paint scheme also looks sharp - especially in the sunlight. I'm still waiting to see what kind of leathers will match this sort of livery, but outside of that it is safe to say that this is one good looking bike.

The Benelli story is a long and interesting one: officially established in 1911, Benelli is thought to be the oldest of the European motorcycle manufacturers. Started by the widow Teresa Benelli, the company Benelli was initially a simple repair garage for bicycles, motorcycles and sundry motorized implements. Teresa invested all of the family capital into the business in the hope that it would offer stable work for her six sons. That investment paid off as by 1920 the sons created their first Benelli engine; a 75cc two-stroke. The following year they built a Benelli motorcycle, now powered by a 98cc powerplant.

The family business thrived through two world wars (and survived by manufacturing and repairing war machinery) and thrived in the 1950s and early 1960s - but ultimately struggled against the onslaught of the Japanese. A change in ownership brought in the considerable talents of Alejondro de Tomaso - who at the time was known for his sports cars as well as his ownership of Moto Guzzi. By the 1980s it was all over; the storied Benelli manufacturing concern originally based in Pesaro, Italy shut its doors. This story would be over if not for the dedicated interest of Andrea Merloni - who revived the Benelli brand and created what we are looking at today.

This is one of the coolest views of the Benelli Tornado Tre 900. Unlike most sportbikes, the Tornado houses the radiator behind the engine and under the seat. These twin fans help draw out the heated air when the bike is moving slowly or at a stop. Watching these come on makes one imagine that they are an additional sort of propulsion, like little turbofans jetting the bike forward.

Unfortunately this is a view that most sportbike riders won't see for long. With the 900cc inline triple producing a claimed 140 hp and pushing a 400 lb (dry) motorcycle, the 900 Tornado Tre's numbers put it in a literbike-sized world but putting out 750cc hp numbers.

From the seller:
You are bidding on a very rare 2003 Benelli Tornado Tre 900 Limited Edition. This bike is #110 of 150 produced and retailed for over $30,000 when new in 2003. This bike is one of 3 that came to us this last summer brand new in the crate. It was purchased and completely gone through, new fluids put in and new tires installed. The bike is perfect and comes with everything they came with when new. It has no warranty due to it's age but is very cool and has a lot of technology. Ohlins suspension front and rear, marchesini wheels and lots of carbon make this bike truely beautiful and extremely rare.

Pick this perfect Limited up for half of it's original asking price!

Today, the famed Benelli name is owned by Chinese concern Motor Group Qianjiang, which is a corporation located in southeast China at Wenling. The new Benelli maintains a corporate presence in Pesaro, Italy, however, and continues to forge a new chapter in this long standing motorcycle brand.

Rider reports are by and large very positive regarding the Tornado Tre. My wife reports that the bike is very tall, and exhibits what feels like a high center of gravity. The steering is relatively low effort, and by all appearances the bike turns in quickly and without drama. I cannot personally corroborate those impressions, as my neighbor has yet to allow *me* to ride his new Benelli. Perhaps in time...

This auction is under way and bidding has been very active. With an MSRP in the $30k range, there is an opportunity to pick up something very rare and quite special for not much cash. This bike has only 231 miles on the clock, and only $7,300 in bids with reserve not yet met. For your chance to snag this neo-classic Italian steed, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck, and don't forget to tell 'em you found it on RSBFS!

MI

Benelli August 1, 2011 posted by

Six Shooter: 1988 Benelli 900 Sei Seria 4

For Sale: 1988 Benelli 900 Sei Seria 4

Located in Kiel, Germany is this wonderful Benelli Sei. If one needed any more proof that the Italians have a style all their own, this must surely be it. Six cylinders, six exhaust pipes, miles of chrome and some neat technological tricks, the Benelli was briefly atop the world in terms of technical sophistication - beating even the mighty Honda. Alas production issues and problems with quality ensued, and the oldest motorcycle factory in Europe (established in 1911) was sold off to Moto Guzzi. The fall did not end there, however, as the Benelli name is currently under control of the Chinese Qianjiang Group.

From the seller:
Hallo,

I'm owner of an Benelli 900 Sei of the last build Seria. The cycle is rebuild with new clutch, piston, camshaft, tires, brake and with an special for the 900 Sei 6-6 exhaust-system from "UK-Exhaust. It's not the 6-6 from the 750 Sei, it's specialy build only for the 900!!! The origen exhaust-system in black-chrome belongs to the cycle too.

I think, the transportation in container will cost 1.000 Dollar, but I dont know it exactly at this time. I will have a start price for the Benelli with 13.500 Dollar.

The six-cylinder format devised by Benelli - with the alternator placed behind the cylinders rather at the end of the crank - was originally offered in 750cc. Reports indicate that fewer than 2,000 of the 900cc bikes were produced, and far fewer than that of the final model run. Note that this is a 1988 model, the same year the Benelli plants at Pesaro were sold off, and Benelli was absorbed by Moto Guzzi to form Guzzi Benelli Moto S.p.A. This bike is really the end of an era.

The seller has priced the bike at $13,500 - an seemingly large sum for a Sei. And given such little information about the bike (likely due to lack of English language skills), the opening ask is more about the opportunity to find out more. There are some decent pictures from the seller, but buyers interested in this rare piece of motorcycling history will certainly want to request more.

For your chance to inquiry about this unique Italian superbike, click the link and jump over to the auction. And if you find out more information about this rare beast, be sure and check back and let us know. Good Luck!

MI