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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

Benelli December 6, 2010 posted by

Transformers Among Us? Two 2007 Benelli TNT’s W/0 Miles

Transformers Among Us?  Two 2007 Benelli TNT's W/0 Miles

Am I wrong, don't these bikes look like the were specifically designed for the Transformers movies?  I'm not sure I'm a fan of the styling but I do like designs that aren't cookie cutter boring.  The word that comes to mind is "subtle" or should I say the lack of any subtly.  The styling on these bikes is as subtle as a punch in the mouth.  Maybe a nice alternative if your local hang out is over run with Monsters though.

I guarantee you will see one of these bikes in a Sci Fi movie someday.  Like me, I bet you haven't read up on what the TNT line includes.  For the 2010 model year there are actually four models of  TNT and they can be seen here.  These two are a left over 2007  TNT and TNT Sport.  From what I can tell they only differ is slight suspension and brake tweaks.  Both house a version of Benelli's healthy three cylinder engine.  A trip around the internets provided several reviews on the TNT.  To sum them up:  great motor, decent suspension and suspect electrics.  Styling of course is in eye of the beholder.

Here is an overly dramatic look at the Cafe version of the TNT:

It looks much more plastic compared to the Tornado Tre. 

If you are one to think outside the box a bit and like what you see, these two bikes are being offered at roughly $5,000 off list.  They are both dealer bikes so I would guess with some haggling you might even do better.  They are offering free shipping  as a nice little bonus.  You can check out the and the .

The rest of the pictures:

 IK

Benelli November 25, 2010 posted by

Six Cylinder Madness: 1983 Benelli 900 SEI

Six Cylinder Madness:  1983 Benelli 900 SEI

Start counting those pipes, now switch hands and keep counting!  This thing must be an absolute riot to do a valve job on.  If you equate the number of cylinders with testosterone then this is as manly as it gets.  Benelli produced this monster from 1983-1988.   If I get the story correct, this bike was produced during the period when Benelli and Moto Guzzi were both owned by an Argentinian business man.  From the sound of it, the six cylinder 900 was the pinnacle of Benelli during this period.  It got high marks for technology and performance but low marks for reliability.

The 900 SEI is said to produce some sweet music courtesy of those six cylinders pumping gases through a 6 into 2 exhaust system.  This clean 1983 model has only 7,100 miles on it. 

This bike has some different pipes on it so I don't know how much that effects the sound but it sounds just plain nasty and I mean that in the absolute best possible way.  The vid is of a nice rebuild with sound at the end.  I can honestly say I've never heard a rumble similar to that.

 

Details on the bike for sale:

This is a duplicate from my collection. The bike is in original unrestored condition, has been very well maintained and everything works. The tires are the original Pirelli Phantoms, good for having the bike on display but not for riding. The brakes and all lights and switches work fine. The special duplex chain and the sprockets are like new. No cracks in the fiberglass bodywork, paint is excellent. The correct original exhaust system (6 into 2) is also in excellent condition, only the number one header has some roughness and discoloring as can be seen in the picture. I do not have any manual or tools. There is no battery included in the sale. In the last few years the bike has only occasionally been used and it will benefit from a full service (cleaning carbs, changing fluids, etc.) and new tires before being put in service again.   

The bike has Georgia registration in my name and comes with a Bill of Sale (Georgia does not issue titles for bikes of this age).

 

No stickers allowed, just real badges.  I love it, just a really cool, unique bike.  Yeah, you aren't going to tear up the track and you aren't even going to be the fastest guy in  a straight line  but that isn't the point.  This is about style points and sound and I think the big Benelli fits in perfectly here.  Some Benelli fans have already found the auction and have bid it up over $4,000.  The seller has a buy it now price of $11,000.  The only comparison I can give you is one that was for sale earlier this year.  It had under 100 miles on it and had a buy it now price of $18,000.  I do not know if it sold or not.

If you'd like to make your neighbors cringe as you ride by, .

IK

Benelli November 9, 2010 posted by

2003 Benelli Tornado Tre LE: #116 And 427 Miles!

2003 Benelli Tornado Tre LE:  #116 And 427 Miles!


Italian, check.  Limited edition, check.  Low miles, check.  This Tornado Tre LE in Florida needs a new and loving home.  With 427 miles on it, it is another Italian bike that has been looked at more than it has been ridden.  I've posted a few of these before and be sure to check out the older post because it has a lot of good info from Tre owners, including some pricing.  Overall, owners gave them a thumbs up.  If you have that Italian itch I would think these would be a nice alternative to your average Ducati. 

I spy a nice dry clutch peaking out there.  Of course styling is in the eye of the beholder but I have a feeling this is one of those bikes you need to see in person to fully appreciate .

You won't mistake that for a dash of a Japanese motorcycle.

The James Bondish fans that draw warm air away from the radiator.  I love the lines of the tank.

Details on the bike:

This is a beautiful Italian sportsbike. Only a handful in the US. 200 were made in production, this one is number 116 of 200. Full warranty for another year. Limited edition. This is a head turner, like something you have never rode before. Please call with any questions.

The auction has started and the starting price is just below $10,000.  I've seen a few for sale in the mid to high teens but none with as few miles on them as this bike.  This is one of those second chance bikes; the chance to basically get a new, unmodified motorcycle several years after is was released.  I bet it is also good opportunity to pick up some Italian exotica minus the exotica price.  .

What could have been.  Check out the swing arm on the race bike.


IK

Benelli September 1, 2010 posted by

Triple Threat: Tre Benelli Tornado Tre’s

Triple Threat- Tre Benelli Tornado Tre's

You either love the looks or hate the looks.  There doesn't seem to be much middle ground on the Benelli Tre's.  I tend to think they were actually a bit ahead of their time with the angular lines.  They arrived with a lot of fanfare but sure seemed to fade away quickly.  I still have a brochure I ordered before the bikes came out.  It is the fanciest media packet I've ever seen.  I never did get around to ordering one though.  I think perception hurt Benelli in general.  They fizzled in WSB and then were bought out by a Chinese company.  The bikes are still made in Italy and still come with quality components but maybe the damage has been done.  Do any of our readers actually own one?  I never read a review from an actual owner.

Tre #1

Not much info on this bike from it's ad.  A dealer has it and is asking $12,500.  Be sure to check out the ad because they have posted some nice high quality pictures of the bike.  It sure looks like it has been taken care of from the photos.  It is listed on Phoenix Craigslist.

 

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Tre #2

2003 BENELLI TORNADO TRE-LE #14 OF 150 PRODUCED.

Perfect condition, Complete LE package includes Benelli brief case with new unused, titanium track mods and Benelli cover.
Very Nice Bike, all Carbon Fiber Body Work including tank. Magnesium Engine Covers and wheels. Ohlins Suspension.
California Plate and current registration.
MSRP brand new - $36,000
SACRIFICE - $14,500 obo
1100 miles
More photos available upon request

This is an interesting bike.   As the the seller's ad states this is a special version of the Tre, the LE.  As Benelli emplys  on their website, this bike was supposed to be a direct descendant of the bike raced in WSB.  Goodies include what the seller states as well as  a ti exhaust, adjustable steering head and swing arm angle.  This one can be found in central California on Craigslist.

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Tre #3

Collectors! Take notice! 2003 Benelli Tornado 1130 cc. One of 150 built Italian race bike. One of only 25 in the States! This is a serious collector bike and a serious race bike. Absolutely perfect and stunning in every way with only ~ 1,000 miles. Must see to appreciate! Call for more details. $18,500.

The last of  the Tre's looks to be another LE.  It too appears to have barely left the garage with only 1000 miles on the clocks.   This one can be found on Phoenix Craigslist.

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Are they good deals?  I would absolutely be guessing.  There is no denying prices crashed on these bikes but to what level I don't know.  Could be quite the steal if you had always wanted one but couldn't afford the original price tag.

This clip has some good close ups of the LE and some nice sound as well.  Too bad the audio track is in German.  It's funny I was writing about the negative perception of Benelli since the Chinese take over.  On the YouTube comments people were arguing over if the bikes were made in China or Italy.  For the record it is Chinese backing but produced in Italy.

IK