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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
Benelli July 16, 2014 posted by

Featured Listing: 2008 Benelli Tornado 1130 for sale in Georgia

I've been keeping my eyes open for a nice Benelli Tornado to write up for a while now. These represent a reasonably successful attempt to resurrect the storied Italian brand and they're supposedly still producing variations of this bike, although the company was bought by the Chinese Group Qianjiang and are currently being built there.

Modern Benellis were showing up with decent regularity as untitled holdovers or low-mileage speculator bikes until recently, but have since become scarce. Have sellers given up or have they been snapped up and squirreled away?

2008 Benelli Tornado Tre 1130 for sale on eBay

2008 Benelli Tornado 1130 R Side

Originally developed as a three cylinder, 900cc machine that was teased at the 1999 Milan motorcycle show, displacement for production bikes was upped when it became clear this would be a streetbike and displacement limits for racing could be safely ignored. Think of this as the big-displacement Daytona that Triumph never built.

Reviews at the time flattered the style [duh] and the bike featured some very interesting design features, including a radiator tucked up into the tail section that kept the weight of the engine as far forward as possible. A cool design feature emphasized by brightly-colored fans to help pull air across it, but I wonder what that’s like for riders and potential pillion passengers…

2008 Benelli Tornado 1130 Tail

Power, especially for the 900cc version, was not top-of-the-class, but it was very smooth and characterful. Although early models had somewhat iffy fueling at lower revs, this got better over time and is relatively easy to fix.

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Parts availability could be iffy moving forward, as the dealer network was never much to write home about and is likely much, much worse now. FastBikes magazine has been running one as a long-termer and back issues might make a great resource for tuning, parts, and substitutions that could be made to work. That end-can would be the first thing to go if I bought one, and I'll bet any number of other parts could be modified to fit: a stubby little low-mount can from Arrow would probably clean up the rear nicely.

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From the original eBay listing: 2008 Benelli Tornado for Sale

Light scratches, possibly dings or dents, might be missing a nut or bolt.
Comes from the factory loaded with all kinds of premium parts that beg to be ogled.
It would be prudent to have a fair amount of exotic experience to own this beast.
The riding design and eccentricities of the bike will demand a strong confident hand,
otherwise you will end up on the pavement along with a hefty repair bill.
Its design is something to behold. The ram air intakes run the entire inner length
of the bike to the rear section where it forces the air onto the radiator concealed within
the rear cowling.
To add to the impressive looks, there are two fully functioning fans in the rear that kick on to pull air over the radiator when it hits a certain temperature.
The bike comes with a cd copy of the service manual and a few spare parts.

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This is one of those bikes I'd love to have in my fantasy garage. There are faster bikes for less money, and parts may be a pain. But the styling is distinctive and very pretty, and the bike is fast enough to challenge all but the very fastest riders. Although with bodywork like that, this probably isn’t the best bike for hard-core track days…

When you can ride something as rare and elegant, I think the trade offs are worth it.

-tad

2008 Benelli Tornado 1130 Front

 

Featured Listing: 2008 Benelli Tornado 1130 for sale in Georgia
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 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