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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 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

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

Sport Bikes For Sale December 2, 2010 posted by

1968 Motobi 125 road racer

For sale: 1968 Motobi 125 road racer offered at NO RESERVE!

Motobi is a classic Italian sportbike manufacturer that dates back to the 1950s. Reportedly created as the result of a spat within the Benelli family, Giuseppe Benelli left the family-owned business and started Motobi with his two sons Marco and Luigi. Today, surviving examples of these race bikes are few and far between.

Some of you loyal and sharp RSBFS readers will cry: “I’ve seen this bike before!” You would be correct on that front – this bike (or it’s evil twin) was first published in January of this year. You can see the earlier post here

From the seller:
Any Italian motorcycle collector worth his weight in salt will know that a Motobi racer is one of the most desirable and sought after machines… A Motobi racer rarely makes it to the open market… They are usually passed around between collectors, friends and museums… Now is your opportunity to add a highly desirable brand to your Italian collection…

This classic racer has had a no-expense spared restoration to make this piece a true museum quality motorcycle.

Flawless paint, accurate decals and badging are just some of the fine detailed work. Other features are…

Zanzani frame modifications for road racing

C2 camshaft

Ceriani forks

Grimeca brakes

Radelli rims

Rob North megaphone exhaust

Dellorto carb with velocity stack

Fiberglass fairing tank and tail

The motor is fresh and ready to run

This restoration is the best of the best and almost to nice to race. That being said, if you have ever thought about vintage road racing this would be an excellent bike.

So what is a rare, small family manufactured restored racebike worth? The seller indicates that a similar bike was bid up to $7500 at the Mid America motorcycle auction last January and resulted in no sale. Online research indicates that not enough of these beauties pass through public channels to determine relative value.

Still, this bike is undeniably attractive. It appears to have a fresh restoration (so fresh that some of the pictures were taken before final assembly), and as such would likely need to be gone through before ridden in anger – if that was your goal. If not, park it in a corner of your living room and just stare at it… Either way, you can find more information and get in on the action by

MI

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 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