1972 Benelli 250 SuperSport
Being the owner of a Benelli and doing all I can to learn about these bikes, I spend a good deal of time on the internet looking for parts and tech help. While doing all this so-called ‘work’, I find some pretty interesting information, ‘fun facts’ as you will. Did you know that Benelli is the second oldest Italian motorcycle builder? Only Gilera is older and not by much. Benelli motorcycles was started by Teresa Benelli, a widow, in order to secure a future for her sons…what a good mom. In 1921 Benelli produced its first motorbike, a 98cc little two stroke single in a bicycle style frame. From that point the business took off.
There is a great deal of Benelli history out there to be found and one of the things I found interesting is that the youngest son Tonino, aka ‘Tonino the Terrible’, who was not an engineering type, took the Benelli racing and was quite successful until he passed away in a street accident. The next thing I found interesting was older brother Guiseppi left the family business in 1949 to start Motobi motorcycles, which later on was bought back by Benelli. It is a good history to read. Today the Benelli name lives on but is now owned by a Chinese firm that seems to want to continue a great history but is actually more interested in building small displacement motorbikes for the Asian market. Will we see new Benelli’s here in the U.S? Probably not, but there are a good number of classic Benelli’s out there and I found a really nice one on ebay this morning.
The horizontal cylinder SuperSport 250 is a wonderful little machine, reliable, good handling and quite speedy. This one is all there and the seller says it was a runner before it was parked and looking at the pictures, all it will need is a good going through to be ready to ride, and a lot of elbow grease (but it will be worth it!). I wish my Benelli would be so easy to get on the road!
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