BENELLI TOR­NADO

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At a time when in­line fours were all in­creas­ing in ca­pac­ity from 750cc to 1000cc, Benelli bucked this trend and launched an 898cc triple. To be fair to Benelli, when they started de­vel­op­ing the triple its ca­pac­ity would have al­lowed it to match the 750cc in­line fours, they just took too long to bring it to mar­ket and the world had changed. Still achingly beau­ti­ful to this day, the Tre sounds stun­ning with a race can fit­ted and can be made to han­dle won­der­fully.

WATCH OUT FOR:

Early Tres had a mass of faults, the more ma­jor of which were cor­rected by im­porter Mo­toGB, so en­sure the bike has been done by call­ing them with a frame num­ber. Dashes leak, so watch for mist­ing, the air­box drips wa­ter onto the mid­dle cylin­der, rust­ing the coil, bat­tery ca­bles aren’t man enough etc. etc….

En­gine: 898cc, liq­uid-cooled, 12v, in­line triple Tested power: 133bhp @ 10,500rpm Tested torque: 87Nm @ 8,000rpm Weight: 198kg Used prices: From £2500 to £6000

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