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Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - 18-CYLINDER GIANT TEST -

Cylin­der head oil leaks from over­heated seals; many bikes (in­clud­ing Gor­don’s) will have an oil cooler retro-fit­ted

Although based on a Honda, cam­chain woes are rare. The ten­sioner can age-harden and fail, but the chain rarely jumps cam sprock­ets

1970s Ital­ian electrics de­serve their rep­u­ta­tion; Bosch ig­ni­tion can be up­dated with a Sachse dig­i­tal unit for around £300

As de To­maso based the mo­tor on a CB500/4 and owned Guzzi, parts from both are in­ter­change­able (CB oil fil­ter, Guzzi electrics etc)

Ac­cord­ing to Sei ex­perts, the Benelli is less than fond of un­leaded, lead­ing to valve seat wear. Use an ad­di­tive

If it ever wears out, ditch the ex­pen­sive Du­plex fi­nal drive chain for a stan­dard 530 O-ring chain and sprock­ets

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