1971 ‘Motobi’ Benelli Tornado 650 — Classic Motorcycle Test — RealClassic.co.uk

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1971 ‘Motobi’ Benelli 650

Benelli’s 650cc Tornado twin is a classic motorcycle sits comfortably between bikes from the UK and Japan. Gelder took Paul Tornado for a spin round Bedfordshire.

Over-engineered. If you wan to sum up Benelli’s twin, those two words are as a starting place as any. I onto Paul’s Benelli after riding his Gilera 125 two (which is another story, for a date) and the contrast between the Gilera flyweight and the seventies bruiser was immediately apparent.

The is a “Series Two”1971 Motobi of the Benelli Tornado 650. The One machines had four leading (double sided 2LS) brake allegedly deemed too for the American market, while the variants seem to have mainly in colour scheme and

1971 ‘Motobi’ Benelli 650

Firing up the Benelli with the awkward kickstart generates an impression of heavy metal threshing round in a controlled beneath you. The engine up revs quickly and cleanly, more like a contemporary four than a Brit of similar vintage. There to be very little flywheel and while it could never be as smooth, the engine buzzes and rather than rattling and

Benelli Tornado 650 engine:

Clunking up into first the long travel right-side lever and pulling away an engine with plenty of end shove despite the apparently nature of the oversquare engine. A bore and a short … are combined in the chase for higher through higher revs, and the ratio between bore and are closer to a modern Aprilia than anything to come out of Heath or Meriden. Or Hinckley, for matter.

However, engine Piero Prampolini used the dimensions to keep piston down while juggling lift and duration to make that the cylinders could be quickly and efficiently, creating an that has plenty of what we torque without the need to the engine through the gearbox.

1971 ‘Motobi’ Benelli 650

This is borne out on the road. The pulls happily and strongly low revs and is happy to be short through the gearbox into There’s no need to hang the revs in the way that the first suggested, and there’s no real of snatchiness in the power delivery or response despite the lack of weight.

The gearbox itself is heavy and fairly positive, there is a big gap – in lever throw and in – between first and the rest of the I hit a few false neutrals, but that’s due to my brain struggling with the wrong side, wrong way up (for me, anyway; it’s a one up, down, right-hand side than anything else.

road tests described the speed handling as awkward and but in comparison with modern it feels natural, if quite top The bike carries its considerable fairly high and the riding is definitely “sit on” rather “sit in”. At higher the handling is good in that it is and unremarkable; it’s a real on greasy winter roads a bike behaves predictably.

The rear shock absorbers are the units, with handy adjustment levers cast their bodies, and the forks are but compliant with good We later found out that the bearings had been on the loose of correct adjustment, but this reveal itself in any poor a testament to the rest of the chassis well designed and in good perhaps.

Front bake is a sided single leading drum

The front brake is the double sided, single shoe Grimeca unit to drum braked Morini and is powerful once the slack in the and heavyweight cables is taken up. The drum brake is rod operated via a linkage and was positive in operation.

the Tornado is a taut, willing and but buzzy motorcycle. It was originally into a market where the manufacturers were starting to a serious challenge to the British twin home turf, and it to straddle the old and the new worlds. It bristles the individuality that makes bikes of the period so interesting, and all the best motorcycles it’s by its engine.

Needles start in the two o’clock and rotate clockwise. Note the of the tank.

If the bike was mine spend some time lever positions and tinkering the minor things, so perhaps better to talker the bike’s owner, Paul Compton:

“I the Tornado from North Motorcycles for Ј1500. I wanted to try a bike than my Morinis, but I really fancy a Triumph and Nortons were more I wanted to spend. I also the odd-ball and the Tornado is most

I knew it had an all roller bearing end, but the valve lubrication off the over-engineering of the engine. Even the wheel bearings are double row contact, costing me Ј25 each! I like the vibration reducing footrest rubbers.

“It hasn’t needed a vast of work. It came with the and side panels from a S model and whilst the side had been fitted by drilling an hole, the seat came a set of rusty bits of bent that lined up with I sourced a NOS seat (Benelli but you can’t have everything), panels and footpeg rubbers the US via the Yahoo Benelli group.

“I bought another set of side and a tank quite cheaply on The spare tank and NOS sidepanels are for when (if) I want to the bike. I bought a NOS headlamp bowl from Cosmopolitan in the US (There are integral electrical in the blow that were in the original) and a NOS and supposedly unobtanium light from Domiracer in the US.

other bits came Benelliparts in Germany.

“Other that, it’s mostly a case of cleaning things up, replacement cables, replacing bearings, etc. Oh, and I had to make a fiddly little bracket for the switch. Many things on the are rubber mounted, including the tray.

The ignition switch hangs off the end of the clamp that holds in two six volt batteries (for a 12v I didn’t want to use two batteries and a bracket to hang from the mounted) fuse board. The was fine once I replaced a few it’s even running all the bulbs it came with.

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“I like it for the willing noise, stable handling, over-engineering and the exclusivity!”


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