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There’s and then there’s music. And there’s the sound of a trio of motorcycles running at once. The that pours from three bikes is music to a soul.

Although manufacturers played with the 6-cylinder motorcycle at least the 1920s, the era of big 6-cylinder motorcycles was lived. Honda was the first to a 6-cylinder motorcycle in 1966, the but it displaced a scant 249cc and was for racing. Italy’s Benelli the world’s first production motorcycle in 1972, the Benelli Sei but it took two more years for it to hit

Once it did, it was followed years later by the Honda CBX and the Kawasaki KZ1300. The Sei 750 was then and became the Benelii Sei 900. the Benelli was in production the longest — 11 years — none had real power, but they’re all collectible

Which to ride?

We had three from different backgrounds a quick ride on each of motorcycles mentioned and give us feedback. Location restrictions out any chance for a long day in the saddle, but our got enough time for a basic of each machine.

• Joe Bortz: Joe all three of our sixes, along many more bikes in his collection. This includes the of Turbo bikes we’ve covered (Turbo Wars: ZX750E1 vs. Yamaha XJ650LJ ).

Joe is drawn to the Benelli Sei 900, he finds to be agile and very Regardless of its six cylinders, he sees the Sei 900 as of a sport bike and less a than the other two, the Benelli the six that can really through the turns, thanks to its weight and smaller overall

Already one of his favorite touring the Honda CBX 1000 impresses him as powerful and beautifully finished,” after riding all three not the six he’d run to first. That be the Benelli.

The Kawasaki KZ1300 is his least favorite, if just of its sheer bulk. Although he it has more low-end grunt the other two sixes and produces “like a turbine engine, so much power in any gear hard to tell what you’re in,” he still it hard to really warm up to. In the it’s just not the bike pick.

• Michael Murphy: Michael is a collector nor a restorer, but he owns and a trio of 2-… models, no bigger than 250cc. For the bikes in our test are in an entirely league from what used to.

Of the three, he likes the CBX 1000 best, and he remembers how they seemed on the street they were first No question, they’re big.

He the Benelli Sei 900 as a unique and interesting of Italian history, but really not else. And while rumors persisted for years that can be traded between the Sei and Honda 500 Michael’s mechanical experience has that part swapping the two is not an option. Even so, it’s pretty obvious that used the Honda motor but with an extra two lungs.

it comes to the Kawasaki, the mass of the KZ1300 is enough to put him off, if its prodigious power places it at the top of our food chain. It’s too much, regardless of its abilities.

• Ken Rottmann: A British bike Ken is the proprietor of Ken’s British a specialty shop catering to the and restoration of classic motorcycles. to the Honda CBX 1000 and Kawasaki Ken likes the decidedly European and typically good European of the Benelli Sei 900. And while — or because — the Benelli is the smallest of the Ken admires its smooth power and lightweight feel.

Given his for European bikes, it’s no he prefers the Benelli’s flowing compared to the somewhat square of its Japanese competition.

That keep him from enjoying the CBX which despite its size and engine he thinks is “a bike could ride.” For his money, surprisingly nimble with controls. “User friendly” and fast” were terms Ken lobbed at the Honda, a bike he enjoyed more, the more he it.

Ken finds the extra power on the KZ1300 makes it much than the mighty CBX 1000 in a line. And while he doesn’t the KZ1300 handles as well as the Sei 900 or the CBX 1000, he feels it would spank” the CBX in a drag race. He was impressed by its handlebar controls, he considers easier to use than the Benelli or the Honda.

At the end of the day …

Overall, the 900 impresses most from a rideability perspective, followed by the CBX 1000 for combined rideability and capacity, leaving the Kawasaki last, a victim of its own more-is-better much, much heavier) Yet 30 years ago, they up almost exactly reversed, the Benelli the least sought of the three, and the CBX revered by many

While our three sixes few details aside from configuration, they were all in their day, standing out for the biggest, baddest and fastest you could buy anywhere. In today’s a 600cc inline-four cranks out way power and weighs far less, but the cruiser market seems to a bigger, more powerful each year.

As the saying the more things change, the they stay the same. MC

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