A Benelli Motorcycle Shrine by Steven Salemi

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At Left, Listen. to a 65CC Benelli in Fine Fettle. At right, now this: 9 out of 10 Sealyham Terriers

Benelli Mini-Bikes for around-town Why wait for busy owners to you for a walk?

Terriers of the World,

The Beginnings of An Obsession

See, it was this: back in the 60s, my Jack lived in Queens, and his Jack, worked for Sabena (now defunct) at LaGuardia Uncle Jack wasn’t an pilot; he was one of those guys who the baggage carts around the field, loading and unloading and boxes and crates and stuff that. I liked Uncle (my father’s brother); he was funny and and treated kids right he never hassled us).

One of the benefits of working for the airlines, at in Uncle Jack’s capacity, was occasionally, good stuff fall off the planes, and cousin would be the recipient of this from heaven. When came to visit us out on the island, as he did, he’d bring stuff with him and we’d get to with it.

By these methods, for Jack obtained one of the world’s first boom boxes, a AM/FM portable stereo integrated cassette deck. thing had great sound and reception, ran off D-Cell batteries could bring it to the beach) or AC and had the amazing capacity to record from the radio to the tape, no or patch cords or anything.

So when Casey Kasem down the top 100 hits of 1969 on we recorded the whole epic including the triumphant number one (Hey Jude? Joy To The World?), and the hell out of that tape for afterwards.

The Benelli Dynamo Just Another Piece of Freight from Now-Defunct Airlines!

One day, cousin showed up at our door driving the piece of lost freight Sabena Airlines: a Benelli Mini-Bike. Now this was a remarkable for all sorts of reasons.

One, Jack didn’t a driver’s license (he was only, 12 years old!), and two, he almost 25 miles away, a few from New York City. Jack just jumped on bike and drove it illegally (no plate, even) through the streets all the way from Queens to our in Syosset, a few miles from the of Suffolk County! It was an amazing act of courage and daring (bravado).

But the Benelli was just the neatest, intensely-desirable thing conceivable to our expansive minds. It made the impression that a 200 foot or a GulfStream Jet would make on Gates or Larry Ellison or Buffet (okay, six of them). It was the Ne Ultra of toys and gadgets and mobility-speed-freedom dreams; nothing but could have been any or swifter or more fantastic that little Benelli.

At left, in this corner, the a t ypical 1960s Mini bought brand new in 1969

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for and at right, the champ, a gleaming new Mini-Bike from the same You choose!

At the time, the luckiest we knew in the neighborhood had prosaic crummy looking welded-up with centrifugal clutches and horsepower Briggs Stratton (or lawn mower engines you’d pull with a cord. No fooling, they had the same engines that our mowers had (except for Lawn but that is another subject for day, like Macs PCs ). Many of them were mongrels with tiny wheelbarrow-wheels, no suspension systems, and you lucky if they made 25 an hour.

Thirty Cents A Day! at $69.95! Less Than Makes A Toyota Prius

Seem Downright Extravagant .

In they were cheap low-budget American suburban

Now don’t get me wrong, I was desperate for one of cheap junky trashy mini-bikes, believe me. Any mini-bike have made me very, happy. In fact, I would … for one (well, certain and relatives and neighborhood bullies, I have).

The pathetic aspect of the is that my parents wouldn’t let me any mini-bike, no matter what; I they thought they a dangerous luxury, and I think had some doubts about the of scrambling around town on

Did the Long Island Railroad or Water District or County of really care if we rode on their land? We didn’t and we didn’t care. To ask permission is to denial.

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