Benelli 900 Sei-Benelli

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Benelli 654 Sport

A rider who chooses a motor on the strength of road test alone is unlikely to be impressed by the 900 Sei. But mere reference to will not convey the full — that the Italian six far better than many multis, sticks to the road flies to flypaper and can brake as if it has run into a wall.

Those factors alone rescue the from the depths of mediocrity and it into the category of desirable cycles. But it takes some for the fundamentally good nature of the to filter through.

For incredible it may seem, this 906 cc single camshaft six is a very ordinary by present standards. Given the 80 blip, its top speed and acceleration are and its comparatively high price was to send most buyers their nearest Japanese dealers. First impressions that Benelli, under the of single-minded Allessandro de Tomaso, taken on the Japanese at their own motor cycle game.

shows that Benelli’s modern multi-cylinder roadster, 500 in-line four, was built in to, and a virtual copy of, Honda’s

In 1975 they literally another pair of cylinders to the to create contemporary motor first six-cylinder roadster, the 750. This was never in volume in Britain, but the sight of six exhaust pipes and silencers on a cycle was impressive, to say the least.

The 900 Sei was both bored and stroked to its extra capacity, a six-into-two system was fitted and limited styling changes were although the bike remained a larger 750.

A rider who has the uncanny smoothness of the exotic CBX1000 and Kawasaki Z1300 be disappointed by the feeling of the Benelli Of course it remains very especially when in the middle and rev ranges, but there is a peculiar, unidentifiable, ragged edge to feeling. It is mechanically noisy nothing like the beautifully six-cylinder Japanese symphonies.

it is possible to be thoroughly disappointed the Sei — to look at its price and and conclude that it offered which could not be bought for a lower price. Its on-track failed miserably to reach 134 mph by the factory. But even though bikers may consider the Sei a sell-out to technology, the Benelli most retains its own identity as a thoroughly motor cycle.

And the facets helped most towards were its handling and road

At 561 lb, the Benelli is heavier than comparable Japanese machines, but the should be congratulated for getting the Sei to in a way which the Japanese must they had achieved years The Benelli simply outhandles the two sixes and is more than a for many other Oriental when it comes to a dose of lane scratching!

At first’I mistook this handling and willingness to stay on the line round a bend for On a few occasions when I needed to line the Sei did not want to know and reluctantly responded to corrections. But on highways where you know bump, man-hole cover and line and where your are always right this disappears.

It is not surprising that the does give notice of its bulk on long sweeping curves. A hint of the Japanese-style feeling enters the farthest of your mind as the Benelli up a slight rocking motion. But caused no problems.

Poor has been responsible for detracting the reasonable handling of Japanese in the past and thankfully Benelli avoided those mistakes. The is up to dealing with the ill-maintained roads. The rear units are firm and on the worst surfaces leads to the rider experiencing than a fair share of But in view of the machine’s good this is a fair price to

and suspension though, count for unless roadholding is up to scratch. The Phantoms used on the Benelli suited my own style of riding. were utterly dependable wet or dry and little wonder that have won many friends in machine racing.

The combination of these three means that the Benelli you to enjoy possibly the most aspect of motor cycling in safety; high speed The Sei is not quite the thoroughbred road that is Ducati’s 900SS but it is probably the nearest that can be with six cylinders strung it.

Enjoyment is heightened even by the knowledge that those Brembo discs are some of the in the business, as the Benelli’s braking show. It is always nice to that brakes are equal to and they operate in the same and dependable fashion.

All this that the Benelli’s comparatively all-out engine performance is sprocket and chain wear What you may lose out in a straight you should be able to claw through the turns. Which that in reality the Benelli is not to lose out to higher performance cycles.

For a six, the Benelli not feel particularly bulky and with the CBX and Z1300 it is of veritable proportions. It has beautiful symmetry with simple, streamlined and the somewhat understated nature of the exercise might appeal to who find the sophistication of the Z1300 and of the CBX in poor taste.

The Sei, however, suffers several shortcomings. The neat headlamp fairing which is a wind deflector also the instruments to a certain extent. The is inaccurate and the forward-mounted footrests that even small — say, size -collided with the protruding each time one goes for a

The small dry clutch proved inadequate when it came to off quarter-miles at the test track. this is always a severe not directly applicable to street it points to the need for development in direction.

Yet Benelli were to respond to such criticisms and set about refining the Sei. though the British importers that clutch problems usually confined to the demanding of performance testing they improved the unit.

Benelli 654 Sport
Benelli 654 Sport

Investigations that the coarse friction used in the dry clutch was taking too to bed in and that there was insufficient area transmitting the power. The plates generated heat in turn led to the .springs losing tension. So stronger springs and textured plates were to later models.

The front also came in for revision, uprated internal damping and oil seals to prevent the weeping of machines. And almost as if to draw to these invisible improvements the new sliders were finished in

Some earlier models also plagued by the now unusual oil leaks. Machining errors had that oil climbed up cylinder studs from the crankcase and out onto the cylinder head and cam

Despite their evocative in the field of designing and building cycles,’ the Italians are still of producing similarly magnificent cycle electrics. But Benelli at least quick to uprate alternator from 12 to 20 amp-hours around 300 watts. The new bigger added width to the left-hand end of the

Benelli also offered an Cibie headlight more in with the sporty image.

And any obvious attempt to make the Sei later models did return performance. More acceptable like 125 mph were recorded, with the Sei’s ability to more than 100 mph in around 13 sec in a start quarter-mile.

The latter fairing combining new indicators was a great improvement over the attempt. The concave screen the rider a clear view of the whilst its angular styling was a match for the rest of the machine.

The engine spins at 5,000 rpm at 70 mph and though the bike will up to 100 mph very easily, it will cruise easily between 70 and 100

Interesting features on the Sei include a tank that hides the outer skin which the Benelli styling a line similar to that of the CB900 The six also features a double row drive chain (the behind this is that a chain allows smaller to be used which in turn reduce wear).

If you ignore the academic fact that the is comparatively slow on performance it as a surprisingly good machine an appeal that grows on its

Its motor does not approach the excellence of several Japanese but the Benelli’s handling, road and braking more than up for its shortcomings. Their advertising ‘The Italian Alternative’ is apt indeed.


Benelli 654 Sport
Benelli 654 Sport

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