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Benelli Tornado 650 S

When in Rome. okay, no preamble, I was in Italy, saw a nice Benelli 650 twin for the equivalent of test rode it and bought it. I had to ride the beast home to which is a good a way as any of becoming acquainted with a motorcycle.

Italian version of the ubiquitous twin had many modern that were lacking in the rivals. Horizontally split wet sump oil supply with a oil filter, helical gear drive and very short engine, amongst others. said, it still controlled its via pushrods, the camshaft being in front of the engine, and managed a 52hp from its 643cc.

Or at it did when new, my machine had a 73,492 miles on the clock I purchased it and enough past to form a motorcycle club. My impressions had been that the was in good fettle, whirring with none of the rattles, or grumblings normally associated large capacity British However, once out on the open when the throttle could be in anger, a disturbing reluctance to more than 70mph in was experienced.

I took the easy for the first two hundred miles, along at fairly moderate The sun was shining, the beat of the vertical engine was reassuring and I was not in any particular to return to the UK. In Genova, my stop for the I thought I had found the problem, worn ignition points, but a blast revealed no difference I’d cleaned them up.

I bought a new set from the local along with a new pair of plugs, but still no difference in

Handling was pretty typical for an machine. Basically stable, but stiff suspension. With so speed available there was no of over-cooking it.

At walking speeds the large mass, for a 650cc of 485lbs was usually present, the quite often trying to over in low speed corners. were Pirellis, which to follow every minor contour and felt very Trundling into Nice, the stuttered into silence, like the fuel had run out. I it hadn’t because I’d just added ten litres to the gallon petrol tank.

The to the lack of speed hit me then. the filter was clogged up. Tearing the coast to Marseille and then up to after I’d cleaned it, I was to put the ton on the clock several times but at the price of the whole chassis into a blur of vibration.

Effective top speed was 75mph, was pretty insulting actually as low torque was conspicuous by its absence, not 5000 revs were on the did the motor take on any urgency and the vibes came roaring in the development of power could get underway. I reassured myself once back in the UK I could the machine for three to four what I’d paid to foolish collector who would not a damn about its useability.

disappointing factor was that it was a tiring bike to ride any The seat was like iron, the were too high, the footpegs too far and the gearbox as clumsy in action as it was in use to keep the engine turning The Italian’s love of noise was in the straight through megas, soon paled after miles of having one’s buffetted by enough sound to a 747 on take off.

The enforced pace was mitigated to some by frequent stops, lots of and croissants whilst eyeing exotic French women.

The day’s ride from to Paris had a strong wind us. On a couple of occasions I sneaked the up to 110mph, ignoring both the and the way the chassis snaked all over the Petrol disappeared at about instead of the more usual, but very poor, 45mpg.

As I had to stop for R R every 50 miles the range offered by the three petrol capacity was of no concern.

the Benelli and I had problems hustling the environs of Paris. The machine was too to haul through the traffic, was poor at low revs and after too hours in the saddle my concentration was all A massive rainstorm did not help one bit, the Pirellis being nasty in the wet, sending the skidding off in different directions.

I admit it, I fell off! At 20mph we slid down the bounced off a Renault and nearly a front garden.

The bike out to be a tough bugger with bent and no serious damage. I had an arm off my well nurtured leather and a dose of gravel rash to my The hospital were very agreeing to send the bill to an I made up on the spur of the moment. A of days were spent around Paris, then a mad for Calais and the ferry home.

The customs were very when I told them lost most of the documents in the consoling themselves by taxing the on a value of Ј1750, which doubled the cost of the machine.

Benelli Tornado 650 S

My plan of selling the machine at a was temporary dislodged when I that my other machine had stolen in my absence, so the Benelli was into use as a DR machine in London! The thing I did was to fit some proper not that the Venoms offered any stability, they just on to the tarmac come what may in the

In theory the Benelli has an electric in practice, Italian electrics dubious at best, it rattles the into life about a week and then takes the of the time off to recover. I have started the 650 first kick, when hot (the engine not I), three to five attempts are After a couple of days in the city, the multi-plate clutch it had had enough, dragging something at traffic lights and junctions.

was next to impossible to find, and when found had a frightening to jump into first all on it own. This meant engines were the order of the day and I was knackered kicking the beast into life.

Just to add to my joy, first the sheared off then the centre-stand No damage to the machine but I then had to a wall or car to prop the machine every time I stopped to a delivery. at the end of a long day it was … to mess up the kickstart, ending up in a with the machine in the gutter. still got the scars from the as evidence of this ineptitude.

A worth of despatch riding the machine to rat status. Rust through on the tank and frame, the turned brown and the alloy As soon as the insurance paid up for the I bought something more for despatch riding and spent a tarting up the Benelli.

It sold a day of the advert for Ј1200, which I fair enough as it had kept me in the DR amused me through Europe and up in a very poor state.

The had been most impressive in its In over 6000 miles it had given a moment’s cause for had received no maintenance other an oil change and had lost none of its However, the power was equivalent to a GS450, wasn’t usable 5500rpm and lacked torque 5000rpm. The machine was also a overweight, awkward in town and on fuel.

The TLS front brake proved in town and saved me many a in treacherous conditions.

In the UK they are overpriced, the usual … buying them just they are rare. I certainly not be willing to pay silly money for one but next in Rome I may well up another one for a few hundred quid and do the journey all over again. I the profit would pay for a couple of frugal holiday in Italy.

Benelli Tornado 650 S
Benelli Tornado 650 S
Benelli Tornado 650 S
Benelli Tornado 650 S
Benelli Tornado 650 S
Benelli Tornado 650 S


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