Benelli 750 Sei
Benelli 750 Six 1975 Series one Frame #6675
This Beautiful classic has had a ground up nut and bolt restoration.
All new parts where needed. Trevor undertook the engine rebuild.
As a young motorcycle mechanic, he worked for the NZ importers (Keith Turner Motorcycles) and is well qualified to undertake such a job.
This handsome motorcycle is offered for sale for substantially less than the cost of the restoration.
To put things in perspective, Honda produced over 1,000,000 750 Fours. Benelli produced around 3200 750sei units in total.
Lester Morris our Club Patron Tested this model and is still giving us glowing reports about its finest attributes.
The age of this machine makes it eligible for Club Registration at a cost of less than $100.00 per year.
Offers below $30K will be politely ignored.
Benelli 750 Sei
The Benelli 750 Sei was the first production motorcycle with a 6-cylinder engine and had two model releases. De Tomaso intended it to become Italy’s premier sporting motorcycle and wanted it badged as a Moto Guzzi. On its launch, it received tremendous publicity overshadowing all other Italian bikes of that year. It started the trend of angular designed motorcycles moving away from traditional round forms.
The engine was based on the four-cylinder Honda CB500, but with two extra cylinders. The cylinder head fins of the Sei were squared off to provide a cosmetic individuality, but otherwise the engine is in most respects obviously derived from the Honda. The “angular, bold design” was by Carrozzeria Ghia. It produced 76 bhp (57 kW) at 9,000 rpm, had a top speed of around 127 mph (204 km/h) and was one of the smoothest European tourers. Despite the extra cylinders, the Sei’s width was kept to a minimum by siting the alternator (which, on the Honda, is at the left-hand end of the crankshaft) behind the cylinders. Cooling was improved by having air passages between the cylinders; the Sei had three Dell’Orto VHB 24 mm carburettors (the Honda CB 500 had four, for four cylinders). The vehicle appeared to reviewers as heavy and cumbersome but handled surprisingly well, and had a unique signature exhaust note from its six mufflers.
Production Frame numbers started at 5000.
Production figures were as follows ;
Series 1 . 1974 293 #5001-5293
1975 1,479 from # 5294
Series 1 ,2 1976 87 from # 6774
Series 2 1977 283 from # 6861
1978 1,058 from # 7145
The Benelli 750 Six remained the only six-cylinder motorcycle in production until the entrance of the Honda CBX in 1978.