1973 Benelli 650S Tornado for Sale

Here’s a classy little ride.  We cover a lot of twins on this site: Ducatis and Nortons and Triumphs and Guzzis, even a few Laverdas.  But Benelli made some really nice twins in the late 60’s and early 70’s as well.

The Benelli Tornado 650 offers a very Italian take on the big-bore parallel twin experience: they handle well, stop well, and are revvier than a contemporary British bike.  They don’t really offer any additional outright performance when compared to Triumphs and Nortons, but they’re sporty and sweet-handling, with some idiosyncratic quirks: note the odd footpeg rubbers designed to reduce the vibration being transferred to the riders’ feet.

From the original eBay listing: 1973 Benelli 650S Tornado.

Selling my 1973 Benelli Tornado 650S motorcycle.  Original condition, not a fully restored motorcycle.  650cc parallel twin, electric and kick-start.  Just cleaned and polished and serviced.  New wheel bearings (4 on the rear, 2 in the front), plugs and front / rear Bridgestone Battlaxe tires.  Tank cleaned and “red-kote” coated (thats why the fuel in the filters is tinted orange color! – – this will eventually stop).  New gas hoses and cleaned carbs.

In its life, the right sidecover was repainted along with the rear tail light bracket. Seat pan was cleaned and painted along with some nicks/scratches here and there.  All other paint and chrome work is original to the bike  Its is a very fine example of an unrestored nearly 40 yr. old motorcycle.  the seat has a small scuff (~ 2×2″) on the left side rear corner.  there is also a small scrape on the left side muffler end.  its cosmetic, and should be visible in the picture.  This Tornado has all the correct original parts.  It starts easily on the kick start cold, and with the touch of the electric button, when warm.  the battery is older and smalled than it should be, thats why its tough to start cold on the electric start.  You should upgrade and replace the battery.

This one appears to be in excellent, well-maintained and original condition.  For someone looking to get something a little different, this might be a real peach.

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