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Benelli in the Valley
« on: June 26, 2022, 09:03:30 PM »
I spent a great weekend at the 21st annual Handhills vintage motorcycle rally, located in the badlands of Drumheller Alberta, north / east of Calgary. The rally is focused on 1975 and older 350cc or smaller, 1959 or older 500cc or less, or any prewar bike.

I brought my 1972 Benelli 175 Enduro, I had a bad battery but after fitting a new lithium 6V it ran great all weekend, but it sure goes through a tank of 30:1 premix in a hurry, it was run mostly wide open on a couple 50km loops but it could hold 60mph except for the long steep hills in and out of the valley of the Red Deer river.



crossing the Red Deer river on the historic Bleriot ferry with friends on a Vincent Comet, BMW R75 and Guzzi LeMans



Nice Benelli Barracuda painted with Motobi markings



Sears Gilera 124 5 speed, competes on the Nakusp B.C. annual 10km long hill climb



I followed this 75 Moto Morini Sport (dented gas tank from a Strada), sounded great



A hopped up Puch Twingle (another regular Rocky Mountain Giro hill climb bike)



Nice BSA



A reluctant starting DKW



A beautiful pair of Velo LE's (owner designed and built electronic ignition)



plenty of very nice Japanese bikes, a brace of early Suzuki two strokes, Honda twins from the 60's and several Kawasaki dirt bikes



The 650 CX Turbo makes a great sound, very clean survivor



My Buddy Harold's super clean Le Mans



64 Super Hawk, all original, runs like a top



After a cold and wet Friday it was blue sky and warm weather



48 Guzzi Airone, 57 Guzzi Cardellino, 65 Benelli 200 sprite, 66 Aermacchi Sprint, 68 Gilera 106 SS, 72 Eldorado, 72 Benelli 180, 74 Guzzi 750S, 73 Laverda SF1, 74  Benelli 650S, 75 Ducati 860GT, 75 Moto Morini 3-1/2, 78 Moto Morinii 500

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Re: Benelli in the Valley
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2022, 09:10:19 PM »
Thanks for posting that description and the great photos.   Looks like it was a neat little trip
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Re: Benelli in the Valley
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2022, 11:38:43 PM »

     Thanks Jim, Like my Motorcycle Classics tee shirt sez........... Ride 'em Don't hide 'em  :thumb:

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Re: Benelli in the Valley
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2022, 12:32:49 AM »
Wow Jim.  There are some beautiful classic bikes right there. :thumb: :thumb:
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Re: Benelli in the Valley
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2022, 05:22:44 AM »
Great post.  Great photos.  Looks like great fun.
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Re: Benelli in the Valley
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2022, 05:29:05 AM »
Great stuff! Thanks
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Re: Benelli in the Valley
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2022, 06:59:31 AM »
Very interesting group of bikes! Thanks!
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Re: Benelli in the Valley
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2022, 07:06:26 AM »
Great post....Great photos!  Thanks for sharing, Jim! :thumb: :bow: :cool: :boozing:
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Re: Benelli in the Valley
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2022, 11:24:38 AM »
What a wonderful mix of bikes. :thumb:

Tks for sharing
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Harper's Moto Guzzi. Where we still answer the phone, use the highest quality parts, and also do Transmission, rear drive, and carb rebuilds fast. Call us at 816.697.3411 and get your problems resolved.
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