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I'll be anxious to hear your perspective comparing this bike to your Aermacchi Ala Verde bike. I've never had a Benelli/Motobi single (missed a chance to get two of them long ago) and always wondered how diferent or similar they are to ride. Back then, I basically equated the two engines so getting those two Benellis wasn't a huge priority.And I really admire your focus, Jim. If I had 2-3 bike builds happening at once, nothing would ever get done..
Here's a photo of Primo Zanzani building up an engineand a crank case being machined in their shopclassic langston hughes poem 4 letterscheers,Michael
Very cool little Benelli. Amazingly long hanger for the muffler. Looking forward to see it come together!Will you do the blue/silver-grey colour combo?
I had a 250 when I was a young fellow in New Zealand. With a few minor tweaks it was a great bike that could lean over unbelievably far. I eventually put a different seat, clipons, megaphone, carb and raced it with some success, but the crankpin was very weak. I ended up rebuilding the crank every few races.
my super cheap wheel building jig!A gallon paint can and a couple quart cans blocked up with wood scraps, works great for fitting spokes, I got a new set of stainless steel spokes and nipples from Buchanans, I am amazed the catalogue of specifications they have on file, I called them and asked for a rear set of spokes for a 1965 Benelli 200 Sprite, not a probelm they said, have the full specs for length and gauge, they fit perfect and cost about $110.00 and come with the assembly grease to keep the stainless nipple seizing on the stainless spoke.Buchanans even had the specs for the 1961 Aermacchi with 17" rims (one year only).True the rims up on a cheap balance stand and a dial gauge, A new pair of Duro tires and this 1965 will be back on two wheels after a very long slumber resting in peices.Long time Benelli / Motobi Ebay parts seller "santo_di_motocicli" came up with a NOS rear wheel hub with brake plate and sprocket plate, amazing what still come up for sale
Just found this thread on the bump. Great pictures and wonderful work.
I don't see a picture of the inside of the head Jim, although the valve angles say it is a hemi. piston is a flat top. Any idea of the compression ratio?
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