Missed Opportunities: 52-Mile 1981 Benelli Sei 900

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This 1981 Benelli Sei 900 (VIN BGB01062) is said to be entirely original down to its factory-fitted Pirelli tires, and condition is essentially indistinguishable from new thanks to an incredibly low odometer reading of 82 kilometers. The seller says it’s been stored properly over the past 36 years or so, and promises that it’s ready to be driven despite the old rubber. Though these 900 versions were released in response to Honda’s CBX, the original, 750cc Sei of 1972 was the world’s first production six-cylinder motorcycle, and both models remain some of the most exotic and interesting bikes of the era. Find this one here on eBay in San Francisco, California with reserve not met. Reads the ad: “A remarkable, all-original Benelli 900 Sei–never registered, only 80 kilometers total. As-new in all regards, stored with care for over 30 years. Cosmetics are excellent with perfect chrome, polished alloy, and rich Italian Racing Red paintwork. All the original, unique badges are in place and in as-new condition.” Here’s a quick look at the cockpit and through the shallow fairing. Note the odometer–82km works out to just about 51 miles, all of which could have been added pre-delivery. Unfortunately the seller offers no clues as to how the bike came to be so little-used and well-preserved. Again, from the ad: “Mechanically cherry with extremely low mileage and proper storage, ready to start and entice with one of the most exhilarating exhaust tones ever created. Original Pirelli tires, Campagnolo wheels, dual-link roller chain drive and Brembo brakes all A-1. Ready to ride and enjoy or continue to preserve in as-new condition. Comes with complete Italian documentation. Will be sold with a current California title.” These later bikes lacked the 750’s radical flared six-exit trumpet-style exhaust system, but still sound great like the seller promises. It’s a shame this one’s never been enjoyed properly, but the opportunity to see one as it left the factory nearly four decades later is certainly pretty cool regardless.

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