Post Sale Update: This Mojave sold for $3,550 after 4 bids on eBay.
Back in the 60s, you did not necessarily have to go to a motorcycle dealership to acquire a bike. Indeed, superstores like Sears or Montgomery Ward imported and sold motorcycles themselves. While Sears notably imported Vespas, Montgomery sold Lambrettas and Benellis, including the Mojave 360.
The Mojave, often considered as a re-interpretation of Rickman dirt-bikes, featured laced wheels, a chromed exhaust, drum brakes, telescopic forks, and dual rear shocks. Powering all of that was a 356cc engine that produced about 24 hp at 5,000 rpm. The 291 pound package could hit a top speed of nearly 90 miles per hour. Rumors suggest the Mojave was built in limited quantities as a pilot for an improved model. There’s very little information about this bike online, but to learn more you can check BritBike and AutoEvolution.
The Mojave (VIN: 4153881911) presented here is in very good condition thanks to a 2011 restoration. During this work, the original yellow paint was changed to a metallic green. Find this Benelli Mojave in San Rafael, California with an unmet opening bid of $3,000