2003 Benelli Tornado Tre 900 LE

In Italy, Sport by Abhi1 Comment

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Post Listing Update: This Benelli was pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown.

12-22-2019: Over 5 years later, this bike is now being offered by Bike-urious contributor David N! He acquired it the last time this machine was featured, but he’s only ridden it twice since. “It was restarted and serviced this month from it’s dormancy by Distefano’s Performance in Imperial, PA. The shop owner had been a regional service representative for Benelli and knows these bikes well.” The seller includes a dyno from Distefano’s, as well. The sale includes a clear street title in the seller’s name, rear stand, factory optional Arrow exhaust (stock included), and the awesome Benelli race kit suitcase. Find this Limited Edition Tornado Tre for sale in New Tripoli, Pennsylvania with a BIN of $15,500 here on eBay.

Benelli was one of the many companies that struggled to survive the onslaught of Japanese competition, starting all the way back in the 60s. As years passed, Benelli was bought and sold several times until production was shut down and the company was merged into Moto Guzzi in 1988. 2002 marked the return of Benelli, with their first new bike in decades – the Tornado Tre 900 superbike. One year later, the company revealed the Benelli Tornado Tre 900 LE, a uniquely styled bike that featured a large triple, high quality components, and rather horrendous reliability issues.

Benelli Tornado Tre 900 LE - Tail

Reliability issues aside, this bike brought Benelli back to the world (it’s still around, though currently owned by a Chinese corporation). One of the more interesting technological features was that the put the radiator in the back – if you look closely at the rear end, you can see two yellow radiator fans underneath the brake light, which is one of the coolest things in the world for the 12-year-old inside all of us. 150 Limited Edition’s were produced, and only 40 were scheduled to make to the states at a silly MSRP of $36,500 – the regular bikes retailed at about half of that. Though 40 were scheduled, only about 30 made it out, as Benelli struggled with production schedules and customer satisfaction. The components are top notch, from Marchesini wheels, Ohlins suspension, and carbon fiber bodywork everywhere, though the first two years of production had fuel-injection that wasn’t what one would call smooth.

Benelli Tornado Tre 900 LE - Rear

This specific Benelli Tornado Tre 900 LE (VIN: ZBNB3TLE93P100130) is number 130 of 150, and is being offered by the original owner who has kept it in great shape. It comes with a factory option Arrow exhaust (OEM included) and Benelli race kit which included swing arm pivot inserts, swing arm shaft, and rear sprockets. It also comes with a custom case and Benelli rear stand. This has got to be one of the nicer ones I’ve seen.

Benelli Tornado Tre 900 LE - Left Side

Find this Benelli Tornado Tre 900 LE for sale in Murrieta, California with bidding up to $7,000 and the reserve not yet met

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