1980 Benelli Sei 900

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Post Sale Update: This Sei sold for $25,262 after 30 bids on Iconic Motorbike Auctions in Santa Monica, California.

10-12-2020 Update: 3+ years later, this low-mileage Benelli is back up on the market! Friend-of-Bike-urious Nelson B. acquired it from the last owner, repainted the front fairing and covered ~300 miles with it, and now he’s put it up for sale on Iconic. Find it with bidding up to $7,100 and the reserve not yet met here on Iconic Motorbike Auctions. (Disclosure: Bike-urious is a partner in Iconic Motorbike Auctions)

Post Listing Update: Despite 30 bids on eBay up to $18,000, this Sei did not meet reserve.

3/27/17 Update – Now the seller’s got it up on eBay and we’ll see what the market thinks it’s worth. Find it with bidding up to $10,200 and the reserve not yet met

When it was introduced, the Benelli Sei was the world’s first production six-cylinder bike. At the time, it displaced 750cc. In 1978, the Italian manufacturer bumped displacement up to 900cc, which is what you see in front of you today. But this example stands out because it’s covered just 82 kilometers over its 37 years of life.

Though the press enjoyed the motorcycle, sales were modest because the MSRP was on the hefty side. The 905cc engine produced 80 horsepower, good enough to push the 484 pound (dry) bike up to a top speed of approximately 120 miles per hour. For more on the 900 Sei, check out this profile from Motorcycle Classics.

This example was recently imported to California from Italy. Unlike many recent imports, it’s been registered and titled in the US, so you shouldn’t have any worries about running it on the street. But with just 50 miles, will the bike ever get any more street miles? Or will it simply be consigned to a life on display? At this asking price, I’m thinking the answer is the latter. In Italy, it was never registered. Once it came to California the seller threw some gas in it to make sure that it works, and in his/her words, “it runs and rides like new.”

Find this basically-new Benelli for sale in Benicia, California for $21,000 here on Craigslist.

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