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Old 09-25-2010, 07:41 AM   #16
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350CC. 174 miles on the odometer.

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Old 09-25-2010, 07:48 AM   #17
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If you want to go racing the Benelli 250 pushrod motore is leagal for 200 GP.

Just in case, you really want to play.
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Old 09-26-2010, 09:34 PM   #18
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Wow - there seems to be some interest! I'll try to do something exciting at some point...

Part of what makes this bike so cool to me are the details. Besides the timeless styling, the finer points reveal a motorcycle designed and manufactured by people. A survey of names on the bike included the names Brevetti, Magnetti Marelli, Veglia Borletti, Dellorto, Pirelli, and Pagani.












Of course after staring at it for a while I had to see if it would start. My brother had already changed the oil, but I inspected the powdered remains of the gas in the carb, deciphered the battery bypass switch, and kicked it over. It wasn't quite as easy as the video makes it seem, but close:

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Old 09-27-2010, 01:36 PM   #19
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Here is my Monkey, I've had it since about 1974 , being readied for ice racing new paint and tires. This is the link.
http://s1017.photobucket.com/albums/...nt=Benelli.jpg
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Old 09-27-2010, 03:00 PM   #20
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My buddy had a Benelli (Wards Riverside) 50cc two stroke when we were kids. The thing was tiny...like 16in wheels. Very nice looking, almost exactly like the op. When he got it, i remember asking him if it was a two stroke or a four stroke, her asked how do i tell? I told him well a two stroke is like (made the sound) and a four stroke is lower like this, (made the sound) he contimplated it for a second, then said proudly, I think it must be a three stroke then...I laughed till I was crying! BTW I had a Yamaha MX60 (DT60MX 1971) at the time and was racing it...I was 12.
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Old 09-27-2010, 03:16 PM   #21
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Mr.Vintage,
One of my sister bought one of those new Monkey Wards 250cc bikes back in 1967 or so and if I remember right it was a nice bike. I'll have to send her a picture of your great find.
My wife had one of the 50cc jobs about the same time.
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Old 09-27-2010, 06:53 PM   #22
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I restored this one a few years back. Nice looking bike you got there
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Old 09-27-2010, 07:33 PM   #23
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notarex.....Beautiful bike! I can't help but ask though, what's the large black tube for, coming out from under the rear of the seat?

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Old 09-27-2010, 10:02 PM   #24
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notarex.....Beautiful bike! I can't help but ask though, what's the large black tube for, coming out from under the rear of the seat?

Lynn
thats his crank case breather. all old italian bikes had it routed that way, though usually one stops a little bit sooner! heh.

OP: great find!
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Old 09-28-2010, 07:04 AM   #25
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looks like my first bike, an old monkey ward in late 60's
(the first bike I did not have to share with my brothers or should I say they had to share wiht their little brother (me) )
ran the snot out of that thing

good luck
keep us posted on progress
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Old 09-28-2010, 08:03 PM   #26
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I'd do a light "cafe racer". Clip-ons, seat with the aero look, otherwise, just clean it up and ride it.
I'm with you Hombre, but as tempting as it is to cafe it out (it has the perfect bones for it), for now I'm going to clean it up and ride it as it is. I'm also really digging the scratches, chips, and fading too - it shows it's age, but gracefully so. I'm going to polish up everything as much as possible and roll with it.

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A VW Vanagon isn't exactly the best bike hauler, eh? :-) That's why I bought a Eurovan instead.
Yeah, the 250 is on the ragged edge. My trail 90 fits fine, but were it not for my being lazy the trailer would have been a better idea.


Continuing with the tinkering, I have generally been cleaning, polishing, and lubricating. I dowsed all the cables using my electrical tape funnel and oil soak method. The clutch cable was rusted stuck, now the cable is easy but the pull seems rather hard for a 250 - I'll have to mess with that... I also cleaned up and lightly lubed the control levers.


The taillight lense looked pretty pedestrian - sure enough, $2.99 trailer light lense at O'Reilley's was a perfect match. I even found a good 1154 6V taillight bulb in the bottom of my wiring toolbox - good thing as the O'Reilley boys looked at me like I was an escapee when I asked for a 6V bulb.


The tappets seemed pretty noisy during the brief period it ran, so I pulled the valve cover. Looks pretty clean:

I know I'm weird, but details like that oil line give me a woody. What manufacturer today would specify anything mass-produced with nine separate pieces crimped, drilled, and brazed together? Awesome.

Exhaust tappet was rather loose; I shined up the valve cover a bit while I had it off.
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Old 09-29-2010, 10:49 AM   #27
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Sunday at the Mid-Atlantic Italian Moto Fest in Shepherdstown, WV:

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Old 09-29-2010, 11:13 AM   #28
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that is a very odd seat. it has a passenger grab strap, but its then got a half solo rear cowl - you would have to be 2 years old to fit on the back of that (and only if ridden by a 14 year old)

that must be it, a baby carrier for teenage mothers!
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Old 10-04-2010, 08:48 AM   #29
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Progress and/or scope creep:
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Old 10-04-2010, 12:06 PM   #30
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Progress and/or scope creep: . . .
"Scope Creep" There's a term I've never heard before, but a concept I know all too well!
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