1984 Benelli 304

$11,499*

Details

 
Bike:
1984 Benelli 304
Make:
Benelli
Model:
304
Badge:
304
Year:
1984
Price:
$11,499*
Odometer:
100
Rego:
S88BEL
VIN:
DGM508090M2139600
Kel Carruthers, Phil Read, Renzo Pasolini 1960's GP / Isle of Man tribute bike! 250cc inline four cylinder, four Dellorto carbies, four exhausts, twin front disks, solo seat and fairing.

Built from a standard, immaculate, 1984 Benelli 304 (see a pic of what it looked like before) - comes with all standard parts to return to factory if you wish. No cutting or grinding of the frame was undertaken.

A unique, headturning, eye catching machine for the enthusiast.

See the spiel from the very passionate previous owner:

"The aim of this project was to produce a race-style bike to resemble as near as possible the race bikes used by Renzo Pasolini 1968 ( and )
and Kelvin Carruthers and Phil Read 1969 (.)

I first visited the I.O.M. in 1968 and the Benellis were very impressive because of the extraordinary revs. I asked Snr Nardi Dei - Benelli team boss what they revved to but he declined to answer "Top Secret" . Later in the day I asked Phil Read and he said that down through "the Highlander" he was using 17 thousand.!!

With these memories and the sound of Pasolini's 250 still ringing in my ears as he accelerated away down Bray Hill, I decided a couple of years ago on this project.

I bought a 1984 Benelli 304 - a basic 250 four cylinder which had all the necessary specifications for the build. The engine needed stripping as the starter clutch had failed. While at it, new seals, stator, starter motor and new bank of carbies were fitted.

The front forks had provision for the fitting of a second disc and caliper which were obtained along with all the above parts from Europe.

With the current craze for 'cafe racers' I was able to buy an appropriate petrol tank and seat. The fairing oddly enough is listed as a fitting for a Ducati M.H.R. which had to be reduced in size a bit to suit.

Exhaust: mufflers - perfect style moulded and fitted by a local exhaust fabricator.

Instruments: Chinese "cafe racer" but perfect for the job.

Of course all this then had to be pieced together, brackets made, repositioning of electrics, blinkers, lights etc. I wanted to retain the bike as a registerable machine.

I think you will agree that the finished result is stunning and the sound through those Pasolini "mufflers" is hair on the back of the neck raising stuff although I would not suggest we try for the Phil Read 17 thousand.

The Benelli 304 on which this project is based was in beautiful condition and all original parts have been retained and no structural modifications have been done to the bike.

I have photographs of this remarkable period in the I.O.M. and these are available for viewing and many years since as I have been fourteen times.

I also have some rather primitive but soul-stirring recordings on cassette tapes from 68/69."



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Details

Bike Type
Road
Series
300
LAMS Approved
Yes
Country of Origin
ITALY
Grey Import
No

Engine

Engine Description
304
Engine Config
Inline
Engine Capacity
231
Engine Type
Piston
Engine Stroke
4
Cam Type
SOHC (Single Over Head Cam)
Cylinders
4
Induction System
Aspirated
Cooling
Air
Exhaust Config
4 Into 2

Electrics

Engine Voltage
12
Charging Method
Engine

Fuel & Emissions

Fuel Type
Petrol
Recommended RON
91

Transmission

Drive Type
Chain
Gear Type
Manual
Gear Number
5
Gear Change Method
Left foot lever

Chassis & Suspension

Front Suspension
Telescopic fork
Rear Suspension
Twin shock absorbers

Brakes

Front Brake Description
Single disc
Rear Brake Description
Drum
ABS
No
Linked Braking System
No

Dimensions & Weights

Seating Capacity
2

Safety & Security

Traction Control
No

Convenience

Seating Position
Upright
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