Our window bike this January is a 1981 Benelli 250 Quattro from the collection of our generous friend Steve Troupe. I saw this little beauty earlier this year while dropping off his Laverda we had in the window and knew we'd need to put it in the window sooner or later. Everything feels so small from exhaust to the carbs. When you're only a 231cc 4 cylinder bike its kind of necessary for things to get tiny. While some things are small the revs certainly aren't with a 12,000rpm redline. It's futuristic 80's styling tastefully steps away from that 70's UJM look which had stolen the show the decade prior. It's a beautiful, rare, inline four, come and check it out this month!
- 231cc transverse 4 cylinder SOHC dual-valve engine
- 10.5:1 compression ratio - Electronik-Sachse electronic ignition
- 4 18mm Del'Orto carbs - airbox & filter
- 5 speed gearbox - left hand shift - 1 down, 4 up
- 269 lb dry - 8.5 litre gas tank
- 28 bhp - ss 1/4 mile 16.5s - 93 mph top speed
Produced during de Tomaso's ownership of Moto Guzzi and Benelli, the Benelli 250 Quattro was made from '75 to '83. While Benelli's bigger multi-cylinder engines were modeled after the Honda 500-4, the 250 was a unique design. This bike came from a collection in New Jersey and is one of about a dozen that Cosmopolitan Motors imported to the US before deciding not to continue with this model. It had just 1,165 km on the odometer when purchased and is completely original except for the new tires. The engine is very smooth and revvy with a 12,000 rpm redline, though max power is produced at 10,500. The bike feels small, in fact the crankshaft is just 10" long! Handling is quick, yet stable and the bike is a lot of fun to ride.
Take a look at a few of Steve's other bikes we've had in the window before