The Benelli is almost done. Received the parts back from the chrome shop, and next on the list is the painting of the gas tank, and reinstalling the chromed parts.
Here is a premium example of the highly desirous, and rare original “widowmaker”. With a claimed 40 hp, and marginal suspension, these bikes were somewhat lethal. Most of them were wrecked. This bike is from California, and is a matching numbers beauty. Bike was stripped to bare frame and repainted the correct satin black. Original shocks were rechromed, and springs stripped and refinished. Original forks were rebuilt and cosmetically made perfect. If you have seen these bikes in pictures before, you know how hard it is to find the original exhaust, in showroom condition, with no dents. Well you now have seen one. The original exhaust was completely refinished, to eliminate all imperfections. The minimal amount of chrome objects were all redone. Original fuel tank, was stripped, dents removed, and repainted correct “Chrome Orange”, with the correct stripes. Stripes on the 71’s stopped before the rear seat, as you see in the pictures. I have seen a supposed top end 71, that had the stripes wrapped around the rear of the tank, which is incorrect. Engine was disassembled and rebuilt. Oil injection is in place, and will be totally functional. Original carburetor, received a complete restoration. Original Akront rims were polished, and shod with new reproduction vintage rubber. Bike has tremendous compression, and spark. It will run, if the new owner so chooses, but is sold as a show bike, and will not be started. If you are interested in owning one of the best 71 TM-400’s there is, give me a call.