The first production motorcycle to utilize six cylinders, the Benelli 750 Sei was the result of Alejandro De Tomaso (of sports car company fame), who had just purchased Benelli and wanted them to build a flagship.
When the Sei was introduced (as a 750), it was the first production motorcycle featuring a six cylinder engine. By ’78, the Sei got a bump up to 900 and a redesign that included many parts from Moto Guzzi (De Tomaso owned both companies at the time). You had to pay to play – MSRP was $5,406 in ’83 – so less than 2,000 were sold (apparently some sources say less than 80 made it to the US).
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.
The six-cylinder engine was quite the novelty, though 30+ years later we now find the dual final drive chain to be much more unique!
If you want more information on the model, check out this profile from Motorcycle Classics.
This example (VIN: BGB01062, Engine #: BGB010647) has just 587 kilometers (364 miles) on the odometer.
The reason that the gauges are in kilometers is because this Sei was imported from Italy around 2016 with just 50 miles on the clock. The importing company said that it was “purchased from an estate sale when the original dealer went bankrupt.”
The owner acquired it in April of 2017 and immediately ensured it was ready to enjoy on the road with an oil change, carb rebuild, new spark plugs, and new tires in May of 2017.
In addition, the seller felt that the front fairing and fender were faded from the sun (presumably from having spent so much time in the same spot on display) so he had them repainted. “I took the liberty and made the fairing more to what I liked.”
The only other modifications are foam grips and a set of bar end mirrors.
Cosmetically, we note some general wear due to age. Our White Glove service is available for any desired detail work.
The sale includes bound copies of the 750 Sei and 900 Sei workshop manuals and invoices from the seller’s ownership. This is a rare example of a fascinating piece of Italian motorcycling history that’s got incredibly low mileage but is also ready to ride. Will you display it or enjoy it on the street?
Continental US: Haul Bikes will ship anything sold through Iconic for a starting rate of $750 in the Continental US (prices may increase in rural markets), and Iconic will handle the paperwork on your behalf. You do not need to crate your bike or drain the gas/disconnect the battery if you go with Haul Bikes. We are glad to work with the shipper of your choice as well, but you will have to arrange it.
spares/extras will have to be shipped separately via FedEx or similar.
the fee includes $15,000 of insurance with a $500 deductible. Additional insurance can be purchased at a cost of $50 per additional $5,000 of value.