Benelli Tornado

A Benelli Tornado and other fossils
ER Classics Desktop 2022

A Benelli Tornado and other fossils

We were at a Benelli Tornado 650. (1971-1975) That must have been one of the last fast, air-cooled push rod twins. At his introduction he was somewhat dated. But when the Italians started a kind of production years later? At that time, the Tornado was about as current as Easter eggs in September.

Fossil at birth

The short-beat win liked - relatively - high speeds and was able to vibrate so fantastically that almost everything shattered or lost. Oh yes: The Toronado was kind of pretty and was a wonderful motorcycle. But when he hit the market, he was already a fossil. The Japanese four-pits have since become the norm and the concepts of 'retro' and 'vintage' still had to be devised by pro-active marketers. In the meantime, there was also a recent conversation with a co-fledgling fellow classic driver. He spoke thoughtfully: "We are also fossils." According to him, motorcycling 'as we know it' would be completely over in a quarter of a century. The current generation of enthusiasts would then mostly be in Huize Avondrood. The young people would not be interested in what form of motorcycling and technology. You already saw Dast. “They only play and call. Anyway: gasoline engines would be banned in 25 years from now. ”Of course it helps that the worldview of the speaker is enclosed in the answer he gives when you ask how he wants his coffee:“ Black and bitter. Just like life itself.

Whether modern motorcycling will survive? Surely. But in a different form than on the megalomaniac in plastic-coated high tech perversions of today. Motorcycling will get something of a means of transport again. Light machines in crowded cities.

And enthusiasts? They will always stay there. If there is less demand for classics in 25 years, they will also be lucky. Because then the prices will be lower than now because many of those perverted fun classics are only seen as investment objects.

Whether the Tornado we encountered in Brummen is such a good investment? Well: past results do not guarantee the future. But for someone who falls for the charms of a slender tough Italian beauty with the temperament of a speed swallowing Ork? The Benelli is the ideal motorcycle for such a person.


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