125 2C 1979
125 Sport 1985
125 Enduro 1980
125 Panther 1974
125 Turismo 1980
125 Sport Special 1968-73
125 Sport 1981
125BX 1987
125BKX 1989
   
125 Jarno 1988
175 Enduro 1972
2ue 756 Prototype 2008
250 2C Phantom 1974-76
250 2C Disc 1976
250 Barracuda 1967-70
250 Sport Special 1968-73
250 Café Racer 1975
250 Quattro 1975
254 Quattro 1981
304 1980
354RS 1980
354 Quattro 1979
354 Sport II 1980-85
500LS 1977
500 Quattro 1974-75
500 Quattro 1976
504 Sport 1980
650 Tornado 1971-72
650 Tornado S 1973-76
650 Tornado S2 1973-74
654 Quattro 1980
654 Sport 1982
654 Turismo 1980
750Sei 1974-75
750Sei 1976-78
900Sei 1978
900Sei Sport 1983
BN 251 2015
BN 302 2014
BN 302 2015
BN 600i 2013-14
BN 600i 2015
BN 600GT 2014
BN 600GT 2015
BN 600 R 2015
BX 449 Cross 2008
BX 505 Enduro 2008
BX 570 Motard 2008
Due 756 2012
Leoncino 2015
Mojave 360 1967-69
TNT 300 2017
TNT 600i 2013-14
TNT 600i 2015
TNT 600i Limited Edition 2015
TNT 600GT 2014
TNT 600GT 2015
TNT 899 2008-09
TNT 899S 2008-09
TNT 899 Café Racer 2010-11
TNT 899 Century Racers Limited Edition 2011
TNT 899 Sport 2010
TNT 1130  2004
TNT 1130 Café Racer 2006-07
TNT 1130 Café Racer 2008-09
TNT 1130 Café Racer 2010
TNT 1130 Café Racer 2011
TNT 1130 Café Racer 2013
TNT 1130 Century Racers Limited Edition 2011
TNT 1130 Sport 2005-06
TNT 1130 Sport EVO 2007-08
TNT 1130 Titanium

2005-06

TNT 1130 Titanium

2007-08

TNT 1130 Titanium

2009-10

TNT 1130

2013

TNT 1130R

2013-14

TNT 1130R

2015
TNT R160 2010
TNT R160 2011
TNT R160 2013
Tornado 125 2016
Tornado 302 2016
TRK 502 2016-17
Tre 900S Tornado 2000
Tre 900 Tornado Limited Edition 2003
Tre 900 Tornado Novecento 2003-04
Tre 900 Tornado Novecento 2005-06
Tre 900RS Tornado 2004-05
Tre 900RS Tornado 2006-07
Tre 1130 Tornado 2006-07

Tre 1130 Tornado

2008-09

Tre 1130 Tornado

2010-12
Tre-K 899 2008-09
Tre-K 899 2010-11
Tre-K 899 2013
Tre-K 1130 2006-07
Tre-K 1130 2008-09
Tre-K 1130 2010-11
Tre-K 1130 2013-14
Tre-K 1130 2015-

Tre-K 1130 Amazonas

2007-08

Tre-K 1130 Amazonas

2009-10

Tre-K 1130 Amazonas

2011

Tre-K 1130 Amazonas

2013

Tre-K 1130 Amazonas

2014
UNO C 150 2013
UNO C 250 2013

V4 1000 Concept

2009

Benelli ws established in Pesaro, Italy, in 1911. Teresa Benelli, a widow, sank all of the family capital into the business in the hope that it would offer stable work for her six sons: Giuseppe, Giovanni, Francesco, Filippo, Domenico and Antonio ("Tonino").

In the beginning, it was just the Benelli Garage, which repaired cars and motorcycles, but was already able to produce all of the spare parts needed for repairs.

In 1920 the company built its first complete engine in-house, a single-cylinder two-stroke 75 cc model, immediately adapted to a bicycle frame. A year later in 1921, Benelli built its first motorcycle with its own engine which had by then become a 98 cc model.

Two years after that, using a version specially designed for competitions, Tonino the "terrible" took to the track. He displayed an extraordinary natural talent as a rider and embarked on a very successful career which confirmed the company's exceptional capacity for development and production.

Riding a Benelli 175, Tonino Benelli won four Italian championship titles in five years: in 1927, 1928 and 1930 with the single overhead camshaft version, and in 1931 with the double overhead camshaft version.

Unfortunately, a bad crash during a race in 1932 cut short his brilliant career and on 27 September 1937 Tonino died following a "silly" road accident.

As World war 2 loomed, the Benelli company debuted their four-cylinder supercharged 250cc racing bike. This was intended to compete in the 1940 season, building on Benelli's success in the 1939 Isle of Man TT Lightweight 250 cc race. With the start of the war, the Benelli 4 was limited to competition in a handful of Italian domestic races.

Beyond World War 2

Wartime destruction caused Benelli to remain out of production until 1949. When production resumed, designs were still largely based on those of the pre-war period. During 1949, Guiseppe Benelli left the family concern to found the Motobi marque.

By 1951 Benelli was offering a range consisting of 98cc and 125cc lightweights (the Leoncino or lion cub) and 350cc and 500cc singles. The Leoncino was available in both two-stroke and four-stroke forms. The need for cheap transport in post-war Italy meant that these lightweight models became immensely successful . Similar models were offered by Moto Guzzi, Ducati and Laverda, and the same economic conditions led to the growth in popularity of Vespa and Lambretta scooters.

In 1962, Benelli and Motobi produced around 300 motorcycles a day and had 550 employees.

The de Tomaso years

Towards the end of the 1960s, the arrival of Japanese manufacturers caused a crisis in the European motorcycle industry. The original Benelli company was heavily involved in the American motorcycle market, selling motorcycles under 350cc through Montgomery-Ward. The advent of competition from Japan lead to Benelli products (still largely of single cylinder pushrod design) losing popularity as they were perceived as old-fashioned in comparison to Hondas of the era which sported overhead cam engines with electric starters, in much the same way as the British Motorcycle industry was affected in the larger capacity sector.

Benelli changed ownership but despite its continued innovations in the motorcycle sector - for example, the incredible in-line six-cylinder engines introduced in the late-70s - it was still losing important market segments, overwhelmed by Japanese competition. This led to a temporary break in production.

Renaissance

 In 1989 there was hope of a revival with the backing of Pesaro-based manufacturer Giancarlo Selci. But the time still wasn't right for a real comeback.

In 1995 revival of the brand with the glorious history became a real possibility when Andrea Merloni took charge. Results were fast in coming with the launch of the marvellous Tornado 900 Tre super sport bike in 2002 and the current launch of the TNT, the explosive roadster.

Benelli is now part of motor Group Qianjiang, which is a corporation located in southeast China at Wenling, 480 km from Shanghai, whose 14,000-plus workforce produces over 1,200,000 powered two-wheelers each year, as well as more than two million engines, in an ultra modern city-sized factory occupying 670,000 m˛ of covered space and equipped with sophisticated machine tools imported from Germany, Italy and the U.S.