“Sinfonia” by Unik Version Customized Bikes…
Launched in 1972, the Benelli 750 Sei (“Six”) was the world’s first six-cylinder manufacturing bike, that includes a 747cc air-cooled inline six producing 71 bhp. The driving power behind the machine was Alejandro De Tomaso, an Argentine sports activities automobile builder and entrepreneur who’d bought Benelli and supposed to take the struggle to the Japanese:
“When De Tomaso purchased the corporate in 1971, he determined Benelli wanted a showpiece — a luxurious sporting bike within the spirit of the De Tomaso-designed Pantera sports activities automobile.” –Bike Classics
The unique 750 Sei turned out higher than nearly anybody anticipated, enjoying to the timeless Italian strengths of grace, type, dealing with, and sheer ingenuity:
“It mimicked the ‘Final Japanese Bike’ of the 70’s in some ways and but nonetheless remained each bit the Latin beast, distinctive feeling and looking, whereas nonetheless dealing with much better than any manufacturing machine from that decade had any proper to do…” –Basic Motorbikes
Quick ahead to 1979, and Benelli unleashed the 900 Sei, that includes an enlarged 906cc / 80-bhp engine. Whereas many deemed it a “flashbike” — an costly, uncommon, and quirky high-performance European bike — none apart from Cycle World‘s Peter Egan in contrast the Benelli favorably to the Honda CBX1000:
“The Sei is sort of a typical Seventies’ bike that occurs to have a six-cylinder engine, whereas the Honda is actually a surprising engine with a really good bike designed to hold it round.” -Peter Egan, Cycle World
Enter our pal Tiago Gonçalves and the crew of Lisbon’s Unik Version Customized Bikes, who acquired this ’79 Benelli 900 Sei as little greater than a basket case:
“It was a really difficult undertaking. Mainly we received an engine and a body. Every part must be redone once more. The intention was to create an unimaginable piece, with six exhausts however straightforward to journey. This was the start line, the briefing.”
For the tank, they deliberate to make use of no less than a part of the unique unit, however in actuality they used nearly nothing — only a small a part of the tank cowl. As an alternative they constructed a customized gasoline and oil tank from aluminum that sits beneath the fiberglass tank cowl.
Up entrance, the inverted entrance forks have been tailored from a contemporary sportbike, whereas the single-sided swingarm comes courtesy of a Ducati S4r.
Adapting such trendy elements to the Benelli was no piece of cake, says Tiago, particularly since they couldn’t depend on any earlier expertise with the mannequin.
“One of many difficult elements was adapting the Ducati swingarm to the 70s body, altering the tire from 130 to 190. All of the geometry needed to be aligned — a really difficult job, however one which turned out to be spectacular.”
The bodywork is all customized: 3D drawn, printed on a 3D printer, then sculpted from fiberglass.
The remainder of the bike is rounded out with top-shelf elements, together with Kineo wheels and a full suite of Motogadget electronics and lighting: Motoscope, Mo.unit Blue, Mo.lock NFC, Mo.blaze indicators, Mo.swap Mini, Mo.grips, and so on.
The paintwork, says Tiago, takes inspiration from each Italian colours and customized tradition, and the nickname, “Sinfonia” (Symphony), pays tribute to may sound of the bike’s six cylinders at full tune.
Tiago says the staff could be very pleased with the outcome, and we don’t blame them. This is likely one of the gorgeous customs of 2023, a storied six-cylinder Italian engine on the coronary heart of modernized machine.
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