Brand of the Week - Benelli
The Benelli 750 Sei was the first production motorcycle with a 6-cylinder engine. On its launch, it received tremendous publicity overshadowing all other Italian bikes of that year. It started the trend of angular designed motorcycles moving away from traditional round forms.The cylinder head fins of the Sei were squared off to provide a cosmetic individuality, but otherwise the engine is in most respects obviously derived from the Honda. It produced 96 bhp at 9,000 rpm, had a top speed of around 127 mph and was one of the smoothest European tourers.
Despite the extra cylinders, the Sei’s width was kept to a minimum by siting the alternator behind the cylinders. Cooling was improved by having air passages between the cylinders; the Sei had three Dell’OrtoVHB 24 mm carburetors.The vehicle appeared to reviewers as heavy and cumbersome but handled surprising well, and had a unique signature exhaust note from its six mufflers.
The Benelli 750 Six remained the only six-cylinder motorcycle in production until the entrance of the Honda CBX 1000, in 1978.