Benelli 250 SuperSport (egg)

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Re: Benelli 250 SuperSport (egg)

Postby Lotus54 » Sat Jul 29, 2023 6:11 am

The first longer ride displayed some clutch slippage. I did not replace the clutch when doing the rebuild, for reasons that must have made sense at the time.
Fortunately, I had a complete clutch pack new in the package, and it is quite easy to put the new ones in.
So now the clutch works great and I got a very early oil change- never a bad idea to do initially (I think). There is just two screens for oil filter and a pretty large capacity (2 quarts) for an engine this small.

It is so much fun to ride now that it shifts right.
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Re: Benelli 250 SuperSport (egg)

Postby John H » Mon Jul 31, 2023 7:11 am

How does the SuperSport single compare compare to the twin?
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Re: Benelli 250 SuperSport (egg)

Postby Lotus54 » Mon Jul 31, 2023 7:39 am

John H wrote:How does the SuperSport single compare compare to the twin?


It is lighter, brakes are not as good, engine has quite a lot more mid-range power. Handles very well, but the twin may be even better.
It feels much more like an older bike while the twin has a very modern feel. Makes sense since the single is the last of a design started in the late 50s.
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Re: Benelli 250 SuperSport (egg)

Postby Lotus54 » Mon Aug 07, 2023 7:05 am

Here is a picture of one of the racing versions. They did quite well I understand.
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Re: Benelli 250 SuperSport (egg)

Postby John H » Tue Aug 08, 2023 7:13 am

Is this a 250? The float is bigger than the carb! Bet it's fun to race.
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Re: Benelli 250 SuperSport (egg)

Postby Lotus54 » Tue Aug 08, 2023 8:03 pm

I think that is a 250. Looks like a Zanzani bike

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Re: Benelli 250 SuperSport (egg)

Postby Lotus54 » Sat Nov 04, 2023 1:38 pm

Well, I sold the 250 SuperSport.
I was not planning on doing so at all. But this Lotus Elan came along…I’ve always wanted one of them. So I sold three bikes to make room and free up some cash.

Since I also have almost same year Benelli 250 (2-stroke though) as this one, I decided I could let it go. New buyer is excited about it and lives in Colorado. Sale was very smooth, no issues at all. Probably shipped off soon.


BTW, this will be my 9th Lotus- I have had a ‘new’ Elan (90s) but I didn’t like it as much as the other ones I had. This one is a 66 drophead. Paint is only fair but runs and drives well.
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Re: Benelli 250 SuperSport (egg)

Postby John H » Sun Nov 05, 2023 10:02 am

I was thinking you might make a classic racer with your second Supersport. 9th Elan does sound like fun though. Is this going to be a restoration project?
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Re: Benelli 250 SuperSport (egg)

Postby Lotus54 » Sun Nov 05, 2023 11:42 am

I am going to drive the Elan mostly as is for awhile at least. I have a few things I am changing- the ‘Rotoflex’ rear axles I am changing to CV joint axles. Changing distributor ignition to crank sensor coil-to-plug setup (distributor is under carbs and cannot handle modern coil voltages/current), maybe electric water pump.

Paint is only fair and I know how much work repainting these are. So I plan on using it for some time at least with no body/paint. The person I bought it from is replacing all the carpet and re-varnished the dash. He bought it from the original owner last May and I think likely planned on fixing a few things and selling. I’ve known him for decades (although very rarely see him).

Eventually I may pop the body off- but not for some time (at least that is the plan).
I still have lots of projects and gotten a bit behind on some. I have everything done for the Electronic Lead Screw on my Lathe and bench tested. I just need to have time to install. But I want to get some other things done before I tear it apart. Never know when I need to make something on the lathe so I don’t want it non-operational for long.
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