To view products for this brand, please choose a model or category above.
Benelli started out in 1911 as a small family-run business repairing cars and motorcycles, founded in Persaro, Italy, by Teresa Benelli, the 'Benelli Garage' also produced in-house all the spares parts needed for the repairs that they carried out.
In 1920 the company produced their first complete engine (a two-stroke 75cc capacity) and the following year they built their first complete machine, this time using a 98cc unit. During the next decade the company enjoyed high levels of success with Tonino Benelli as their factory rider, having won the Italian championship titles in 1927, 1928, 1930 and in 1931. Tonino tragically died in 1937 following a non-racing related accident on the road.
At the height of the company's success in the early sixties, Benelli employed 550 workers and produced around 300 machines per day. The arrival of Japanese manufacturers in the late sixties caused a downturn in demand for the European motorcycle industry, and this led to a break from production due to the overwhelming competition from the Japanese producers.
In 1995 Andrea Merloni took charge and production resumed, and in 2002 the launch of the amazing Tornado 900 Tre Super Sport rejuvenated the brand's glorious racing heritage. Benelli currently produce a superb range of road machines as well as off-road models and a versatile scooter range, and are currently part of the Qianjiang Motor Group, incorporated in South east China.