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Classic Italian Motorcycle Electrics

May 23, 2016

The Benelli 750 Sei in our collection is a delightful bike to ride. Very smooth and laid back but with that low almost Ferrari roar from the six individual pipes. However, that is when it does run!

Unfortunately this bike has been beset with all the urban nightmare legends of classic Italian (& Veglia) electrics. To date we have had to completely redo all the handlebar switches, the fuse box, and most of the earths and associated wiring. We have also fitted a Sachse electronic ignition.

Our latest electrical challenge – and hopefully the near final one began with a non-start attempted rideout a week or so ago. The previous rideout on the Benelli had been perfect, but now not a single cylinder was firing. Diagnosis showed very weak sparks. Looks like some of the still original spark plug caps (which are metal and are a very tight squeeze) might be earthing on the head. So new plug caps are being fitted and at the same time we have also decided to replace the forty year old coils with brand new (Italian) ones specified for the Benelli (see pictures).





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