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Benelli C2 250 electronica

Discussion in '2 smokers' started by sjc56, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. sjc56

    sjc56 Long timer

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    I'm trading a rusty Guzzi for a Benelli C2 250 electronica, very complete except missing the front wheel which was the one with the drum brake. So if someone has one in the basement they don't need give me a holler. Or I need to come up with a different front end.
    Here is a video showing what it is, not me.
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  2. Ddouble

    Ddouble Been here awhile

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    I have had a couple of these. Neat little bikes. Compact and lightweight. They handle nice.

    The front wheel has a double sided SLS brake. The same front end was used on wide case Ducatis, and probably some other Italian bikes of that era. But it won't be easy to find one. Many of them were taken for upgrades on other bikes.
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  3. Scoozi

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    My brother used to have the Moto Guzzi version of this many years ago, it was not quite as fast as the quickest Jap 250's of that era. Also it had 6 volt lights and pre-mix as well as drum brakes, so somewhat dated at the time. The electrics can be updated http://www.powerdynamo.biz/eng/systems/7274/7274main.htm but as Ddouble said getting a front wheel won't be easy. Maybe try Ebay in Italy, there were probably lots of smallish local 'bikes that used that brake.

    http://www.realclassic.co.uk/benelli-2c-250.html
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  4. sjc56

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    I’m thinking I may have to adapt another front end. From what I have read it is a very good handling bike,seems popular in Europe for racing.
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  5. SPEIRMOOR

    SPEIRMOOR Been here awhile

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    I have one of these with the drum brake. Its a stalled restoration since my son was born 3 years ago. I hope to get at it once I have more time.
    There a very active FB page dedicated to the machine.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/339721652795501/
    Try there for parts.
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  6. sjc56

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    Thanks for the link! Is yours green? The one I am trading for is rattle can black, at some point I would like to get it back to stock color.
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  7. SPEIRMOOR

    SPEIRMOOR Been here awhile

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    No mine is red but I had the paint redone. It’s more of an orange/red than anything. This is it in its current form. The green ones are sweet tho.
    [​IMG]


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  8. sjc56

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    That looks great! Even the mufflers look good.
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  9. SPEIRMOOR

    SPEIRMOOR Been here awhile

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    Thanks I bought the best used set I could find. No one here in NYC would re-chrome the old ones
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  10. sjc56

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    The ones on the bike I'm getting are solid with a nice patina.
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    So I have had no luck coming up with a front wheel. Any ideas on swapping a front end?
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  12. SPEIRMOOR

    SPEIRMOOR Been here awhile

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    DE59F4C2-6CEB-4C15-BF9C-34E40958CB55.jpeg
    Are you a member of the FB group? Should find one there easily

    Attached Files:

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  13. sjc56

    sjc56 Long timer

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    Yes I am.
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    I found a disc front end off a RD350 which I'll try to graft on.
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    SPEIRMOOR Been here awhile

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    Excellent. Keep us posted
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    Turning out adopting a RD350 disc front end is more complicated then I thought it would be. I gave everything to a friend who is a great at fabricating , but every approach he uses has and issue that not overcome early. Heavy sigh.
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    View attachment 2111523 The Rd front end was put aside for now but I have a front wheel and brake assembly from a Bridgestone which look like it will work. My friend thinks he just has to turn down the large diameter side of the Bridgestone axle to fit the Benelli lower and make a spacer for the nut side,then I have to come up with a brake cable. I would rather have the disc front end but this will keep the oem forks and triple clamps which look nicer the the Yamaha's.
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    IMG_8789.jpeg My mechanic, his methods are crude but he get's it done.
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    Unless your German is better than mine (pretty easy to do)- finding things on the benelliparts site can be a bit more challengings.

    The 250 2C front wheel- look for the 2C (NOT 2E)- then pick ‘Rader’ That shows the front wheel. Click on the little number for the complete front wheel. It will say ‘price on request’ (well, I am guessing - it is in German). Add to cart and place order. Burien will email back with price/availability and condition of the used part.
    I’m in the process of ordering new stainless spokes/nipples from Bucchannan Spokes (USA) for my front wheel now.
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