Benelli 250 2C: review, history, specs

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Benelli 250
Also called 250 Quattro, 250 2 C, 250 Sport
Production 1972 - 1987
Class Classic
twin, two-stroke
Bore / Stroke 56.0mm x 47.0mm
Compression ratio 11.5:1
Top Speed 78 mph (125 km/h)
Horsepower 16.63 HP (12.4 KW) @ 7600RPM
Transmission Gear box: 5-speed

Final Drive: chain

Clutch: wet multi-disc, manual
Suspension Front: telescopic fork
Rear: dual shocks
Brakes Front: single disc
Rear: expanding brake
Front Tire 3.00-18
Rear Tire 3.25-18
Weight 134.0 kg (wet)
Fuel Capacity 4.49 Gallon (17.00 Liters)
Manuals Service Manual

The Benelli 250 2 C was a twin, two-stroke standard motorcycle produced between 1972 and 1987. It could reach a top speed of 78 mph (125 km/h). Claimed horsepower was 16.63 HP (12.4 KW) @ 7600 RPM.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The Italian firm of Benelli produced two completely different 250 motor cycles, the cheaper and less glamorous one being their 250 with drum brakes front and back. The 250 is a two-stroke, twin-cylinder bike which follows the layout of the popular Japanese bikes in the quarter liter class. With a 56 mm bore and 47 mm stroke, the engine actually displaces 231cc from which is extracted 30 bhp at 8000 rpm. This power gives the small Benelli a top speed of 90 mph and a fuel consumption of 45 mpg. Again, as is usual with Japanese machines, a five-speed gearbox with left-foot change is utilized. The frame of the bike is of duplex design and the suspension is conventional in every sense. However, the whole outfit is very taut and well designed-so that the handling and roadholding are of the highest order. One failing of the machine is that it still needs to be fed with gas mixture instead of the more usual self-mixing set up with separate tanks for petrol and oil.

The finish and appearance is not quite up to the standard set by Japanese manufacturers, so the bike misses on this score also. Interestingly, two models of the Benelli 250CE are manufactured, one with drum brakes front and rear and one with a front disc. Although the disc version is considerably more expensive, it is not as effective as the drum in the wet.

Also, if you are not keen on the Benelli name, you can have an identical bike with the Moto Guzzi badges on, as they are made at the same factory.

Engine[edit | edit source]

The engine was a air cooled twin, two-stroke. A 56.0mm bore x 47.0mm stroke result in a displacement of just 231.0 cubic centimeters. The engine featured a 10.0:1 compression ratio. Fuel was supplied via a port control.

Drive[edit | edit source]

The bike has a 5-speed transmission. The final drive was via chain.

Chassis[edit | edit source]

It came with a 3.00-18 front tire and a 3.25-18 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via single disc in the front and a expanding brake in the rear. The 250 2 C was fitted with a 4.49 Gallon (17.00 Liters) fuel tank.

1975 Benelli 250 Quattro[edit | edit source]

1975 Benelli 250 Quattro 1975 Benelli 250 Quattro

The 1975 MY Benelli 250 Quattro is a lightweight, performance-oriented machine, that sports an air-cooled, four-stroke, 231cc, transverse four cylinder powerhouse mated to a five-speed manual transmission, and can produce a claimed 26 horsepower at 10500 rpm.

The key features for this machine would be the telescopic fork in the front, dual adjustable shocks in the rear, a single brake disc in the front coupled to a 156mm drum in the rear, three-spoked, aluminum-alloy wheels, a dual, chromed exhaust system, a dual seat and an analogue instrument cluster.

1976 Benelli 250 2C[edit | edit source]

1976 Benelli 250 2C 1976 Benelli 250 2C

The 1976 MY Benelli 250 2C is a classic, naked, Italian-built machine, suitable for riders of all categories. It sports an air-cooled, two-stroke, 231cc, parallel twin cylinder powerhouse mated to a five-speed manual transmission, and can reach a maximum power output of 30 horsepower at 6800 rpm.

In addition, it comes standard with a telescopic front fork, dual adjustable shocks as a rear suspension, a front disc brake coupled to a rear drum, a dual seat, laced wheels, a chromed, dual exhaust, wide handlebars, a chromed headlight, and an analogue instrument cluster.

In Media[edit | edit source]