The Tatty Panther!!!
(My Third Benelli)
Looking Solid and Complete, She's Actually Missing Quite A Few Necessary Components!
This thing is a mess but at least it was cheap. I found it on a website called www.collectorcarsandbikes.com (specializing in motorcycles that will not start) and had it shipped from its home in Houston, Texas to a motorcycle shop in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who actually agreed to work on it. It's missing some parts and definitely a little rough, but I have faith. One must always have faith in this Benelli business...a quasi-religious enterprise...
Update: I pay the bike a visit on December 18th, and get to see The Panther for the first time! Rough, yes, but still it seemed pretty solid, vaguely "macho." I liked the engine, particularly, which looked black and husky and rugged. And I liked the shop, also. I am keeping the faith (see above).
NOT FIXED, FAITH LOST, YEARS LATER: The motorcycle shop, who is storing the thing more or less permanently at no charge, is having trouble finding parts and has given up. So am I, essentially. I certainly could have skipped this bike; after all, I have the Enduro which is more or less the same thing, with more motor and in much better shape. ANY ONE NEED A BENELLI PANTHER PARTS BIKE? Seriously! Consider this baby for sale. Otherwise, sort of, kind of, abandoned. You win some and you lose some.