Intoxicating Torquey Triple
First established in 1911, Benelli motorcycles began when widow "Mama" Teresa Benelli sank the family capital into a Pesaro garage business, hoping that it would offer work for her six sons. Through the subsequent near-century–and despite much racing success–Benelli has travelled a sometimes rocky motorcycle road, eventually being purchased by Chinese motor group Qianjiang in 2005.
In 1911, the widow “Mama” Theresa Benelli gambled the family assets on the Benelli Garage, a modest Pesaro workshop that she hoped would marshal the talents of her six sons repairing automobiles, motorcycles and quaintly enough, firearms. Through the 1920s, the Bros. Benelli were famous for building and racing motorcycles. By the 30s, Benelli had ascended to the Italian Pentarchia (the big five of the bike industry) along with Garelli, Moto Guzzi, Gilera and Bianchi.