Think of a track day bike and you might think CBR600RR, an old Yamaha R1 maybe, or perhaps a crash-damaged ZX-6R?
Okay, so we know there’s a bustling scene of classic bike racers and classic bike track day enthusiasts, but most people would never consider a six-cylinder Benelli on track, but that hasn’t stopped Italian motorcycle specialist Motori Di Marino building one. We couldn't help but admire it when we bumped into the bike down in Sussex last week.
West Chiltington-based Motori Di Marino’s boss Pietro explained: “We had a guy come in who used to race Morini’s in the early eighties. He wanted the Benelli as a track day bike, but also wanted to ride it on the road, so we also put a number plate on it.”
With a massive six-cylinder motor sticking out of the sides of the frame, the bike is a Benelli Sei 750 that’s been through the Motoi Di Marino workshop. It's fitted with a bikini fairing, stickier tyres, open mouth carbs, and a few suspension tweaks to make it handle better on track.
The Benelli is going to be used at track days this year by its owner, so if you get overtaken by something where the engine sticks out both sides by a few inches, and makes a howling noise that only an inline six-cylinder bike can, the chances are that it’s this!