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    New member, new bike (only 50cc...)

    Hello there,

    Apologies in advance for the small capacity...

    I've just acquired a little Benelli Sport 50 with the intention of a steady restoration. I thought I'd say hello, and see whether anyone's able to provide any information about this little bike, and particularly any reliable sources of parts. I think this is an early 1960s model prior to a frame redesign. The bike has been dry stored and is free of corrosion, so I'm undecided about whether to 'fully' restore (nuts & bolt rebuild and new paint) or whether to leave things in their current condition to maintain some patina (oily rag) after sorting the mechanicals out - suggestions welcome!

    Thanks in advance for any help.

    Cheers,

    James

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    Hi James,
    I would say go for the oily rag restoration first. Get the bike running and on the road without spending a fortune on new chrome and paint. You can always do that later if you want. Personally, I like the idea that the bike is still the same collection of parts that is was when it left the factory ( as far as is reasonable and safe ).

    Keep us updated on your progress.
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    Hi
    This model is very similar to the bike sold in the Netherlands only called the Sprintmaster. For the spares situation contact Pete at archives@benelliclubgb.net

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    Thanks both.

    I'm decided on going with the 'oily rag' approach, but having discovered some horrors (the back wheel bodged together with a load of big nuts jammed between the hub and frame as spacers), I'm stripping and cleaning everything first. Most stuff's done; it's going back together now.

    I'm not doing too badly sourcing parts at the moment; the internet is a marvellous thing, so I've got cables, tyres, brakes and a few other odd bits on the way. Next jobs are working out how to (safely) disassemble the shocks and fork; the exploded diagrams available don't show anything helpful.

    Have a couple of photos...

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    The bike is back together and running.

    The gear mechanism is a bit fiddly to set up; being cable operated it seems to require some careful adjustment. I also (stupidly) misassembled the clutch, but found this and put it right before any damage was caused - this was causing the kick starter to slip. The bike seems to go okay, but the engine got stinking hot last time I tried it. I think the oil level was low (very difficult to get the level right with the silly dipstick) but I'm considering it might be very lean too; what should a pre-mix 2 stroke spark plug look like for optimum running?

    I made my own wiring but haven't replaced the bit from the magneto; I think this cable is a bit undersized because the horn doesn't work when the headlamp is on.

    Also the front forks seem to have no damping whatsoever; I'm not expecting them to be particularly sophisticated but they're a bit springy. I couldn't work out how to disassemble them (and the exploded diagrams I've found don't feature my fork) so I'm going to see what the MOT centre think.

    Otherwise we're getting close!

    Here's a couple more photos...

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