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I want a TreK. And a TnT.
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Hi everyone.

I've suddenly seen the green and silver light and am about to convert from VFR800vtec to Tornado Tre. Would be grateful for some advice on making the final purchase as I've been reading a few threads here about electrical issues, clocks, clutch mods etc... And I STILL want one ;)

Currently I have two low mileage bikes on the radar: an 1,100 mile 2007 bike at £5k and an 1,800 '03 at £4500. The 03 is in absolutely mint condition; I've not yet seen the 07 but it is reported to be very clean. Will be viewing at the weekend and hopefully riding both bikes and making a decision.

Is it likely the 07 bike has the later clocks and clutch mod? Or should I check in anycase? Are there any other manufacturer updates worth asking about? It sounds like there are some helpful dealers out there who will assist even if they didn't make the original sale, but I would nevertheless prefer to get any known issues agreed at purchase time.

Any thoughts would be most appreciated!

Dom
 

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Dom,

Had a vtec myself for 43k miles from new and is a very different animal to a nelli, so it depends what you will be using it for I suppose....but I know some chaps on this forum ride their bikes all year round.

Should also be posts on the forum to what mods you will need, but basically the 07 registered bike should have them all. One thing to know is that production stopped in 2004, so an 07 bike will have been in storage somewhere, but mine is an 06 and has been faultless (rose coloured glasses time:ele: ) apart from the odd clock reset. Again there are posts on this forum to the build numbers and corresponding years, so if you can get chassis # you can check.

The 03 bike should have had mods and if so might be worth saving 500 squid for a few hundred miles, but personally reckon you will be better with the warranty an 07 bike should still have for peace of mind.

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Sean
 

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I'd reckon you'd be best on the 2007 with a bit of warranty intact. I bought mine new earlier this year rather than take any chances. Bike goes perfectly and has had no problems apart from the dreaded green peeling paint .. and this is being sorted by Benelli. Other reason I bought new is that I know and trust my dealer which is worth a fortune!

Anyway .. buy it! Fabulous bike to ride and unless your surname is Rossi it will be plenty quick enough. ... and the noise ...... !!!!!:D :D :D :D :D

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Thanks Sean - that is worth knowing. Explains the fairly consistent pricing of used bikes. Biggest factor seems to be mileage rather than year of registration, which makes more sense now!

I've had two VFRs - a 750 followed by the VTEC - six years and plenty miles on each. And nothing more than a replacement battery or two! Most of that time I didn't have a car so I needed the reliability.

Now though I've gone fallen for the damn italian thing ;) and really looking forward to riding just for pleasure rather than necessity. I sat on the Tornado first time last saturday and the riding position immediately reminded me of my first true love - my old RGV250. Ok - so it's a bit bigger but it felt so nimble and slender compared to the VTEC (great bike though that is).

I will get chassis numbers for the two bikes so I can approach decision day fully clued-up. Will hopefully get a ride at the weekend and join the Tornado Pilots' Club soon after...! :)

Thanks for you help,

Dom
 

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Hi Dom .good to see another possible tornado owner. mods are able to be checked through vin/chassis number and if you were able to purchase through a dealer i would recommend talking to Bennetts of Barnsley. If you've got one by the 6th Of September come along to the Benelli Meeting to show it off where their will be free food/drinks and hopefully alot of Benelli owners !!!.

If your still deciding then come along on your VFR and talk to owners face to face :) .

Get ready to change your thoughts and become a fan of Benelli.
 

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September meeting

I'll be there Mr, er, Dangle.

And if I haven't got one by then I'll be going mad as I'm definitely smitten. It's odd - I only got the VFR MOT'd last week and had had no thoughts of changing the bike at the time.

Then this distant memory surfaced of being passed by a green and silver flash on a Welsh country road - making a fabulous noise as it went and leaving a lasting impression with those two yellow cooling fans staring at me.

I knew it was a Benelli at the time, but literally hadn't given it another thought up until last week. Crazy huh?!

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Dom
 

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just a thought regarding mileage on the 03 bike,if the clocks have been updated to version 'D' ones will the mileage on them be only the mileage after update and not include mileage before clock update .mine currently shows 1570 on it but had done 4750 miles on older clocks. any paperwork with bikes should show service history/modifications regarding warranty work. if you could afford it i'd look for an RS with its carbon , radial brakes etc but if a standard tre then buy one with history should be paramount i'd think was best. good luck:)




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Good point. I'll check the paperwork and ask about the clocks.

The 03 bike was actually so damn mint that you'd hardly believe it had even done 1,100 miles. The main selling point of the 07 is the remaining warranty but if the condition is not as good as the 03 then I think I'd go for the 'older' bike, provided the paperwork is clean and I get answers about everything you've all mentioned.

Also, the 03 is also being sold by OnYerBike - who used to be Benelli dealers and who sold the bike to the current owner, so they should know the full history of the bike as well as knowing a bit about the Tornado in general.

cheers,

Dom
 

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As Mike says above - I would deffo buy as new a bike as possible and make sure that all stuff that isnt sorted - gets sorted under warranty. (Albeit I dont think there are many that have escaped the warranty work !!! ??)

Kurt

PS - Welcome to the Forum and hope to see you at Mr Dangle's bash :) :)

PPS - Where are these 2 bikes for sale from?
 

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I agree with kurt buying the newest has to be better, mine was sold by On yer Bike in Aylesbury to the german girl i bought it from and it had hardly any mods done,no clocks,clutch etc,possible only mod was external clutch actuating arm in steel. peace of mind is so much a thing in knowing mods done for me and i have to thank the amazing Bennetts for this.
 

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...................peace of mind is so much a thing in knowing mods done for me and i have to thank the amazing Bennetts for this.
BENNETTS - :bow: Long live the Russmeister - Hail the Russmeister :bow:

Night night all - its been a long day :confused:
 

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Aha - OnYerBike def lose a few points for that one then!

The 07 is on sale at TAZ in Peterborough - who seem more of a 'bucket-shop' than a specialist, but I guess if the bike's got warranty it doesn't matter where it comes from.

There's not much in it price-wise and peace-of-mind is certainly worth the difference. And yes Angus - I'd love an RS but that will have to wait a while. Incidentally I've seen a couple of bikes advertised as LEs which were clearly NOT... price was a bit of a giveaway mind ;)

Thanks again for all your help fellas. Look forward to catching up and comparing notes in September!

cheers,
Dom
 

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Buy it

Buy the RS - (Red of course !!!) but I would say that as I have one

Any Tornado is a cracking bike. Get it into Bennets to Rusty :bow: and Kieth:bow: . It will then be the smoothest, fastest Benelli on the road. Well you will think it is and that is all that matters.

As long as the 07 is good nick then buy it, it should still be under warrenty. Talk to rusty before hand to ensure he is happy to do the work etc. He also can check what updates have been done.

Whilst you are there get a Short Remus Pipe fitted and the bike mapped to run with it.

By the way I live down south (Near Stansted) and my Nelli is only ever going to one place for it's servicing - Bennets.

One of the things to watch out on on and 04 produced bike is Core Plugs. They rust away. My RS is 04 and last summer I had a water leak curtosey of the Core Plug. Easy job, even a hamfisted bugger like me coulf do it.

Welcome and enjoy - they are actually (why am I surprised) good bikes
 

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Don't buy any 900 without knowing -
1. the size of the intermediate gear on the clutch housing
2. the presence of a lock washer on the alternator drive shaft, and
3. the dash is Rev D

If 1. isn't 8mm, and 2 &/or 3. isn't, knock off the cost of correcting it, then buy it.

If they're all sweet, you'll have an inner glow of confidence, then buy it.

Either way, you'll know what you're getting.
 

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Urrr ... Errol ... without appearing stupid ( Ok .. having NO mechanical ideas at all !!:doh: ) how on earth do I know my 06 model has had the work carried out, in your words :

1. the size of the intermediate gear on the clutch housing
2. the presence of a lock washer on the alternator drive shaft, and
3. the dash is Rev D


Had my clocks changed via warranty plus my neutral-bast**d light switch changed, but apart from that ... nothing !!

Done nearly 4000 miles now, think the next 'biggy' service is 5000 ... isn't it ???

Will be phoning Bennets to take the beast to the mighty ' Russmeister ' :bow: but this won't be til spring next year ... me thinks!

So ... how will I know the above is done & advice on the next due service date please !!

Many thanks
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cheers for that Errol. Will add that to the list.

They're gonna love me ;-)

Will give the Russmeister a call too - sounds like it would be worth booking a check-up and perhaps the stubby Remus pipe conversion as Lost Soul mentioned. I saw the clip on YouTube and it sounds awesome...

thanks again,
Dom
 

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Urrr ... Errol ... without appearing stupid ( Ok .. having NO mechanical ideas at all !!:doh: ) how on earth do I know my 06 model has had the work carried out, in your words :
1. the size of the intermediate gear on the clutch housing
2. the presence of a lock washer on the alternator drive shaft, and
3. the dash is Rev D
Your dealer may swear on a stack of Bibles that he did the work pre-delivery. It's then up to you if you want to trust him or not.

You could open it up and take a look, or ask the Russmeister to do it for you. It may be the best investment you ever made.

If you're lucky, your VIN is listed HERE along with it's recall status.

The Dash is easy. If the mode changes while the switch is still depressed, it's a Rev A. If it only changes when the switch is released, it's probably a Rev D.
 

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a few pennies more!!!!

If it was me, i would save a little extra & go for an RS, better to have an 04 or 05 RS than a 07 TRE, ill probably get slagged for saying it but its true(i am always right....the wife will confirm....NOT!!!) i brought an 04 RS from a dealer with 3200 mile for £5800, you could probably find a cheaper one if you look hard enough. Which ever Benelli you buy you will love to bits, they are all great.:D
 

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Hey lee didnt yours get a free ride in the dealers van free of charge a few times - the things a dealer will throw in extra for your money ..............:rolling: is yours all sorted now ? . seriously Dom though you could always buy a tre of any age for now and also rush to a dealer and be the first to put a deposit on the new Quattro for next year or has someone already done that one ? ;)
 
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