1969 Wards Riverside (Benelli) 250 - Runs and rides perfect, only 609 miles.

1969 Other Makes

Other Makes 1969 technical specifications

Condition: Used
Item location: Pacifica, California, United States
Make: Other Makes
Year: 1969
Mileage: 609
Vehicle Title: Clear
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This is an all original bike, ot a restoration.
If you are looking at this bike then you likely know what it is... probably the only one in the WORLD that is in this condition. If you don't know; it is a 250cc single that is 100% made in Italy by Benelli, nd was imported by Montgomery Wards in the 1960's. You could buy this bike in the hardware department back then. Sears also participated in this practice with their Allstate line of Puch scooters and motorbikes.
This is a two-owner bike, nd the original owner has passed away. I have all the original paperwork, ncluding the 1969 California registration papers, nd some other memorabilia. The plate you see is the original plate that has been accepted back into circulation by the DMV. It is not a replica. The bike itself has exactly 609 miles, 50 of those are from me riding around in vintage shows. It has been invited to the Quail Gathering as well.
I have only done a few things to this bike since I got it from the old man's estate. I had the head cover professionally polished. I found a brand new header pipe. I replaced the 6v battery, ires, nd horn. The original horn comes with it, ut it's too heavy to ride with. I also found the original pink colored spark plugs and green fuel line. That's how they came from Italy and so that's how this bike appears today. The paint on the bike has corrosion that shows through the paint in places, nd its all from the inside out. The thing about paint is that it's only original once. This is truly the first coat.
This bike runs perfectly, nd kick starts easily if you know how to use a left-side kickstarter. This bike is a bit different and challenging to ride because it has right-side heel-toe shifter and rear brake is on the left, ike most British and European bikes of the era. It also has quite a bit of power for a 250cc, nlike the Honda's of the day that were rather revvy, his has a lot of bottom end. Its a push-rod motor with a carburetori Dell'Orto. ;-)
Shipping will be about $400, nd I will provide a contact.

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