Moto Collection
Facebook FMD Instagram FMD
Accueil - FMD - Fiches - Blog - FFVE - Livres - Clubs - Musées - Contact FFVE
 Benelli - Nuova Tornado S 2
 Back to brands list

Benelli D2-492-06-10
Photo ou archives : F-M. Dumas

Capacity : 650
Model : Nuova Tornado S 2
Production : 1973 - 1975
Category : (R) Street Bike


650 Nuova Tornado S2 - 1973

Storm warning!

By the dawning of 1969, the Italian motorcycle business was filled with a joyous optimism – the Argentine industrialist Alejandro de Tomaso had bought up the famous Moto Guzzi and Benelli marques, which were destined to define Italian cycling through the Seventies.

Meeting the Challenge

Perhaps too much has been made of the impact of the so-called "Japanese invasion" in motorcycling that took place in the late Sixties. However, the Japanese showed themselves to be adept at competing with the once-supreme British and European makers, and they even gave the big American bikes such a run for their money that the legendary Harley-Davidson fell into near bankruptcy by the end of the Eighties. On the upside, the Italians jumped at the challenge and transformed Guzzi and Benelli into such sought-after names that the bikes, by the Nineties, had acquired a degree of chic well beyond what could be obtained from a Honda or a Yamaha.

There's a Storm Blowing

Benelli's Tornado, introduced in 1969, was just such a bike, a clear answer to Japanese imports and a machine that recalled the classic British vertical cycle. Not as immediately successful as some of its Italian and Japanese counterparts, the Tornado was modified for a later S2 version, which settled some of the braking problems that riders of the first Tornados had experienced. The styling was updated, as well, to give the bike a sportier look.


Engine: air-cooled 643cc (84x58mm) two-cylinder four-stroke

Power Rating: 52 hp @7200 rpm

Fuel System: dual Dell'Orto carburewrs

Transmission: 5-speed, chain drive

Suspension: telescoping (front); oscillating (rear)

Brakes: drum

Wheels: 18-in tires

Weight: 462 lb

Maximum Speed: 118 mph

Something of a latecomer, the Benelli Tornado 4-cylinder was engineered progressively over several years to bring it into pace with the times.

Motorcycle encyclopedia Moto Passion, realised by François-Marie Dumas, include almost 2000 photos presented with an exhaustive history of the motorcycles exhibited.

This unique collection has been realised with the participation of many specialists. With many thanks in particular to Yves Campion, Michael Dregni, Didier Ganneau, Jean Goyard, Helmut Krackowizer, Michel Montange, Christian Rey, Bernard Salvat, Mick Woollett, etc

One can order here

  • Original cards on paper (in french)
  • High resolution scans or original documents presented and signed with my name.

Please contact me at for conditions and copyright.

© Tous droits réservés
François-Marie Dumas

Accueil - FMD - Fiches Moto Passion - Blog - FFVE - Livres - Clubs - Musées - Contact

Mentions légales