Monday, August 31, 2009

Update: 1968 "Montgomery Wards" 360 Mojave Benelli.

UPDATE: Apparently our favorite concept designer has been looking at these old beauties for inspiration!



From the days when you could buy a "real" motorcycle at a department store or out of a mail order catalog. What a fantastic example. And yes that's a rebadged Benelli.

10 comments:

  1. almost shed a tear, i had one just like it back then, i used to work for wards and sold those old bikes, used to bring it up north in michigan and ride the trails, thanks for the memory

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  2. i have a picture of me and that bike back then when i was young im 69 now

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  3. I traded a 20' sailboat for a BSA 441 Victor and the 360 Wards Benelli was thrown in just to get rid of it. Of all the motorcycles I've owned in 45 years of riding, the 360 Benelli was my least favorite. I think I rode less than 50 miles in the 10 years I owned it. I rode it to work and home ONCE. A 35 mile round trip. So why would I look up this bike? The reason I have loving memories of this bike was that I 'flat-tracked it' in the snow every winter...street tires, low pipe and all.

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  4. This was my first motorcycle. I graduated fm HS in 1969 and rode the Benelli fm Minnesota to explore the west coast fm WA to CA and the deserts of AZ, CA, TX for 3 months before coming home and going into the military. I will always be grateful for the experience made possible by this affordable bike from Montgomery Wards.

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  5. BEAUTIFUL BIKE. HOW MANY BENELLI MOJAVE'S WERE MADE AND WHERE ARE PARTS AVAILABLE FROM. GREAT LOOKING BIKE.

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    1. Hi- I have a 180cc Volcano 1972 sold through Penney's and a 67-68 350 Touring Red/Chrome sold through Wards.
      I was wondering if there was anyone who I
      might contact to find out the number of bikes that was imported
      and sold in US from Benelli?

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  6. CAN NOT FIND ANY ENGINE PARTS FOR SALE FOR EITHER THE 260 OR 360 BENELLI MOJAVE. ANY HELP PLEASE.

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  7. Beautiful Mojave 360 complete with a title on eBay right now with about 3 days left.....

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  8. CAN ANYONE HELP WITH ENGINE AND TRANNY PARTS FOR MY BENELLI 360 MOJAVE. BEAUTIFUL BIKE NEED HELP. THANK YOU RANDY AT 805-217-2644.

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  9. TRYING TO SELL MY 1968 BENELLI MOJAVE MOTORCYCLE. ENGINE TURNS OVER. ALL PARTS ARE THERE. COMES WITH A NOS SEAT. NEEDS RESTORATION. CALL KIRK AT 805-217-2644. TANK YOU

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