The 2014 Benelli Vintage Tour with Motorcycle Classics is expanding to take in the 2014 San Marino GP on Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Misano World Circuit, 20 miles northwest of tour headquarters in Pesaro, Italy. The tour dates have been extended to Sept. 5-15 to accommodate participants who want to attend the San Marino GP. Tour participants who want to take in the GP will need to purchase their own tickets. If you’re planning on going, go to MotoGP and get tickets now while they’re still available at the Early Bird price.
The Benelli Vintage Tour will headquarter in the beautiful port city of Pesaro on Italy’s Adriatic coast. Founded by the Romans in the second century B.C., Pesaro is the ancestral home of Benelli, Motobi and Morbidelli motorcycles.
Keeping to theme, tour participants will have their choice of vintage Benellis and Motobis to ride, ranging from a single-cylinder 1955 125cc Benelli Carenato to a 6-cylinder Seventies Sei 750, with late model “millennium” Benellis available for those who want to ride two-up or just prefer a newer machine.
Multi-time Motogiro d’Italia participant and former Lotus Tours operator Burt Richmond will lead the tour, with Motorcycle Classics editor-in-chief Richard Backus riding shotgun. The tour starts with a visit to Officine Benelli, the official Benelli museum, and includes daily rides to surrounding points of interest including vintage motorcycle museums, medieval castles and ancient Roman villages in Italy’s eastern midsection, a tourist-free haven stretching from the Adriatic Sea to the Apennine Mountains.
Participants will cover about 1,000 miles during the week-plus of riding and exploring, ending with a visit to the famous Morbidelli museum in Pesaro, home to 350 vintage motorcycles. Cost for the tour runs $3,500, which includes your bike, hotel room, breakfast and dinner every day, a support vehicle, and bilingual guide. Space is limited. Visit Mototouring for more information. MC