closer view of the front
suspension showed us the lack of attention this poor specimen of
a bike had received over the years. The brakes were seized on
and the forks were poorly painted. No problem because they would
both be rebuilt with the forks being stripped of their reddish
paint and returned to polished aluminum.
The polishing of the fork legs was entrusted to
Baker Engineering in Watford and was a further example of Benelli's
financial status in the early 80's where such expenditure of polishing was
forgone for a cheaper coat of paint.