1968 Benelli Mojave scrambler 260

Can you imagine walking into a supermarket and being able to buy a motorcycle? Well this was one of the advantages of visiting department stores Montgomery Ward in 1968, and to be able to acquire a Benelli Mojave scrambler 260 which, at that time, cost 769 dollars, about 705 euros to the current change.

This was the way in which the American chain tried to penetrate the local market by selling models from the Italian brand. Among them were also the Mojave 260 in Tourer version, and the standard and scrambler variants of its older sister, the Mojave 360.

This 260 version came equipped with a four-stroke single-cylinder engine, air-cooled and associated with a four-speed transmission. In this aspect there is very little information about the model, which is believed to Only 50 copies were sold. throughout that same 1968 season.

Now on the famous Ebay ad portal, one of these has been put up for sale, for a starting price of $3,500. Mojave 260 Scramblerwhich was also completely restored, by its current owner, in 2018.

As he explains in the sales announcement, referring to the way in which the Mojave could be acquired in its commercial era: “All of their bikes could be purchased at a Montgomery Ward store or by mail order, in which case they arrived almost completely assembled, in a box.”

Concludes on this topic: “The front wheel and fender, handlebars, controls and battery are the only items the buyer would assemble themselves.” It also indicates that the design of the Mojave was inspired on the Rickman Métisse Triumphs of that era.

And comments: “I remember reading that it got them into legal copyright problems and the production of the model was stopped”. This explains the few examples that were sold, and that the four variants of the model were only in the catalog for a single season.

Dream bikes for sale: 1968 Benelli Mojave scrambler 260

Benelli Mojave scrambler 260 in detail

This particular example underwent extensive restoration approximately five years ago. Among the more specific works that were carried out, the following stand out:

  • New Japanese aluminum wheels with Buchanan stainless steel spokes, new tires and tubes.
  • Engine overhauled in good condition, only new rings and gaskets installed.
  • Chassis and body painted with PPG two-component epoxy paint.
  • The original speedometer needle fell off and a new one was installed that reads 144 miles.
  • Original Tommaselli controls, CEV Electrics Bosch ignition, Betor & Acerbis suspension.

The bike is for sale in Linwood, New Jersey and its owner is open to consistent offers. More information and details in the official announcement link.

Dream bikes for sale: 1968 Benelli Mojave scrambler 260

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