The Benelli company was founded in the garage of the Benelli family, where in 1911 six brothers: Giuseppe, Giovanni, Francesco, Filipo, Domenico and Tonino started producing motorcycle components.
In 1921, the "Velomotore" was created, a motorcycle based on a bicycle frame with a 2T engine with a capacity of 75cc, the following year, the model "Motoleggera 98cc", which was appreciate by many users.
Many legendary riders have ridden Benelli motorcycles.
In the late 1960s, the last motorcycle produced by the Benelli family company was the "Tornado 650". At that time, the first change of ownership of the brand took place, but production was still continued in Pesaro. At that time motorcycles with 750 and 900cc six-cylinder engines were created.
In 2001, production of a new series of motorcycles with three-cylinder in-line engines began.
Today, Benelli is part of the Qianjiang (QJ) group, a corporation that produces over 1.2 million two-wheelers per year.