Here is a cool ’69 find just waiting for you to pick it up in St. Paul, Minnesota. Lightweight-motorcycles were all the rage (like e-bikes are today) in the late 1960s. Even mail-order/department store giant Montgomery Wards got into the game. Branded the “Riverside” and made in Italy by Benelli, this 175cc two-stroke motorcycle still looks cool today.
While the real Montgomery Wards is gone, Benelli is still in business (that should be a hint for people thinking about buying an e-bike from a non-cycling company). Good luck finding parts for this bike, but the red and white speedster looks complete and shouldn’t need too much to get it running.
Buddy seat: Tell your favorite squeeze to hang on tight while you head down to the A&W drive-in on this super cool motorcycle. Close inspection reveals a bike free of rust and abuse. I think this is a great barn find.
Parts blow-up: Good luck finding any of these parts even if you take a vacation to Italy. But wait! There is a group called the Wards Riverside Riders and I’ll bet they can help you get this bike running.