This 1967 Wards Riverside FFA 250 motorcycle is in Grand Terrace, California and can be found on eBay with a current bid price of just over $500 but the reserve isn’t met. The Buy It Now price is $2,650 for this bike which is “unrestored and all original save the Battery, fuel lines, and petcocks.” Bellissimo!
You probably all know that Montgomery Ward imported motorcycles by different manufacturers such as Motobecane, Bianchi, Lambretta, Mitsubishi, and Benelli, who made this bike. Benelli made the 50 cc, 125 cc, and 250 cc motorcycles for Wards. Other companies such as Sears (Allstate), JC Penny, and others, had their own private-label motorcycles and minibikes made by others, too.
I’m surprised that this 250 doesn’t have the original gas, even the tires are the ones that came with it back in 1967. The seller says that the “paint is a metal flake blue, the decals on the tank are well preserved because the first owner covered them with stickers which I carefully removed with a hairdryer and a lot of patience.” They do mention a couple of flaws in the finish and a rip in the seat, but just wait until you get to be 50 years old, you’ll have those, too!
This is Benelli’s 250 cc, four-cycle, single-cylinder with 20 hp good for around 90 mph! With a single-cylinder! This model came in either the candy-apple blue and white seen here or in a black and gray color combo. I like the blue, or I guess the black would work, too. I think I prefer two or three cylinders over one-cylinder motorcycles, but I wouldn’t mind owning this one just for neighborhood duty. Are you a fan of these “catalog-captive-import” motorcycles or do you like your bikes to have an actual motorcycle maker’s name on them?