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Barber's Best

A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.


1947 Gilera Saturno Turismo

1947 Gilera Saturno Turismo

Country: Italy
Engine: Air-cooled, single-cylinder 4-stroke
Ignition: Marelli magneto
Bore x stroke: 84mm x 90mm
Displacement: 498cc
Valves: Overhead, pushrod operated
Fuel system: Single Dell'Orto carburetor
Transmission: 4-speed
Suspension: Front girder forks, rear cantilever with coil springs
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Weight: 370lb
Top speed: 75mph

1947 Gilera Saturno Turismo

Designed in the late 1930s, the Gilera Saturno went into production in 1946 and was a success for the company. Very similar to the BSA Gold Star in that it was available in turismo, sport or competition form, and the list of special equipment was impressive. Gilera even made available a motocross version that was successful in national events.

1947 Gilera Saturno Turismo

1947 Gilera Saturno Turismo

1947 Gilera Saturno Turismo