A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.
1956 Gilera B 300 Twin
Engine: Air-cooled vertical twin 4-stroke
Ignition: Battery and coil
Power Rating: 12.5bhp @ 5,800rpm
Bore x Stroke: 60mm x 54mm
Valves: Overhead, pushrod activated
Fuel System: Single Dell’Orto 20mm carburetor
Suspension: Front telescopic forks, rear twin shock
Brake: Front and rear drum
Weight: Approx. 380lb
Top Speed: 70mph
Sensation of the 1953 Milan show, the 300 twin was virtually a doubled-up version of the well-developed 150cc single. Although lacking in power, the B 300 was exceptionally smooth, easy to start and very flexible. This was a luxury tourer from a company that mainly produced inexpensive lightweights that sold in the U.S. under the Sears & Roebuck label.