A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.
1957 Motobi Catria Lusso 175
Engine: Air-cooled horizontal single-cylinder 4-stroke
Power Rating: 8.5bhp @ 6,800rpm
Bore x Stroke: 62mm x 57mm
Valves: Overhead, pushrod activated
Fuel System: Dell’Orto 20mm carburetor
Suspension: Front telescopic forks, rear twin shock
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Top Speed: 75mph
One of the six Benelli brothers, Guiseppe, left the company in 1949 to work on his own designs. Initially the products had a simple monogram ‘B’ then changed to Motobi (Moto-B). The outstanding feature of the Motobi’s was the streamlined shape of the power unit, often described “like a rugby football.” Initially, the motors were 2-strokes, followed by pushrod 4-strokes, still using the horizontal oval styling, which made it difficult to distinguish between the two.