1956 Gilera B300 Twin

| 2/26/2014 10:04:00 AM

Gilera B 300 Twin

1956 Gilera B300 Twin

Country: Italy
Engine: Air-cooled vertical twin 4-stroke
Ignition: Battery and coil
Power Rating: 12.5bhp @ 5,800rpm
Bore x Stroke: 60mm x 54mm
Displacement: 305cc
Valves: Overhead, pushrod activated
Fuel System: Single Dell’Orto 20mm carburetor
Transmission: 4-speed
Suspension: Front telescopic forks, rear twin shock
Brake: Front and rear drum
Weight: Approx. 380lb
Top Speed: 70mph

Gilera B 300 Twin

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 B300 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.

Gilera B 300 Twin

Lee Cox
3/6/2014 10:01:27 AM

Ooops...forget that post. 380 lbs was probably in line with bikes of the 300cc displacement. I bought a 1966 Honda 305 brand-new, but forget what the weight was. A 300cc 2-stroke would have probably blown the Honda away on the street. But...the article mentions the bike as being shown at Milan in 1953 and that this particular bike was a 1956 model. I would have guessed that the bike was produced in the mid-sixties, not the mid-fifties.

Lee Cox
3/6/2014 9:49:41 AM

380 lbs? Really? Wasn't that a bit heavy for a 125cc?

3/6/2014 8:50:27 AM

This Gilera at first glance has the profile of a 60s BSA twin. I wonder if also leaked oil and had questionable electrics like a BSA.

The sound and the fury: celebrate the machines that changed the world!

Motorcycle Classics JulAug 16Motorcycle Classics is America's premier magazine for collectors and enthusiasts, dreamers and restorers, newcomers and life long motorheads who love the sound and the beauty of classic bikes. Every issue  delivers exciting and evocative articles and photographs of the most brilliant, unusual and popular motorcycles ever made!

Save Even More Money with our RALLY-RATE plan!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our RALLY-RATE automatic renewal savings plan. You save an additional $5.00 and get 6 issues of Motorcycle Classics for only $29.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and I'll pay just $34.95 for a one year subscription!

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter