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Classic Italian Motorcycles

Classic Benelli Motorcycles

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Big Breeze from Italy: 1971-76 Benelli 650 Tornado

Benelli 650 Tornado Years Produced: 1971-1976 Power: 52-57hp @ 7,200rpm Top Speed: 97 mph (period test) Engine: 643cc (84mm x 58 mm) air-cooled, OHV parallel twin Transmission: 5-speed, chain final drive Weight/MPG: 480lb wet/40-50mpg (avg.) Price then/now: $1,779 (1973)/$2,000-$9,000 Timing may not be everything, but bad timing can scuttle the best of plans. Through most ...

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Classic Cagiva Motorcycles

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Missed Adventure: 1984-1987 Cagiva Elefant

1984-1987 Cagiva Elefant 650Claimed power: 55hp @ 7,500rpmTop speed: 115mph (indicated)Engine: 649cc air-cooled SOHC desmodromic V-twinWeight: 454lb (wet)Fuel capacity/MPG: 38mpg (avg.)Price then/now: $4,632 (1986)/$1,750-$3,000The present-day fad for adventure touring motorcycles has, like most fashions, a precedent in a previous generation. But it wasn’t Ewan McGregor ...

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Classic Ceccato Motorcycles

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Circa-1954 Ceccato 75cc Twin Cam

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Greg Williams

Classic Ducati Motorcycles

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The Rare Vincati

The 1970's bred a worldwide generation of "shadetree machanics." These were people with the self-taught skills of certified mechanics and engineers who undertook hobby projects in their basic backyard workshops. Some of their often crazy ideas worked: fitting a Volkswagen engine into a motorcycle frame; slotting a 427 Cobra Jet V8 engine into a 1955 Ford Ranch Wagon to make the ...

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Classic Gilera Motorcycles

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Radical Rondine: 1939 Gilera 500 Rondine

1939 Gilera 500 RondineEngine: 492cc liquid-cooled DOHC inline four (inclined 60 degrees forward), 52mm x 58mm bore and stroke, 7.2-7.5:1 compression ratio, 80hp @ 9,000rpmTop speed: 140mphCarburetion: Weber w/Roots superchargerTransmission: 4-speed, chain final driveElectrics: Magneto ignitionFrame: Tubular perimeter w/engine as stressed memberSuspension: Girder fork front, ...

Hamish Cooper

Classic Laverda Motorcycles

Classic Morbidelli Motorcycles

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1975 Morbidelli 125 Grand Prix

Country: ItalyEngine: Water-cooled, twin-cylinder 2-strokeIgnition: Battery-powered Krober ignition (CDI)Power rating: 42bhp @ 14,200rpmDisplacement: 124.77cc, rotary inletFuel system: Twin Mikuni 28mm carburetorsTransmission: 6-speedSuspension: Front Marzocchi 32mm telescopic forks, rear twin shockBrakes: Front twin Brembo discs, rear single Brembo discWeight: 165lbsTop speed: ...

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Classic Moto Guzzi Motorcycles

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Motto Guzzi Turns 100

A hundred years is a milestone birthday when it comes to any manufacturer, but especially one that builds motorcycles. Few companies manage to change with the times in such a way as to stay in business that long. Technology moves on and riders' tastes can change, but Moto Guzzi has stayed strong. To celebrate 100 years of Moto Guzzi, this issue we take a look back at an icon from ...

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Classic Moto Morini Motorcycles

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Café Espresso: 1978-1983 Moto Morini 500

Moto Morini 500 SportYears produced: 1978-1983Power: 7,500rpm (est.)Top speed: 104mph (period test)Engine: 479cc air-cooled OHV 72-degree V-twinTransmission: 5-speed, chain final driveWeight/mpg: 368lb (dry)/42-56mpgPrice then/now: $2,795/$2,500-$6,000Samuel Dalziel Heron is hardly a household name. Yet he helped design the first successful radial airplane engines, invented the ...

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Classic MV Agusta Motorcycles

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Terrestrial Flyer: 1954 MV Agusta 175 CSS Disco Volante

Claimed power: 15hp @ 6,700rpm Top speed: 84mph Engine: 172.3cc air-cooled SOHC single, 59.5mm x 62mm bore and stroke, 8.2:1 compression Weight (dry): 246lb (112kg) Fuel capacity/MPG: 3.7gal (14ltr)/80mpg (observed) Price then/now: $448/$10,000-$16,000 It’s more fun to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow, goes the old saw. The Italian Motorcycle ...

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Classic Parilla Motorcycles

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1962 Parilla 250 Gran Sport

1962 Parilla 250 Gran SportCountry: ItalyEngine: Air-cooled single-cylinder 4-strokeIgnition: Battery and coilPower Rating: 21bhp @ 8,800rpmBore x Stroke: 68 x 68mmDisplacement: 247ccValves: Overhead, single-lobe cam with short push rods and rocker armsFuel System: Single 28mm Dell-Orto GP type carburetorTransmission: 4-speedSuspension: Front Ceriani telescopic forks, rear twin ...

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Classic Rumi Motorcycles

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125cc Motorcycle: The Rumi Sport 125

1952 Rumi Sport 125 Years produced: 1950-1952Claimed power: 10hp @ 7,400rpmTop speed: 65mph (est.)Engine type: 124.68cc air-cooled 2-stroke parallel twinTop speed: 65mph (est.)Weight (dry): 202lb (92kg)Price then: $375 (est.)Price now: $8,500-$14,000MPG: 45-65 (est.)If someone told you they were introducing a 10hp, 125cc motorcycle with a 2-stroke twin-cylinder machine like the 1952 ...

James Adam Bolton

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