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Unexpected Custom – 1976 Moto Guzzi T3

In Cruiser, Custom, Italy, Less than 5k by Ted Clough0 Comments

The Moto Guzzi T3 was an 844cc transverse V-twin that put out that put out approximately 59HP through a 5-speed transmission with shaft drive. Weight was 540 pounds, so it was not exactly fast, but it was comfortable and reliable, with typical big-twin torque. As such, it was selected by many California cities for Police duty. Supposedly this has a …

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1973 Ducati 750 Sport

In Italy, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

Ducati engineer Fabio Taglioni combined two single cylinder motors on a single crankshaft and successfully tested the V-Twin in July 1971. In October, 1971 Ducati introduced the V-Twin GT 750. In April, 1972 team Ducati ran 1st and 2nd at the Imola 200 with a Desmo version of the V-Twin marking their first victory in a large displacement race. By …

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1978 AMF Roadmaster Moped 3-fer

In America, Italy, Less than 5k, Scooter, Small Displacement by Tom Wacker0 Comments

American Machine and Foundry was founded in 1900 by Rufus L. Patterson, inventor of the first automated cigarette rolling machine. In the course of time AMF bought many companies and manufactured many items, including Harley Davidson, Roadmaster Bikes, Alcort Sailboats, and AMF Atomics. Yes. AMF made small atomic reactors for the US Military. Fast forward to 1976. The gas crisis …

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Ending Soon – 1956 FB Mondial 175 F2 Bialbero

In Italy, Race by Abhi0 Comments

FB Mondial (Fratelli Boselli Mondial) had above average success in motorcycle racing in the late 40s and 50s – they won every single 125cc World Championship Grand Prix in 1949, 1950, and 1951. In 1954, they updated their race bikes with telescoping forks, a swingarm rear suspension, and 175cc OHC and DOHC motors. The DOHC motors got wet-sump oil lubrication …

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1974 Laverda 750 SFC

In Italy, Sport by Abhi0 Comments

If you’re looking for the best street bike Italy had to offer in the 70s, there’s a good chance that you’re on the prowl for a Ducati 750SS or a Laverda 750 SFC. Both are legends in motorcycling history with racing pedigree – the SFC shone in endurance racing, which helped Laverda build a reputation of creating tough, fast motorcycles. …

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1950 Moto Guzzi Ercole

In 3 Wheels, Italy by Abhi0 Comments

Ercole is Italian for Hercules – an appropriate name for this vintage three-wheeler that could carry nearly a ton of weight in the hydraulic bed. Some models came with a cab that could fit three, though this example was designed for a solo rider that would have to brave the weather.

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1999 Cagiva Gran Canyon

In Dual-Sport, Italy, Less than 5k by Ted Clough0 Comments

Cagiva is an Italian motorcycle manufacturer. It’s history would make a great basis for an Italian Motorcycle-themed soap opera. Giovanni Castiglioni and his sons ran the business out of Varese, Italy. Over the years there were deals involving a used Aermacchi/Harley Davidson factory, a buyout of Ducati in 1985, and later buyouts of Moto Morini and Husqvarna. Most of these …

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1972 Harley Davidson Shortster

In America, Italy, Less than 5k, Small Displacement by Tom Wacker0 Comments

In 1972 Harley (Aermacchi) introduced the 65 CC Shortster minibike. It was an apparent attempt by Harley to get kids on a HD and get them dreaming of the big bike. One advertisement showed a youngster standing with his minibike by a pond. The reflection in the water was a Sportster. The 1972 Shortster was a one year offering. The …

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1953 Aermacchi 125N Cigno

In Italy, Scooter, Small Displacement by Abhi0 Comments

According to the seller, there are less than 5 of these little Aermacchi scoots in the United States. I have no idea if that’s true, but what I do know is that what looks like the gas tank is actually a storage unit, and you can shift it to make the bike look like a small motorcycle or a step-through …

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Fresh from the Petersen – 1954 Vespa Ape

In 3 Wheels, Italy, Scooter by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Every once in awhile you get to see something so unique it just makes you say ‘Wow’. This Vespa APE has been on display at the Petersen Museum for the last 4 years and is now offered for sale. The Piaggio (Vespa) APE has been in the lineup since 1948. It started life as a simple 3 wheeled vehicle with …

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1967 Vespa Sprint 150

In Italy, Scooter by Tom Wacker0 Comments

In the wreckage of post WWII Italy the aircraft and maker Piaggio decided that Italy desperately needed cheap and reliable transportation. They patented their first effort in April, 1946 and had a 1947 model in production. Their aircraft heritage clearly showed in the bodywork of the newly named Vespa. By the early 1960s Vespa was being made under license in …