No Reserve – 1954 Moto Guzzi Zigolo 98 Turismo

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Post Sale Update: This Zigolo sold for $4,500 after 29 bids on eBay.

Introduced in 1953, the Zigolo was Guzzi’s first partially-enclosed motorcycle. It was designed to be cheap transportation for the masses and it featured a 98cc two-stroke engine.

Said motor produced about 4 horsepower, enough to get the 170 pound scoot up to almost 50 miles per hour. Again, this was designed as a cheap runabout, which is why it returned over 100 mpg. For more specifications on the Zigolo Turismo, check out this page from the Moto Guzzi Club of the Netherlands.

This example is the fancy Turismo which means you got luxuries like a Veglia speedometer and a luggage rack. The seller acquired it eight years ago as decoration. At the time it was running but he drained the fuel so it hasn’t been started since. With that said, the seller left oil in the crankcase and kicks the motor over occasionally to make sure the piston doesn’t seize. The seller believes the the paint is original and he spent a “ridiculous amount of money” to have the leather seat correctly restored. The bike was imported to the US in 2002 and it has import paperwork but it has not yet been registered.

Find this Zigolo for sale in Portland, Oregon with bidding up to $2,650

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