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Gilera March 3, 2014 posted by

1988 Gilera Saturno 500 available in California

Almost never seen in the US, and very desirable both here and abroad, the Gilera Saturno Bialbero 500 was part of an attempt by Piaggio to resurrect the famed marque in the 1980’s. The original Gilera Saturno’s sometimes show up on our sister site, Classic Sport Bikes for Sale, where their 1950’s singles can occasionally be found. The company began in 1909 and had a strong focus on racing, fielding one of the very first successful four-cylinder bikes that solved the traditional inline and square-four cylinder cooling problems by slinging the whole powertrain transversely across the frame. So all of you Japanese sportbike jockeys can take a moment to genuflect before this little long-lost child of the founder of the feast…

1988 Gilera Saturno 500 for sale on eBay

Gilera Saturno 500 for sale

But they built their reputation for their Saturno singles, and battled it out on racetracks throughout the 40’s and 50’s. The resurrected Saturno 500 featured a thumping single like its ancestor, in this case a liquid-cooled, four-valve 491cc single making 45hp, but everything else is modern spec: a fully-floating Brembo Goldline brake disc/caliper up front, trellis frame, and lightweight Marvic wheels. There are only 5 speeds in the gearbox, although it does feature that very cool open clutch. This combination is enough to push the claimed sub-300lb machine north of 100mph, but that’s really beside the point here.

In the US at least, the market for lightweight bikes with small motors and high-spec parts is relatively small, but bikes like this have definite value to riders who realize that there’s more to track and back road riding than huge power, and bikes like the Saturno, Ducati’s Supermono, and Bimota’s BB1 always attract a great deal of attention when they come up for sale.

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From the original eBay listing:

Very rare 1988? Gilera Saturno 500 Road Racer
I haven’t tried to start it so condition of the motor is unknown
This is an ex race bike so it is sold as seen
This has been stood unused for some time in a private collection
I have no idea of its history, please let me know if you have any info on it
Just in the same condition as the day it finished racing
I would recommend a complete recommission before use or just keep it in your collection
Has some spares for the motor and the clocks are in a box
Great opportunity to buy a valuable investment
Tank is a dummy cover over an alloy one
Has a carbon fibre seat & front fender
Custom built dual exhaust
Just a very cool rare bike
Bike is located in Sacramento CA

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Accounts differ as to how many were imported, but these are very rare in the states. The seller seems to be unloading a couple of bikes at the same time, including a Wood-Rotax SJ676 and bidding for this one is VERY low so far. Parts for a Gilera may be difficult to source here in the US, but it might be worth the effort to contact the seller and find out exactly which “spares for the motor” he has.

This particular example is in slightly rough shape, but Bialbero’s are collectable enough that it should be well worth a look. While clearly not a road bike, hese machines are very focused anyway and suited for the track. I’d be tempted to snap this up in a hot minute if bidding stays low…

-tad

1988 Gilera Saturno 500 available in California
Gilera November 3, 2013 posted by

Early Christmas ? Gilera Saturno 500 (Switzerland)

Undecided about what to put below the Christmas tree this year ? Yes, I know, we are not even in December...but gifts need to bought when you come across them, right ?

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So, how about this early 90’s true limited edition from Gilera ? The 500cc Bialbero is one of the most beautiful samples we have across so far. The bike was recently serviced (including a drive belt change). It has threaded brake lines, led turn lights, grey freshly painted rims (the original are red in color but fade into an almost pinkish tint pretty quickly as soon they see some sun) and brand new rubbers. With less than 17.000 km and at just 6200 CHF, this private sale is really a  deal.

Saturno owners tend to treasure their possession, and Mr. Zurin just confirms it. Don’t expect much punch from the Gilera single cylinder. In addition to the obviously beautiful classic 60s’ aesthetics, you will appreciate the handling and thumping sound most of all. The Bialbero is super light, super thin, and the seating position and firm handling reminds me in a way of the 2 stroke 125 GP bike...long, narrow and providing huge lean angles.

Riding a Saturno 500 is a lot of fun even though, most of the time you will closer to the 100 km/h mark rather than the 150 km/h of more powerful models. In terms of pure joy and riding experience, this won't play such a big role. If you look for something truly unique, with a timeless design and you like to corner and lean more than feel the acceleration on a straight line, than this could be for you.

Oh, yes, with its red hot paint, it will all look very well besides a Christmas tree...Dear wife, girlfriend, lover...here’s a hint for this year’s letter to Santa...

Gilera Saturno 500 Bialbero in Switzerland

Claudio

Early Christmas ? Gilera Saturno 500 (Switzerland)
Gilera October 18, 2013 posted by

Single Cylinder Exotica: 1992 GILERA SATURNO PIUMA CORSA (U.K.)

 

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It looks like Gilera was taking its' racing version of the Saturno very serious.  It was specifically  created for "Super Mono" racing throughout  Europe.  A simple glance tells you  there isn't much in common with the Saturno road bike other than the name.  These bikes were bumped up to 569cc's and apparently some factory supported riders got versions that were 620cc's.

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Time to go racing, so the street bikes trellis style frame had to go.  Instead it has a pretty darn stout looking twin spar unit.

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Yep, it's been a museum piece:

HERE WE HAVE OUR STUNNING BRAND NEW 1992 GILERA SATURNO PIUMA CORSA RACE BIKE. THIS ULTRA RARE MASTERPIECE OFFERS A HUGE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY WITH ONLY 50 BIKES EVER MADE AND EVEN FEWER THAT HAVE NEVER BEEN STARTED FROM BRAND NEW. OUR BIKE HAS BEEN IN FORMER GRAND PRIX RIDER JOHN SURTEES'S PRIVATE COLLECTION AND HAS BEEN MAINTAINED AND CHERISHED TO THE HIGHEST STANDARD AND IS IN BRAND NEW CONDITION

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Single Cylinder Exotica:  1992 GILERA SATURNO PIUMA CORSA (U.K.)
Gilera September 30, 2013 posted by

Red Mono Saturno 500, Almost New (Germany)

The Gilera Saturno 500 is a niche small motorbike with fantastic handling, looks and sound. This Red Mono doesn’t have much punch, but it's a great bike for anyone who wants to learn how to ride into corners fast.

Gilera Saturno 500 Bialbero with just 60 km in Germany

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Nothing is happening below about 6000 rpm. My recommended riding style is this:

1) go through the gears until you hit 4th or 5th (top gear for this model)
2) pin the throttle and try to keep momentum as much as possible
3) limit the use of brakes and gearbox
4) lean it, lean it, lean it...

Provided you have fresh rubber fitted, the Saturno is a very sharp and light-handling true sport bike. The more corners are in your way, the more fun it will be. The front brake is from a Ducati 851. The single wide disc is very powerful.

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The seating position is such, that you lie on the bike horizontally with your head naturally tucked within the tall and ample front windscreen. The sound coming from the 2 in 1 Lanfranconi exhaust is classic single cylinder low frequency booming.

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It also makes a decent level of noise in stock condition, so no need to look for any aftermarket pipes. At a starting price of 8500 EUR, it reflects the rarity of the bike itself and the very low mileage of just 60km.

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The bike is basically new, even though a few scratches are visible on the exhaust manifolds and some corrosion on the rear sprocket and chain. On the other hand, I have never seen such clean rims on other Saturnos. The red paint of these, tend to fade quite easily when exposed to sun.

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Here is what the seller says:

Hello I am selling the bike for a friend of her husband
it is a collector's item, a Piaggio Gilera Saturno, it has never been approved
The letter has no entry on the odometer are 61 kilometers so a real collector's item
The exhibition of the letter was held on 21.04.1989.
The vehicle can be inspected by appointment Tel 0172-8637784
Please also write or call with any questions.
I reserve the right to terminate the Offer at a prior sale.
The zip code for a collection of the vehicle is 91487

There is a private sale without warranty - Warranty and Returns

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Make sure to replace the timing belt before going for the first spin.

Gilera Saturno 500 Bialbero with just 60 km in Germany

Claudio

Red Mono Saturno 500, Almost New (Germany)
Gilera August 11, 2013 posted by

Rising Mono: Gilera Saturno 500 (Germany)

What do you think of the pictures below ?

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Gilera Saturno Bialbero 500 in Germany

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Aren’t these a beauty one next to the other ? It’s almost a shame to separate them. Well, the red one, apparently, must go.

The Gilera Saturno is a 500cc single cylinder bike. On the scale it scores just 140 kg (dry). This ultra light weight, makes the tiny Saturno a very sweet handling motorbike. Add some of the best accomplished styling, a thumping sound coming from the Lanfranconi single exhaust pipe, a front disc brake from the Ducati 851 (full floating Brembo), clip-on bars, beautiful Aluminium foot pegs, and you a unique mix that can satisfy the most demanding motorcycle enthusiast. The engine isn’t much powerful at all, it has only 5  gears, but it’s the superb combination of these factors with its sound, style and handling that make this “little” Italian, a jewel. What’s the best way of riding it ? You need to launch the machine, put it in 4th and with a steady gas position revving at any rpm above
4000, let it flow in between the corners. With fresh rubbers, the Saturno is a highly capable true sportster, and will easily handle any type of corner at fairly high speed.

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The European 500cc version of the Bialbero, were produced in small numbers. The original project, was a 350cc for Japan only. Finding a Saturno on the market is not easy. In the last two years, we came across a few between Germany and Switzerland. Those samples were quite reasonably priced. In my latest search, I have found a few with at asking prices around the 10.000 EUR mark. This is clearly indicating a rise in quotations. This sample in particular, tops the lot, with an asking price of 12.500 EUR.

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The bike features some nice touches, like the Brembo radial front disc pump and had a long list of fresh original parts fitted to it as the seller describes below.

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Gilera SATURNO. 35 kW, 550 km, built in 1989, first admission. 07/1995, MOT 06/2015, accident free, engine gaskets (cylinder head, housing and closures and lids) all renewed without exception. Water pump overhauled. Flat slide Mikuni fitted with accelerator pump. Chainsaw. m. zzz520, various new aluminum Chainring. Luftfiltergeh, EXHAUSTS. and Ventilanst. adjusted. Brembo radial Bremsp. Handlebars of UCS. Universal Mount Bracket for vo. od hi and all original parts are replaced. All engine and chassis work by company Kabro.

Spare parts are tricky to find. In Europe we will miss Gottfried Hahne who sadly passed away few months ago. Gottfried was an incredible 2 stroke Kawasaki and general Gilera fan. Over the years he had collected a great stock of parts for all Gilera models and was the reference point for all Saturno enthusiasts over here. Gottfried, rest in peace, we will miss you !

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If you want to secure this low mileage (550km) fine example of a standard red Saturno, (a limited edition in black is available in Europe), then you can contact the seller directly by clicking on the link below.

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Gilera Saturno Bialbero 500 in Germany

Claudio

Rising Mono: Gilera Saturno 500 (Germany)
Gilera May 2, 2013 posted by

Not 1, Not 2, But 3… Gilera Saturno Bialbero 500 cc (in Switzerland)


This Saturno Bonanza is available on sale as a block or individuals. Originally wished by the Japanese importer the Saturno was born with a 350 cc engine.

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For the European market, Gilera increased the capacity to 500 cc and add a second over head camshaft. Hence the Bialbero name. The owner of this collection has other interests now and is selling the 3 beauties. Two of them are in the classic red colors:

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Gilera Saturno in red with 33000 km is on sale for 4500 CHF (equivalent to about 3700 EUR). The second red has only 7000 km on the clock and therefore comes with the highest sales price of 7500 CHF (equivalent to about 6200 EUR).

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In my opinion the most deireanble here is the black Anniversary edition. With its classic black and gold colors and the old style fonts for the Gilera logo on the fuel tank it is the most rare.

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Gilera also produced an Isle of Mann TT special Saturno again for the Japanese market. This came also in black colors.

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Nevertheless, the anniversary is, I think the most beautiful one. So much so, that I have decide to take a train tomorrow morning and check this out myself. If you are also interested in these fun, lightweight, 50’s style mono cylinders, check out the private sale by clicking on the link here below:

3 Gilera Saturno for 14600 EUR or sold separately in Switzerland

Claudio

P.S. in addition to these, as if this wasn't enough of a rare opportunity, there is also a brand new Anniversary model available here in Switzerland. This will take more of your cash and is aimed at collectors. If of interest let me know via your comments and I’ll post this as well...





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