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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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My what a large, um, muffler you have.

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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

sat right frontAsking price is almost 15,000 GBP.

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…

Gilera March 6, 2013 posted by

Stellar Deal: Gilera Saturno 500 (in Switzerland)

Last year we have posted a few ads of the stunning Gilera Saturno 500. This bikes was born as a child between Japan and Italy (the idea came  form the Japanese Gilera importer). The name Saturno came from the past and in particular from 1949 when the following single cylinder prototype was built:

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The modern Saturno 500 is in itself a rare motorbike. This one found in a warm home Switzerland looks like a real deal. With less than 4000 km and  at a price of 4800 $ this is the best sample I came across (too bad I just invested into a 2 stroker for the summer…).

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Pictures are scarce but  the bike looks in original conditions and with that mileage I think this is a top deal. The seller includes a new battery, the workshop manual and relative maintenance manual. For a real enthusiast, hurry up by clicking on the link below (fixed price sale form Swiss auction site RICARDO.CH):

1989 Gilera Saturno 500

Claudio

Gilera September 29, 2012 posted by

Gilera Saturno 500 -The Red Mono Exotica (France)

The Gilera Saturno ranks second in my all time favorite single cylinder sport bikes and it ranks number one in the road legal category .-)

This is the third model we have covered this year and the second one spotted in Switzerland. This time French is the language of choice when you’ll get in touch with the seller based in Lausanne. The sample below seems to be in absolute top conditions and very well taken care of.

This featherweight single-seater promises a huge amount of fun with its 45 horsepower at the rear wheel with just 145kg. Add to that the fantastic retro looks, some fine components such as the Brembo Serie Oro front disc caliper, the single high side exhaust and the exquisite red paint color combination and there you have a truly original piece of Italian exotica at its best.

Inspired by the Japanese importer who wanted a smaller capacity sport bike that was easier to import and sell in the local market, Gilera was intrigued and decided to put it into a small and quite limited production. The sample here is from 1990 and it has 11.500 km.

According to the seller (see original text below in French), this bike has never been raced, it has a new timing belt, battery and more importantly it had all bearings and motor seals replaced for a cost of value of $1000. In addition it is fitted with some fine looking accessories such as the Rizoma end bar rear mirrors and the smaller turn light, fitting well with the overall style of the bike (we all hate those huge squared original turn lights typical of bikes registered in those years). And did I mention you get the rear stand included in the price. Well, I guess this is really the last detail you care about. Concerning the price, about $7000, this seems in line with the previous Swiss find even though the condition and maintenance of this model make it even more attractive.

From the seller:

Model très rare, pour collectionneur ou amateur de circuits, expertisée du jour.
Performante (180km/h), grandes qualités routières (légère et facile à piloter), frein Brembo Serie Or, fourche marzocchi
Pneus neufs Bridgestone BT-003 RS Racing Street, courroie de distribution neuve, batterie neuve, roue libre neuve, grande révision effectuée (changement de tous les joints et roulements moteur CHF 1’200), rétroviseurs RIZOMA class retro, petits clignotants, béquille de stand arrière.
Permis A Motocycles d’une puissance maximale de 25 kW et un rapport puissance/poids maximal de 0.16 kW/kg
JAMAIS UTILISEE SUR CIRCUIT !!!
Bien que homolguée en Suisse en 34 chevaux, elle dispose d’origne 45 chevaux à la roue.

Enough words for this truly original sport bike. If you want to take it to next step here’s the useful link and info (fixed price private ad):

1990 Gilera Saturno 500

Enjoy,

Claudio

Gilera April 20, 2012 posted by

Rare…Red…Hot: Gilera in Germany

Looking for something really rare? Ever heard of an Italian bike built from an idea of the Japanese importer? How about lightweight is better than power…and how about classic looks remind us all of the style of the 60s? By now you might be wandering what the hell am I talking about…let’s play a little more…

Q: Is it red ?
A: Yes it is.

Q: How many cylinders does it have ?
A: 1.

Q: Ok, it must be the ultra expensive Ducati Supermono, right?
A: Wrong, try again.

Q: I don’t know, give me a hint…
A: It has the name of a planet

Right, it is the Gilera Saturno 500 Bialbero:

A born child form an imaginative idea of a Japanese, traditionally always keen on small capacity bikes and the even more crazy acceptance of Gilera. The engine comes from an Enduro bike, the relatively popular Dakota model. The name Bialbero stands for double head cam also often referred to as DOHC which was state or the art in 1991 for a mono cylinder bike.

Add a larger single carburetor, a stiff tubular frame, a mono sear, mono large diameter single disc front brake, Ferrari red paint, a round light, an exhaust taken straight form a Manga comic and there you have an amazing fun package.

And here are the specs:

And a little video from…Japan…

On sale in Germany for 3820 Eur, The bike was originally registered in Hungary and is now on sale in Germany. It has 15.500km.

Here’s the link:

Gilera Saturno 500 Bialbero

Claudio

Gilera January 25, 2012 posted by

She’s Italian, Exotic And Single: 1991 Gilera Saturno Bialbero

She’s Italian, Exotic And Single: 1991 Gilera Saturno Bialbero

 

Boy, this is a a bike I didn’t expect to do a post on twice.  The first Saturno Bialbera I posted was located in PA; unfortunately for us in the New World this bike is located in the Netherlands.  You can’t be an isolationist though if you yearn for one of these as less than 1100 Saturno Bilbero’s were produced and most of them were exported to Japan.

The bike came about  from a direct collaboration between Gilera and its’ Japanese importer.  I think they got it right but maybe were too early to cash in on the retro craze.  It’s a damn good looking little bike with a nice mix of modern and retro design.  I’m not sure I’d hold out hope for a 2.0 version either as Gilera only produces scooters now.  Yawn.

 

It must have been hiding in a collection as it only has 11 miles.  The seller states he would be willing to assist with worldwide shipping if you are tempted.

 

You might remember Marco Simmoncelli raced a Gilera badged  Aprilia  in the GP’s.  It appears the small number that were imported into the UK sold for approxiametley 5000 British Pounds.  That was more than the average 600 of the day.

 

 

I wonder how a nice looking and smartly priced single would sell in the United States right now.  We don’t have a good track record of buying them.  The engine is a spin off of Gilera’s Dakota engine, which from what little I can find, is nice solid engine.

 

Brush up on your Dutch and place a bid here.

 

This isn’t the bike for sale but at least you get a little sound of the engine.  I want to know where this shop is in Japan.  The poster has quite a few videos of exotic bikes that come and stop by.

 

Ian