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Featured Listing December 2, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: Pristine 1990 Gilera Saturno Bialbero with 72kms!

Update 12.2.2019: This bike is now on eBay. -dc

This is the second of four motorcycles being offered from the Stuart Parr Collection. Thank you for supporting the site and good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Looking very 80s, the Gilera Saturno Bialbero could be mistaken for some sort of custom Ducati. But Gilera, of course, should be held in the highest regard by fans of this site, as they were the first company to slot an inline four into a frame transversely, solving in one fell swoop the difficult cooling issues that previously faced four-cylinder motorcycles. This bike has just one cylinder like the original Saturno and embodies the company’s racing ethos, stressing light-weight and handling.

In the 80s, Gilera was mostly producing a line of offroad-biased singles with a 350cc capacity that were obviously a far cry from their road-racing bikes of the 1950s. At the urging of a Japanese marketing company, they developed a retro-styled sportbike, and that updated Saturno sparked some minor interest worldwide.

In most markets, the Nuovo Saturno was motivated by a liquid-cooled, 491cc version of the company’s four-valve, dual-overhead cam single, although a smaller 350 was available in Japan. In fact, the “Bialbero” designation helps to differentiate the bike from the earlier Saturno and refers to the number of camshafts: two. That engine put out a seemingly unimpressive 44hp, but the complete trellis-framed machine weighted in at a claimed 302lbs dry. That’s 250cc two-stroke territory, with the same claimed peak output and a much broader powerband. Suspension was simple but modern, with 17” Marvic wheels front and rear and a set of Brembo brakes to slow things down. The ‘box has just five speeds, owing to the package’s off-road roots, but the torquey engine should make any gaps easy to ride around.

With just 72 kilometers on the clock, this may be the lowest-mileage Saturno on the planet, and you may be waiting a long time for an example this nice, regardless of miles: these very rarely come up for sale, as Gilera collectors aren’t flavor-of-the-week types. It helps that the Nuovo Saturno was intended for collectors in Japan, and only a few made it to other countries: in 1990, just 50 were imported to the UK.  However, in spite of their rarity, they don’t sell for huge money, making them a reasonable proposition for regular folks who want something out-of-the-ordinary.

From the seller:

Imported in 2016 from Germany. Comes with original German registration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection entry form (Form 7501). This one can be registered and ridden. It is in out of the crate perfect condition.

The Gilera Saturno Bialbero 500 is a motorcycle road made the motorcycle manufacturer Gilera and marketed between 1987 and 1991.

If you’re looking for something rare, affordable, and very fun: these are extremely nimble bikes that would make perfectly lightweight track or racing machines. Iinquiries can be directed to Gregory Johnston on (631) 537-1486 or via email – here -.

-tad

Featured Listing: Pristine 1990 Gilera Saturno Bialbero with 72kms!
Gilera March 31, 2016 posted by

Slippery Stroker: 1991 Gilera CX125 for Sale

1991 Gilera CX125 R Side Front

The impossibly exotic Gilera CX125 still looks futuristic today but, while the fully-enclosed bodywork and unusual suspension appeared radical when new, the underlying mechanical bits are surprisingly pedestrian. Sure the bike handled well, but the 125cc two-stroke single powering the CX is far from the exciting, sophisticated engine you’d expect, considering the bike’s striking design. The bike does have an electric start to get the bike snap, crackle, and popping so there’s at least a nod to sophistication…

1991 Gilera CX125 L Side

At 300lbs wet, the modest 28 rear-wheel horses certainly moves the bike along, but performance couldn’t be considered much more than “brisk,” with a top speed hovering around 100mph. Of course, straight-line performance wasn’t really the point.

1991 Gilera CX125 Dash

Single sided front and rear suspension mean that the bike appears to have no suspension at all when viewed from the right-hand side: the wheels just seem to float in space. The design of the front isn’t as ambitious as something like the Tesi or GTS1000. It’s basically just a telescopic fork with one leg missing and was developed by suspension specialists Paioli. It handles well, but that’s likely due to the bike’s light weight and sporty frame geometry: the advantages of this setup are mainly cosmetic, aside from the fact it should make for easy tire changes.

1991 Gilera CX125 Front

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Gilera CX125 for Sale

Located in Santa Ana, California. This bike has 3432 KM = 2059 Miles. I believe this bike is all original, but not 100% sure. I’m not a expert on these CX125s. Engine runs good, no problems. I think the bike is in good condition for it’s age. This bike is being sold with a bill of sale only. I don’t have a title for the bike and can not get one, so don’t ask. All stupid questions will not be answered. More info is available on our website. If you overseas or Canadian buyer, you will have to make your own shipping arrangements. I can help USA buyers with the shipping, or you can arrange your own shipper. Bike is being sold as is, no returns. Ask questions and look at the pictures carefully before you bid. Again, this bike is being sold with a bill of sale only, NO TITLE.

1991 Gilera CX125 Front Suspension

Oh god, right there at the end: “no title”! Such a shame, since a CX125 certainly isn’t much good for track work. Aside from some very minor imperfections, the bike appears to be in beautiful shape which is great because, unless you live in a state with a very permissive DMV, this bike is going to be on display in your home, not down at the local bike hang out…

1991 Gilera CX125 Rear Suspension

At a starting bid of $5,900 there are no takers yet. Certainly, you’re not buying performance here, but that price does seem like a pretty fair price for such a rare and interesting machine. Even if you’re forced to just look at it.

-tad

1991 Gilera CX125 R Side

Slippery Stroker: 1991 Gilera CX125 for Sale
Gilera August 25, 2015 posted by

Last gasp: 1992 Gilera CX125 in Australia

Here is one that ticks all the collector bells for me (and I think a lot of other people), a 1992 Gilera CX125.  Located in Queensland Australia, this is only the second Gilera CX125 to be posted on RSBFS.  The first appeared last September and was quite popular which was interestingly since the little CX125 wasn’t a popular bike when it was produced.

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The little Gilera was part of a wave of bikes with fully enclosed bodywork such as the Honda CBR Hurricane.  However Gilera was also forced to comply with laws in Europe that limited the displacement of motorcycles that young riders/”learners” could get their hands on to no more than 15bhp.  Unlike the larger firms which could use existing designs as the basis of their learner bikes (ex:  Cagiva Mito based on the Ducati 748),  Gilera gambled on producing a totally unique 125 design.  The result was what was possibly the most outlandishly styled 125 sport bike of all time – the Gilera CX125.

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1992 Gilera CX125 for sale on ebay australia

Unveiled at the 1989 Milan EICMA show the CX125 concept was a tiny sport machine with fully enveloping bodywork that looked like something straight out of a design studio, in large part due its having  single sided suspension on both ends. But unlike a lot of concept bikes, the CX  hit the market in 1991 as an honest-to-God working motorcycle that featured the same space-age styling and radical suspension as its prototype.

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So what happened?  Well even though the CX had a unique look the design was actually pretty conventional.  Reviewers seemed to be disappointed in the bikes’ being merely competent/”ordinary” on the road.  As one reviewer wrote, “It’s not that the CX was wasn’t a good bike, but it felt far more conventional than the styling suggested.  It’s essentially a bike that looks like something from the future but rides like something from the present.”

It also probably didn’t help that popular opinion of the CX varied between “incredibly cool” and “tragically ugly”.  Production of the CX125 was discontinued after a year with only 1000 examples being made and parent company Piaggio discontinued Gilera’s motorcycle production in 1993.  The CX is often referred to as the last gasp for Gilera as a true motorcycle producer.

Note:  The Gilera brand was continued by Piaggio but only as a scooter lineup.

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Asking price is 8900 AUD/6500 USD.   Is it worth that? Honestly, I think it is.  The seller states it only has 5083 Km and condition certainly looks to be absolutely pristine.  While no service info is offered and the number of pictures is less than I would like, only 1000 were made for a single model year, the technology of both front and read single sided swingarms has yet to be reproduced except for perhaps the Bimota Tesi/Vyrus and perhaps most importantly, the CX125 pretty much marked the end of Gilera as a serious motorcycle manufacturer.

I think this one is a good pickup for a collector located in Australia.  To be honest,  if I could figure out a sure fire way to  get it into my living room I would be bidding.

-Marty

Last gasp:  1992 Gilera CX125 in Australia
Gilera April 8, 2015 posted by

Lightweight Italian: 1991 Gilera Saturno 350

1991 Gilera Saturno 350 R Side

Although forgotten now, Gilera was one a famous manufacturer of serious racing hardware, and this “Nuovo” Saturno was an attempt to revitalize the marque in the late 1980’s. Now owed by Piaggio, Gilera was originally founded in 1909 and had a long history of high-performance motorcycles.

1991 Gilera Saturno 350 L Side Rear

These sportbikes were often based around big singles, sort of like an Italian Norton Manx, although they were also famous for circumventing the significant cooling issues that surrounded multi-cylinder engines by producing a transverse four-cylinder that dominated 500cc GP racing through the 1950s.

1991 Gilera Saturno 350 R Side Fairing

The reborn Saturno was powered by a big, liquid-cooled four-valve single that put power through a five speed gearbox. Most markets got a 491cc engine, although a smaller 350 was available for Japanese customers. This simple, robust powerplant was suspended in a lightweight trellis frame with modern suspension and brakes front and rear, with lightweight Marvic wheels that provided an all-in weight of under 300lbs dry.

1991 Gilera Saturno 350 Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Gilera Saturno 350 for Sale

In the mid 80s Gilera collaborated with a Japanese company, C. Itoh & Co. Itoh produced a frame design and Gilera the powerplant. The frame was very similar to that of Ikuzawa. Gilera put the project in the hands of a gentleman called Sandro Columbo, who in the 1950s had been in charge of their race team.In August 1987 the bike was ready as a prototype and in March 1988 started the production. Two versions were built: a 350cc model only for the Japanese market and sold by Itoh, and a 500cc model for the rest of the world, sold through the Gilera network. The bike was by all accounts very expensive in its day and few were sold.

This is a 1991 example, which has travelled just over 5,100km or 3,100 miles and been very well cared for, and lightly modified with nice chrome high pipes and a bikini tail section. An rare opportunity not to be missed.

1991 Gilera Saturno 350 Engine

Very rare in any form, the Saturno is all about light weight and handling, with a look that, to me, is very purposeful and doesn’t appear “styled” at all. As the seller mentions, the dual exhaust on this one isn’t stock as they generally use a single exhaust on the right side of the bike, but it looks to be of high quality and does suit the bike.

1991 Gilera Saturno 350 R Side Tail

This bike is currently located in New Zealand, although the seller claims they also have a location in Texas. If you happen to live in New Zealand, or are able to register it in your state here in the US, this would make a great back-road bike. If not, this might make a very

-tad

1991 Gilera Saturno 350 L Side

Lightweight Italian: 1991 Gilera Saturno 350
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.)
Aprilia March 31, 2012 posted by

Lost in the racing triangle? 1999 Aprilia RS125 in Bermuda

For Sale: 1999 Aprilia RS125

With apologies for the pun in the title (hey – it’s the weekend!), this little RS125 really looks like a fun track-day weapon – or an all-out assault on whatever local racing class will let you in. Yes, it is located in Bermuda. Do they even have a race track over there? Thanks to the fine folks over at the Bermuda Motorcycle Racing Club, I learned that the answer to the question is YES! They race at Bermuda Motorsports Park.

For the smaller or stature, this Ape is a nice alternative to the Honda 125s that are traditional fare in the smaller classes. Sure, it is not exactly right around the corner from anyone located in the U.S., but such a small package shouldn’t be THAT expensive to ship to the States… right? Any shipping experts out there ready to share some knowledge?

From the seller:
Here is a very good full race VERY FAST Aprilla RS 125 CC motorcycle for sale in very good condition, and ready to race , with Extras listed below:

3, sets extra farrings
1, tuned race power valve cylinder
2, new stock cylinders
3, race head cups
Extra rear sprockets 38 – 45
Extra front sprockets 18 – 23
Extra marchanizi race wheels wets
Extra front Brenbo break peds
Onboard computer with 3 ignition curves
Handheld computer for Curve setting
2, quick change onboard batterys
Battery Charger
Extra engine case with crank and rotary valve
Engine is in Race ready condition with all new seals and bearrings
5, new race pistons
Extra Racepipe x chamber

Back to the Bermuda connection. Check out this great video from the BMRC highlighting one of their race days. Looks like a fun small-bore motorcycle and kart track combo. Be sure and look for the foot-dragger amidst all of the 125s!

This auction is on right now and the price is relatively steep: a starting bid of $9k with reserve, and a BIN set at $15,000. Nobody ever said racing was cheap, but these Aprilias are known to be race winnners – since its debut in 1991 the RS125 (and rebranded derivatives of Gilera and Derbi) have won at least 10 championships. That is a pretty good pedigree!

For your chance to check out all the photos and info and place your own bid on this racetrack scalpel, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good Luck!!

MI

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

 

 

 

 

Moto Guzzi December 19, 2011 posted by

Who Am I? 1991 Magni Moto Guzzi

Who Am I?  1991 Magni Moto Guzzi

 

If there is such a thing as a John Doe of motorcycles this might be it.  I have absolutely zero idea what model Magni this is.  Now, don’t get the idea that I was all over the fact that  Magni even existed:  I didn’t.  What a cool little company they are though.  So, even though I don’t know the model and she is a little rough, let’s use this as an excuse to look at some  Italian two wheeled art.

Magni’s are known for their hand made parts including their hand hammered aluminum tanks.

Here is what I do know.  Magni was founded by former MV and Gilera engineer Arturo Magni.  Magni worked with both companies during the heights of their racing success.  Once MV called it quits with racing Magni decided to head out on his own.  The company started with retooling MV Agusta’s but also dabbled in Gilera’s,  Honda’s and BMW’s.  In 1985 they made the switch to Moto Guzzi.  Words like “masterpiece” and “sculpture” seem to be closely associated with anything from Magni.  For a more informed read on their history and models check out this site.

 

Once you are done at that site be sure to check out the official Magni website.  Make sure you have some spare time because there are some seriously cool bikes to look at.  Don’t leave without clicking on the Magni Specials and owners gallery.

Maybe you will have more luck than me but I did not see this exact motorcycle anywhere on the site.  It seems to have bits and pieces from a couple of models.  I came away thinking maybe it is not in original condition or is possibly a custom  one off special.

Magni Moto Guzzi’s came complete with their own design for the rear end.  From what I under stand, their Parallelogrammo rear suspension would enable the rear of the bike to perform like that of a chain driven motorcycle.  Technically I don’t know what it is doing to the shaft drive.  As the photos show, the bike is in semi rough condition.

 

Here is what we have from the seller:

1991  MAGNI ,1000 VERY RARE SPORT BIKE ,FACTORY MAGNI ,RUNS EXCELLENT ,BELGIUM TITLE , EVERYTHING WORKS ,ALL IMPORT DOUMENTS ,LOW RESERVE ,WE AT BUYERS EXPENSE CAN SHIP WORLDWIDE ,THESE BIKES NEVER COME UP FOR SALE ,VERY LOW PROUCTION ,THEY USE A 1000 CC MOTO GUZZI ENGINE AND COMPONENTS .REASONABLE RESERVE ,,BID TO WIN !!!

The seat unit and forks seem much more modern that the rest of the bike making me think some things have been changed.  I’ve been wrong plenty of times in the past though.  Who knows their Italian exotics and can add more info on this bike?

 

She’s been around the block a few times, she isn’t pristine but she is rare as (insert your favorite saying).  The BIN is an even $15,000 with an auction to go along with it.  Maybe more so than any bike I’ve posted before, I’m lost on the value of the bike.  That means I’m not even guessing on a price.  Forget the price though, this may be your chance if you’ve been a Magni enthusiast and have a spot in the garage waiting for it.

Here she is.

Ian