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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 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.)

 

sat right

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.

sat tank

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.

sat muffler
My what a large, um, muffler you have.

sat left rear
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 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