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Category Archives: Italian Motorcycles

The New Matchless Motorcycle Is An Unexpected Tour de Force in Design

The Matchless name and motorcycle brand, long lost to history, was recently re-launch at the Milan motorcycle show in early November. Matchless was once one of Britain’s most revered motorcycle makers, and through Associated Motorcycle Company, they built bikes plated as AJS, Sunbeam, Indian and Norton. But sadly, the firm ceased to exist in 1966. […]

Ducati 900ss Custom

The Ducati 900SS was, and is, a beautiful piece of functional machinery, and Old Empire Motorcycles have ramped that up a couple of notches with this custom version.

It was once a 1995 900SS which features a 904cc air-cooled twin, and it’s a beautiful mill indeed.

Ducati Cucciolo

Ducati Cucciolo, 48 cc 4 stroke engine, 2 speed, hand shift

1958 Capriolo Aeromere

From 1953 to 1959 they also produced NSU engined machines named Caproni-Vizzola with models named Cavilux and Cavimax, the latter based on the NSU Max engine. At one time the range also included a face-cam OHV single, and they also built a range of three-wheelers. In 1958 the Capriolo company name was changed to Aeromere, which ceased production in 1964. The parent company, Aero-Caproni, continued to build aircraft some of which were very advanced. Their jet-powered glider remains one of the most extraordinary sailplanes ever constructed.

1948 Parilla SS 250

1948 Parilla SS 250 The Parilla story begins in 1946 when Giovanni Parrilla decided to build a new prototype motorcycle similar to the Norton Manx. The Monoalbero (SOHC) did well enough on the track and Parrilla built more, improving on the design. A year later, it was decided to put this model into production. Related […]

Awesome Crusty 1947 Moto Guzzi Astorino 250

A 250cc 4 stroke, single cylinder classic Italian motorcycle, this bike features the external “bacon slicer” flywheel, exposed valve springs, inverted telescopic front forks, and 2-year only external hydraulic rear shocks on a swingarm frame.

ASTORINO vs AIRONE: As rare as they are here, more Americans recognize the Airone that the much more rare but similar Astorino. This rare Astorino model Moto Guzzi was very short lived before it was replaced by the similar Airone. Both are 250cc single-cylinder 4-stroke sport motorcycles with similar frames and front ends. The main differences between the Astorino and the Airone was the Astorino had telescopic rear shocks, the Airone used scissor type external dampers and large springs mounted underneath the frame. The Astorino had exposed valve springs, the Airone’s valvetrain was enclosed in the head.