The Seventies were years of great change. Motorcycles went from being a utilitarian transport for a few enthusiasts to objects of tremendous fascination, which were even able to win over people who were not really motorcyclists. During those years, motorbikes, especially those of substantial cubic capacity, were so mesmerising as to even become a phenomenon of fashion. The Japanese were the first to open up this new market followed by the glorious British manufacturers; Italy responded with new, fascinating models, which were able to leave their mark on the international scene. The author examines the historical and cultural context in which these bikes first appeared focusing on the most significant Italian marques of the Seventies such as Moto Guzzi, Benelli, MV Agusta, Ducati and many others.
The 50s and 60s comprised an extremely significant epoch in the history of the motorcycle in which the foundations of what became known as the “economic miracle” were laid. When the car was still inaccessibly expensive and out of reach of most Italians, it was these two-wheeled machines that were the individual means of transport par excellence. But the scenario that evolved in subsequent decades was a different one, starting with the debut of the first small, much less expensive “utility” cars. It was then that the motorcycle began to lose popularity and remained the dream of just a few enthusiasts. The book returns to those two fascinating decades and brings them alive once more with its thousands of pictures, blended with a text brimming with interest.
This second volume on the history of the Bolognese motorcycle industry has been written and illustrated once more with the collaboration of the Museo del Patrimonio del Comune di Bologna (the Patrimony Museum of the Bologna City Council) to coincide with an exhibition on the subject. The book documents the difficult moments the companies and small local constructors faced, among them the financial straits of the market and the constraints imposed by the autonomy of those years, with doggedness, vitality and surprising inventiveness. As well as the production of motorcycles, this is the period in which the more economical means of three-wheel transport imposed themselves on the market. The motorbikes, three-wheeled vehicles and engines in the Bologna exhibition, which come from private collections, are presented in this book with a detailed series of photographs, while motorcycle history enthusiasts will find invaluable information and rare illustrations relative to the 16 marques, including Augusta, F.I.A.B., C.M., DEMM-S.CM.E.R.A., F.B., G.D., M.M., Moto Morini and others. The text is bi-lingual, precise and interesting and is published together with a wealth of documentation plus 200 pictures of the period.
Made in collaboration with the Bologna Metropolitan Museum of Industrial Patrimony the book is the first in a series of publications that will trace the history of a dynamic and modern motorcycle industry such as that of the Bologna area in Italy, land of engines par excellence.
This first title on a local two-wheel industry of the Twenties amplifies and delves deeply into the matters examined by an exhibition on the same subject held in the museum in 2004 and which was a public success. Illustrated with a detailed collection of photographs of motorcycles, engines and other objects made available by private collectors, the book covers the history of the small companies that helped make up the industrial fabric of the area. Here the collector will find valuable information and pictures of motorbike brands including ABRA, Aquila, Beyer, Diana, Augusta-Fiab, Dall’Oglio, De Togni, G.D., M.B.R., R.A., Villani and others. The bi-lingual text in Italian and English is blended with a wealth of illustrations of both the period concerned and especially commissioned modern studio photographs.
Following the Second World War, Italy was faced with the enormous challenge of reconstructing the nation’s social, political and economic fabric. One of the most remarkable success stories was seen in the field of miniature internal combustion engines to be fitted to bicycles or in dedicated frames. Low prices guaranteed their immediate success and Bologna played a full part in the phenomenon: Ducati, for example, launched the Cucciolo, one of the artificers of the “motorization” of the Italian people. However, there were no less than 49 Bologna-based firms active in that period, in many cases “shooting stars” soon destined to disappear. Among the motorcycle constructors were M.M. and C.M. which had a glorious history, while Moto Morini and F.B-Mondial achieved sporting success in Italy and abroad. Others such as Cimatti, Malaguti, Marzocchi, Testi and Verlicchi began to conquer a significant share of the market. Some of these marques are still successful on the global market today. This book presents 50 biographies of the Bologna-based manufacturers, with over 300 images, many previously unpublished, as well as a major section entitled “Collecting” with photographs and technical details of all the most important bikes of the time.
Ian Falloon’s authoritative history of the marque – expanded and brought up to date for this 6th edition – tells the inside story of Ducati’s chequered path to glory, and describes every model, from the original 48cc Cucciolo to today’s exotic Superbikes.
After “The Great Book of Italian Motorbikes of the 70s”, Giorgio Sarti takes on the fascinating subject of the Italian motorcycles of the 80s, maybe a less extraordinary period than the preceding decade, but no less captivating. The names are those of always, from Moto Guzzi to MV Agusta and Ducati. Constructors recounted through a text which does not just speak of history and technical matters but also of trends, culture, men, providing the reader with an exhaustive picture of those years. The book comprises three parts. The first examines the historical and cultural context in which these machines appeared. The second is devoted to a panorama of the biggest selling models and the history of the relative marques. The third shows the 10 most significant Italian bikes of the 80s, minutely analysing all to provide enthusiasts with many essential and useful elements for the recognition of the various series. For each model there is a gamut of detail ranging from technical history to technique, from maintenance, riding the motorcycles, including production numbers and collecting. The wealth of illustrations is especially varied, comprising an ample collection of images and documents of the period.
The history of Vespa, from its beginnings to the present day, clearly arranged, understandable for all, and, above all, describing even the tiniest detail in an unprecedented form. An illustrated chronicle, with all the information needed for complete understanding of the culture of Vespa.
The Federazione Motociclistica Italiana is an organisation that was established 100 years ago in 1911. The important anniversary of this great federation, which today embraces the entire motorcycling world on both the sports and touring fronts as well as vintage bikes, is the right occasion on which to tell the story of the first century of the Italian motorcycle in a great book, which includes: - a long and extraordinary history told by some of the great sports journalists. - over 350 new pictures in both black and white and colour from the archives of the Italian motorcycle manufacturers. - the 10 most beautiful Italian motorcycles photographed on special sets especially for the centenary. - a century of racing in all the various disciplines of the many-sided world of two-wheel competition. - a century of the Italian motorcycle’s technical development. - a systematic cataloguing of the 100 motorcycles that best represent a century of two-wheel history. This is a unique and prestigious volume which has never previously been penned by a number of writers, one which is richly illustrated and tells the story of a century of sport, of motorcycles, riders and men: in a word a history to which the Federation has given and continues to give its fundamental support.
Updated edition of the book ‘ Vespa. The complete history from 1946’, published in 2011 to celebrate Vespa’s 65th anniversary. April 1946 was the debut date of the revolutionary little two-wheel vehicle, which, as well as leaving an indelible mark on the history of transport, became a real cultural phenomenon to successive generations. Simple and elegant, practical and comfortable, these are some of the characteristics that have ensured the popular scooter an unrepeatable success, with 35,000 of them built in 1949 alone. Seventy years after its birth, the Vespa has affirmed itself throughout the world. This book covers the fascinating epic of the Vespa, from its debut to the present day, through hundreds of pictures and invaluable documents of its various epochs. The work includes a systematic cataloguing of all the models that have appeared in those 70 years, each one accompanied by a detailed technical specification.
This is a unique book of its kind, useful to all Lambretta owners and riders who mean to understand the evolution of the famous Innocenti scooter down to the smallest detail. After having digested all the technical information supplied by the concessionaires of the period, and having created thousands of illustrations showing all the versions produced by the Lambrate manufacturer between 1947 and 1971 piece by piece, the author has brought to life a guide that shows even the smallest modification carried out over the years on the various models that have appeared in the marketplace.
Due to those illustrations, it is possible to see when a particular modification was introduced during the production cycle of an individual model. The book is also enriched by dozens of original documents of the period published in colour, production graphs and, no less important, all the official technical specifications of the Traffic Control Authority for the registration of Lambretta vehicles.