Italjet

 Contents:  1. Italjet   2. Indian (USA)  3. Italjet (USA)

 


1. ItaljetItaljet colored

 

Italjet factory

The Italjet factory in the 1960’s, located at
40068 S. Lazzaro di Savena, Bologna Italy.

Italemmezeta was the predecessor of Italjet, a firm established in Bologna, Italy in 1958 by Leopoldo Tartarini, son of Egisto Tartarini, an Italian racer. Early machines employed MZ engines. In about 1966 the firm’s name changed to Italjet. They have built over 150 models of motorcycles and mini-cycles. Italjet sold the complete manufacturing and distribution rights for seven of its scooter models to the Kinetic group of India in January 2007. (from Sheldons Emu). 

 

1967 Italjet Scout, Ranger, Trial, Veloce
provided by Primo of Budoia (Pordenone) Italy
It says “Champion of Belgium 1966-1967”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1967 Italjet Go Go
provided by Primo of Budoia (Pordenone) Italy
It says “have fun at Go Go”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1968 Italjet MM5A Mini Mini
Morini S5K engine, backward-kick
early “4-piece” fork, chrome exhaust
red frame, round number plate

1972 Italjet MM5A Mini Mini
Morini S5K2 engine, forward-kick
late “6-piece” fork, black exhaust
black frame, square number plate

Italjet in the 1960’s and 70’s produced many small motorcycles worldwide that are not shown here. In some markets, some Italjet models were re-branded. In the USA from 1968 to 1976, the MM5A, M5A, JC5A and others were sold under the “Indian” brand. During that early 70’s Indian period, Italjet sold many models worldwide, not covered here.

At some point around 1975-77 the model numbers changed from A to B suffix. The MM5A and M5A became the MM5B and M5B but the equipment did not change on those models.

In the 1970’s round things became square, and chrome or silver things became black, on all types of motorcycles.

 

 

 

 


2. Indian (Italjet, Munch, Taiwan) US-models

The Indian brand from the early 1900’s was revived in the late 1960’s.
From http://www.indiandirtbikeparts.com/HistoryOfTheIndianDirtBike.html

1968-1970 Floyd Clymer Motorcycle Division (Floyd Clymer) Motorcycle man extrordinaire, Mr. Clymer, dreamed of a reborn Scout and Chief line of the big Indians.  What he succeeded most in was the mini models.  Imported to keep the Indian name alive and to introduce a younger set to the motorcycling world.  Clymer passed away in 1970, leaving his dreams unfulfilled, but successfully bringing the minis to America.

1971-76 Indian factory in Taipei, Taiwan

1971-1976 Indian Motorcycle Co. (Alan Newman) Floyd Clymer’s Los Angeles attorney, Alan Newman, acquired rights to the Indian name and continued importing minicycles made by Italjet.  Mr. Newman was a pragmatist and saw the market for mini-bikes, and having acquired the Indian name and logos he contracted with a manufacturer in Taiwan to make Indian mini-bikes from 1971 through 1976. Indian had their own factory in Taipei. Thinking big, Newman planned his own cycle plant, larger 125/175cc models and possible 400cc units came in 1973-74.  His assembly plant wound up in Taipei, Taiwan and 70, 75, 80, 100, 125, 175cc engines were imported.  Japan (Fuji) engines supplied the 100cc engines.  Morini 100’s were used during the Clymer years.  70, 75, 80, 125, 175s were courtesy of Minarelli in Italy.  Italjet models (MM5A, M5A, JC5A) used Italian Morini powerplants.  Nothing larger than 175s were made except for one 1000cc prototype Indian that based heavily on a Ducati.  It was merely for show. Indians’ fortunes were dwindling by 1975.  1976 was the last year of restyling for the 100-175 models.  Sales kept dropping and Newman bowed out.  The word came out in January 1977:  The Indian Motorcycle Company was done. 

 


1969 Clymer Papoose
Minarelli P4 engine

Indian Models 1969-1976

1969 Indian Motorcycles

1969 Indian 50-100cc models
made by Italjet (Italy)
or Munch (W Germany)
Sold by Floyd Clymer Motorcycle Division
222 N Virgil Av, Los Angeles CA 90004

Papoose   (street 47mph 4-s 5hp) Minarelli P450
Pony Bike (street 47mph 3-s 5hp)
Jawa 50-3
Boy Racer (street 50mph 3-s 6hp) Jawa 50-3 
Super Scrambler (street 4-speed) Minarelli P4 
Scrambler 100    (street 4-speed) Morini 100

 

 


1969-70 Indian Bambino
Franco Morini S5K engine
all-chrome exhaust, early fork

1970 Indian 50-100cc models
made by Italjet (Italy) or Munch (W Germany)
Sold by Indian Motorcycle Company
222 N Virgil Av, Los Angeles CA 90004
Papoose   (street 47mph 4-sp 5hp) Minarelli P450
Pony Bike (street 47mph 3-sp 5hp) Jawa 50-3
Boy Racer (street 50mph 3-sp 6hp)
Jawa 50-3 
Super Scrambler (off road 4-s 5hp)
Minarelli P450
Scrambler 100 (off road 4-sp 15hp)
Morini 101

Bambino (12/20mph 1-s auto 1hp)
Morini S5K

1970 mini tanks had Indian script, nothing else.

The 1970 Bambino shown in the flyer, that Cal
Rayborn’s son is riding, has an early type fork.

 


late-71 to ’72 Indian Mini Mini
Franco Morini (FM) S5K engine
black/chrome exhaust, late fork

 

1971 Indian models
made by Italjet (Italy)
or Indian (Taiwan)
Sold by Indian Motorcycle Company
1535 W Rosecrans Av, Gardena CA 90249

Scrambler 50 (off road 4-sp 5hp) Minarelli P450
Scrambler 100 (off road 4s 15hp)
Morini 101
Mini Mini (off road 1-sp auto 1hp) Morini S5K
Bobcat 50 ( street   4-speed 5hp)
Minarelli P450
Bobcat 100 (street 4-speed 15hp) Morini 101

1971 mini tanks had Indian script, nothing else.
After early-71, mini’s had late type forks.
The early-71 shown in the flyer has a early fork.

 

 


After 1971 all mini’s had all-black exhausts.

1972 Indian line, made by Italjet (Italy) or Indian (Taiwan)
Indian Motorcycle Co. 110 N Doheny Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
MM-5A Mini Mini (off road 50cc 1-s auto 1hp) Morini S5K
JC-5A  Junior Cross   (off road 50cc 1-s auto 1hp) Morini S5K

JC-54  Junior Cross  (off road 50cc 4-speed  5hp) Minarelli P450
SE-54 Super Enduro (off road 50cc 4-speed 5hp)
Minarelli P450
SE-74 Super Enduro (off road 70cc 4-speed 8hp)
Minarelli P470
X80    Motocross 80 (off road 75cc 6-spd  10?hp)
Minarelli P675
SS-125 Scrambler 125 (street  125cc 6-sp ??hp) Minarelli 125#2
SS-125 MX Motocross (off road 125cc 6-sp ??hp)
Minarelli 125#2

1972 MM5A tanks had Indian script, nothing else.

 


1973 Indian ad

 

1973 Indian line, made by Italjet or Indian
Sold by Indian Motorcycle Company
110 N Doheny St, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 USA
MM-5A Mini Mini (off road auto 1hp)
S5K2
JX-54 Junior Cross(off road 50cc 4s 5hp)
P4E 
SE-74 Super Enduro(street 70cc 4s 8hp)
P4E-70
ME-74 Moto Enduro (street 70cc 4s 8hp)
P4E-70
ME-76 Moto Enduro (street 70cc 6s 8hp)
P670
MX-76 Motocross  (off road 70cc 6s 8hp)
P670 
ML-100 Enduro    (street 100cc 5s 10hp) F500K 
MT-100 Trail     (off road 100cc 5s 10hp) F500K

1973 Indian MM5A

ME-100 Enduro   (street 100cc 5s 10hp) F500K
MX-100 Motocross (off road 5-spd 15hp)
Mor 101
ME-125 Enduro   (street 125cc 5s 19hp)
Min125#2 
MX-125 Motocross (off road 5-sp 20?hp)
Min125#1

1973 tanks had BIG Indian script, nothing else.

 

 

 


Indian Mini Mini

1974 MM-5A

1974 Indian line, made by Italjet or Indian
Sold by
Indian Motorcycle Co. Beverly Hills CA
MM-5A (off road 1-sp auto)
Morini S5K2

JC-5A   (off road 1-sp auto 1hp) Morini S5K2
MT-5A  ( trials    1-sp auto 1hp) Morini S5K2
MX-74  (off road 4-speed   ?hp)
Minarelli P4E-70
ME-76  ( street   6-speed   ?hp)
Minarelli P6-70
MX-76  (off road 6-speed   ?hp) Minarelli P6-70 
MT-100 (off road 100 5-s 10hp) Fuji F500K

ME-100 (street 100cc 5-s 10hp) Fuji F500K
ME-125 (street 125cc 5-s 19hp)
Minarelli 125#2 

1974 MM5A tanks had upper and lower pin stripes.

197x Indian Trials in MC Museum

1974 Indian Mini Trials MT-5A
in National MC Museum

1973-74 MM5A, S5K2 engine
forward kick, all black exhaust

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


1975-76 Indian MM5A

1975 Indian line-up made by Italjet or Indian
Indian Motorcycle Co. Beverly Hills, CA USA
MM-5A (off road 1-sp auto)
Morini S5K2
M5A     (off road 1-sp auto 1hp) Morini S5K2

JC-5A   (off road 1-sp auto 1hp) Morini S5K2
JX-5A   (off road 1-sp auto 1hp) Morini S5K2
MX-74  (off road 4-speed   8hp) Minarelli P4E-75
ME-76  ( street   6-speed   8hp) Minarelli P675

MX-76  (off road 6-speed   8hp) Minarelli P675

ME-100 ( street  5-speed 10hp)
Fuji F500K
MT-100 (offroad 5-speed 10hp) Fuji F500K
ML-100 ( street  5-speed 10hp) Fuji F500K
ME-125 ( street  5-speed 19hp) Minarelli 125#3
MT-125 (offroad 5-speed 19hp)
Minarelli 125#3
MI-175  ( street  5-speed ??hp) Minarelli 175

1975-76 MM5A tanks have Indian script, nothing else. So 1975-76 MM5A tanks look like 1969-72.

 


1975-76 Indian MM5A

1976 Indian line-up made by Italjet or Indian
Sold by
Indian Motorcycle Co. Beverly Hills, CA
MM5A (off road 12 or 20) Morini S5K2

M5A    (off road 20 mph auto)
Morini S5K2
MS-100A      ( street 5-speed)
Fuji F500K
MS-125      (  street  5-speed)
Minarelli 125#4
MI-125       (  street  5-speed) Minarelli 125#4
MT-125       (off road 5-speed) Minarelli 125#4
MS-175      (  street  5-speed) Minarelli 175
MI-175       (  street  5-speed) Minarelli 175
MT-175       (off road 5-speed) Minarelli 175

1976 Indian line

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These latest and greatest Indian two-strokes look like Yamahas, because they are Taiwan designed and manufactured. They use Taiwan and Japan made components. Some component parts are the same as those used on Taiwan mopeds, such as General and Indian:

1) Tatung speedo is same as General
2) instrument lights are same as General
3) Stanley-clone turn signals are General
4) tail light is CEV 9350 like on Italian
5) more things to follow

Myrons has some parts for these. But photos and measurements are needed to learn or verify their identity.

 


1977-78 Indian: Indian Motorcycle Co. ended production in 1976 and closed in January 1977. Any remaining 1976 (or older) inventory would have been sold months later as 1977 or 1978 models. But those “77” or “78” models would have been made before 1977.

1978 Indian AMI50 moped
Honda PC50 remake engine

Here you can download free Indian manuals and parts lists:
http://www.indiandirtbikeparts.com/partslistsandmanuals.html

Here you can see the entire Indian motorcycle line-up:
http://www.indiandirtbikeparts.com/indianlineup.html

Here you can identify your Indian and see specifications:
http://www.indiandirtbikeparts.com/idyourindian.html

In 1977 Indian Motorcycle Company sold the Indian name to American Moped Inc., who used the Indian name on their 4-stroke mopeds made in Taiwan by Merida, produced from 1978 to 1984. Those pedal-assisted Indians are displayed and explained in Brands/Taiwan/Indian Info.

 


3. Italjet mini-cycles (US models)

Italjet USA

 

 

Italjet USA 7471 Greenbush Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91605 USA, imported and distributed Italjet mini-cycles in the late 1970’s. The Indian brand name was no longer in use, but they still listed the older Indian model names in their price list.  

Strada International, Inc 13148 Saticoy St North Hollywood CA 91605 USA was established in 1975. In the 1980’s they were at nearby PO Box 3816 Van Nuys CA 91407, where they imported and distributed Italjet mini-cycles.

At some point in the 1990’s Italjet merged with Lem, another major Italian mini-cycle manufacturer.

 

 

 


1978-79 Pack-A-Way (5″ rims)

1978 Italjet Pack-a-Way, Morini MO-1 engine

Pack-a-way: This US-model collapsible mini with pedals had a Morini MO-1 engine. It was 1-speed automatic limited to 25mph. 

List price in 1978 was $599, the same price as a Peugeot 103 or a Puch Maxi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1980-84 Pack 2 (5″ rims)

1980 Italjet Pack 2, Vespa Ciao engine.
This one was Michael Andretti’s in the 80’s.
It was at Myrons for service in the 2000’s.

Pack 2: This US-model collapsible mini had foot pegs, kickstart, and a Vespa Ciao engine. It was 1-speed automatic limited to 25mph.

You can see this one has a carrying handle, and the seat is different.

The Vespa engine is very thin, about 2 inches thinner than a Morini MO-1. This made transporting and storing easier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


1978-84 Mini Mini 50 B (8″ rims)

Italjet MM5B back 100dpi

1978-84 MM5B, Morini S5K2 engine

Italjet MM5B front 75dpi

1978 list price $439. tires 2.50 – 8
engine Franco Morini (FM) S5K2
1-speed automatic, bore 38.0mm

horsepower 1.3, top speed 20mph
comp. ratio 6.5, sprockets 11 x 32T
carburetor Dellorto SHA 14/12
magneto Bosch 0212-005-015
total length 42″, weight 57 lbs
black
frame, red tank, black plastics

Morini S5K2
1.3hp automatic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


1978-80 Mini 50 B (10″ rims)

Italjet M5B back 100dpi

1978-80 M5B, Morini S5K2 engine

Italjet M5B front 75dpi

1978 list price $469. tires 2.50 – 10
engine Franco Morini (FM) S5K2
1-speed automatic, bore 38.0mm

horsepower 1.3, top speed 23mph
comp. ratio 6.5, sprockets 11 x 36T
carburetor Dellorto SHA 14/12
magneto Bosch 0212-005-015
sprockets 11 x 36T
total length 45″, weight 62 lbs
black
frame, blue tank, black plastics

Morini S5K2
1.3hp automatic

1978 Italjet M5B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1980-82 Mini 50 C (10″ rims)

1980-82 Italjet M5C, Minarelli G1-KS

1980 list price $499?  tires 2.50 – 10
engine Motori Minarelli G1-KS
1-speed automatic, bore 38.8mm

horsepower 1.0, top speed about 20mph
compression ratio 9.5, sprockets 9 x 35T
carburetor Dellorto SHA 14/9
magneto 80mm
total length 45″, weight 66 lbs
red
frame, red tank, black plastics

Minarelli G1-KS

1982-84 Italjet M5C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1982-84? Mini 50 D (10″ rims)

1982-84? Italjet M5D

1982 list price $509?  tires 2.50 – 10
engine Motori Minarelli G1-KS
1-speed automatic, bore 38.8mm

horsepower 1.0, top speed about 20mph
compression ratio 9.5, sprockets 9 x 35T
carburetor Dellorto SHA 14/9
magneto 80mm
total length 45″, weight 66 lbs
frame green, tank green, plastics green

Minarelli G1-KS
1.5?hp automatic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


1978-80 Junior Cross 50 B (15 and 12″ rims)

Italjet JC5B back 100dpi

1978-80 Italjet JC5B, Morini S5R

Italjet JC5B front 75dpi

1978 list $519. Tires 2.50-15, 3.00-12
engine Franco Morini (FM) S5R
1-speed automatic, bore 39.0mm

horsepower 5.0, top speed about 42mph
compression ratio 9.0
carburetor Dellorto SHB 19/19D
magneto Bosch 0212-005-015
sprockets 11 x 48T, dual shocks, total length 54″
1978? black frame, blue tank, black plastics
red frame, red tank, black plastics, wt 82 lbs

Morini S5R
5.0hp automatic

1978 Italjet JC5B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1980-82 Junior Cross 50 C (14 and 12″ rims)

1980-82 Italjet JC5C Minarelli GR1

1980 list $529? Tires 2.50-14, 3.00-12
engine Motori Minarelli GR1-KS
1-speed automatic, bore 38.8mm
horsepower 3.5, top speed about 37mph
compression ratio 11.5
carburetor Dellorto SHB 19/19D
magneto 80mm Bosch 6V 18W
sprockets 11 x 48T, rear monoshock, total length 57″
weight 86 lbs, blue frame, blue tank, black plastics

Minarelli GR1-KS

1980-82 Italjet JC5C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1982-84 Junior Cross 50 D (14 and 12″ rims)

The JC5D was the 99% same as the JC5C, except for paint, plastic and stickers.

1982-84 Italjet JC5D Minarelli GR1

1982 list $549? Tires 2.50-14, 3.00-12
engine Motori Minarelli GR1-KS
1-speed automatic, bore 38.8mm
horsepower 3.5, top speed about 37mph
compression ratio 11.5
carburetor Dellorto SHB 19/19D
magneto 80mm Bosch 6V 18W
sprockets 11 x 48T, rear monoshock, total length 57″ 
weight 86 lbs, black frame, red tank, white plastics

Minarelli GR1-KS

1982-84 Italjet JC5D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


1978-79 Motocross 50 (14 and 12″ rims)

1978-79? SX50

1979? Italjet SX50

1978 list $529?
tires 2.75-14 front, 3.00-12 rear
engine Minarelli P4-KS iron cylinder
4-speed foot-shift, bore 38.8 mm
horsepower 4.5, top speed 47mph
compression ratio 9.5
carburetor Dellorto SHB 19/19D
magneto ??mm Ducati
sprockets 13 x 36T, dual rear shocks
total length 58″, weight 105 lb
red
frame, red tank, black plastics

 

Italjet CX50 back 100dpi

1978-79 CX50

Minarelli P4-KS

1978 list $569
tires 2.75-14 front, 3.00-12 rear
engine Motori Minarelli P4-KS iron cyl.
4-speed foot-shift, bore 38.8 mm
horsepower 4.0, top speed about 45mph
compression ratio 9.5
carburetor Dellorto SHB 19/19D
magneto ??mm Ducati
sprockets 14 x 46T, dual rear shocks
total length 58″, wt 105 lb
red
frame, red tank, black plastics

 

Italjet CX50R back 100dpi

1978-79 CX50R

1978 list $699 
tires 2.75-14 front, 3.00-12 rear
engine Motori Minarelli P4-S alum. cylinder
4-speed foot-shift, bore 38.8 mm
horsepower 5.5, top speed about 50mph
compression ratio 11.0
carburetor Dellorto SHB 19/19D
magneto ??mm Ducati
sprockets 14 x 38T, dual rear shocks
total length 58″, wt 112 lb (thicker fork tubes)
black
 frame, red tank, white plastics