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July 12, 2012

CimattiCimatti smallmade in Italy by Cimatti   Minarelli P1, V1, P4 engines

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In 1937 the Olympic cyclist Marco Cimatti founded a small company in Bologna Italy that originally produced bicycles. In 1950 Cimatti changed to mopeds, and in the 1960s produced the Velocim moped, with Minarelli P1 motor, along with motorcycles and fully enclosed scooters. Marco’s son, Enrico Cervantes Cimatti expanded the business to export to the United States, France, Norway and Tunisia.

’64-66 Cimatti Velocim
Minarelli P1 motor

’64-66 Cimatti Velocim

’64-66 Cimatti Velocim

60’s Minarelli P1 motor

 

 

 

 

 

 

1968 Cimatti

1970 Cimatti Chic
(Italy model)

Cimatti Oasi Flyer

Cimatti Oasi
(a way of life)
Italy 1978

Cimatti Oasi (a mode of living)

Cimatti Oasi
(a mode of living)
Italy 1978

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cimatti Enrico SpA: By 1977 Cimatti only produced 50cc models, Chic, Town Bike, Twin Sport, Gran Prix XL, City Bike, and mini’s Mini Chic, Bat Boy, Bat Baby (all with tube frame, Minarelli V1 1-speed automatic engine), 86 (U-tube frame, Minarelli P4 4-speed manual shift). In 1978 they presented the Oasi, with a new pressed sheet steel frame, but still a Minarelli V1 engine. In 1980 they released the Gringo with a 4-speed Minarelli P4. A recession in the early 1980’s forced the company to close in 1984.

 


Cimatti Mopeds (US models)

dealer notebook

City Bike is the USA version of Chic. In the US, “chic” is slang for “girl”. So the name was changed.

Cimatti Ltd: The US importer/distributor was Cimatti Ltd., Berkshire Industrial Park, Bethel CT 06801. In 1978 they produced red dealer notebooks, well-made, with parts, service, policies, etc.

US model mopeds ID stickers said the maker was Cimatti Ltd (1976-79) or Cimatti Enrico SpA (1980-81).

Marina Mobili: In the early 1980’s Cimatti Ltd. became part of Marina Mobili Inc (MMI) in Moonachie New Jersey. MMI bought out most of the Italian moped US importers in the early 1980’s, like Baretta (Piccoli), Cimatti, Demm, Gitane (Testi), Malaguti, Negrini, Pacer (Italtelai) and others.

 

Cimatti engine and speed versions:
2.0 horsepower, 30 mph versions
Minarelli V1 engine “early plastic fan shroud”, 11T sprocket, Ø12 intake
Dellorto SHA 14/12 carburetor, #52 jet
1.5 horsepower, 25 mph versions
Minarelli V1 engine “early plastic fan shroud”, 10T sprocket, Ø9 intake
Dellorto SHA 14/12 carburetor, #52 jet
1.0 horsepower, 20 mph versions
Minarelli V1 “early plastic fan shroud”, 9T, Ø7 intake, restricted cylinder
Dellorto SHA 14/9 carburetor, #48 jet

Cimatti components:
CEV lights, switches, horn
CEV speedometer, driver, cable
CEV magneto, points, condenser, coils
Domino “1970s chrome” levers/controls
Grimeca wheel hubs, brakes, and axle parts
all single ended (universal) cables (except early wrap around throttle cable).

1975 Cimatti City Bike

1975-76 Cimatti City Bike
Domino wrap-around throttle
(cable exits away from handlebar)
double ended throttle cable
CEV large oval single bulb tail light
30mm quarter turn gas cap
2.25 – 16 tires (16″ rims)

1976 Cimatti Twin Sport

1976 Cimatti Twin Sport (twin gas tanks)
Domino wrap-around throttle
(cable exits away from handlebar)
double ended throttle cable
CEV large oval single bulb tail light
30mm push-in gas cap (front tank)
2.25 – 16 tires (16″ rims)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shocks: Cimatti rear shocks are compatible with Tomos.
Exhaust: One-piece exhaust is longer than other Minarelli ex,austs, sticks out past the tire.
Rear tank: Only 1/2 gallon, M10-1.0 threaded hole, came with a 10-12 extender/adapter
Front tank: 0.9 gallon, M10-1.0 threaded hole, gas valve M10-1.0 male “spigot left”

 

 

1977 Cimatti Town Bike

1977 Cimatti Town Bike
2.25 – 16 tires (16″ rims)

1977 Cimatti Town Bike

1977 Cimatti Town Bike
2.25 – 16 tires (16″ rims)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gas tank: 0.9 gallon, M12-1.0 male threads, gas valve M12-1.0 “spigot left”

After 1977 the Town Bike was called Twin Sport, even though it still had one gas tank.

 

1978 Cimatti City Bike

1977-78 Cimatti City Bike
Domino sliding block throttle (cable exits along bar)
single ended throttle cable, 2.25 – 16 tires
CEV rectangular dual bulb tail light

1978 Cimatti City Bike

1978-79 Cimatti City Bike
This one has a replacement ULO tail light.
2.25 – 16 tires (16″ rims)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secret Toggle Switch: Cimatti mopeds, US models, with the “bullet” type headlight (City Bike, Town Bike, Twin Sport) have a secret toggle switch under the left side of the headlight. It is for emergency use if the engine ever looses spark. If brake light wires become disconnected, like when the rear light is missing, the engine will not run. By switching from “normal brake light operation” (switch towards rear), to “no brake light” (switch toward front), the spark is restored and the engine will run, but the brake light will not operate.    

 

Cimatti Gas Valve

Cimatti rear tank, two-possible gas valves

Cimatti front tank

Cimatti front tank, M12-1.0 spigot left

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1978 Cimatti Twin Sport

1978-79 Cimatti Twin Sport (not twin tank)
single front gas tank, same as Town Bike
2.25 – 16 tires (16″ rims)

1978 Cimatti Gran Prix XL

1978-79 Cimatti Gran Prix XL
2.25 – 16 tires (16″ rims)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1980 Cimatti Oasi

1980-81 Cimatti Oasi, restored by B. Small
2.25 – 17 tires (17″ mag wheels)

1980 Cimatti Oasi

The Cimatti Oasi has a stamped sheet frame.
2.25 – 17 tires (17″ mag wheels)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following parts, that Myrons has, will (eventually) be listed here: Cimatti fenders, side panels, chain gaurd, rear shocks, fork assy, handlebars, center stand, frame parts, seats, exhaust, decal sets (also in Accessories/Stickers), Cimatti manuals.

 

1) 1970’s Domino Wrap-Around throttle

2) 1970’s Domino sliding block throttle

3) 1970’s Domino sliding block throttle top view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cimatti Throttle Cables: Cimatti mopeds have two different throttles. 1) the 1976-1977 Domino “wrap around” throttle, which takes a double ended throttle cable, that comes out from the bar. 2) and 3) the 1977-1979 Domino “sliding block” throttle, which takes a single ended (universal) throttle cable, that goes along the bar.

 

 

4) Cimatti carb elbow
correct length 30mm

5) Cimatti carb elbow is
30 long x 22mm high

6) This non-Cimatti elbow
is shorter than original

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cimatti Carb Elbow: All Cimatti mopeds use the same Delorto SHA14/12 carburetor, which normally has the original 90 degree curved tube, known as the “carb elbow”, where the throttle cable enters the top of the carburetor. 4) the very low carb elbow is still almost as high as the floorboards. The double ended throttle cable is set for the length of the original carb elbow. Without the elbow the wire is too long. A new single ended (universal) throttle works with or without a carb elbow, as the length is set by the pinch bolt during installation. 5) the correct carb elbow for Cimatti shown separately. It is 30mm long and 22mm high, total. 6) a Cimatti with a not-original shorter carb elbow. Click to enlarge and notice how the elbow in picture #6 is 9mm shorter than the elbow in picture #4.

Cimatti Double Ended Throttle Cable for Wrap-Around Throttle: Housing length 37 inches, Exposed length 94mm (3 11/16″), diameter at ends 5.3mm (Barnett #MP-305) to 6.5mm (OEM).

Cimatti City Bike original pump SKS made in Germany 12.2 inch long off and 11.9 inch long installed as shown

Cimatti City Bike original pump SKS made in Germany 12.2 inch long off and 11.9 inch long installed as shown