Italian Mopeds are all very similar and use many of the same component parts.
Myrons carries most parts for the Italian components:
Dellorto SHA14/12 carburetor, Domino controls, PV controls, CEV magneto (most), Dansi magneto (Morini), CEV lights and electrical parts, Grimeca wheels with 90mm brakes (most), Bernardi aluminum wheels (some), CEV, Huret, or Veglia speedometer parts. Plus universal items like spokes, chains, shocks, cables, tires, tubes, spark plugs, coils, bulbs, bearings, axles, nuts, bolts, connectors, wires, fuel line, gas valves, gas caps, handlebars, grips, pedals, crank arms, sprockets, freewheels. These are in Parts/By Type/
Some of the more universal engine parts, like pistons, piston parts, rings, cylinder studs are in Parts/By Type/Engine Top End, while crank nuts, woodruff keys, bearings, seals, are in Parts/By Type/Engine Bottom.
The Minarelli-specific or Morini-specific engine parts, like cylinders, heads, clutches, transmission gears or shafts, cases, case and trans cover gaskets, crankshafts, and a multitude of small engine parts, are in Parts/By Brand/Minarelli or Parts/By Brand/Morini Engine.
1. Use the color bike pictures to verify your year, make, model, version
2. Use the b&w info sheets to learn about the part: make, type, size, etc.
3a. Semi-Universal Parts: Then leave here and go to Parts/By Type to find it.
3b. Brand-Specific Parts: Scroll down to the brand(s) below to find it.
Arciero made in Italy by Italtelai Morini MO-1 or Mo-2 engine
Arciero is not in the Wheels of Italy Encyclopedia, but Italtelai is. Italtelai began in 1972, and means “Italian frames”. They made chassis for Arciero, Bianchi, Pacer, Portofino, Snark, and other US export models. They all used Motori Morini Franco engines and Spisni Franzoni forks. 1970′s engines were Morini MO-1 (or MO-2 optionally). 1980′s was Morini M1.
Arciero components: Morini MO-1 or MO-2 engine, Dellorto SHA 14/12 (or 14/9) carburetor, CEV lights and switches, Domino chrome levers, Grimeca hubs and 90mm brakes, Dansi magneto, Huret speedometer with LH driver. Gas cap for “monotrave” is clamp-on pop-up, for step thru is 30mm push-in or 30mm qtr-turn, for top tank is 40mm qtr turn wide wing.
Italvelo is not in the Wheels of Italy Encyclopedia. Italvelo makes Aspes, Italvelo, Bianchi, Snark, Velomec step-thru mopeds.
Aspes components: Minarelli V1 engine, Dellorto SHA 14/12 (30mph) carburetor, CEV lights and switches, Domino chrome levers, Grimeca hubs and brakes, CEV 6932 magneto, CEV or Veglia? speedometer with LH driver. Gas cap is 30mm push-in.
made in Italy by Piccoli Motori Minarelli V1 engine
Piccoli is an Italian surname that also means “smalls”. Piccoli Motori was near Bologna Italy, but is not in the Wheels of Italy Encyclopedia. Baretta is a trade name made up by Baretta of America, 2904 S Figueroa Av, Los Angeles California. The spelling of “Baretta” is that of the 1970′s TV series, with an Italian detective, not the “Beretta” hand gun. The Piccoli-made top tank chassis, Baretta Magnum and Cosmo Colt 1 and 5 are the same. The Piccoli-made step thru chassis Baretta 22, 38 and Cosmo Blazer 1 and 2, are all the same. The Piccoli-made monotrave chassis Baretta 44/45 is close to the Lem Pratikal, but the Lem rear lifting handle is straight, while the Piccoli is curved.
The Baretta and Malaguti floorboards look the same. The only difference is the bulge for the V1 or MO-1 start lever. Also the Cosmo Colt floorboard is like these, but with a different carb hole location. Piccoli probably made them, since that was and still is their business, apparently.
Baretta components: Minarelli V1 engine 20(1.0hp), 25(1.5hp), 30mph(2.0hp) versions, Dellorto SHA 14/12 (or 14/9) carburetor, CEV lights and switches, Domino controls and levers, Grimeca hubs and brakes, CEV 6932 magneto, CEV or Veglia speedometer with LH driver. Gas cap for monotrave/tubone is clamp-on pop-up, for step-thru and top tank is 30mm qtr-turn.
made in Italy by Motobi Benelli 1-speed engine
Benelli began in 1911 as a family repair shop for motorcycles and bicycles. By 1940 they made a winning supercharged 250cc 4-cylinder racing motorcycle. So they are to be admired like Ferarri and Ducati are. In 1949 the maker Motobi was formed by Giuseppe Benelli, one of the six Benelli brothers. See more Benelli here.
The Benelli G2, with monotrave style frame, is the same as the monotrave-frame Moto Guzzi Robin, both made by Motobi. They have a pedal chain and a drive chain, both on the left side. Therefore it requires a reverse or “left hand” freewheel. All bicycle freewheels are right side chain drive. G2 means Gentleman Due. It supersedes the 1960′s Gentleman 1 (and 4). The Benelli Blazer is like a G2 but with a standard tube frame with separate gas tank. Cosmo also imported a long seat version of the G2, called the C2. They also sold Benelli mini cycles and trail bikes, plus Benelli 250 and 500cc 4-cylinder and 750cc 6-cylinder sport motorcycles. Vroom!
Benelli G2 components: Benelli one speed automatic engine, Dellorto SHA 14/12 (or 14/9) carburetor, CEV lights and switches, PV levers, Grimeca hubs (rear hub is special, Benelli only) and brakes, Veglia speedometer with LH driver.
Fratelli Benelli S.p.A. one speed automatic engine is shown, mostly for info purposes. You can see what and where everything is, at least. Myrons does not have many Benelli-specific parts. The centrifugal clutch shoes/weights can break. The Benelli G2 parts book does not show any speed version differences, so they are all probably 45kmh (27mph), the limit for Italy.
Benvenuti made in Italy by Lem Motor Morini MO-1 engine
Benvenuti is an Italian surname that also means welcome. The Lem-made Benvenuti Fabrizio A1 chassis is the same as Lem Pratikal, Safari Cobra, Safari 300, Safari MZVand F. Morini Chembol.
Benvenuti components: Monotrave aka “tubone” type frame, Morini MO-1 engine, Dellorto SHA 14/12 (or 14/9) carburetor, CEV lights and “round chrome” switches, OSL aluminum “finger bumps” levers, Grimeca hubs and brakes, Dansi magneto.
Beta made in Italy by Beta Beta 1-speed engine
Beta was formed in the early 1900′s in Florence Italy, by Guiseppe Bianchi, a famous bicycle racer and entrepreneur. Originally it was called “Societe Guiseppe Bianchi”, and made bicycles. Later in the 1940′s when production of motorcycles began, the company was renamed “Beta”, after Bianchi, Enzo and Tosi, Arrigo, the chief officers at the time. Beta is still making motorcycles, mostly off road trials bikes.
Beta components: 25mph or 17mph engine versions, Dellorto SHA 14/12 (25mph) or SHA14/9 (17mph) carburetor, CEV lights and switches, Domino chrome levers, Domino wrap-around throttle, Grimeca hubs and 90mm brakes, CEV speedometer with LH driver.
Bianchi made in Italy by Italvelo or Italtelai Minarelli V1 or Morini
Bianchi, the worlds oldest still-operating bicycle manufacturer, celebrated it’s 125th anniversary in 2013. Millions of ciclisti worldwide ride the celeste green machines. Shown above with Benelli, Bianchi Eagle 30 (or 25 or 20), made by Italvelo, with Minarelli V1 engine. It is the same as a Snark. See Snark below. Left, a sweet Bianchi Stardust (says Matic), made by Italvelo, with Morini MO-1 engine. Not shown, the top tank Bianchi Satellite, made by Italtelai, with Morini MO-1 or MO-2 engine.
Bianchi components: Minarelli V1 or Morini MO-1 or MO-2 engine, Dellorto SHA 14/12 (or 14/9) carburetor, CEV lights and switches, Domino controls and levers, Grimeca hubs and brakes, CEV 6932 magneto (on Minarelli), Dansi magneto (on Morini), CEV speedometer with LH driver (step thru models) or Huret speedometer with LH driver (top tank models).
Cimatti began in 1949. From 1976-1980 Cimatti mopeds were imported to the US by Cimatti, LTD.
The following parts, that Myrons has, will (eventually) be listed here: Cimatti fenders, side panels, chain gaurd, rear shocks, fork assy, handlebars, floorboards, gas tank, center stand, frame parts, seats, exhaust, decal sets (also in Accessories/Stickers), Cimatti manuals.
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.
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 components: 1970′s Domino chrome levers/controls. CEV lights, switches, electrical parts. CEV speedometer and parts. Grimeca wheel hubs, brakes, and axle parts. Dellorto SHA 14/12 carburetor parts. CEV 6932 magneto, CEV ignition parts, all single ended (universal) cables (except early wrap around throttle cable).
Cosmo made in Italy (’77-85) or India (’95-05) various engines
Cosmo is the trade name of Cosmopolitan Motors, Hatboro Pennsylvania USA. The Cosmo brand name is on several different makes and year ranges:
1977-1985? was the Colt line of mopeds, with Morini MO-1, M1, M101 or Sachs, made in Italy by Piccoli Motori.
1980-1985? was the Amico scooter-moped, with Minarelli V1 1-spd engine, made in Italy by Testi.
2000-2005? was the Stinger top tank, with a Garelli 2-speed remake engine, made in India by Mont Motors.
The Cosmo Stinger is the same as an Avanti Supersport, both with a Garelli 2-speed remake engine, 35mph. Finally in 2013 Cosmopolitan Motors went out of business, and liquidated all of that vintage Italian parts inventory, after serving the US motorcycle community for over 50 years!Cosmo 1981 Moped & Cycles Price List Model Engine Price Wt Colors Colt 1 FM MO-2 $629 95 black,red,silver,blue Colt 3 FM M1 reed $750 95 black,red,white,blue Colt 3A FM variator $799 100 black,red,white,blue Colt 4 FM variator $849 100 black,red,white,blue Colt 4B FM variator $925 100 same w/side boxes Colt 5 Sachs oil inj. $699 100 black,red,white,blue G-2 Benelli $619 95 blue, orange, white C-2 Benelli $649 95 same but long seat Amico scooter $799 120 off white Mini cross F.Mor. $579 90 red and white Benelli 250/4 $3495 350 red Benelli 500/4 $2995 500 red, silver Benelli 750/6 $3995 550 red, silver, green
made in Italy by Piccoli Motori Morini or Sachs engine
The Cosmo Colt 1 (or 5) chassis is the same as Baretta Magnum. The Cosmo Blazer chassis is the same as a Baretta 38. They are all made by Piccoli Motori in Bologna, Italy.
Cosmo Colt components: CEV lights, switches, Domino controls (Colt 1 and 5) or OSL controls (Colt 3 and 4), Grimeca wheels, 90mm brakes, Dellorto SHA 14/12 or 14/9 carburetor, Veglia speedometer with LH driver.
made in Italy by Testi Minarelli V1 engine
Cosmo Amico components: Minarelli V1 engine, PV levers/controls. CEV lights, round chrome switches. CEV speedometer with LH driver (small tire ratio?). Grimeca 10″ Razze Incrociate style mag wheels, Grimeca 90mm brakes, and 11mm axle parts. Dellorto SHA 14/12 carburetor parts. CEV 6932 magneto, CEV ignition parts, all single ended (universal) cables.
made in Italy by Fantic Motor Minarelli V1 or V1-L
Concord components: Minarelli V1 (XKE) or V1-L (Invader, Freedom, Shadow) engine 20(1.0hp), 25(1.5hp), 30mph(2.0hp) versions, Dellorto SHA 14/12 (or 14/9) carburetor, CEV lights and switches, Domino controls and levers, Grimeca hubs and 90mm brakes, CEV 6932 magneto, Veglia speedometer with RH driver, and reflectors.
made in Italy by Daldi e Matteucci Motori Demm 1-spd eng
The S.p.A. Fratelli Daldi & Matteucci motorcycle factory was at Ufficio Commerciale Moto, Via Pirelli 16/A, Milan, Italy.
Daldi e Matteucci Motori (DEMM) began in 1953 in Milan, Italy. Their mostly 49cc two cycle engines were used by other marques, such as Legnano and Testi. In the mid fifties Demm produced a 49cc model called a Dick-Dick. In the late 1950′s UK, Bert Fruin built his own motorcycles and used the Demm 3M engine in his racing machines. The “Fruin Dartella” bikes raced in the Isle Of Man TT and at many other UK circuits. The 49cc 3-speed manual grip shift highly modified Demm Dick Dick engine also achieved a speed record of 89mph, according to Sheldon’s Emu.
ZSN (Zelloe, Sgro, & Neiner, Inc. 351 S Raymond Ave, Fullerton CA 92635 USA), from late 1976 to about 1978. The Demm Scout, with stainless fenders, came from an eastern US distributor, somewhere, possibly ZSN east, PO Box 3176 Annapolis MD 21403 USA. There was also a Demm Smily 2, with ape hangar handlebars and a high back solo seat. All of the Demms in California USA are the Smily model, with white gas tank and fenders. Some of those are labeled as “Grycner”. They were distributed by Grycner Leisure Group (aka Grycner Motors Corporation) 301 Tamarisk Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262 USA. Grycner is also a two or three wheeled Taiwan made moped with a Sachs or Minarelli engine.
Here is the genuine excellent line drawing exploded view of the Demm one speed automatic moped engine. It is similar to a Minarelli V1. The piston assembly interchanges Minarelli but the individual rings do not. The clutch looks similar. The clutch shoes/weights are the one-piece-molded kind, like Benelli.
Demm Smily components: Demm 1-speed engine 1.5 hp, Dellorto SHA 14/12 carburetor #52 jet, CEV bullet headlight, CEV round chrome switches, Domino chrome controls, Grimeca hubs and 90mm drum brakes, CEV magneto, CEV or Huret speedometer with LH driver.
made in Italy by Fantic Motor Minarelli V1 or V1-L
See above, Concord is made by Fantic. The Concord Shadow is the same as a Fantic Pepi Sport. The Concord Invader is the same as a Fantic Issimo. American sounding names versus Italian sounding names, helps sell the product.
Fantic components: (1979-later) Minarelli V1-L (late V1) engine 20(1.0hp), 25(1.5hp), 30mph(2.0hp) versions, Dellorto SHA 14/12 (or 14/9) carburetor, CEV “pancake” head light, CEV “diamond” switches, Domino chrome controls and levers, Grimeca aluminum mag wheels and 90mm drum brakes, CEV 6932 magneto, Veglia? speedometer with RH driver, and reflectors.
Model P48 Pettirosso, means “Redbreast”
F.B.M. Fabbrica Bolognese Motocicli, made this older (pre 1970′s) moped engine. It is included here because the name sounds like another Italian make, F.M.B.
F.M.B. Fabbrica Motocicli Bologna Telaimotor, made motorcycle frames, such as the Yankee Peddler (see below).
Gadabout made in Italy by Moto BM Minarelli V1 engine
The word “gadabout” means wanderer. The Phillips Gadabout was a popular 1950′s – 1960′s English moped. That kind of Gadabout moped is not included here. One of the earliest Gadabout moped sold in America was the 1978 Gadabout MK IV by the Holiday Rambler Corporation, made in Bologna, Italy by Moto BM (Bonvicini Marino). It was originally sold on the back of Holiday Rambler RVs to be ridden around campsites. At some point later, the Robcor Corporation in Plymouth, Virginia USA sold Gadabouts, both two and three wheelers, in the late 1970′s. Almost all of them have no stickers left, because they cracked and fell off. That was the only thing that Gadabout owners were not glad about.
Moto BM was started by Mario Bonvincini in 1950. BM first made bikes with Ilo 125 -175cc engines, then later with Morini and Minarelli engines 50-125cc.
You can see the 1978-79 frame is different than the 1980-81, in the area behind and below the seat. The above green and silver 1980 Gadabout is the same bike and same paint colors as a 1979 Pryer Gadabout, so it might a Pryer with the decals removed.
Gadabout components: Minarelli V1 engine 20(1.0hp), 25(1.5hp), 30mph(2.0hp) versions, Dellorto SHA 14/12 (or 14/9) carburetor, CEV lights and switches, Domino controls and levers, Grimeca hubs and brakes, CEV 6932 magneto, CEV speedometer with LH driver, and CEV reflectors.
Fabbrica Motoveicoli S.P.A. (Motor vehicle Factory) was at Via Parini 3, Barzago 22061 (CO) Italy. These are Euro models that lack brake light wires and side reflectors. Frame is a monotrave (mono beam) type, 16 x 2.25″ tires, 106lbs. Engine is due tempi (two stroke) 40 x 39mm, 9:1 comp ratio, CDI ignition, Dellorto SHA 14/12 carb. Gary Uno is monomarcia (one speed). Gary Due is due marce automatiche (two speed automatic), with pedals. Gary Due Special has kick start, turn signals, extras.
Gilera was founded in Arcore, Italy in 1909 by Giuseppe Gilera. After four decades of making motorcycles, in the 1950′s Gilera had the technical expertise to win the 500cc motorcycle world championship 6 times in 8 years. In 1969, Gilera was purchased by Piaggio.
Gilera motorcycles were sold in the US, as a Sears brand in the 1960′s. Gilera mopeds, with pedals, were never sold in the US. These “sport mopeds” at left were for England in 1973 to 1977, where there was no limit on power or speed or transmission gears, only 50cc with pedals. Many of those “sport mopeds” went 55 or 60mph. Wow!
The Vespa Grande, a US model, is 80% the same as a Gilera cbA, a Euro model, both made by Piaggio. The lights, electrical wiring, and long seat are the main differences.
These models are shown for information purposes. Myrons does not have parts for these, other than things that were on US model Vespa Grandes. Some of those parts have become scarce.
Gitane made in Italy by Testi Minarelli V1 engine
All Gitanes came with PV levers, black plastic, that break easy. Many, like these shown, have them on one side only because the other side broke and was replaced with a Domino chrome lever and housing/perch.1977-1978 1978-1980 Gitane (Testi) – US models CL200 = Confort curvy stamped steel frame-and-tank, enclosed chain red,blu,grn,gold red,blu,?? OKS = Sport tube frame with separate gas tank red, blue red, blue, yellow,?? Jeans = fiberglass scooter body w/leg fairing, aka Testi Amico white? Cricket = monotrave type frame-and-tank, heavy duty model red, blue
Gitane components: Minarelli V1 engine 20(1.0hp), 25(1.5hp), 30mph(2.0hp) versions, Dellorto SHA 14/12 (or 14/9) carburetor, CEV lights and switches, PV controls and levers, Grimeca hubs and brakes, CEV 6932 magneto, Huret speedometer with LH driver, and CEV reflectors.
Gitane chrome floor boards $50/pair new but oxidized slightly
Gitane Confort chain covers $50/pair, covers whole chain, used
Gitane push-in 40mm gas lids $20 also fits General top tanks
made in Italy by Intramotor Morini or Minarelli
Intramotor (Intramotor-Gloria S.p.A) began in Verona, Italy in 1971, and later moved to Arcole. They made lightweights with 49 to 124cc Sachs and Minarelli engines. Intramotor was imported to the US by F.G.S. Inc.
Intramotor Gloria was imported by F.G.S. Enterprises Inc.
Intramotor components: Minarelli V1 (some Blancos) or Morini Gyromat engine, Dellorto SHA 14/12 (or 14/9) carburetor, CEV lights and switches, Domino (some Scouts) or PV controls and levers, Grimeca hubs and brakes, CEV speedometer with LH driver. Scout gas valve is 10×1 male spigot down (or left, or right).
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).
Floyd Clymer, 222 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles CA 90004, imported Italjets in the late 1960′s, branded as Indian. Italjet also built a small number of machines with Royal Enfield 750cc engines for Floyd Clymer in the late 1960′s, who owned the Indian name. Around 15 of these quite handsome motorcycles are believed to exist. Clymer died before the project came to fruition and the remaining 200 Enfield engines were sold to Rickman, resulting in the Rickman Interceptors.
Indian Motorcycle Company, 110 N Doheny St, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 USA bought the Indian name from Floyd Clymer. In the early 1970′s, they imported Italjet motorcycles and minicycles. At some point around 1977, they sold the Indian name to American Moped Inc., who used the Indian name on their 4-stroke mopeds made in Taiwan by Merida, from 1978 to 1981.
Italjet USA 7471 Greenbush Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91605 USA, imported and distributed Italjet minicycles in the late 1970′s. The Indian name was no longer in use, but they still listed the older Indian model names in their price list.
1978 Italjet USA Minicycles Italjet Indian price engine tires aka MM5B Bambino $439 S5K2 2.50 x 8″ Mini Mini M5B Brave $469 S5K2 2.50 x 10 Mini JC5B Scout $519 S5K2 Radial 15F, 12R Jr Cross CX50 Warrior $569 P4S Unified 14F, 12R CX50R Special $699 P4S Unified 14F, 12R
The Italjet Packaway collapsible moped had pedals and a Morini MO-1 engine. The Italjet Pack 2 had foot pegs, kickstart, and a Vespa Ciao engine.
Italjet components: The off road Italjet models have some of the same components as Italian Mopeds, such as Grimeca brakes, axles and hubs, Dellorto SHA 14/12 or 14/9 carburetors, Bosch or Ducati ignition parts, Morini engine parts, #415 drive chain, and possibly things like cables, fuel petcocks, steering nuts or bearing races, etc.
Italvelo made in Italy by Italvelo Morini MO-1
Italvelo is not in the Wheels of Italy Motorcycle Encyclopedia, perhaps because they made mostly bicycles. Italvelo made Aspes, Bianchi, Snark, Italvelo, Velomec step-thru mopeds. The list grows…
Italvelo components: Morini MO-1 engine, Dellorto SHA 14/12 carburetor, Grimeca hubs, brakes, 11mm axles, CEV lights and switches, PV controls, Huret speedometer with LH driver.
made in Italy by Itom Itom 1-speed engineItom stands for Industria Torinese Meccanica. They made quality 50 to 125cc motor bikes from 1948 to 1975 near Turin, Italy.
This beautiful Itom Automatic Lusso moped is a “Euro model” because does not have US DOT brake light, side reflectors, bright head light, and electric horn.
Lambretta made in Italy by Innocenti Innocenti 1-spd engine
Lem began in 1973, at Lippo di Calderara, near Bologna, Italy. They made mopeds, scooters and mini bikes. In 1983 LEM motor’s production plant was moved to the present location of Kola Predosa, Italy, another nearby town. Since the 1980′s, LEM, like Italjet, has specialized in off road and racing motocross motorcycles for children. Since the late 1990′s Lem has been the world leader in that industry.
All 3 of these early Lem moped models say “Chembol” on the front fender.
1970′s Lem monotrave frames can be identified by the 45mm clamp-on pop-up gas lid facing the right, the shape of the rear rack bars, the style of shocks and shock mounts, plus the cone taper under the seat. The 1970′s Italtelai tubone frame, looks like the Lem but has no taper cone, allowing for a very low seat.
Maico made in Italy by Bimotor – Moto Bimm Minarelli V1
Maico is a trade name used by importer/distributer M.P.I. A true Maico is German-made, usually a motocross or trail bike. Maico mopeds are made by Italy by Moto Bimm.
Moto Bimm was founded in 1965 by Jose Becocci in Florence, Italy. They produced off-road motorcycles from 50 cc through 125 cc using Minarelli engines. Later there were sport bikes and mopeds with various small engines. The Maico moped is one, famously known as the Billo in Italy. Sometime in the 1970′s Moto Bimm became Motori Bimm and then Bimotor, which lasted until 1980. Note that “Moto Bimm” is not Moto BM (Bonvicini Marino) and “Bimotor” is not Motobi (Benelli). The names are all similar.
Maico components: Minarelli V1 engine, Dellorto SHA 14/12 (or 14/9) carburetor, CEV lights and switches, Domino controls and levers, Grimeca hubs and brakes, CEV 6932 magneto, CEV speedometer with LH driver.
Malaguti is a family-owned motorcycle company based in San Lazzaro di Savena, Italy, founded by Antonio Malaguti in 1930. One of the many succesful products they made in the late 1970′s was the Malaguti Commuter moped. These machines were originally imported to the US by Malaguti of America, 1851 Post Road, Warwick, Rhode Island USA. Around maybe 1982, when the moped boom was almost over, Marina Mobili Inc, in Moonachie, New Jersey USA, bought out the US inventory and the rights to continue to distribute the Malaguti Commuter mopeds. MMI continued the trade name “Malaguti of America”.
Malaguti components: Morini MO-1 or MO-2 engine, Dellorto SHA 14/12 or 14/9 carburetor, Domino chrome levers/controls, CEV electrics, Grimeca hubs and 90mm brakes, CEV speedometer with LH driver.
made in Italy by LEM Motor Morini MO-1 or MO-2
Lem Motor makes the F. Morini line, a trade name made by the importer and US distributor, Herdan Corporation, Port Clinton, PA. Long lasting Herdan is still in business importing Italian motorcycle parts and accessories. Note that F. Morini is NOT the engine maker, Franco Morini Motori, nor the world famous motorcycle maker, Moto Morini.
The F. Morini Chembol (Lem Pratikal) and the Safari 300MT, Safari Cobra, and Safari MZV have the same frame, fork and fenders. See Lem above.
The F. Morini Chembol Mini (Lem Pizeta) is the same as ?
F. Morini Components: Morini MO-1 or MO-2 engine, Dellorto SHA 14/12 or 14/9 carburetor, clamp-on pop-up gas lid, 10 x 1 male gas valve, 12 tooth front sprocket (this version does), and a all-cast iron cylinder (unlike most which are iron sleeve with aluminum fins). The red one with solo seat has PV levers with black plastic blades and Grimeca wheels, while the green one with long seat has Domino levers/controls with chrome lever blades and Bernardi wheels.
made in Italy by Motobecane Morini MO-2 engine
Motomarina Sebring made in Italy by Moto Meteora Morini M1, Minarelli V1L
Motomarina Raven made in Italy by ??? Minarelli V1-L engine
made in Italy by ?? Minarelli V1-LHE
Motomarina is a trade name made up by Marina Mobili Inc. (MMI). MMI imported the Italian-made Raven two-wheeler, and somehow got Pryer Motorcraft, 4563 State Route 235, Ada, Ohio 45810, to install their American-made rear end kits to make the Tri-Power three-wheeler. It is not known whether MMI bought Pryer, or if they hired Pryer to produce the Motomarina Tri-Power.
Notice how the rear end with molded body is the same on the Pryer and the Motomarina, even though the frames and names are different.
Motomarina Tri-Power components: Minarelli V1-LHE engine with electric start, Dellorto SHA 14/12 carb, CEV “pancake” headlight, CEV-Domino integrated plastic switches, right side with start button. Domino “80′s black” controls, CEV magneto with ring gear around flywheel, Grimeca front hub with 90mm brakes, special rear trike hubs with 105mm Grimeca brakes. See spec sheet below.
Moto Guzzi is the oldest European motorcycle manufacturer in continuous production. Established in 1921 in Mandello del Lario, Italy, they played a historic role in Italy’s motorcycling manufacture, its prominence worldwide in motorcycle racing, and industry innovations—including the first motorcycle center stand, wind tunnel, and eight-cylinder engine. In 2004 Moto Guzzi become a unico azionista, a wholly owned subsidiary, and one of seven brands owned by Piaggio & C. spA. Piaggio is Europe’s largest, and the world’s fourth largest motorcycle manufacturer by unit sales. (from Wikipedia)
Notice how there are two different bikes both named “Moto Guzzi Robin”. There is the tubone (thick tube with gasoline inside) Moto Guzzi Robin , made by Motobi, that is identical to the Benelli G2. There is also the stamped sheet metal frame Moto Guzzi Robin, made by Moto Guzzi, that is the US version of the Moto Guzzi Chiù. Both kinds of Robin have the same Motobi engine and wheels as the Benelli G2.
Moto Meteora made in Italy by Moto Meteora
Moto Meteora began in 1953 in Monteveglio, Bologna, Italy. They made lightweight motorcycles with 50 to 125cc OMS and NSU engines. In the early 1980′s they made mopeds with Franco Morini engines, such as the Motomarina Sebring. They closed around 1990.
Moto Meteora components: Minarelli M4 50cc 4-speed shifter engine, Grimeca hubs, CEV electrics. What other “tubone” is it the same as?
made in Italy by Motron Minarelli V1 engine
Motron (Motron S.p.A.) was founded in Modena, Italy in 1961 by Eduardo Po, when he took over Moto Romeo. Romeo made competitive sport bikes with 50cc 15hp Minarelli shifter engines, plus mini bikes and mopeds with Minarelli V1 50cc 1.5hp automatics. in the 1960′s and 70′s. In 1976 Eduardo’s sons Ermanno and Adriano took over, modernized the company, and changed the name from Romeo to Motron. (First they wanted to use “Motrom” which is short for Moto Romeo. But then they made the “m” an “n” so it would sound different from “Motom”, an established brand). Motron made excellent Minarelli powered tuboni from the late 1970′s to the end of the 1980′s, such as the popular 50cc 4-speed liquid cooled GL4.
In early 1978, Motron Corporation of America, in Palos Verdes, California began to import and distribute Motron mopeds to USA moped dealers. They made up the wavey stripes, the name Medalist, and the “Gold Medallion Moped Service” logo.
Motron components: Minarelli V1 or V1-L engine 20(1.0hp), 25(1.5hp), 30mph(2.0hp) versions, Dellorto SHA 14/12 (or 14/9) carburetor, CEV lights and switches, Domino controls and levers, Grimeca hubs and brakes, CEV 6932 magneto, CEV or Veglia speedometer with LH driver.
made in Italy by Negrini Morini engine
Negrini mopeds, scooters and small motorcycles have been made in Modena, Italy since 1954. Around 1980, Marina Mobili Inc, the largest moped parts supplier in the USA, took over Negrini’s production of mopeds for the US market, and made the “Negrini Mopeds” and “Negrini USA” simplified logos.
Negrini components: Morini MO-1 or MO-2 engine, Dellorto SHA 14/12 or 14/9 carburetor, Domino chrome levers/controls, Dansi magneto, CEV electrics, Grimeca hubs and 90mm brakes, CEV or Huret speedometer with LH driver.
The 18-spoke aluminum “mag” wheels original on the Negrini Harvard, Morini Chembol, LEM Pratikal are unmarked, and the identity is currently unknown.
made in Italy by Italtelei Morini engine
Pacer is not in the WoI Encyclopedia, but Italtelai is. Italtelai began in 1972, and means “Italian frames”. They made chassis for Arciero, Bianchi, Pacer, Portofino, Snark, and other US export models. They all used Motori Morini Franco engines and Spisni Franzoni forks.
The Pacer brand name and logo was created in 1976 by Portofino International Inc, PI, at 55 Lamar St, West Babylon, New York. Some of the early Italtelai’s were labeled as Portofino. By 1978, PI became Portofino Moped & Bicycle International Inc, PMBI, at 495 Smith St, Farmingdale New York. By 1980, PMBI sold the Pacer name and inventory to Aeon International Corporation, AIC, at 2165 Fifth Ave, Ronkonkoma, New York. By about 1982, AIC sold the Pacer name and parts to Marina Mobili Inc, MMI, at 146 W Commercial Ave, Moonachie New Jersey 07074. MMI imported and distributed Pacer mopeds and parts to USA moped shops until around 1990. All of this comes from the front covers of 3 owners manuals and 2 work shop manuals.
Pacer components: Morini engine: MO1 or MO2 (1976-78) or M1 (1979-1985), Dellorto SHA 14/12 (or 14/9) carburetor, Domino chrome levers/controls, Dansi magneto, CEV electrics, Grimeca hubs and 90mm brakes, Huret speedometer with LH driver.
There is a modern Pacer moped, made by Hero Majestic, in India, in the 2000′s. That is a “horse of a different color”.
Pryer made in Italy by Moto BM Minarelli V1 engine
Pryer is an American company that manufactured three-wheeled mopeds. See American-made mopeds. They also imported and sold Italian made two-wheeled mopeds. The two wheelers are completly Italian made, with BM chassis, Minarelli engine, etc. The trike rear ends are made in the USA, and basically replace the rear wheel and fender on the Italian two-wheeler.
The 1978 Pryer Gadabout is the same as the later model 1980 Gadabout, including the green and silver paint color. It is not clear what the relationship is. Both are made by Moto BM. Perhaps the Gadabout trade name was Pryer’s. Eventually it became Marina Mobili’s trade name in about 1981, when Gadabout became a brand of moped parts, not mopeds.
Rizzato made in Italy by Cesare Rizzato Rizzato 1-speed
The famous Atala bicycle company was founded in Italy in 1921 by Cesare Rizzato.
Here is an exploded view of the Rizzato 119, a one-speed automatic moped engine, 49cc limited. It is for information purposes. Myrons does not have Rizzato parts, other than substitutes or compatibles.
These late 1980′s and later Rizzato mopeds were not sold in the USA. So parts for these are only known by pictures and/or customer’s measurements, in some cases. Many of the things look familiar.
made in Italy by LEM Motor Minarelli V1 engine
Safari is a trade name made by the importer, MBI, Inc (Motor Bike Imports) 6007 S Route 130, Pennsauken, New Jersey 08105. They lasted longer than most US brands. Above is 1977 color brochure, left is 1981 Buyers Guide black & white page, and right is a 1990 Safari MZV. Notice how the 1978 Morini Chembol aka LEM Pratikal, and the 1980 Safari Cobra, 1977 Safari 300MT, and 1990 Safari MZV all have the same frame, fork and fenders. Also notice how the 1980′s LEM Stratos and the 1980 Safari Commando have the same frame, fork and fenders.
These Safari brake pictures are for reference. Myrons does not have, or know where to get, any 115mm brake shoes, but is searching.
Safari components: Minarelli V1 (one speed automatic) or Minarelli 4-speed manual (Commando model), Dellorto SHA 14/12 carburetor (V1 engine), CEV lights, CEV plastic slider switches, OSL controls, Grimeca hubs and 90mm brakes or 115mm drum Razze Incrociate style mags (Commando model), CEV speedometer with LH driver.
Silver Foxi made in Italy by Testi Minarelli V1 engine
The Silver Foxi, made by Testi, is one of four marketing names made by United Moped. The others are “Foxi GT” by Sparta (Holland), “Foxi Deluxe” by KTM (Austria) and “Foxi 47″ by Jui Li (Taiwan). The Silver Foxi is a monotrave frame, compatible with the Gitane Cricket, and the Testi Cricket.
Silver Foxi components: Minarelli V1 engine 20(1.0hp), 25(1.5hp), 30mph(2.0hp) versions, Dellorto SHA 14/12 (or 14/9) carburetor, CEV lights and switches, PV controls and levers, Grimeca hubs and brakes, CEV 6932 magneto, CEV or Veglia speedometer with LH driver.
Snark made in Italy by Italvelo or Italtelai Minarelli or Morini
Snark is a fictional animal in the Lewis Carroll nonsense poem, “The Hunting of the Snark”. It was a trade name made up by Snark Moped, Inc, 300 Milik St, Carteret, New Jersey 07008. The Snark Satellite and Bianchi Satellite, made by Italtelai, are the same as Pacer Super Sport and Arciero top tank mopeds, all with Morini Franco Motori engines. Left, the Snark Standard (bottom blue) and the Snark Deluxe (top red), with Minarelli V1 engine, are made by Italvelo. A Snark Deluxe is the same as a Bianchi Stardust. See Bianchi above.
Snark components: Morini MO-1 or MO-2 engine, Dellorto SHA 14/12 (or 14/9) carburetor, Domino chrome levers/controls, Dansi magneto, CEV electrics, Grimeca hubs with 90mm drum brakes, 11mm axles, CEV speedometer (Huret on top tank) with LH driver.
Testi made in Italy by Testi Minarelli V1 engine (most)
Testi is an Italian surname that also means “texts” or “verses”. Umberto Testi’s son Erio Testi worked in his father’s bicycle factory until 1953, when he was sent to Austria, at Fichtel and Sachs, to learn about small two stroke engines. After Erio returned, he transferred the two stroke engine knowledge to his friend Vittorio Minarelli. Vittorio then later went on, after years of automotive engineering study and practice, to form Fabricca Bologna Minarelli FBM, which sometime later became the successful Motori Minarelli. That is why all Testi’s have Minarelli engines.
Testi makes Gitane, Cosmo Amico, Silver Foxi, and other minor brands. Like Minarelli, they were modest and “behind the scenes”, content to sell their products “plain” so that marketing companies could put their own names and logos on. Marketing names wanted you to think they made it themselves, so they would hide the true maker identities.
Testi components: Minarelli V1 engine 20(1.0hp), 25(1.5hp), 30mph(2.0hp) versions, Dellorto SHA 14/12 (or 14/9) carburetor, CEV lights and switches, Domino or PV controls and levers, Grimeca hubs and brakes, CEV 6932 magneto, CEV or Veglia speedometer with LH driver.
Velomec is a trade name that is not on any list (except this one). The maker Italvelo is not in the Wheels of Italy Encyclopedia. See Italvelo above. Italvelo makes Aspes, Italvelo, Bianchi, Snark, Velomec mopeds.
Velomec components: Morini MO-1 engine, Dellorto SHA 14/12 or 14/9 carburetor, Grimeca hubs, brakes, 11mm axles, CEV lights and switches, PV controls, Huret speedometer with LH driver.
Montgomery Wards was one of the three major US department store chains that sold motorcycles, scooters, mini-bikes, or mopeds, in their catalogs and stores. The Wards line was named “Riverside”. The earliest Wards Riverside models from the 50′s and early 60′s where French-made Motobecane mopeds that consisted of models like the AV88 and AV78. There were also some scooters made by Japan’s Mitsubishi and Italy’s Bianchi companies. In 1965, Wards changed manufacturers and opted to sell mostly machines from the Italian company Benelli. Benelli offered not only a few different moped models but also a line of 2 stroke/single cylinder motorcycles that could compete in the marketplace with the Austrian Puch motorcycles that Sears was selling under their Allstate brand.
By 1970 the moped and motorcycle sales went away for the two department store retailers primarily due to the Japanese invasion with highly engineered, reliable and powerful 4 stroke motorcycles under the likes of Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki. Also, in 1970 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created to oversee and combat increasing pollution and air quality issues. Smokey two stroke motorcycles and other high emission vehicles would be the first targets.
After the mid-70′s gasoline shortage in the US, moped sales and popularity exploded. In 1978 Montgomery Ward (and Sears) began selling 2 stroke mopeds again. This time around, Wards sold the re-branded German-made Solo/Columbia Commuter moped, and two USA-made AMF models. Later they sold USA-made EZ Rider/Minarelli mopeds, and in California stores, the French-made 1980 Peugeot 102 (on sale for $279). Sears, once again, also started selling Puch (Kromag) powered mopeds but under their Free Spirit moniker. Catalog and department store retailer J.C Penney also got in on the moped action in 1977 by offering its own Puch (Kromag) based mopeds under the names of Swinger and Pinto. By 1981 the moped craze was over and all three department stores discontinued selling mopeds, this time for good.
made in Italy by Spisni Lino Morini MO-1
West Wind is a trade name made by the importer/distributor, American Moped Inc (AMI), who also imported the Indian 4-stroke, (before Derbi/Leone). It has a “tubone” style frame (thick tube with gasoline inside).
West Wind components: Morini MO-1 engine, Dellorto SHA 14/9 carburetor, Domino chrome levers/controls, Dansi magneto, CEV electrics, Grimeca Razze Incrociate style mag wheels with 90mm drum brakes, 11mm axles, CEV speedometer with LH driver.
made in Italy by FMB Telaimotor Minarelli V1 engine
FMB Telaimotor Fabbrica Motocicli Bologna Telaimotor (Bologna Motorcycle Factory that makes motor Frames) was one of the myriad companies in and around Bologna, Italy through the ’50s to the ’80s that specialised in building their own chassis. FMB was based at 38 Via Fossolo, but sadly now there’s a company building lab equipment instead. FMB should not be confused with FBM (Fabbrica Bolognese Motocicli). FMB made chassis and nearby FBM made engines.
Yankee Peddler components: Minarelli V1 engine, Dellorto SHA 14/12 carburetor, CEV “console” switches, CEV lights, CEV 6932 magneto, Grimeca hubs, 11mm axles and 90mm drum brakes, CEV speedometer with LH driver, 40mm push in gas cap.