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Italian Motorcycles

Borgo Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque

Manufactured: 1906-1926
Fabbrica Italiana Velocipedi e Motocicli Borgo
Via Pier Carlo Boggio, 50 e Strada Circonvallzaione, Torino. (ca 1914, 1915)
The advert shows on the firm's factory in very large letters, E. M. BORGO, and the text uses Motoborgo and La Motoborgo.

Founded in Turin by the Borgo brothers, the small firm produced quite advanced motorcycles.

Early models were single-cylinder models with IOE valves. In 1911 they adopted aluminium pistons, an idea possibly copied from W.O. Bentley.

Then came V-Twin engines of 827cc and during WWI a 990cc model appeared.

IOE

Inlet Over Exhaust

Aka the F-Head, the IOE system was widely used in early four-stroke engines. Italiano: valvole di aspirazione sopra quelle di scarico; contrapposte.

In 1920 they produced a unit-construction 477cc v-twin engine with four-valve heads and, fifty years before Triumph developed the concept, with the oil tank integral with the frame.

The firm ceased motorcycle manufacture to concentrate their efforts on producing pistons in 1926.

Notes:

Victorina Sambri raced Motoborgo machines from 1914 until at least 1922 when she won a round of the 500cc Italian Championship.

Borgo name and locations:

Fabbrica Italiana Velocipedi e Motocicli Borgo
Via Pier Carlo Boggio, 50 e Strada Circonvallzaione, Torino. (ca 1914, 1915)
The advert shows on the firm's factory in very large letters, E. M. BORGO, and the text uses Motoborgo and La Motoborgo.

Motoborgo - La Marca Italiana di Gran Lusso
Fabbrica Italiana Motociclette Borgo
Via XX Settembre, 15, Torino
(dated anni '1920 on ebay advert)

Moto Borgo, Torino (1920s, probably)

Sources: Henshaw, Tragatsch, MC Storico Conti et al


Borgo Models include:

    500cc 1915-1922

    620cc 1920-1924

    750cc 1920-1924

    1000cc 1915-19


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