Founded by Mario Cavedagna, CM of Bologna developed a reputation for very reliable motorcycles well suited to competition work. The first machine was an OHV 175cc with a
three-speed Burman gearbox, with their first serious heavyweight appearing in 1933, an OHV 500cc model. This was followed by an OHC 250 in 1934. The year up until 1940 saw the range expanded with 350cc machines, and several of these remained in production throughout the war.
A new range of machines was revealed in the early postwar period with the bevel-drive OHC four-speed Kestrel 250 of 1947
along with three OHV models; the Rampichino 250, and Hawk and Griffin 500s, all with 4 speed gearboxes.
1949 saw the introduction of their first lightweight (motoleggera) 125cc two-stroke with rear suspension and telescopic forks.
This was followed in 1950 by a 500cc twin with a 180 degree crank.
The beautiful Francolini OHV 175 appeared in 1956 along with its less sporty Centauro sibling.
The final design was a 150cc two-stroke scooter which did not enter production. The Italian motorcycle industry was in turmoil with many factories closing. CM, unfortunately, was another victim.
Notes. One source indicates that CM also used Astra engines.
Sat Aug 14 2010
abrantkoskimauricio<at>hotmaildot com moto cm 500cc raice
ola eu tenho 1 moto CM 500 cc raice 1947 para venda 1 abraço
mauricio 18 . 97936599
Fri Dec 04 2009
lyndemotorsports at yahoodot com CM Three Wheeler motocarro
Still needing any service manuals or books
Tue Jun 28 2005
cofranzk1 at virgilio.it CM italian motorcycles
devo restaurare una CM 125 del 49 cerco foto o letteratura
Wed Apr 20 2005
lyndemtc at sover.net cm motorcycles
I have a CM motorcycle (actually a three wheeler) and need any service
December 18, 2002
CM MOTORCYCLES AND LITERATURE WANTED: I am interested in finding anything
on these bikes, especially the 125 and 250 two-strokes of the '50's. Also,
I have a limited selection of literature which I will gladly share with
Bill Hooben, whh at post dot com
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