Italian Motorcycles

Fongri Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque

Manufactured: 1910-1930*

Founded in Turin by Fontana and Grignani, the firm used Bradshaw horizontally opposed twins of 500 and 580cc with three-speed gearbox and chain drive, with the engine mounted longitudinally, and also used the Bradshaw oil-cooled transverse HO Twin. An early Fongri-built tricycle powered by a V-twin NSU engine was produced, and in the 1920s they built a twin-cylinder 500cc water-cooled model along with a 125cc model.

HO Twin

Horizontally Opposed Twin

Examples include BMW, Zundapp and Douglas HO Twins have conrods running on a common crank, with one on the exhaust stroke and the other on inlet.

Production ceased in somewhere between the early 1920s and 1930.

* Sources vary, with Henshaw giving dates of 1919-1925, and another saying they began "around 1908".

Sources: MC Storico Conti, Henshaw et al

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