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Italian Bianchi Motorcycles

Bianchi Motors

  • 1914 Sold in the UK by Whiting

Bianchi motorcycles were made from 1897 to 1967 by F.I.V. Edoardo Bianchi S.p.A, a company which today is a major Italian bicycle manufacturer, and who also produced automobiles from 1900 to 1939. Edoardo Bianchi started his bicycle manufacturing business in a small shop on Milan"s Via Nirone in 1885. Bianchi was a prominent name in the motorcycle racing world from 1925 to 1930.

Edoardo Bianchi was an Italian motorcycling pioneer who began by building bicycles in 1885. He built a motorised bicycle in 1897, and a car in 1900.

  • In 1903 he fitted engines in the centre of strengthened bicycle frames, and by 1905 also fitted Truffault leading link forks.
  • 1905 Produced 16-22 and 24-40 h.p. models in Milan. UK agents were Straker-MacConnell.
  • In 1910 Bianchi built a 498 cc single that was very successful and established the Bianchi motorcycle name.
  • In 1916 a 650 cc V-twin was made, and was enlarged to 741 cc in 1920. In 1921 a smaller 598 cc V-twin, and a new 498 cc single with all chain drive was released. There was a 348 cc side valve single for 1923, and V-twins of 498 cc and 598 cc. In 1924 a 173 cc overhead valve single was added to the range.
Sources: Grace's Guide

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