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Italian Bianchi Motorcycles

Bianchi 1964 500 GP Racer

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The Sammy Miller Museum is an historically important collection of road and competition motorcycles which focuses on the golden age of the sport in the 1950s and 60s. The collection includes some of the most outstanding machines ever raced, and almost all are in running order. Many have been lovingly restored, and some have been left with their original patina. More information here: The Sammy Miller Museum

1964 500 Bianchi GP

Originally designed by Lino Tonti in 1960 as a 250, that bike proved to be too heavy for its capacity. A 350 version was soon introduced later the same year and it proved to be quite competitive. A 454cc version was debuted at the end of 1961 and was raced for the next few years with Remo Venturi winning the 1964 Italian title. The Bianchi was the forerunner to the Patton 500 twin.

67hp at 10,000rpm. Top speed approx 225kph.
Text by Phil Aynesley

Fine photography by Phil Aynsley