European Motorcycles

Today in Motorcycle History

Museo del Patrimonio Industriale

Musei Bologna

ex Fornace Galotti
Via della Beverara, 123
40131 Bologna

Website: museibologna.it

The motorcycles displayed on the museum's website represent a portion of a much larger collection covering much of the Bologna region's industrial history in the very spacious museum.

High quality examples of marques displayed, and documented in detail on their site, include CM, MM, DEMM, ABRA, MBR, Diana, Augusta FIAB, De Togni, Dall'Oglio, Minarelli and Moto Morini.

The exhibitions have also diplayed a Minarelli streamliner and road racer, a GD Stella from 1923 and an FMB Gabbiano.

The motorcycle exhibition outlines the history of motorcycles in Italy with particular focus on Bologna, and discusses major brands active in the region during the 1920s and 30s, their creators, engineers and riders - men like Alfredo Bondi, Alfeo Rodolfi, Giulio Bonfiglioli, Luigi De Togni, Gino Maglietta, Adriano Amadori, Aurelio Paselli, Walter Sita, Amedeo Zappoli and many others.

The problems faced by the motorcycle industry under fascism and the onset of the depression era are also addressed.

There have been exhibitions devoted to specific marques and personalities -

2004 - "The veterans of the '20s - the beginning of the Bolognese motorcycle industry".
2006 - "Bologna motorcycles from the 1930s to the mid-1940s"
2008 - "Postwar motorcycles of Bologna, 1946-1950"
2009 - "Mario Mazzetti, technical designer, founder of the MM".
2010 - "The Italjet of Leopoldo Tartarini (1960-1988)"
2018 - "CM thirty memorable years 1929-1959"

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