A Brief History of the Marque
The Bonvinci Marino company was founded in 1952 by Mario Bonvicini in Rastignano Pianoro, Bologna. The factory address was Via G. Massarenti 14, and from 1956 Via P. Orlandi 24 Bologna.
Mario Bonvicini (b. Granarolo dell'Emilia 1903 - d. Bologna 1986) had been a successful motorcycle racer in the years 1926 to 1930. He won the Astico-Brenta and the Tre Valli Varesine in 1926, and the following year he competed in the Giro d'Italia, gaining second place in the first stage, and was tenth in the Giro del Veneto.
The first motorcycles he produced had engines from JLO. From 1953 to 1955 the company built a 75cc Lusso model with a four-stroke engine and four-speed gearbox and a 100cc Gran Turismo Lusso four-stroke was powered by an NSU Fox engine, and they quite possibly used other powerplants from the German firm. Production included 50cc and 175cc racing machines with frames by Verlicchi.
In 1956 they added 48cc mopeds in various versions and a scooterino two-stroke of 75cc, a 150cc four-stroke with four-speed gearbox, and a 75cc motocarro.
In the seventies their mopeds included the Zebretta and the Dai Dai; the Jaguarino Tourismo, Sports, Cross and Cross Special equipped with Franco Morini engines; the Velocino with 10 inch wheels; the Gambalesta, and the Wally.
The Amico moped from this period had a Minarelli engine, as did the the Pokerino scooter.
In the early eighties production was limited to a few models, all powered by 50cc Franco Morini engines. These included the P6 Enduro, and the KS 50 Sports equipped with a six-speed gearbox and front disc brake.
Bonvinci also built the Yankee Boss for Yankee Motors of Schenectady, New York, and some of the factory output was marketed in Germany under the Tornax banner. These included the Franco Morini-powered TS80 (road) and RX80 (enduro) which were also sold under the Kosmos brand.
BM Bonvicini Models include:
Sources: Tragatsch p89, Hessink's NL, et al
1. Some sources claim BM fitted a 250 OHC engine of their own design, but it is very possible that this was an NSU engine - if there was one at all. There appears to be no record of a 250cc BM.
2. An earlier BM, Italy 1928-1931, was a collaboration between Antonio Baudi and sidecar maker Meldi using JAP OHV 500cc engines. See BM 1928
ottaviods91 at gmail.com
Salve, sono proprietario di un BM 125 4t del 1959 che mi è stata ereditata da mio nonno. Purtroppo non riesco a trovare informazioni precise e dettagliate riguardo la moto, sembra introvabile. Avrei bisogno di un vostro aiuto. Potete gentilmente contattarmi per email...
English: Hi, I own a 1959 BM 125 4t which was inherited from my grandfather. Unfortunately I can't find precise and detailed information about the bike, it seems impossible to find. I need your help. You can kindly contact me by email...
Ottavio de Stefano
PGTRANS at POCZTA.FM
Hello, I have a NISA moped, Moto BM Bologna manufacturer, I am looking for technical information for this vehicle, I have vin number: BMIN * 08023, I do not know how to set the year of production, please help.
Hallo, I got possession of an nice little red Motocycle BONVICINI B M. Moto Bologna at 1974. The Typ is "Gyromat Mini" with 50 ccm, manufactured by Morini (?).Unfortunately I did not have any papers , direction for use, instrutions , and traffic permission. Can anybody help me to find this? Thankyou for watching-
Falkensee near Berlin Germany
BM-50cc-AJC-01.jpg and others in Comments
Sun Mar 13 2016
Hslwijnands at gmail.com
Anyone know more about this BM?
Sun Sep 27 2015
iron_giant at hotmail.com
Bonvicini Marino Boss mini bike
Picking this up tomorrow & was curious about any info you might be able to provide
Sun Apr 26 2015
lcb4bb at gmail.com
moto bm motor minereli
I have a cool little bike and need a service manual for it and have no idea where to find one. Please contact me at 5405993397. I would love to have this Italian 80's Jewel running good.
From FB Jan 2017:
Hello I wanted to point out that this moped is a BM Bonvicini transport model, with engine FB Minarelli 3-speed transmission with forced cooling. I might add that all bikes and mopeds bm bonvicini, although the brand on the engine bm bonvicini in reality engines are fbm, fb minarelli, and franco morini motori engines.
Wed Feb 25 2015
jamedarcher.44 at gmail.com
Bm boss engine
i may have an moto Bm complete engine minus carb become available for sale. Serious inquiries only please.
Sun Nov 10 2013
motore bm bonvicini 50cc
bm bonvicini ??
salve avrei bisogno dei dati tecnici di questo bonvicini perchÃ¨ non ho i documenti
italy Ed. Not at all sure it's a Bonvicini.
Mon Aug 26 2013
Please help, can you guys tell me something about it? model? year? any useful info about it. thanks!
Fri Jun 07 2013
Moto BM Boss
Looking for any sites for parts
Wed Nov 28 2012
Bologna Moto Jaguarino? (not sure)
Did you know something about this motorcycle? (Year can be app. from 1952. - 1957.)
Ivanić Grad, Croatia
Sun Dec 25 2011
Moto BM Bologna
Moto BM Bologna B.M Holiday Duomatic
Hello, I have a bike that i think is B.M Bonvoncini. On the side says B.M Duomatic, and on the other side Moto B.M Bologna
The frame # is MOTO BM/TK*0607*
Any information you may have will be very help-full
l will up load some pictures
Sun Oct 17 2010
A week ago, I found this motorcycle. I will repear it, but I don't now exactly the real and correct name of the bike. I think Moto BM bologna
But i don't now it exactly.
Also I could'nt find information about it on the internet.
Can you please help me?
Sorry for the bad picture, but I don't have a better one :)
Thanks in advance, and I hope the hear something from you soon.
Wed May 20 2009
cjsummerfield at hotmail dot com
Information concerning "boss" mini bike
Bonvicini? Moto BM?
I was given a mini bike and I was hoping to get an idea of how much it is worth. It reads "Moto BM Bologna Italy" on the side of the motor and the back of the seat. It was made by Bonvicini and it is called "boss". I have the owners manual and the motor is a Motori Morini Franco (super sport turbo 48cc). The bike is in fair/good condition and runs awesome. Can someone help me with its value? Thank you.
Mon Mar 31 2008
dieseleye at gmail dot com
moto bm unknown
do you know anything about this bike? It says moto bm on back of seat and motor. Thank you, Mike
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