Italian Motorcycles

Elect Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque

Manufactured: 1914-1923

A motorcycle built in Turin in the early twenties, it was designed by Ubertalli, Cavalchini and Ladetto, later of Ladetto & C.. The machine has a flat-twin 180 degree HO engine of 492cc developing 4 hp, with cast iron cylinder, 3 valve heads and and aluminium crankcase. Transmission is mixed chain and belt.

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.

The Elect's four-stroke engine, rated at 4cv, had semi-automatic lubrication.

* Tragatsch says 1920-23, other sources vary.

Sources: MC Storico Conti, Tragatsch p125.

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