A Brief History of the Marque
Light motorcycle which appeared at the 1949 Milan Exhibition by the REOM Company (Societè per il Commercio e l'Industria Radio Elettrica Ottica Meccanica). It has a horizontal single-cylinder engine of 105cc, three-speed transmission in-unit with a frame which resembled the German Imme, with the engine cantilevered. The front forks are telescopic and the rear swingarm has hydraulic shock absorbers.
The machine has a 4.5 hp two-stroke engine and can achieve 75 km/h. In the following years it is built by ISSI (Scientific Research Institute of Milan Industrial). In 1952 two new versions were added to the catalogue, the Turismo and Sport, both with 125cc engines. In 1956 they released a 49cc moped version with a pressed metal frame, and a lightweight motorcycle of 98cc with the same frame.
Using the same engine, at the 1953 Turin Salon they presented the 125cc Microbo tandem two-seater three-wheel microcar. Designed by Ezio Cingolani, the alloy-bodied beauty did not enter series production. Photographs of at least four different styles exist, including the quite sporty predecssor of 1952 built by Cingolani, and it is thought that perhaps as many as twelve were constructed.
The story goes that the parent company of Idroflex was founded by the Ducati brothers, who were accused of collaborating with Mussolini's fascists and the Germans, and had been put up against the wall to be shot, only to be saved at the last minute.
Sources: MC Storico Conti, Henshaw
See also Idroflex, la "sorella" del Cucciolo by Nunzia Manicardi.
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