Italian Motorcycles

Malaguti Mopeds, Scooters and Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque

L'officina Malaguti dalle bici alle moto

Antonino Malaguti fonda una officina per la fabbricazione di biciclette in via Bondi. La ditta Malaguti equipaggia e sponsorizza negli anni una squadra professionistica di ciclismo, che annovera campioni quali Loretto Petrucci, vincitore della Milano-Sanremo nel 1952 e '53.

Negli anni Cinquanta la Malaguti comincerà a produrre telai per il motore "Mosquito" della Garelli e quindi una fortunata serie di ciclomotori e scooter, fino all' "F10" e al "Phantom" degli anni Novanta.

L'espansione della produzione porterà ad un limitato aumento del personale, poichè l'azienda continuerà ad appoggiarsi a ditte esterne (come la Franco Morini per i motori) per le parti accessorie.

Source: Biblioteca Salaborsa Licence: CC BY 4.0

The company was established in 1923 by Antonio Malaguti with a workshop in via Bondi, Bologna, as a producer of bicycles. They sponsored a professional cycling team which included champion rider Loretto Petrucci, winner of the Milan-Sanremo in 1952 and 1953.

Malaguti entered the motorcycle market in the 1950s building frames to house the Garelli Mosquito engine. 1.

They built the Saigon 50cc scooter from 1966-1968.

In the second half of the 1970s they produced some thirty models which were sold all over Europe, particularly in France.

In addition to the range of small-bore Franco Morini powered road machines they built the very successful Cavalcone 50 off-road bike. This machine had an advanced two-stroke engine with radially finned head, alloy barrel, six-speed transmission, electronic ignition, gas shock absorbers and long-travel forks. Their mopeds included the 4-speed Ronco, the Fifty and the Haccapi, available with alloy or spoked wheels.

Later catalogues listed the Three-Three, the Quattrotto, and the Motorik with small wheels. The range was extended with a road model, the RTD 50, and with a renewed series of off-road models with 50cc water-cooled engines. There were also 125cc enduro models with 20hp engines.

The models were refined and improved over the decade, using engines from Yamaha and Minarelli.

In the mid-1990s the focus moved to scooters, the most successful of which was the Phantom. During this period they used Minarelli, Sachs and Yamaha engines.

Towards the end of 2011 the company announced that they were closing, which they did in early 2012.

1. Tragatsch gives 1958 as the start of motorcycle production, other sources vary.

Sources: MC Storico Conti, Tragatsch p199, Biblioteca Salaborsa.

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