Italian Motorcycles

Moto Major Motorcycles (Italy)

A Brief History of the Marque

Manufactured: 1948

This motorcycle was built in Turin in prototype form only and did not achieve production. It had a single-cylinder OHV 350cc engine and was fully faired. The machine was designed by the engineer Salvatore Majorca, who previously worked at Fiat.

It has hub-centre steering, and the wheel rims are mounted to the hubs using rubber blocks in an unconventional approach to suspension. Final drive is possibly by cardan shaft.

The Moto Major is regarded as an iconic example of motorcycle history, and was far ahead of its time. The sole example was displayed for the first time outside Italy at the Zweirad Museum, Neckarsulm, during a special exhibition in 2017.

Notes: Some sources give a much earlier date of manufacture.

Sources: MC Storico Conti, Henshaw, Gérard Martin

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