Italian Motorcycles

Paton Racing Motorcycles

Paton 1970 500cc GP Twin, Phil Read in the saddle.
Photo by Hans Denzel

A Brief History of the Marque

Manufactured: 1957-1976 (or later)

Commencing in 1958, Giuseppe Pattoni, his brother Giuseppe and designer Lino Tonti produced motorcycles of 125 and 175cc. That year a machine sporting their DOHC 125ccc engine finished at the IOM TT.



Double Overhead Cam
Many variations incuding belt, chain and bevel drive

In 1964, using components from the 125, they built a twin-cylinder 250cc developing 32 hp at 11500 rpm and in 1966 a 500cc twin of 52 HP distinquished itself.

1976 saw the advent of a remarkable two-stroke transverse V-Four, with the two central cylinders facing rear and the outer two inclined forwards. The 492.6cc engine is water-cooled with a six-speed gearbox and develops 95 hp at 11300 rpm.

The frame too is innovative.

Sources: MC Storico Conti et al

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