Italian Motorcycles

Wistor Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque

Wistor moto d'epoca

Aristide Cavallotti pavese classe 1888, dopo aver partecipato a numerose gare mettendosi in evidenza come pilota veloce e temerario, appena terminata la Grande Guerra apre un negozio di cicli e accessori in centro a Pavia deve vende le biciclette inglesi Wistor.

Continua a gareggiare con successo come pilota ufficiale della milanese Orione di cui diviene anche rappresentate per Pavia e che vende insieme alle moto Casoli, entrambe le marche di proprieta' di Guido Carpi.

Agli inizi degli anni Trenta costruisce le sue prime biciclette a motore impiegando il telaio Wistor e i motori DKW nelle cilindrate 118 e 123cc.

Nascono cosi' le moto Wistor-DKW. Il negozio di Cavallotti continuera' fino agli anni Cinquanta con la rappresentanza della BSA e della MV Agusta.

Aristide Cavallotti, born in Pavia in 1888, after participating in numerous competitions, for instance the Monza Grand Prix of 1926 (Orion 125cc) had made his mark as a fast rider. Shortly after the end of the Great War he opened a shop selling bicycles and accessories in the center of Pavia, and soon began to sell motorcycles branded Wistor-DKW which are believed to have been assembled from British chassis components.

Cavallotti continued to compete successfully as a rider in Milan, and he became a representative for Orione and Casoli, brands owned by Guido Carpi.

At the beginning of the thirties built he his first motorcycle frame using the Wistor and DKW engines in 118 and 123cc displacements, creating Wistor-DKW motorcycles. The Cavallotti motorcycle shop continued into the fifties representing both BSA and MV Agusta.

It is unclear where the name Wistor originated - there is no record of such a British marque.

Sources: Moto di Lombardia

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