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Umberto Borile produced a range of very handsome machines which included:
Piuma 520 (1988), 101kg.
B 500 T (1997)
B 500 CR (1999)
B 500 MT (2001)

The CR & MT continued in limited production in 2008.
Borile fitted a modified and detuned GM engine to the B500 Cafè Racer

B 500 CR (2007)

The B 500 CR was presented at the Milan show in September 1999, and was also at the Paris Expo, the Birmingham motorcycle show and at the Intermot in Munich.

The frame is of polished light alloy, a single beam design consisting of 40mm tubing for the main structure and 43mm for the swingarm. Forks are Ceriani 41 mm upside-down, with rear suspension by Paioli monoshock. The 17" alloy wheels are from Morad, the aluminum hubs are from Talon, and brakes are Grimeca discs are 315mm front 220mm rear.

Tyres are Metzeler, 120/70 front and 150/70 rear.

The tank, previously fibreglass, is now a hand-polished aluminum beauty. Front guard and sidepanels are now in painted composite fibre.

The frame has been considerably modified - it is stronger and allows for better engine accessibility and a larger airbox. The exhaust tract has been modified accordingly, and the swingarm assembly has also had attention, sporting what the designer terms a "leverless monoshock".


Engine: Borile GM OHC 4 Valve
Bore/stroke: 87x84mm
Capacity: 487cc
Ccompression Ratio: 10.3:1
Carburettor: Mikuni TM Ų36
Gears: 5 speed
Front: Ceriani 41mm, 130mm travel,
Rear: Paioli 145 mm travel
Disc Brakes: front 315 mm. rear 220 mm.
Tyres: front. 120/70 x 17, rear. 150/70 x 17
Fuel capacity : 8.5 lt.
Weight: 117 Kg.

B 500 MT (2011)

WP monoshock suspension without connecting levers, 7020 light alloy frame with central tubular main structure, Ø43x4.5 mm. removable double cradle around the cylinder.

Stainless steel brake disc Ø315mm with racing caliper and aeronautical brakelines.

Pictured is the 2007 version. The 2011 model has a very small tank for appearance, with the majority of the fuel in a second tank below the the seat - total qty litres.

The engine has a GM head and cylinder devloped from the famed speedway engine, with a Mikuni TM 40 carburettor.

B500 Ricci (2011)

The B500 Ricki scrambler is unique in its category and entirely made in Umberto Borile's workshops. It is understood that only 20 examples of this model were to be produced, in memory of Umberto's 20 year-old son Riccardo who died in 2009.

The B500Ricki has a GM speedway competition engine, a dry clutch feeding output via a toothed belt to a Norton 4-speed transmission.

Wheels are 450x18 (rear) and 300x21 (front), both with hydraulic disc brakes. The mudguards are satin-finish alloy, and the painted aluminium tank has matching satin panels.

Riccardo, a keen clay-pigeon shooter, died on the 31st July 2009 when his shotgun discharged as he removed it from the boot of a car.

Borile B450 Scrambler (2013)

The Scrambler features a Ducati Desmodue top-end mated to a Borile bottom-end. The single cylinder 4-stroke has a 98x60mm bore and stroke with a displacement of 452 cc. The compression ratio is 12:1.

The single overhead camshaft is driven by a toothed belt. The engine has a 2 valve cylinder head, wet sump lubrication, and a trochoidal oil pump.

It is fitted with electronic fuel injection, with a throttle body diameter of 40.5 mm, digital electronic ignition with electric start. The primary transmission is gear driven, and the secondary by chain. The multi-plate clutch is oil bath type. The 6-speed gearbox is removable. As for the chassis: The frame is made of high strength steel tubing, with a split single cradle under the engine. The front suspension is by conventional 41mm telescopic hydraulic forks with 140mm of travel. The rear suspension is by twin hydraulic shock absorbers adjustable for preload and rebound.

The front brake is hydraulic with a 2-piston caliper and disc diameter of 260mm, while the rear has a 2-piston hydraulic caliper and a disc diameter of 220mm. Tyres: front 100/90x19 and 130/80x18 rear.

The wheelbase is 1370 mm, with a seat height of just 800 mm and seat length of 198mm.

Dry weight is 130.5 kg, and the tank has a capacity of 9.5 litres.

Performance: top speed 158 km/h. Power 42.8 CV at 6360 rpm. Max torque 47 Nm at 6266 rpm.

Borile B500CR (2013)

The new B500CR is replaced the old Café Racer. Fitted with a Ducati/Borile engine, the B500CR maintains the classic style that made the first B500CR so desirable.

Borile B350EN (2013)

The B350EN Enduro from Umberto Borile & Co was designed "for riders who are no longer young but are nevertheless still excited about off-road sport..."

Borile Multiuso (2012)

The Multiuso weighs just 85kg, has a turning circle of under 230 cm and averages 31km per litre of fuel.

It has 4-stroke, 2-valve, 230cc single cylinder engine fitted with both electric start and a kick-starter. Fuel is delivered by a 26mm Mikuni carburettor, and it drives via a 5-speed gearbox and a wet, multi-plate clutch. Front suspension is by Marzocchi.

The frame is made from 7020 light alloy, and encompasses the fuel container which holds 4.2 litres of fuel - there is no conventional petrol tank. The air filter is also housed within the frame.

Optional extras include folding carry-racks front and rear, a chainsaw rack, and a tow-bar arrangement suitable for a small trailer.

Borile Bastard (2013) writes:

"The Borile Bastard is a bespoke bike. In an era where most manufacturers are making their production decisions based on runs of thousands of 'units' at a time, we are hand crafting our Bastard motorcycles, one at a time.

The Bastard is unique, both amongst its peers, and because it is truly built to your specifications. Let's start with the engine; you can choose to have your Borile Bastard built around our 500cc GM Speedway derived engine, or you could instead opt for our new 450cc Borile engine (featuring barrel, cylinder head and valve gear supplied by Ducati).

Finally, if neither of those engines were what you had in mind, then you can even supply us with your own engine and we'll build your Bastard around that.

But it doesn't end there. Are you more drawn to classic style Cafe Racers, or is it vintage Enduro machines that really make you salivate? Well, at Borile you can take your pick, because we are just as happy to build your Bastard in Borile 'Cafe' spec as we are to create a Borile 'Country' model for you. Considering all of those choices, it's probably no surprise to learn that you can finish the bike in the colour of your choice too.

Most people who buy a Borile Bastard have always wanted something truly unique, they just never dreamed it was possible. Well, we're proud to rebel against the normal, and to offer you the bike you've always dreamed of."

Borile Ducati Engines (2011)

The new engines for the B500CR and the B350EN were designed and built in Italy, the result of an agreement with Ducati for the supply of the engine parts from the cases up, of the 696 and 1100, both air-cooled and both with two valves.

Fueled by Weber-Marelli injection, these engines feature electric starters, balance shafts, and easily accessible cassette gearboxes.

The engine is described as having stunning torque, reduced weight, and simplicity.

Borile MDV 300 (2018)

Presented at EICMA in November 2018.

Sources:, et al.

Mon Feb 19 2007
chrisdavey1 at btinternet dot com
bike purchase
borile b651 scrambler
i wish to purchase a borile b651 scrambler & a 500cr cafe racer, please put me in touch with the manufacturer, or someone that sells them,
many thanks

Wed Aug 02 2006
mnavesbruno at


Sou Brasileiro e, compro carros antigos do SÉRGIO CLÁUDIO BORILE que, me indicou o seu "site". Vpce também se interessa por carros antigos? As suas motos são magnificas. Vamos implementar a venda delas no Brasil?


Marcelo Naves Bruno
Uberaba (MG) BRASIL

Translation: I am Brazilian e, I buy old cars of SERGIO CLÁUDIO BORILE who, indicated me its site. Vpce also is interested for old cars? Its motions are magnificas. We go to implement venda of them in Brazil?

Tue Nov 08 2005
johnmcaraway at
I would appreciate any information you can give me on availability and prices for Borile motorcycles. Thank you.
John Caraway

Mon Jun 06 2005
kirstdaworst at hotmail dot com
i would like to know if you have any further information on your Borile B500CR bikes. do you have a price list and more info?? thanks.

January 23rd 2005
Found on ebay.

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