Negrini Motorcycles

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Negrini Motorcycles and Mopeds

Negrini c.1972 50cc

Photography by Phil Aynsley

Via Claudia, 847
41056 Savignano Sul
Panaro - Modena (1972)

Negrini was founded by Pietro Negrini in Modena, and then moved to to Vignola in 1949. Early machines used 3-speed 48cc engines from IMC (Industria Meccanica Calzolai) and later they used Franco Morini 48 and 49cc units almost exclusively.

By 1960 the factory output exceeded 100,000 units, which grew to 320,000 in 1970. Pietro ceded control of the business to his son Mauro shortly afterwards.

In 1976 Negrini USA was formed and for the next few years sales on the East Coast were healthy but there were few agents in the western states.

Negrini Models include:

1966 Negrini Gioietta 48cc
1970 Negrini 49cc Trail
1972 Negrini Super Sprint 48cc
77-78 Negrini Harvard stepthru
77-78 Leprotto
Negrini Farfallino (a scooter built by BM Bonvicini)
1977 Negrini MX Sport (mag wheels, motorcycle styling)
1978-79 MX Sport II
1981 Gazelle III
1981 Harvard II (mag wheels)
1981 MX Sport II (mag or spoked wheels)
1981 MX KPN City Cross
1981 MX Gipsy Cross (trail, sans lights, 16" wheels)

There was possibly a Negrini marque in 1904 from the Milan region - see obscure Italian marques.

Tragatsch p225
Museo del Patrimonio Industriale, Bologna

Myrons Mopeds has considerable information on the marque.

Chriswerner21 at
1969-77 negrini
I an looking into this mopen i have just purchased.....does anyone know which model this is
Christopher Werner

Fri May 23 2014
candhlewis at
negrini not sure
Hi i purchased a Negrini some 30 years ago for my son who was 6 at the time
not road bike do you have any photos of early models thanks
UK Essex

Ed: Photos will be posted as they become available.

Tue Feb 03 2009
farquarnova3 at aoldot com
Negrini Mini Racer
Negrini Not known
My brother gave me this for my birthday. Only other one i can find is at
Mine is a slightly later model with a rear mono shock. Any information gratefully received.

Mon Mar 17 2008
sampei4ever at
Negrini NPF (Boomerang ?)
Hello , i have bought a Negrini NPF for recondition; but I don't find documentation or other about this model.
Can you help me ? photos, manual, ...
Italy - Como

Wed Jul 18 2007
sistek at
Information about Moto Negrini 50cc
Negrini 50cc
I have this old bike several years and it seems to be a Negrini with a Motori Morini Franco engine 50cc I would like to restore it but I have nothing about this bike to do so, any info onit will help me, Thanks I can send you fotos.

Mon Jul 12 2010
Info on Negrini Moped
Negrini Negrini
My email changes:

Mon May 28 2007
philippe.pascal.joly at
Negrini bog boy spare
Negrini Big boy
I am looking for a front wheel (8inches) for a Negrini Big Bou moped. It is similar to the one fitted on Benelli Motorella.

Wed Oct 18 2006
t.brinckman at
in order to obtain documents , I need information that this is a moped and not a motorcycle. And that it is manufactured in 1973 or before. Is ot possible to fing this info looking at the picture.Please help me.

Thu Sep 21 2006
savvykat at macdot com
Negrini Harvard...

I HAVE one and it runs great. I just need to replace the missing back light and true the wheels up. I'm in NYC. Any thoughts

Mon Sep 04 2006
garyaf at nanaimo.arkdot com
would you know
50 cc, negrini, harvard.
i am looking at my buddy's moped...was wonderin...what grade of oil will go in the trans..

Most likely a conventional engine oil will work ok. There may also be some information available via the Twostroke Premix page.

Tue Apr 18 2006
rn560 at aoldot com
my last name is negrini
i was looking thru the web and typed in my last name and ur co popped up. im from houston tx ,but i do know my grandparents came from italy, just wondering if any family connection .
i know this sounds crazy , but hey cant hurt to ask. thanks for ur time

Wed Jul 20 2005
sunburnt-curt at yahoodot com
Hello! I had a Negrini in college back in 1984. I bought it for $100, and sold it several years later for about half that because it no longer ran. It looked like a small motorcycle. I don't know the year or model. I haven't found many resources on the web about Negrini. I'd like to know what year and model it was that I had, to see if someday I could find an identical bike to purchase. Any info you have would be helpful. thx. curt

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