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Maserati 160 Turismo Lusso Type T4 1956

Idi Orsi of Maserati purchased Italmoto of Bologna in 1953, and began motorcycle manufacture in Modena under the Maserati banner. The first machine to bear the famed Trident badge was the 160cc Italmoto T4 160cc, a four-stroke 158cc single developing 7.5 bhp with a 4-speed transmission and teledraulic suspension. It weighed 110kg dry and had a top speed of around 100 km/h.

This model was built from 1954 to 1958.


Engine: Single cylinder four-stroke OHV

Bore & stroke: 60 x 56 mm

Compression ratio: 6.5:1

Engine Capacity: 158cc

Maximum power: 7.5 h.p. @ 6,000 rpm

Valves per cylinder: 2

Ignition: 6V-60W

Spark plug: Maserati FM240

Carburettor: Dell'Orto 18mm

Lubrication: Wet sump forced circulation with mechanical gear pump

Transmission: Gear primary, chain final

Clutch: Cable operated with multiple wet disc in oil bath

Gearbox: 4-Speed foot-change

Starter: Kick-starter

Throttle: Cable operated

Frame type: Tubular and pressed steel

Front Suspension: Telescopic fork and shock absorbers

Rear Suspension: Swingarm with hydraulic shock absorbers

Front Brake: Drum

Rear Brake: Drum

Wheelbase: 1,422.5 mm

Front Tyre: 2.75 x 19 in.

Rear Tyre: 2.75 x 19 in.

Seat: Dual seat

Fuel consumption: 2.5 litres per 100km

Top speed: 100-105 km/h (64-65 mph)

Weight: 110 Kg (242 lb)

Source: Hessink's NL

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