A Brief History of the Italian Marque
Il Mini Motor è un motore ausiliario di 49 ccdel peso di 7 kg, che si applica sopra la ruota posteriore della bicicletta, la trasmissione è a rullo di aderenza.
Viene anche costruito un ciclomotore completo che è commercializzato col nome Veltro.
Il motorino viene impiegato da alcuni costruttori tra i quali Fuchs Tappella.
Al motorino puo' anche essere applicata la trasmissione a catena con frizione e cambio Lory progetto da Lory Albertini (di Besano Varese) con officina in via Statuto a Milano.
La trasformazione comprende la trasmissione a catena da 3/8, cambio a noce a due marce e frizione con dischi con materiale d'attrito in sughero.
Di queste trasformazioni pare ne siano state realizzate un centinaio dal 1951 al 1953.
The Mini Motor company, based in Milan, via Candiani, was founded by Vincenzo Piatti, famed designer and manufacturer of the Piatti scooter. Piatti assisted Suzuki in the development of their four-valve head, and is known for many other projects.
The Mini Motor was a 49cc auxiliary motor with a weight of 7 kg, which is applied over the rear wheel of the bicycle, the transmission and a grip roller.
They also built a moped marketed under the name Greyhound.
The engine has been employed by other manufacturers including Fuchs Tappella.
A chain drive with clutch and Lory gearbox can also be applied to the motor. This was designed by Lory Albertini (from Besano Varese) at his workshop in via Statuto in Milan. The conversion includes the 3/8 chain transmission, two-speed gearbox and clutch with cork friction discs. Around 100 of these were built between 1951 and 1953.
The Mini-Motor clip-on engine was marketed in the UK in 1949 and later as the Trojan Mini-Motor, and the engines may have been built there under licence.
Sources: Moto di Lombardia
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