Gilera, 1947, 500 Saturno Sport

1947 –  Gilera “500 Saturno Sport” –  Italy

It’s considered a masterpiece of Italian motorbike production. According to experts it had just one rival: the Moto Guzzi Falcone.
Designed by Luigi Salmaggi in the late thirties and showed at the 1940 Milan Show as a successor to the Otto Bulloni, the Saturno is powered by a 4-stroke 500cc single-cylinder engine.

The outbreak of WWII delays the production that was postponed to 1946 (6 “Competizione” examples were made before the war).
The engine is a traditional pushrod single-cylinder Gilera engine, 500 cc displacement, with the “classic” 500cc Gilera bore and stroke, 84×90 mm.

The tube frame is made of a single open cradle ; it shows a Girder front fork, while at the back it features a couple of springs on each side of the wheel with compass dampers.

This system had been used by Gilera since the mid 30s; the gearbox has 4 speeds and it’s controlled by pedal.
Four were the available versions: “Turismo”, “Sport”, “Competizione” and “Corsa“.

Vehicle
Marque: Gilera
Model: Saturno Sport
Cylinder number / Capacity: 500 cc
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