1949 Gilera Saturno Sport

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The Saturno

The Gilera Saturno had a of looks performance and slightly reputation that made it.

Gilera Saturno Sport

type: 499cc OHV air-cooled single w/aluminum cylinder and barrel (cast iron

Claimed power:  25 HP @ 5,000rpm rear wheel)

Top speed: (est.)

Transmission: 4-speed


Price then 500,000 lire ($800) approx. / — $12,000

“I’m not hearing it! I’m not that special noise it when it comes on cam — you’ve got to it more gas!” I’m riding Mazzaccherini’s 1949 Gilera Sport, and these are the first he offers me as I pull over to something with Marco the

My helmet almost makes a noise as I remove it from my as I am sweating so much from the and effort of pacing lap after and I need to let my brain breathe for a moment. “I don’t want to anything,” I reply pathetically. laughs and says, “Don’t I ride this on the motorway all the at high speed, and if anything was to I would have broken it by

Give it some gas!” I reply, and put my helmet back on, and get on the road. I love this attitude.

Luigi is referring to his red, very imposing, Italian Gilera Saturno It is 500cc of proper man’s and it is hard work to handle it and it to the full, in that it seems quick. I’ve ridden a of Gilera Saturnos before, and on the occasion I was restricted in how far and how fast I go.

Today is a different matter. to my friends at the Moto Storiche motorcycle club, I have a track to play on with corners and esses, and though the to ride it fast and neatly is far than anticipated, Luigi’s is absolutely breathtaking in more than one.

The bike to own

The Saturno was available in Turismo or designation. The earliest models had girder forks and Gilera’s rear suspension, with springs running in tubes on the subframe and damping provided by adjusted friction dampers. The Saturno engine is also for its clean unit design and of unsightly oil lines.

All components are integrated into the unit.

Valves angled at 70 degrees are by enclosed hairpin springs, and is taken care of by a cascade of cut gears. The wet sump oil system on a gear-driven pump to circulate the and early Saturnos struggled inadequate oil ways and just 2.1 of oil in the engine. From 1952 the Saturno was improved with forks and rear shock though there was also an period of bikes equipped front telescopics and Gilera suspension.

Early Sports are by the chrome “eye” on the fuel though by 1949, the year of our bike, Turismos shared feature, abandoning the previously tank painted in that dark Gilera red. The always had a solo seat, a small leather pad mounted on the fender behind facilitated a passenger.

Other differences the Sport and Turismo included the lighter aluminum cylinder of the Sport; 12 pounds versus the almost 32-pound cast head. The Turismo also had a compression ratio and a different In fact, though the differences in of actual horsepower were the Sport outsold the Turismo 4 to 1!


What makes 1949 Gilera Saturno more interesting is that he has able to trace more or its entire history. “I bought the in 1999 from a friend in and I had known of the bike for a while,” he “I know from the original that the first owner new in 1949 was from Pisa, and he sold it on in 1951 to a man called Puccini, who was a skilled mechanic and after the Saturno well. It was sold to a farrier in our area who ride it from job to job, horseshoes, and in fact my brother him riding it well.

Gilera Saturno

The Saturno then ended up in the 1960s being used by a on a big reserve in the area until the closed in the early 1970s. The was abandoned from that cancelled from the Italian system in 1988 as no tax was paid on it, and my friend discovered it. It’s had an life!”

The Saturno was in such a sad that it had to be completely restored. runs a business that out luxury yachts, so being with his hands he restored the and cycle parts himself. In a satisfactory way of closing the circle and the of this Saturno, Luigi the second owner, Flavio, or as he’s called round parts, to rebuild the engine, he did. Now 85, Flavio obviously did a good job.

After the circuit at a fast pace times, there’s no oil to be seen a fact that also testament to the “hermetic” design of the by Salmaggi and Gilera.

With previous words about and “gas” ringing in my ears, I “OK then, I’ll give it so I do. With only a Smiths in kilometers-per-hour to guide me, I stop at the of the one kilometer straight. Marco to take some shots the car driven by my mate Nedo, so we they will drive I open up the throttle, and the Saturno simply takes off like a up a runway.

I don’t think I’ve experienced such immediate on a road machine of this and it’s shocking, exhilarating and enjoyable all at the same time. I to accelerate through the four until I reach top, and to crouch down and read the moving needle of the speedo I see showing 140kmh (86mph) and quickly. The end of the straight is in sight so I knock it down a gear the very precise heel-and-toe shifter, and turn around

The car is back at the start line, and my are impressed. “No way we can keep up with says Marco, so we try again, and tasted the power available, I to bide my time and comply a fixed speed limit of any pit lane. After the shots, I to lap, still transfixed by the of this old Gilera, and the Saturno to impress with its speed and especially when pulling out of the and through the bends. There’s no no popping, and though I barely the manual advance/retard mechanism, the and ignition is precise in any gear and at any

The chassis is also pretty Although the telescopic forks on the Sports were seen to be more efficient by design, the sprung front end feels good, and I suspect Luigi a lot of time setting it up correctly he restored the bike. The Gilera suspension system also smoothly and tautly, much than the under-slung spring that Moto Guzzi for the Moto Guzzi Falcone.

The rigid open cradle with its big robust tubes and the set of grippy Continental tires I’m pleased to see Luigi has fitted a rider, not a polisher) mean the Saturno really holds the with intent, and the combination of suspension and frame plus a and strong engine allows it to be fast and furiously.


I pull over again for the time and Luigi is grinning ear to ear. “Did I mention the motor?” he asks. Now he tells me. I restored the Saturno, I wanted it to go like the Saturno racers. So I Flavio to hot up the motor, which he and did well. It’s got bigger [44mm compared to the original 39 and valves]. It’s got an aluminum for lightness and better heat

It’s got a special 10mm that was developed for racing. got a domed piston, and has had the compression raised. Every component has been polished, cleaned and and the oil ways were slightly

Now that Luigi has let on that the has been breathed on somewhat, I can why it goes so quickly compared to Saturnos I have ridden, and I I have now heard the bellowing of the in full flight as Luigi was to it; on cam and at high speed. Luigi is chuffed that Flavio, who the Saturno when nearly new in 1951, has been so instrumental in it back to life. “He loves to see it ridden around the area,” Luigi.

So what do you like about it, I ask? “Everything. It breaks down. It goes well and it’s fast.

nothing I don’t like it!” he says. “I’ll sell it,” Luigi and I believe him. MC


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