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Gilera Nuovo Saturno Test

The Gilera Nuovo came and went in a flash, all but disappeared some four after it was first seen. are still around however, and strong with a loyal fan too.

The Gilera Nuovo originally existed purely to the Japanese motorcyclist love with the small capacity, down sports machine. The was chosen as the original Saturno of the 40s and 50s was the machine to have, being and lithe, and effective on both the and the open road.

As a result we get a crafted machine that is a joy to be on and with, every bit of the horsepower can be to its full potential, while the out performs the engine by a good Because the power isn’t it doesn’t need big fat rubber, in turn allows all of the engines out put to it onto the tarmac. In effect its riding made relatively but with no less adrenaline or along the way and all in great style

The Saturno looks as if doing a even when parked is always a good sign.

The of the Saturno is hard to pin down as its all so the Marzocchi forks and rear are simple in design, but work so within the whole concept, the basic frame design in compliments the compact engine. The in turn is a work of art with manners and an ease of use rarely in machines originating from

It starts at the first press of the making the kick start redundant and quickly settles a smooth booming tick there is almost as much being generated by the 40mm carburettor as there is the exhaust end can is the amount of air that is being in to feed this hungry Every rev to warm the engine has the machine springing into like a puppy dog raring to go and its owner into behaving too.

The overall build is very good for a Latin too, no doubt helped by the input from the Japanese of the design team, and goes way to justifying the large retail when the type was new. areas do show signs of over time but it’s the sourced externally and from the country that are the culprits, any made items have made to last.

Simply by a Gilera Saturno, you will joined a small and unique of riders and will, for certain, plenty to talk about to bikers whenever you stop for a Bike nights will be the same again as folk what on earth it is you are riding and will have it down as sort of home built

From the off the Saturno ticks all the boxes, it sounds well, well and, vibrations in the rev range apart, leaves the beaming from ear to ear. a pure bred Latin with all that its heritage can the tiny steel trellis on to the engine in just a few areas but it all in check tracking straight and throughout the journey even at cornering speeds.

The dash has information than is really for such biking fun, the speedo covered by a clear MPH while the tacho is largely thanks to the engines constant keeping you informed of when its and when its not, while a of warning lights vie for your when all you really want to be at is the road ahead. Its complexity for sake really as the Saturno on well enough without the and bells, I for one doubt the accuracy of the gauge anyway.

Getting on the does start the fears the low seat and rear set footrests, with the clip on handlebars, means wrists and back out long before the ride gets going, but these are qualms. In fact, the seating is spot on for the average sized making the tiny machine a pleasure to cover some on, it also makes the Saturno manoeuvrable in the process.

The engine is rev happy for a single, the balancing allowing the throttle to be with gusto although it get a little buzzy as the tacho sweeps away the dust for the reaches of its travel. This is made worse by the lack of rubbers and the like, but it does to keep the rider involved in the process and saves a look at the to see where the revs are before a change.

The overall gearing is a wee bit, maybe a product of the off-road roots and consequently is a few holes between ratios, the engine revving and this a real problem, but potter for a while, and the anomalies within the show themselves all too clearly. is the only real fault to be with the Saturno, and looking it was never likely a new gearbox was to be designed and built at great for potentially such a small run.

They didn’t many, or for very long but what Gilera did create was a unique machine that has won a heart since it arrived in I now know I want one.

Gilera Nuovo Saturno History

During the early Gilera had been developing a new of mid capacity off road machine its all-new single cylinder The 350cc Dakota, with its plant designed by ing Lucio was launched at the 85 Milan show and was received, its advanced design every trick available the period with balancer keeping the vibes largely at bay and belt dragging the twin along. By 87 the capacity had been out to 492cc and then again a while later with the XRT model, all being aimed at the off and dual purpose market.

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In a twist, it was the Japanese who first the idea behind the modern (new) Saturno Bialbero overhead cam). The marketing C Itoh, wanted a machine to them for the Japanese market after much research at many engines, approached with a view to planting single cylinder Dakota in a sports chassis.

The end result was perfect for that task and was great, the Japanese had a yearning for all classic, so loved the association the original Saturno of the late 40s appreciating the modernity that the new allowed. The design work was a venture too, between engineer Sandro Colombo, and designer N Hagiwara and the machine a mix of Latin emotion and Japanese

Despite being intended for the far only, the type did eventually the rest of the world and went on during the latter part of it took a further two years to be on sale in the UK however. The importers over the decision for many before a small batch of 50 were brought in during 1990; the price was a staggering and many thought this to be too as any of the Japanese 600cc Supersports could be had for nearly a grand at the time. The first batch out almost immediately and this led to orders for the UK market.

As with things Italian there was a full on race version of the the Piuma. The fast emerging cylinder race movement an ideal stomping ground for the engine so when wrapped in an beam frame the Piuma was the production version powered by a Dakota engine and the factory using a 620cc unit.

By the original Arcore based concern, actually owned by the group, was ended, unceremoniously announcement was made on the eve of the Milan of that year, an event had heralded so many great from Gilera. This the end of potentially great times for the as links with Honda had mooted earlier that unfortunately this was not to be an Piaggio the plug to concentrate on its own wares.

Gilera Nuovo Saturno


An all-new single four-… engine Dakota is to power a new range of Gilera purpose off road machines

The firm C Itoh approach with a new design of sports using their Dakota and named after the Saturno of the 40s and by the latter part of this year the first prototype is at the Milan show

The Gilera Saturno Bialbero is put on general in Japan to begin with, but by the end of year the rest of the world buy one.

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