1957 Parilla 175 Sport and 1962 Parilla 250 GS — Classic Italian Motorcycles…

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are some of the world’s fastest mammals, capable of sprinting to than 45mph. When Parrilla (two “r”s, the company name) chose a greyhound for his company logo, he no intended his exquisitely engineered bikes to be pretty quick, as one can see with the 1957 Parilla and 1962 Parilla 250 GS.

The indigenous the Italian Greyhound, is much than the standard breed, and its slender bones are notoriously There are those who would these same characteristics Parilla motorcycles.

Out of the trap

company, Moto Parilla, was one of the Italian motorcycle makers production after WWII, a 250cc racer (and sports roadster) in 1946. engineer Giuseppe Salmaggi for the Gilera Saturno and Moto racing twins) produced the to Parrilla’s specification, which was influenced by the most successful engine of the day, the Norton Like Arthur Carroll’s for the Bracebridge Street boys, specified a bevel-drive single camshaft with hairpin springs.

The new bike first raced at in northern Italy in October with Nino Grieco in the and was launched at the Milan show in Arousing particular interest the huge 10.2-inch drum of the racer (eight inch or was common on small-displacement machines), nicknamed padellone (frying

Like Norton with the Parilla next produced a ( bialbero ) version of its 250cc still using a shaft and gears to drive the camshafts. designed the engine for strength and no doubt with Italy’s road races in mind, weight down by using alloy engine castings.

The Bialbero reputedly offered a wider powerband than small-capacity racers, attributed to development on the track rather the dynamometer. The Bialbero’s greatest was probably its 250cc class win in the Milano-Taranto, the same year a version was announced. Though outright winners, both placed regularly in road and helped establish the credibility of the name.

Giovanni Parrilla’s next seemed at first like a backwards in technology. Credited to and Alfredo Bianchi, the high ( camme rialzata ) overhead 175cc single was nonetheless in execution and remained competitive for than a decade. The camshaft was at the top of a tower in the left side cover and driven by chain.

The cam on two short pushrods, which the 90-degree-spaced valves via screw-adjustable The design offered much of the of an overhead cam engine, but with valve adjustment common to OHV designs. First seen in as the Fox street bike, the high-cam continued in production for 15 years, Parilla closed its doors in

Innovation didn’t stop the valve operation. The built-up used a caged roller big with primary drive by gears mated to a four-speed all enclosed in the same case as the making for a strong, compact unit. That the basic Fox had considerable tuning potential was with the introduction of the 14 horsepower version in 1956 and the race-tuned Sport/MSDS in 1957.

Giuseppe was first home in the 175cc in the 1957 Motogiro d’Italia on a MSDS.

Meanwhile, racers in the had noticed the success of the 175cc in competition, and requested (surprise!) engine capacity. Importer Motors produced some big-bore kits, but around the factory recognized the business and enlarged the engine, first a larger 64mm bore 199cc, and then with bore and … for 247cc.

It was in this final form the high-cam had its best racing in the U.S. even taking place in the 1964 U.S. Prix with Ron Grant at the Change was coming, however, and the of Yamaha’s TD two-strokers heralded the of the classic four-… singles in racing.

Grand Sport

The Grand Sport (GS) company’s top of the line model, a production racer and the bike was so successful in the hands of U.S. like Ron Grant and Norris It came with alloy Dell’Orto SS1 carburetor and Parilla’s hot X1 cam

Early GS models up to 1961 175cc capacity and used a tube frame similar to the racer, with distinctive rear sub-frame and enclosed units. Most came the classic Parilla “arrow”

In 1961, the 250GS was introduced in a new with characteristic diamond and exposed rear springs. were sold in the U.S. the Dell’Orto SS1 carburetor and X1 cam. The also produced the 250cc street scrambler, again a focus on the U.S. market.

Though these later are better known in the U.S. the actually produced far more of the version. It’s thought as few as 50 250GS models were in the U.S. with the last produced around 1963.

Doernberger’s Parillas

That Doernberger is a committed Italophile is even before he opens his door. Parked in the driveway of his Vancouver, British Columbia, home is an Alfa Romeo sedan. Inside the garage a beautiful red Alfa Giulia GT next to an orange roundcase 750 Sport. Alongside is a matching 1974 Ducati 350 Mk3D, a 1972 Ducati 450 desmo Shotgun”  lurks in the corner.

dozens of Italian racing hang from the walls. another door is the inner where Fritz keeps of the rarest of Italian sportbikes, the Moto Parilla. A pile of engine cases sit stacked in a while another sits on a

At first glance, it would he’s cornered the Canadian on Parillas. The first Parilla he the gray 250cc Grand featured here, came Todd Fell’s Café restaurant in Kirkland, Wash. had toured Italy to assemble a selection of Italian racers to his theme restaurant, but decided to with the Parilla.

Fritz knew the engine had no but there were even surprises when he started the “Inside the forks where top should have been about 20 tongue depressors,” says. Fortunately, Todd sold Fritz a rebuilt engine, so it wasn’t long the 250 was rolling.

Fritz bought the red and 175cc bike from a in Florida. The previous owner it from Italy, where it had raced. “I bought a whole of stuff from him,” says. “He told me there was a new Scintilla racing magneto but all I could find was an old one held with tape.” Fritz the seller might have confused, because what he did in the collection was a complete, newly-built The engine had been bored making it a short-… 200, and has kept the bike pretty in minimalist racing condition: no lighting or other electrics, and no lever.

Along the way, found another 175cc in and two 250s (from which he was to assemble one complete machine) in Oddly, among all of the parts collected, there was only one lever. “I must have had a engines with no kickstarters,” he Fritz attended the first American Parilla rally in N.M. hoping to find a but other Parilla owners to borrow the one he had to copy it! “Bits and for Parillas are very hard to Fritz says. “I can put a Ducati together in three months, but a …”

So are Parillas as fragile as Italian “Not at all,” Fritz though admitting they can be to put together right. As for rideability, depends which cam is fitted. X2 cam is a little milder, with the X1 cam you to rev it quite a bit before it comes They’re also quite Fritz says, but we reckon he likes the noise they MC

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