Bianchi Classic Motorcycles
Bianchi motorcycles were made
from 1897 to 1967 by F.I.V. Edoardo Bianchi
S.p.A, a company which today is a major Italian
bicycle manufacturer, and who also produced
automobiles from 1900 to 1939. Edoardo Bianchi
started his bicycle manufacturing business
in a small shop on Milan’s Via Nirone
in 1885. Bianchi was a prominent name in the
motorcycle racing world from 1925 to 1930.
Edoardo Bianchi was an Italian
motorcycling pioneer who began by building
bicycles in 1885. He built a motorised bicycle
in 1897, and a car in 1900. In 1903 he fitted
engines in the centre of strengthened bicycle
frames, and by 1905 also fitted Truffault
leading link forks. In 1910 Bianchi built
a 498 cc single that was very successful and
established the Bianchi motorcycle name.
In 1916 a 650 cc V-twin was
made, and was enlarged to 741 cc in 1920.
In 1921 a smaller 598 cc V-twin, and a new
498 cc single with all chain drive was released.
There was a 348 cc side valve single for 1923,
and V-twins of 498 cc and 598 cc. In 1924
a 173 cc overhead valve single was added to
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