In post-war Italy, the biggest rival to the iconic Moto Guzzi Falcone was the Gilera Saturno. Only six thousand of these elegant 500 cc singles were produced in Arcore from 1946 to 1958, but they left a strong impression on the history of motorcycling. Engineer Giuseppe Salmaggi actually designed the Saturno in 1938: it’s a testimony to the quality of his work that the svelte Gilera became the favored mount of racing privateers a decade later, with class-leading acceleration and handling. There’s more on these lovely machines (and the history of the company that built them) on this Gilera Saturno fan site.
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