If you were a 14 year old Italian schoolboy in the 1960s and 70s, your dream motorcycle was probably the 48cc Corsarino, a name that means "little pirate" (note the Corsarino logo). No surprise, really; I think that these were some of the most beautiful under 50cc bikes ever made. Available in various road and scrambler versions, they boasted a reliable four-stroke engine- unusual in an era of small two-strokes- a handlebar-shifted three-speed transmission (and later a more conventional 4 speed foot shifted version), and outstanding performance; the road versions boasted a 50mph top speed and reportedly got over 120 miles per gallon.
I've never seen a Corsarino in this country, but Europe appears to have plenty of them still running around the roads, judging from European eBay sites. If I saw one for sale here I'd be very, very tempted to buy it.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Posted by michael edelman at 6:53 PM