Friday, June 3, 2011
I spotted this 1970s Garelli on the streets of Ann Arbor, Michigan, a few weeks ago. Nicely maintained, too. Could be a student bike. Nice to see all that polished chrome- obviously who ever owns this 'ped puts a lot of effort into maintaining it.
Garelli started in 1919 with a record-breaking 350cc bike, and later went on to dominate small displacement motorcycle racing in the mid-80s. They still make a number of 50cc scooters and mopeds as well as some 125cc bikes. Their 1970s mopeds are solid, reliable machines, right up there with Puchs. Like the Puch engine, the Garelli has a chromed bore, which means they can't be rebored; but if you're careful not to damage the cylinder bore during piston or ring changes it'll last a very long time.