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    Motobi Imperiale

    Has one of you classic enthusiasts bagged this little beauty?

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...#ht_500wt_1413

    Fortunately, it is a long way from me, as my finger was hovering over the button.....

    Can anyone fill in more info on this model?

    Ian

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    My finger hovered more than once Ian but I have to keep telling myself that I have other priorities and no space as it is....

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    Haha, you too, eh!

    I was hoping our classic friends might have come up with some info on it. It is certainly no GP winning works racer, but appears to be roadster-based. I guess the factory made them as a production racer for club riders, maybe?

    The basic design seems to have been used for several models over several years, all 4 stroke single sports roadsters, 125, 175, 200 and 250cc.

    It seemed cheap to me....

    Ian

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    It's a converted road bike. The Motobi Imperial 125 dates from 1961/62

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    A bit earlier actually, certainly back to 1957. They did a range of road bikes in that style, but I was wondering if the factory actually produced a 'production racer' version. I have found a picture of another race version, but it is too small to attach here.

    Maybe they just suited being converted to a race bike.

    Ian

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