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October 2016

MAZZILLI 125 RCS "Tubone"
Those beautiful and amazing motorcycles, handmade by Giorgio Mazzilli, from which took proudly the name, uncommon use at that time, we saw in a lot of situations: to the Exchanging Show in Novegro, to a lot of brand meetings, surfing the web, to vintage commemorations, but always in a “unmoving” way. Even if the few lucky racers, owner of those motorcycles, had a lot of possibilities, they hadn’t never risked to make them damaged, let them free to go on mule tracks or free to speed on “fettucciato”, demanding more or less. They were still perceived to run and go wild their dragoons in the Regolarità challenges, became very famous in the ‘60s and supreme almost everywhere in the ‘70s. This type of motorcycle, produced in a restricted models, instead of supreme rival of that time production, was rided only by a few racers. Furthermore there’s not so much Mazzilli motorcycles’ gallery and this takes people badmouthing...
The story about LT motorcycles and Erilk Lindberg, a great Swedish motorcycle innovator
The man behind the LT motorcycle, Erik Lindberg was an autodidact design engineer born 1915 in the south of Sweden. The name LT is short for Lindberg’s Tuning.
In the 1950’s he was working in Nol-Gothenburg at the Tudor battery factory in the development department. He also had a big interest for motorcycleracing and was a member of the local motorclub, Älvsbygdens MK. When the local MX riders of the early 1950’s wanted to rebuild their bikes with rear suspension, Erik helped them constructing it. He made a uni-trac style rubber suspension for them, and they all thought it worked very well. At the late 1950’s many of the young MX and Enduro drivers from Älvbygdens Motorclub also worked at the Tudor factory. Some of the names was Hasse Svensson, Conny Andersson, Erling Andersson, Bosse Pettersson and also another engineer named Bertil Andersson.
Erik often went out at the factory, chatting with the youngsters about their bikes and their racing. They soon found out that Erik was a helpful, highly skilled engineer...
125 Trial WASSELL
A little English firm, really fashionable in the ‘70s, took
part of a long list of motorcycles builders. We are
talking about Wassell, accessories and spare parts
motorcycle provider and producer.
Its owners decided to set up 125 off-road motorcycles,
the classic 6 speed Sachs engine, because
250cc two-stroke were really outdated.
This magazine is about 125 Trial Wassell, whose features
let to use it both in demanding races and in
climbing ones. This bike was used to be imported in
Italy by CLM in Milan and provided by Tosa & Boccardo
firm from Torino. Once they sold it for 600.000£.
The Wassel was set up with typically English grace
and refinement, starting from a classic and strong
double cradle frame on Reynolds steel tubes, with
the addition of strong metal sheet elements, especially
in rear joint’s fork and engine.
The builders decided for Sachs engine, characterized
for the bigger front wing and rear protection,
due to a strong aluminium slab, fixed in the rear part
of cradle frame. This motorcycle was designed by
an “English” line, which made it very different from
others because those type had mudguards, a very
tired next to saddle tank, aluminium sides, which
were really similar to English 4 stroke ones.
Another typically feature took from English Trial Bikes
was the big tube, which linked steer dinghy to the
central part of the frame, which was as the tank for
lubrication oil chain. In this case, they decided to
use another little tube under the main one to get it
TGM TT 400
The TGM brand, born in 1971, was known to win almost
the world 125 motorcycle title in 1980 by the
great Michele Rinaldi, who beat the famous Japanese
builders. The TT 400 was born almost as a mistake
by a project ideated for trial. In 1980 Parma’s
firm, which was finding new business entries because
of an economic crisis due to motorcycle sold, decided
to achieve a prototype to begin a trial challenge.
A dealer from Bergamo went to help them and, after
time under pressure, finally created something special
for a possible final project to a trial league. One
evening in 1980, the prototype was delivered to Parma’s
firm and they liked it but unfortunately they left
it, so they were discharged by TGM obtaining only
some gadgets. They changed the road and decided
to realize some no specialized motorcycles, then
were called Trail...
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