Lot 689: c.1991 Gilera 558cc Saturno Piuma Corsa
In 1991, four years after the launch of the Nuovo Saturno roadster at the 1987 Milan Show, Gilera announced a competition spin-off aimed at the emerging ‘Super Mono’ class for modern single-cylinder race bikes. This was the ‘Piuma’ (Puma) which took its name from the Saturno racer of the 1950s. The Piuma used a development of Gilera’s new double-overhead-camshaft single that had first appeared in 349cc form in the Dakota trail bike of 1985, but whereas the Saturno roadster’s displaced 492cc, the Piuma came with a 569cc (99x74mm) unit as standard, while a handful of special 620cc versions was available to factory supported riders in the European Super Mono Championship. Radically different from the roadster’s, the Piuma cycle parts featured a state-of-the-art, twin-spar aluminium beam frame, usd front fork and Brembo twin front disc brakes. Only a limited number of these Gilera Piuma racers was manufactured during the early 1990s, and today they represent one of the more collectible Italian motorcycles of modern times. This example was manufactured incorporating a later development of the Gilera single-cylinder engine, with 98mm bore for a capacity of 558cc. The machine comes with Italian Caratteristiche Tecniche (Technical Specification) document and Team Surtees’ invoice (dated 10.1.92) made out to noted Gilera authority, Raymond Ainscoe.
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