1970 - 1983
Simonini was founded by Enzo Simonini in 1970, an employee of Fiat, in the early sixties, decided to create their own two-stroke engines for off-road bikes. Is dedicated to the first off-road bikes and then realized the conversion kits were what was given them the great reputation in their motors. In 1971, while continuing to develop the engines for other companies, they built a 50 cc motorcycle with a Sachs engine. This Simonini cross had over 10 HP to the wheel and was the lightest on the market. In 1972, following the 125, also provided with a Sachs engine and a five-or six-speed transmission, both versions are very original and characterized by tailoring it to 'convenience store sales'. In 1974, the Simonini had two interesting new 50 cc cross bikes equipped with a Kreidler engine, and the first merger of a new experimental engine of 125 cc and 250, designed by Simonini.
In order to obtain the capital necessary to accomplish a radical transformation of the company, Simonini signed an agreement with the owner of a hydraulic plant, Franco Fornetto. From this the 50 cc and normale cross were renewed with the Sachs and Kreidler engines mounted on a new chassis. There is also a new model to cross, the Hard Race 125, also available as a normaleand the Long also arouses curiosity in the range. The Molta and the Shadow 125 normale, used the new engine Sachs with seven gears and the brakes were disc both in front and in the rear. Over time, difficulties began to rise between Simonini and the administrative direction of the company that ultimately resulted in the breakdown and abandonment of the company. Simonini went back to produce conversion kits for engines, silencers and mufflers, all of which continued even into the eighties, although in very limited series. The Simonini-Fornetto partnership faced very serious problems related to the separation of Enzo Simonini. So the technical aspects were entrusted to a young engineer, Jan Witteven, designer of the frames for the new bikes that then found an excellent test pilot in Factions.
A new model to the cross lineup was the Mustang, replacing the Hard Race still using the engine Sachs that was identical to the 250 cc to seven gears version. The Mustang was also used to race, while Witteven Jan has been involved in testing of the long-awaited Simonini engine of 125 cc, which was launched in 1977. In 1979, many pilots brought the race. From 125 cc engine that equips the regular models, comes the version of 250 cc, which is very similar but with the cylinder top. The engine Sachs is still considered the most valid for the motion of 50 cc. Even the Scout 125, a model that used the rugged and tireless Sachs engine. In 1978, Simonini has two other new bikes, a 125 fairing for the road, the U Masetti 125 SS, and Diamond, a trial motorcycle motoalpinismo definite success. The commitment of Simonini to racing continued into 1979, thanks to two new leading officers, and Andreani Magarotto, winning the junior championship later in 1978.
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