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1949 - 1986

Testi was founded in 1936 as a manufacturer of racing bikes . After the war the company decided to produce motorcycles in 1949, with a two stroke Sachs engines on a sheet metal frame. The Sachs 98 and 48, called Baby Sachs, meet a great success and Testi begins working with other companies and builds Dik Dik with DEMM. In these years building a motoleggera than 150 cc engine with Sachs but does not have a large diffusione.1956, but fails production and resumed two years later in 1958, with the mark Velomotor Testi.

In 1959 the moped is accomplished Tourism E2 which supports, since 1960, the Grand Prix De Luxe. In 1961, the novelty is the Trail King, the first off-road motorcycle from only 50 cc, provided even a port fishing rods! Added to this is also the Trail, a tuttoterreno with a gearbox, mounted on the swingarm, which was used to redouble reports as needed succeeding so to travel also stretches into inaccessible terrain vehicles, all acting only on a simple beginning pomello.

Testi Trail King

Agli Sixty years of leaving the Standard Comfort, with fairing scooteristica, Head and America De Luxe. In 1965, is known to export to the United States of the models Trail King of 50cc and 90cc version of un'inedita of Week End Cross with the advertising slogan "Ride the Testi-It's a ball." In 1966, is presented Week End, a moped from off-road built in antenna in the lantern for transmitting and receiving radio engine Minarelli P 4. In 1969, appears to be the first version of Carabo, a new model regularity of 50 cc.Il model to be most important is the Champion built in various versions since 1969. At Standard Champion in 1971 is flanked Luxury version with the engine Minarelli P6SS that is updated in 1974 taking on a more corsaiolo thanks to saddle with codino, the handlebar into two pieces and cupolino (optional). This version, the test is published on the number 4 / 1975 of Motorcycling, mount, inter alia, the front brake disc. E 'then the turn of the model with an engine Champion Special P4 or P6. Then the innovative Fast Champion which is presented at the Salone di Milano in November 1975, testing of Motorcycling February 1977, has a fibreglass body, cupolino, upper beam chassis as a tank, monocross suspension, alloy wheels light of Grimeca, engine Minarelli P6 normal or Compact System with alettatura raccordata.

Testi Carabo Cross

In 1978 the house estrosa Emilian presents Testi Militar, a moped especially with the possibility of also be used on stretches through the snow skiing places laterally and the change of speed reducer fitted with BCT (Trail Drive Box) to disengage well on any percorso.

Testi Carabo P6

Meanwhile, the House also exported abroad, especially in France and Iran and collaboration with the French Gitane, the first manufacturer of bicycles and motorbikes 125 and 175 motor YDRAL then, leads to marketing in France under the name Gitane-Testi, assembly takes place at the workshops Micmo Machecoul of the Department No. 44. The mark still exists under the name of the MICMO Purtroppo Testi begins a period of crisis at the end of 70 years for the inability to adapt to new market demands, in fact his attempts to fit in Class 125, then very popular with Easy Rider models and Stroke 2000, are bankruptcy, and after folded on a production ciclomotoristica with conventional models such as utility Tubone tank with proceeds within the beam bearings, I and the Testi Miller fails in 1983. In 1987, production resumed under the management of the WTO but the dynamic company in Bologna in the past 60 and 70 had proved extremely creative both in style and in technique of its models finally closed its doors in 1993.


The Bologna factory began manufacture of 49cc lightweights in 1951 with Sachs engines, later using both DEMM and FB-Minarelli 49cc two-strokes. They also built a 147cc Sachs engined motorcycle to extend their range of mopeds, mofas and miniscooters. Testi models include:

  • Amico
  • Corsa 125
  • Carabo 50
  • Cricket
  • Champion Lusso 50
  • Champion Veloce 50
  • Easy Rider 125
  • Grand Prix GPLP45S
  • Io 50
  • Jeans P4
  • Militar 50




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