ALPINO MOTORCYCLE SHIRT

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Pietro Trespidi, born in 1897, designed his first motorcycle in 1925 which entered production the following year in the establishment in Stradella.

It is a 250 cc two-stroke which won the Italian championship ridden by Ignatius Pernetta.

Following the Sport version, a Turismo is produced and also a 175. In 1929 production ceased.

Trespidi returned to motorcycle manufacture in 1944 with an interesting auxiliary motor called the Alpino.

The first examples were well received and a new factory was built in Stradella where in February 1945 began production which continues unchanged until 1948 when they introduced new versions of the micromotor including the 3-speed ST 60 cc.

The others are lightweight motorcycles of 75, 98 and 125 cc.

A 75cc four-stroke engine was designed by Mario Mellone who was also responsible for the single-cylinder OHV 500cc Gilera.

In 1952 a faired prototype of the Alpino 75 ridden by Andrea Bottigelli achieved 128 km/h in the flying kilometer class, and other records were won by the Perales team in Argentina, where a sales network had been established for the Alpino.

The production of Motobici Stradella continues with the presentation of a 175 four-stroke scooter 75 in 1956 followed by a 48cc model.

In the 1950s the political crisis caused by the fascist junta in Argentina, the market which absorbed one-third of the production of Motobici, is such as to undermine the Stradella factory which as a result failed in 1962.

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