Retrospective – Moto Guzzi’s first scooter, the Galletto (Cockerel)


Moto Guzzi 150 cc Galletto scooter


Guzzi’s first “scooter” was the 150 cc Galletto (Cockerel) which appeared to a lot acclaim on the Geneva Motor Present in 1950.

Moto Guzzi 150 cc Galletto scooter
Moto Guzzi 150 cc Galletto scooter

Designed by Carlo Guzzi himself the bike was the corporate’s response the runaway success of the Vespa & Lambretta scooters.

The obvious function of the design was the usage of massive 17 inch wheels which set the machine other than the horde of small-wheeled scooters hitting the market.

Moto Guzzi 150 cc Galletto scooter
Moto Guzzi 150 cc Galletto scooter

The elevated stability gained from the bigger diameter wheels along with the convenience of mounting with the ‘step via’ chassis plus the torque from the horizontal single OHV 4-stroke motor (with exterior flywheel, so very a lot within the conventional Guzzi mould) made the bike a lot favoured by professionals equivalent to attorneys, engineers and most famously, monks.

Moto Guzzi 150 cc Galletto scooter
Moto Guzzi 150 cc Galletto scooter

It was additionally a lot utilized by the Italian Postal Service – in reality in lots of respects it might be thought of the sooner, Italian model of the later Honda Tremendous Cub step via.

Moto Guzzi 150 cc Galletto scooter
Moto Guzzi 150 cc Galletto scooter

Though not fitted to this 1952 162 cc machine, a spare wheel was usually mounted throughout the entrance of the leg guards. All three wheels had been interchangeable.

The engine dimension elevated over time from 150 to 162 to 175 and at last 192 cc (with electrical begin). Some 71,000 had been constructed by the point manufacturing ceased in 1965.

Moto Guzzi 150 cc Galletto scooter
Moto Guzzi 150 cc Galletto scooter

Relying on capability the output ranged from 6 to 7.5 hp and high speeds from 80 to 85 km/h.

An attention-grabbing (though unsubstantiated) story is that when Honda got here calling at Ducati to protest the 916’s use of a single-sided swing-arm (which Honda had patented), the Ducati engineers merely wheeled out a Galletto and pointed to its single-sided swing-arm!

Moto Guzzi Galletto 150 cc scooter with Phil Aynsley
Moto Guzzi Galletto 150 cc scooter with Phil Aynsley
Moto Guzzi 150 cc Galletto scooter
Moto Guzzi 150 cc Galletto scooter