July 2016 Bike of the Month
Bike of the Month
Bill Perrone with his 1951 Gilera Saturno Sport

Make: Gilera
Model: Saturno Sport
Year: 1951
Country of Origin: Italy
Engine: 500cc Single
Transmission: 4 speed
Owner: Bill Parrone
City: Huntington Beach

1951 Gilera Saturno Sport
Congratulations to Bill Parrone of Huntington Beach for winning Bike of the Month with his 1951 Gilera Saturno Sport. Bill won a Mr. Pete's Grill gift certificate provided by Mr. Pete's Grill.

Bill has won twice before, first with his 1955 BSA Goldstar in September 2015 and then with his 1960 Moto Guzzi Falconi in December 2015.

Bill imported the Gilera from Italy about one year ago. The bike was in decent shape, but required extensive mechanical restoration.

1951 was the first year for the sprung rear suspension, before that they were hard tails.

There is a handlebar control for the Country & City exhaust cut out baffle.

The engine is a stressed member of the frame to reduce weight and lower the center of gravity.

The Gilera Saturno dominated the 500cc class at the Grand Prix and TT circuits of Europe in the early 1950’s.

Thanks Bill for bringing it to our meet. See all the photos in our July Gallery.
The Bike of the Month contest is held monthly at the Vintage Bike OC meet. Qualifying motorcycles must be 30 years old or older. Former Bike of the Month winning bikes are not eligible to win again. Anyone attending the meet is eligible to enter a qualifying bike in the contest and vote for their favorite bike. The winning bike is chosen by a popular vote and is featured on the Home page for one month and in this feature article. The Bike of the Month articles are permanent content on the site.

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July 2016
1951 Gilera Saturno Sport
June 2016
1949 Vincent Black Shadow
May 2016
1974 Norton Commando
April 2016
1972 Custom TR6 Triumph
March 2016
1962 Panther M120
February 2016
1980 Harley Davidson XR750
January 2016
1947 Velocette KSS
December 2015
1960 Moto Guzzi Falconi
November 2015
1973 Kawasaki H2 750
October 2015
1971 Kawasaki H1 500
September 2015
1955 BSA Goldstar
August 2015
1970 Kawasaki H1
July 2015
1968 BMW R69US
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