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1951 Rumi 125cc Frame no. 12804 Engine no. 2XX12130

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1951 Rumi 125cc
Frame no. 12804 Engine no. 2XX12130

1951 Rumi 125cc
Frame no. 12804
Engine no. 2XX12130

'Moto Rumi's... is perhaps the one motorscooter respected by motorcyclists – probably because it can melt the paint off many 250cc motorcycles of the era with its amazing horizontal two-cylinder two-stroke 125cc engine.' – Dregni & Dregni, Illustrated Motorscooter Buyer's Guide. Previously producers of miniature submarines and torpedoes in WW2, the firm headed by Donnino Rumi switched to motorcycle manufacture at the war's end, introducing is first 'Turismo' model in 1950. This little gem was powered by what would become Rumi's trademark engine, a 125cc parallel-twin two-stroke, the cylinders of which were inclined horizontally. Built in numerous different stages of tune, this wonderfully versatile motor was used to power Standard, Sport and Competizione models as well as a range of advanced scooters, commencing with the ground-braking Formicchino. Sadly, despite its technical innovation and engineering prowess, Rumi had gone by 1962. An older restoration, this Rumi 125 should require only light re-commissioning and usual safety checks before being ready for use, and would respond well to detailing. Whilst there are no documents with this rare and collectible Italian flyweight, the NOVA declaration has been completed. A total of 8,536 kilometres (approximately 5,300 miles) is currently displayed on the odometer.

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