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Memorable MC: 1957 Gilera Four Photo Gallery

This month or man Melling gets aboard his most coveted road test to date, piloting the bike of his youthful dreams – the 1957 Gilera Four. See the full story in Memorable MC: 1957 Gilera Four.

Miller's Four is an authentic replica built by Mark and Dave Kay of Meccanica Verghera Engineering. It takes into account both the good and bad characteristics of the original design.
The engine featured a two-valve per cylinder design, but Franco Passoni increased the cylinder bore to 58.8mm with two pairs of cylinder heads.
According to our vintage expert the Gilera felt small underneath him for the first time.
Despite being 40 pounds heavier than the Manx Norton or Matchless G50, the Gilera produced 20 more horsepower.
Memorable MC: 1957 Gilera Four
The Gilera Four had many re-designs until its peak year in 1957 when it won the 500cc World Championship.
Instruments include an anti-clockwise rev counter, which Frank was warned to keep under 10,000 rpm.
Rather than intimidating the Gilera was very responsive and featured a strong motor that pulled with ease.
In a rare occurrence our vintage expert got the chance of a lifetime to spin laps with Sammy Miller's 1957 Gilera Grand Prix bike.
Memorable MC: 1957 Gilera Four
1957 Gilera Four
As if the fear of piloting a $125,000 bike wasn't enough, our contributor had the motorcycle's owner, Sammy Miller (above), watching his every step.
Although sad that his time with his dream bike had reached an end, Frank was more than glad to deliver the Gilera safe and sound back to its owner.
Sammy Miller is an 11-time British Trials Champion and has won the North West 200 on three separate occasions.
Geoff Duke used his previous experience racing the Norton Manx 30M to improve the Gilera's handling.