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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.

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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.
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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.
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According to our vintage expert the Gilera felt small underneath him for the first time.
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Despite being 40 pounds heavier than the Manx Norton or Matchless G50, the Gilera produced 20 more horsepower.
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Memorable MC: 1957 Gilera Four
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The Gilera Four had many re-designs until its peak year in 1957 when it won the 500cc World Championship.
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Instruments include an anti-clockwise rev counter, which Frank was warned to keep under 10,000 rpm.
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Rather than intimidating the Gilera was very responsive and featured a strong motor that pulled with ease.
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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.
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Memorable MC: 1957 Gilera Four
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1957 Gilera Four
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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.
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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.
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Sammy Miller is an 11-time British Trials Champion and has won the North West 200 on three separate occasions.
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Geoff Duke used his previous experience racing the Norton Manx 30M to improve the Gilera's handling.