Bianchi motorcycles were made from 1897 to 1967 by F.I.V. Edoardo Bianchi S.p.A, a company which today is a major Italian bicycle
manufacturer, and who also produced automobiles from 1900 to 1939. Edoardo Bianchi started his bicycle manufacturing business in a small
shop on Milan"s Via Nirone in 1885. Bianchi was a prominent name in the motorcycle racing world from 1925 to 1930.
Edoardo Bianchi was an Italian motorcycling pioneer who began by building
bicycles in 1885. He built a motorised bicycle in 1897, and a car in 1900.
In 1903 he fitted engines in the centre of strengthened bicycle frames,
and by 1905 also fitted Truffault leading link forks.
1905 Produced 16-22 and 24-40 h.p. models in Milan. UK agents were Straker-MacConnell.
In 1910 Bianchi built a 498 cc single that was very successful and established
the Bianchi motorcycle name.
In 1916 a 650 cc V-twin was made, and was enlarged to 741 cc in 1920. In
1921 a smaller 598 cc V-twin, and a new 498 cc single with all chain drive
was released. There was a 348 cc side valve single for 1923, and V-twins
of 498 cc and 598 cc. In 1924 a 173 cc overhead valve single was added
to the range.