Moto Parilla


Now, having arrived at this point of the story, a big change imposes on us to read very carefully the following words, because these words are regarding the Parilla Company's life and Giovanni Parrilla's future.
Already a new company, the "SIL" (Lombard Industrial Society), holding of the Rizieri Group (SAFEP) of Milan, became co-owner of the Parilla Company as minority partner.


Thanks to fresh capital, it should be possible to realize the waiting commercial projects, and may be possible to exceed the motorcycles sector crisis. We want to remember that there were nearly ready many innovative models as the "Slughi", the 125cc. 2-stroke rotary valve, the agricultural/industrial engine, the "Motocross" and "Regularity" models, the racing motorbikes for the USA riders, and the Go-Kart market was starting. With understanding and intuition, Giovanni was trying to direct his Company to the free-time and sport motorcycles market. Few years later this market will be in the hands of Japanese Companies.

Starting in 1961, the SIL Company took the command of the Parilla Company. Giovanni was now the minority share-older. Something should be done, and Giovanni had already decided what to do. To open a small company to manufacture Go-Kart engines. The sales would have soon repaid the effort.
At the start of our story, we declared we want to write Giovanni's story and of course the Moto Parilla's story. Unfortunately now the two stories will continue separate, but we will try to follow both of them.

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125cc 4-Stroke Sprint, 1961

Moto Parilla

175cc 4-Stroke Msds, 1961

The Parilla Company was still a concrete reality, even if it was in crisis, but with the potential to produce good motorcycles. The SIL Company, as the first step, presented itself to the market as "Sole Dealer for Italy". Many dealers did not notice anything; the most careful dealers thought that the Company was reorganizing the sales' network. The press didn't write anything.

The SIL Company entered the market in crisis, but it thought that there were extremes for a raise, focusing itself on the sales of special motorbikes for the wide USA market, such as the "Motocross" and the "Scrambler" motorbikes. These last, very unknown models in Europe. Other very sold in USA models were the light motorbikes (now forgotten in Italy) till 250cc., racing in the "LightWeight" class. The Parilla motorbikes on 175cc, 200cc, 215cc, 230cc and 250cc were all winning.

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250cc 4-Stroke Tourist, 1962

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250cc 4-Stroke Trailmaster, 1962

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250cc 4-Stroke Wildcat, 1961

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125cc 4-Stroke Regolarità, 1961

The same interest, and maybe more, got the small and fun Go-Kart, a small vehicle with four small wheels, born in the USA (Arizona), running with agricultural or industrial small engines. The Parilla Company was the first one to manufacture a special designed rotary valve engine, ready in 1959. An horizontal engine, designed once again by Giovanni Parrilla and Cesare Bossaglia, with an amazing power of HP9 at rpm 10.000. The displacement was cc.100. Nearly Hp/Lt 100.
Looking at Parilla Company, the production of road motorcycles for the national market was strongly cutted and the employers cutted in half. Moreover the Italian Government didn't help the Italian Industries at all, making mandatory from July 1st,1961 a motorcycle's license for all the motorcycle riders. Giovanni was still Moto Parilla share-older, even if in minority. He realized he was in an unbearable situation, due to the fact that in the past any decision regarding the Company was taken by him. The current situation wasn't for him. Seemed to him to be a stranger at home. At this point, it was no more possible to pretend nothing happened, and he took the right decision to sell to SIL Company his remaining shares. He could not bear the end of his dream and the one of his beloved Company. Dreams were gone together with the achievements, the projects, the aspirations and an important part of his life. In 1962 the Parilla Company based his sales on the existing motorcycles' models, focusing on the production of the most interesting. Go-Kart's sales increased.

Moto Parilla
Moto Parilla


However Giovanni didn't stop on his project. Anticipating the next, he put his hands on and started activities in a building not far away from Parilla factory. A part of the building was reserved to the Go-Kart's engine manufacturing, in competition with the SIL Company's, named Thunderbolt, manufactured by F.I.M.A.S. (Fabbrica Italiana Motori a Scoppio). The initials of the model were V12, meaning one step later on the Parilla V11.
The rest of the building was a garage, with offices and a warehouse. Outside a BP (British Petroleum) gas station. At this point, we refer the reader to the Go-Kart's sector of the book concerning this subject, where is dealt in details about the Go-Kart's phenomenon, and how important it was the impulse that Giovanni gave to the sector. And Giovanni's story goes on!


Slow start in 1963 for the Parilla Company, but with more news. The Company even if under SIL's management, resumed the old habits to propose often some renewed models. New "Parillino" mopets with more modern features, with a nice double cradle frame. There was also the intention to involve the "WILIER TRIESTINA" Company, with a dedicated production's line, assembled with Franco Morini or Parilla engines. Very active was the USA and JAPAN export, mostly with the MSDS, Wildcat 125cc, 175cc, 250cc and "Touring" 250cc.
Towards the end of the year a big event: the rider DAVID BIKERS, Motocross World Champion, tested the Motocross 250cc Parilla in the UK, in prospect of entry at the 1964 World Champs. Seems that the rider got a good feeling with the motorbike, testing for a long time, expressing himself with flattering words about the motorbike and the Italian organization while testing. Also the press gave much emphasis to the test, much appreciating how Bickers felt easy the motorbike, showing confidence with jumps and evolutions.
That period wasn't easy at all. The Parilla Company was taking care carefully of the overseas market. It wasn't the Italian production to be sold round the world, but in reverse, it was the foreign markets' production, as the "Scrambler" models, to be introduced in Italy, taking account of young and unconventional customers.

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Shigeo Ozeki, Japan, 1963

Moto Parilla

250cc Cross, 1964


The Moto Guzzi dealers were selling Parilla's mopets "Turismo" and "Sport" under Moto Guzzi's brand.


The Racing Season started at DAYTONA International Circuit. For the first time, the USA got his Gran Prix, first round of the World Championship. Many famous riders entered the Gran Prix.
In the 250cc. class, which is the most interesting for us, were lined up on the starting grid the four cylinder water cooled Suzuki, the twin cylinder Yamaha, the four cylinder Benelli with Tarquinio Provini, the 2-stroke rotary valve MZ with Sheperd and other Honda, Ducati and Parilla motorbikes.
The report of the race told us that the fastest at the start were the Suzuky with the riders Itoh and Schneider, followed by the Yamaha of Phil Read, the Benelli of Provini and the rest of the field. Halfway through the race, Yamaha of Read was leading followed by the Benelli of Provini who was pushed closely by the American rider Ron Grant on his Parilla Grand Sport motorbike, a MSDS standard motorcycle, tuned by the ingenious American tuner Orin Hall from Sacramento, who gave to that motorbike the nickname "The GADGET" (You can read the complete story on the USA sector of the Parilla book).
The rider Sheperd on the two stroke rotary valve MZ won, but in second position we find the rider Ron Grant, with his MSDS tuned Parilla motorbike, who runned the whole race in the leading group. An historical result for the Parilla Company, a great result because it was reached in a class that wasn't his class, showing how much power could be possible to obtain by the "rods and rockets" engine and how reliable and performing was the same.

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Rancourt on "The Gadget", 1964

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"The Gadget", 1964