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Capacity : 600
Model : RC
Production : 1991 -
Category : (On-Off) Enduro


RC600 - 1989

Return of a legend

Founded by Count Giuseppe Gilera in 1909, Gilera is one of the great names of motorcycling, laden with sports honors in all fields from racing to enduro. But in the face of the Japanese competition, it sat tight waiting for better clays. The huge Italian Piaggio group bought Gilera, giving it a new lease on life. A notable venture, revealed at the end of 1989, is the RC600.

High-Tech Power Unit

Gilera has always designed and built its own engines, and the RC600 power unit, designed by Lucio Masut and developed by Federico Martini, is no exception. A fine product incorporating more high-tech features than its rivals, it boasts twin overhead-camshafts driven by a cogged belt, four valves (two inlet, two exhaust) liquid cooling, balancing shaft, one-piece crankshaft, Nikasil cylinder and electric starting.

Up with the Leaders

This excellent engine is mounted in an equally impressive frame, with sophisticated suspension, a detachable rear section, an aluminum swing arm and disc brakes. The overall concept is well thought out and the striking design is squarely aimed at the class leader, the Honda Dominator. Moreover, the RC600's sport credentials are more deeply rooted, as was proved by the performance of the Gilera "Silhouette" evolution model in the 1989-90 Paris-Dakar Rally, where it was up with the class leaders among the works prototype twins.


Engine: 558cc (98x74mm) water-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke

Power Rating: 48 hp @ 7250 rpm

Valves: twin overhead-camshafts; 4 valves

Fuel System: carburetor

Transmission: 5-speed, chain final drive

Suspension: telescopic forks (front); swing arm with twin spring/dampers (rear); travel

11 inch (front); 10.25 inch (rear)

Brakes: disc (rear)

Wheels: 21 inch (front); 17 inches (rear)

Weight: 340 lb

Maximum Speed: 95 mph

Though it looks like an elegant trail bike, beneath the skin the Gilera RC600 is a full-blooded enduro racer.

Le fichier Moto Passion réalisé par François-Marie Dumas réunit près de deux mille photos accompagnées d'un historique très complet des machines présentées.
Il sera progressivement mis à jour ici et toute information complémentaire est la bienvenue sur info@moto-collection.org.

Cette documentation unique, qui constitue sans doute l'encyclopédie la plus exhaustive jamais écrite sur l'histoire de la moto, a été réalisée avec l'assistance de nombreux spécialistes dont principalement Didier Ganneau, Christophe Gaime, Mick Woollett, Jean Goyard, Bernard Salvat, Christian Rey, Yves Campion, Helmut Krackowizer, Michael Dregni, Michel Montange, etc. que je remercie ici.

Disponible sur demande :
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- Les photos et archives signées de mon nom en haute définition ou les documents originaux.
Me contacter sur info@moto-collection.org pour les conditions et droits d'utilisation.