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125 Junior Gentleman -1955
Best in class
In 1955, Rumi- who concentrated on twostroke twin power units - made a racing machine designed for the regulations of the Italian Formula Junior Gentleman, which limited the carburetor choke to 18mm (0. 7 inches).
A Real Street Racer
Lean and lively, the Rumi Junior Gentleman became the favorite machine in this new category. Successor to the legendary Gobbetto, this client-competition machine was "domesticated" with street equipment so that it could compete in the classic Italian races like the Milan-Taranto. It also raced with distinction in events like the Bol d'Or in France and the 24 Hours of Montjuich in Spain. The basic power unit was the famous horizontal twin that powered the marque's scooters, but fitted with twin carburetors and either a straight through muffler or a megaphone exhaust.
Rolling Test Bench
Throughout its racing career, the Junior Gentleman also served as a test, on which Rumi tried liquid cooling, rotary valves, electronic ignition and expansion chambers. Powerful, reliable and a pleasure to ride, this excellent spottster was superior to most 250s of its day. It had Earles front forks and benefitted from the highly-efficient hub brakes of its predecessor. The high performance flywheel magneto and the crankcases had been redesigned in the interest of better cooling. The Junior Gentleman remained in production until 1959.
Engine: 125cc ( 42x45mm) air-cooled twin cylinder
Power Rating: 11 hp @ 7800 rpm
Fuel System: two carburetors with shared float chamber
Transmission: 5-speed, chain final drive
Suspension: Earles forks (front); swing arm with twin spring/dampers (rear)
Brakes: twin drum/single leading shoe (front); quad-show drum (rear)
Wheels: 2.50x19 in.ch wire (front & rear)
Weight: 165 lb
Maximum Speed: 70 mph with mufflers/81 mph with megaphones
Also built in 175cc capacity, the Rumi junior Gentleman is one of the most collectable Italian competition bikes of the 1950s.