The Rumi organisation was formed
at the beginning of the century and originally
supplied cast components to the textile machinery
industry. At the outbreak of WW2, Rumi became
involved in the manufacture of armaments, miniature
submarines and torpedoes. After the end of the
war in 1950, Rumi decided to get involved in
the manufacture of lightweight motorcycles.
It was also decided to base the powerplant on
the horizontal twin two stroke unit of 125cc
capacity. In 1952, with the popularity of scooters,
Rumi started manufacturing the Squirrel or Scoiottolo
- a pressed steel monocoque body with tubular
swinging arm rear suspension and teleforks with
14 inch wheels and three gears. Subsequent models
had a four speed gearbox and electric starter
and were reputed to be the fastest scooters
then in production.
In 1952, Rumi was producing the
"sports" and "super sport" motorcycle models
(single and twin carburettor versions respectively).
The "super sport" was superseded by the "Competizione"
or "Gobbetto", a pure factory racer. A "Competizione"
won the Italian National Championship in 1954.
During 1955, the "Competizione" was superseded
by the "Junior Corsa" and "Junior Gentleman".
1954 brought the production of
the Formichino or Little Ant scooter, which
was reputedly designed by Ing Salvatti. The
entire body (with exception of the front forks
, crash rails and legshields) was produced in
cast aluminium, with the front and rear castings
bolted to the engine to form a monocoque which
resulted in a light and rigid construction.
The rear swinging arm, chaincase and silencer
box were also constructed in cast aluminium.
These models had originally 8 inch wheels, but
by 1958 they reverted to 10 inch which gave
a better stability and ground clearance.
In 1958, Rumi also produced a
sports version called the "Tipo Sport" which
had a 22mm carburettor, larger exhaust pipes
and a higher compression ratio. In 1957/58 and
1960, Rumi won the famous Bol d'Or 24 hour races
at Montlhery in France and subsequently Rumi
produced the Bol d'Or scooter named after the
In the UK, it sported dropped
handlebars, chrome plated aluminium cylinders
and twin carburettors but the French version
favoured the Bol d'or with a single 22mm carburettor.
Unfortunately, during the 1960s, Rumi went into
liquidation and Donnino Rumi, the archangel
of the Rumi motorcycles and scooters went back
to his prime love of being a sculptor and artist.
|1950 Rumi Formichino scooter
|1952 Rumi Gobbetto Competizione
||Rare and complete privateer bike
in running condition. Fully restored
but with an unknown history.
|1952 Rumi Scooter
|1954 Rumi Sport
|1954 Rumi 125 Scoiattolo
||1957 Moto Rumi 125 "Junior" Italian
||This unique machine was built in
Argentina by the famed craftsman Eduardo
Lorenzut e Hijos of Edy Classic Bikes
in Buenos Aires as a replica of a
Rumi Junior. Its not the Factory version
but a later recreation. An authentic
Junior is worth over $20,000, an authentic
Junior with Earles Fork worth over
||1963 Rumi Scooter