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Maserati 50cc Motorcycles
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Maserati Tipo 50/T2/S
Two sporty 50cc models, the 50/T2/S (Sport) and the 50/T2/SS (Super Sport). The latter, with a dual-beam backbone frame, wrap-around front mudguard, race number carriers in front of the headlamp and at the rear, and a dummy megaphone exhaust pipe. These features made this model particularly popular among the younger enthusiasts as it gave the impression of being a larger engined bike.
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Maserati Tipo 50/T2/SS 1956
The unusual 'back-bone' design of the 50/T2/SS gave rise to its nickname which originated in the premises of Lina and Guido Borri at Via Mazzini 54 in Bologna; the Borris were formerly dealers for Italmoto but changed distributers of Maserati . When they took delivery of the new model, Lina took one look at the it and exclaimed: "Ma cos'è questo brutto rospo ? ("What is this ugly toad?"). From then on, the 50/T2/SS was nicknamed ' Rospo ' (toad) and Guido even attached specially designed decals to his bikes depicting a toad 'ready to pounce'.
Maserati Tipo 50-T2-SS 'Rospo'
Years of production: 1956-1959 
Two-stroke single cylinder 49.635 cc engine 
Bore 40mm and stroke 39.5mm 
Compression ratio 12.0:1 
Power output 2.82 bhp @ 6700 rpm 
Maximum revs 7300 rpm 
Dell'Orto UA 16 S carburettor 
3-speed gearbox 
Maximum speed 70/75 kph 
Dry weight 49 kg
Maserati did not have its own motorcycle racing team, even though this route was proven to have a positive effect on sales, but it did, however, encourage some of its retailers to organise races for its customers. Those races include the ' Giro d'Italia Motociclistico ' (The Motorcycle Tour of Italy), the ' Milano-Taranto ' (The Milan to Taranto race) and many other local races.
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