Motorworld’s newspaper №76

In 1940 Moto Guzzi company produced the Trialce tricycle, which was one of the variations of the Alce motorcycle model, very popular with the military. Trialce’s intended use was strictly military, and the model was supplied with various flatbed options: for transporting cargo, officers or cannons. Even a collapsible modification existed, for use in the paratroops.

In the German army, senior officers got around mostly in cars and only junior officers could use motorcycle sidecars. The Italian military were more pragmatic, so they used almost exclusively Trialce for transporting members of the Italian officer corps.

The 20-mm anti-aircraft cannons that were installed on the Trialce flatbed made these motorcycles into formidable combat units. When Italian military had been engaged in Northern Africa, they were taken by surprise many times and threatened from the air, so the army welcomed such a mobile weapon very much.

The Trialce model had a 500-cc single-cylinder engine having the rating of 13.2 h.p. at 4000 rpm. Tricycle payload capacity was 800 kg (or 500 kg for the officer version), its maximum speed was 73 km/h. 1741 tricycles were produced between 1941 and 1943.

Manufacturer Societa Antonima Moto Guzzi, Mandello del Lario (Italy)
Years of manufacture 1940 – 1944
Quantity produced, units 1 741
Price
Today’s value
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
Type Single-cylinder, 4-stroke
Engine capacity, cc 498
Bore and stroke, mm 88 x 82
Engine rating 13.2 h.p. at 4000 rpm
Sparking Marelli magneto
Carburetor Dell’Orto M.C.26 F
Battery
Clutch Dry
Transmission 4-speed
FRAME AND WHEELBASE
Frame type Tubular, duplex
Front suspension Parallelogram
Rear suspension Spring-type
Brakes Drum type
Wheel size 19 x 3,00
DIMENSIONS
Length, mm
2 825
Width, mm
1 240
Height, mm
1 050
Wheelbase, mm
1 880
Ground clearance, mm
   210
Seat height, mm
760*
Mass, kg
   336
Gas tank size, l
     16
Maximum speed, km/h
     73
Range, km

* – Data from the results of the measurement of the “Motorworld by V.Sheyanov” exhibit.