Berneg Construzione Meccaniche | Yet another obscure Italian motorcycle

‘Berneg Construzione Meccaniche’

With Phil Aynsley

Obscure Italian marque number 257…

Berneg

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Berneg 175cc Fario
Bernerg 175cc Fario
Berneg

Berneg was established in Bologna in 1954 by Paride Bernardi and Corrado Negrini to manufacture parts such as frames, tanks and mud guards for other bike manufacturers.

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Berneg 175cc Fario
Berneg 175cc Fario
Berneg 175cc Fario

In 1955 the company displayed their first complete motorcycle – the 160cc Iridea, taking the natural step forward to their own complete motorcycle.

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Berneg 175cc Fario
PA Berneg
Berneg 175cc Fario

The Iridea was designed by Alfonso Drusiani (of FB Mondial fame) and featured a parallel twin four-stroke, using a chain driven OHC, while making 8hp at 6500rpm.

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Berneg 175cc Fario

The follow up to the Iridea was the 175cc Fario, seen here, (both names refer to types of trout incidentally) in 1957. Output was up 11hp at 8000rpm, with weight of 110kg, while top speed was 110km/h. Both models were very similar in appearance, while the Iridea had smooth cam covers and unpolished engine side cases.

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Berneg 175cc Fario
PA Berneg
Berneg 175cc Fario

Berneg ceased production in 1961, with reliability pointed to as a contributing factor by some.

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Berneg 175cc Fario

Source: MCNews.com.au

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