Italjet would probably never have been founded if, Leopoldo Tartarini, its founder, had not been a rider. In fact, motorbikes have always represented the common thread of his life with passion, ingenuity and work.
Awards and recognitions
Since 1959 Italjet has created more than 150 different innovative models. Motorcycles designed with an inspiration that has remained unchanged until today
A great and unique passion in giving continuity to its philosophy that has always set Italjet apart in Italy and in the world.
The summary of this philosophy is simple: to innovate, to anticipate tastes and fashions, to always be at the forefront, one step ahead of the others.
“It’s a way of thinking that comes from agony, where you have to be determined to achieve your goals, always second guessing your opponents”, explains the founder Leopoldo Tartarini.
It is this determination, combined with the enthusiasm and infinite passion for everything about motorcycles and engines that has been transmitted to his children, not just through the chromosomes but making it breathe day after day and cultivating it with the example and memory of the great sporting accomplishments.
To name but a few: the victory in the 1953 Milano-Taranto race, the 1957-58 world tour (five continents, 42 countries in 13 months), the three world records with the Cyclecar in Monza in 1969.
On 14 February 1980 the recognition arrived that could, on its own, make a career:
The design sector of the NEW YORK MUSEUM of MODERN, the prestigious MOMA, informs Leopoldo Tartarini of the decision to exhibit Pack 2 in the permanent collection. It is the only two-wheeled motor vehicle housed in the museum.
In 1998, when the Guggenheim museum in New York decides to select some motorcycles and scooters, it assigns the only prize to the only scooter that will then be exhibited: the Formula 50, liquid-cooled and already named scooter of the year four times, twice in Italy and once each in Germany and in Spain.
In 2000, it was the turn of the Velocifero, the scooter that perfectly combines the vintage style of the 60’s with modern technology.