MALOSSI - One of the big names in the tuning scene for scooters and maxi-scooters - and has been for more than 50 years. After several moves due to the rapid development of the company, MALOSSI is now based in Calderara di Reno, near Bologna, Italy.
Made In Italy
Decades of tuning experience
A real family business
In-house research, development and production
MALOSSI - A family history
It all began in 1930 with Armando Malossi and the founding of "Cycles and Moto Malossi". Bologna was then a poor city, shattered by two wars and the family left the city centre to escape the bombardments of the Second World War.
In the post-war period, the company got fresh impetus and focused on bicycles and the repair and restoration of motorbikes. Armando's eldest son Ugo joined his father's business. His passion for motorbikes led to the establishment of a department for the development of two- and four-stroke engines. A far-reaching decision.
In the 1960s, the car became the new favourite of Italians and MALOSSI produced carburettors for the automotive industry and racing. In 1969, Ugo's younger brother Sandro joined the company and became sales and IT network manager. Business was booming, orders were coming in from all over the world and expansion was on the agenda. With new staff, the company moved to Calderara di Reno. The year 1978 was particularly formative, because the first MALOSSI conversion kit for the Yamaha TY 50 cc Enduro came onto the market with a silencer, cylinder head and piston. The great success was the starting signal for a long series of conversion kits for many manufacturers and engines.
Under the management of Sandro, the racing department is launched and under the name "Trofei Malossi", racing series are held not only in Italy, but also in Greece, England, Spain, France and Germany.
The family grows. Ugo's children, son Andrea and daughter Alessandra, join the company in the 1980s. Andrea's passion is engines of all kinds and Alessandra takes over the marketing of the products.
MALOSSI - 1983: The year of the Vespa
Spurred on by success with moped kits in France, Belgium and the Netherlands, MALOSSI turns its attention to the Italian market and sets its sights on the most popular vehicles of the time: Vespa scooters from Piaggio. With the experience gained from rebuilding the Yamaha Enduro, MALOSSI quickly produces innovations for Piaggio scooters and conquers the hearts of domestic scooter riders.
In the early 1990s, the first conversion kits for the Vespa 50 PX and T3 come onto the market. MALOSSI has established itself as a tuning manufacturer for Vespas and produces high-performance parts developed for use in special competitions under the name "Malossi Hyper Racing" (MHR). In 1996, the "RS24" brand is born: specific scooter suspensions for the racetrack.
The turn of the millennium confronts the company management with an important decision: Should MALOSSI enter the business with four-stroke scooters, the so-called "maxi-scooters"? The Italians embark on the adventure and start to rebuild the Majesty 250, followed by camshafts, valves and secondary gearboxes for the increasingly popular maxi-scooters. But the sporty Vespa GTS is also tuned with the V4 HEAD four-stroke engine, which makes 125 to 300 cc possible.
The bold four-stroke decision bears fruit and necessitates the last move for the time being: The new company building in Calderara di Reno is built on 12,000 sqm with production facilities, test rooms, laboratories, offices and a large warehouse.