Rumi Formichino scooter review The Rumi organisation originally supplied cast components to the textile machinery industry and was formed at the beginning of the last century. At the outbreak of the second WorldWar, Rumi became involved in the manufacture of armaments, miniture submarines and torpedoes. After the end of the World war in 1950, Rumi decided to get involved in the manufacture of lightweight motorcycles, it was also decided to base the powerplant on the horizontal twin 2-stroke unit of 125cc capacity.
In 1952 with the popularity of scooters Rumi started manufacturing the Squirrel or Scoiottolo a pressed steel monocoque body with tubular swinging arm rear suspension and three gears and teleforks with 14 inch wheels, subsequent models had electric starter and a 4-speed gearbox and was reputed to be the fastest scooter then in production. The prerogatives of the class are the wheels of small diameter, general cleaning and good abitabilita by a body that covers the mechanical parts. These features are also found on Formichino, which also offers read performance and valuable mechanical, the chain contained in the rear arm, made of aluminum smelting and imbullonato the propeller, or the engine as part of the frame. The launch of the Rumi Formichino, took place in 1954, according to Rumis plans, the machine was to take the company into the newly formed scooter sector dominated at that time by Piaggio, Innocenti, with the Lambretta, and with the Vespa. The styling of this splendid scooter was demonstrated his artistic talent and undoubtedly the work of Donnino Rumi.
The stressed aluminum alloy bodywork was essentially divided into 2-parts: the front divided in turn into 2-shells, which incorporated the front forks, the headlight and the fuel tank; the the mudguard over the driven wheel and rear sections which constituted the seat base. The production of the aluminum castings was handled by the Metalpress Company of Bergamo. The engine was intelligently located at the center of the machine and acted as a stress member connecting the two chassis elements. It was equipped right from the start with a 4-speed gearbox and the same engine was used to power the contemporary Turismo and Sport models, a fact that did a lot to simplify production processes.
Deliveries began in July 1954 and the first examples put into circulation were fitted with a single leading link front suspension system. In 1956th, modifications were made to the rear section of the bodywork, which was split into 2-parts instead of being formed froma single casting. Veglia speedometer odometer was mounted on the handlebar. A year later, the MilanTradeFair was again the setting for the presentation of the Sport model, distinguished by new aluminum cylinder barrels and a carburetor with a 22mm choke tube in this form, the engines power output rode to 5 bhp and top speed to 105km/h. More specs and user manual of Rumi Formichino you can see in next overview.