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Old 07-10-05, 04:18 PM   #1
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Bianchi Piaggio - Italy or Japan?

Does anyone know the year the Piaggio model was produced by Bianchi? Early 1980's? Also, was the frame made in Italy or Japan?

Found such a frame on Craigslist and want to covert it to a singlespeed.
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Maybe a Bianchi expert will correct me, but I believe that, at least for awhile, Bianchi was part of Gruppo Piaggio, which is well known for its scooters. So I don't think a Piaggio sticker on a Bianchi denotes the model....
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Not a Bianchi expert, but I do have a Piaggio, I think it's more mid 80's, made in Japan (they're not made in Italy unless they say so) with Suntour Arx components. Mine doesn't say Piaggio on it, but a friend has the exact same bike with Paggio written on it (I think his is a year newer).

I've seen lots of pictures of Bianchis from that era, the only ones I've seen with "Piaggio" on them look like mine.
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I tend to agree with Jemoryl. Piaggio was the corporation that owned Bianchi and Vespa in the early 1980s. The Piaggio decal appeared on the seat tube of all the models for a short period. There may also have been a Piaggio model, but I'm not aware of it.

The serial number will indicate if it is an Italian or Japanese frame and also indicate the year (if it is Italian). An Italian built frame will have a part two serial number on both sides of the seat lug or on the bottom bracket. Japanese frames have a single serial number on the bottom bracket. Of course, the bottom bracket threading is another way to determine the origin, with Japanese frames being English (1.370" x 24 TPI) and the the Italian frames having Italian threading (36mm x 24 TPI).
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