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1959 Lilac


1959 Lilac Pictures
Lilac's transverse V-twin engine came five years before that of Italy's Moto Guzzi.
Lilac's transverse V-twin engine came five years before that of Italy's Moto Guzzi.

The 1959 Lilac was not known for high style, but did feature skirted fenders and a plush seat, and its engineering was very up-to-date.

The speedometer and warning lights were incorporated into the headlight bucket.
The speedometer and warning lights were incorporated into the headlight bucket.
Featureless engine cases were short on character, but the technology within was clever and advanced.
Featureless engine cases were short on character, but the technology within was clever and advanced.
Shaft drive was a rare feature in 1959; BMW was the only other major motorcycle maker with it at the time.
Shaft drive was a rare feature in 1959; BMW was the only other major motorcycle maker with it at the time.

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