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MV Agusta 125 S

Collectible: MV Agusta 125 TRL

This single sparked many an MV love affair, although it was workhorse than racer its exceptional fuel economy

The in recent years of the revived d’Italia has been one of the success of the classic motorcycle scene. The Motogiro was established in 1953, for motorcycles up to 175cc, and was run over on Italian public roads. It was popular.

Bike manufacturers eager to promote their in a period of insatiable demand and the was desperate for entertainment in a dour

Sadly a … crash in the Mille Miglia car race Ferrari ran off the road, killing his co-driver and 13 spectators) led to the banning of all races in Italy. More many of these races been resurrected as historic rather than races, and in the Motogiro reappeared. And, like the original, to qualify for the Historical class all entrants had to be 175cc and built prior to

Most Italian manufacturers of the day bikes for the Motogiro, and one of the more was the MV Agusta 125 TRL. TRL stood for Rapido Lusso (luxury tourer).

The first MV Agusta four-… was the 175cc CSTL at the end of 1952, and during 1954 a version was added to the range. to the racing MVs the 125 single’s specifications unremarkable. The two valves were by pushrods and rockers, and with a compression ratio of 6.4:1 and through a tiny Dell’Orto carburettor, 7hp (5.1kW) was produced at

Only a four-speed gearbox was this integral with the unit as was typical with motorcycles of the day. Ignition was by a flywheel magneto.

Although the 125 was built to a budget, the running was closely related to the more and exotic 175. The duplex incorporated the engine as a stressed and the 125 was fitted with an oil-damped front fork and rear absorbers. The rear frame was a distinctive ‘Boomerang’ shape would characterise MV singles for two decades.

Rolling on a pair of wheels, the 94kg 125 TRL handled as as anything else available, if the power was modest.

Intended as an entry-level model, a rather than street the 125 TRL’s true forte was fuel economy. Ridden in a manner the 125 used less 1.9 litres per 100km (52.6km/lt), a frugal owner a range of than 400km. It was this rather than outright that saw the 125 MV become one of the most small capacity motorcycles in Italy during the 1950s.

And other models in MV’s were deleted as sales the little 125 remained available 1973. By this stage the output had more than to 15hp (11kW), but the overhead single was still largely from 1954.

Although the 125 MV wasn’t as exotic as the Ducati or Mondial, these little motorcycles provided with a competitive mount in the Italian road races of the The 125 was also overshadowed by its exotic overhead camshaft stablemates but was a realistic way for many to enter the world of MV Agusta.

This true today. Few can realise an to own a factory MV racer or double camshaft four, but the 125 TRL provides into an exclusive club.


These are the numbers need to crunch if you’re about putting a 125 TRL in your own

Original price tag for a new 1954 MV 125 TRL: $495

Current for one in mint condition: $8000

MV Agusta 125 S

Current valuation for one in average $4000 to $6000


MV Agusta’s first 125 was a two-… This appeared during but was never put into production.

committed to producing two-strokes, MV Agusta was beaten convincingly by in the 1949 125cc world it switched to four-… manufacture.

Pietro Remor was lured Gilera at the end of 1949 and created a 125 racing single as well as a four.

The DOHC 125 single for a decade and was joined by a similar single-cam version between and 1956.

MV Agusta won six 125cc championships between 1952 and – Carlo Ubbiali was its most 125cc rider, with world titles to his name. also won three 250cc championships.


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