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MV Agusta 350 GT

MV Agusta 350B Classic 2004) (May 2004)

MV won a record 63 World Championships. the 350B wasn’t represented in any of it was a lovely looker and even handler. Ian Falloon of Australian Trader takes a closer

There are few names in motorcycling as as MV Agusta. Yet while the racing and magnificent four-cylinder models most of the accolades, the MV legend was built on a range of single and production machines. Racing in the 1950s led to MV offering some of the sporting singles then including the magnificent 175 CSS, and in they unveiled a prototype twin.

The double overhead camshaft was quite radical for its day but remained a and it wasn’t until 1963 MV reconsidered the twin. This the design was much more with a 160cc overhead pushrod twin-cylinder engine produced an unremarkable 7.5 horsepower.

One that has characterised MV over the is the time delay between display and production. The parallel was no different. The 160 disappeared for a couple of but in the meantime grew to 250cc and availability towards the end of 1967.

By 1971 the twin became and for 1972 and 1973 emerged as the 350B featured here.

The unit-construction twin-cylinder engine the usual MV practice of looking similar to a two-…, with the finned cylinder-head and barrel completely disguising the overhead layout. In the process in growing 160 to 350cc, the bore and … oversquare (63x56mm), the compression went up to 9.5:1, and carburettors to two 24 mm Dell’Orto.

The power was up to 32 horsepower at and was transmitted through a five-speed Vibration, always a problem 360-degree parallel twins, was well-controlled on this short-… The earliest MV350B featured and points ignition, but this was to electronic (as on this example) in 1972.

At the same time the electrical was upgraded to 12 volts.

MV Agusta 350 GT

When it to the chassis, the 350B was more to 1950s bikes than Utilising the engine as a stressed the frame was not unlike that of the Ducati single, with a front downtube. In many respects the 350B was also to the little single-cylinder desmo There were 18-inch front and rear, with width Grimeca drum

The overall dimensions of both were also similar, but the heavier (149kg) MV could the desmo Ducati, topping out at 160km/h. Both bikes typical middleweight Italian racers of the era, featuring handlebars and rear-set footpegs. And the power was moderate it didn’t tax the unnecessarily.

One feature that set the MV was the optional full racing MV Agusta wanted to make the of its racing success, then at its and while the 350B engine was unremarkable, its breeding was impeccable. the Ducati desmo singles, the MV represented the culmination of an era for Italian

Demand for faster and more motorcycles led to the market for small sporting bikes diminishing. The of producing such high machines was no longer justified, and those who appreciated finesse horsepower wanted the expensive MV But those who did appreciate it got one of the sweetest best looking, and best bikes ever.

Published. 14 May 2004

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