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MV AGUSTA BIALBERO 125CC 1 CYL DOHC - €55,000

MV AGUSTA BIALBERO 125CC 1 CYL DOHC - €55,000 for Sale on Classic & Race Bike

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Make: MV AGUSTA
Model: BIALBERO 125CC 1 CYL DOHC
Engine Category: 125cc

Year: 1954
Price: €55,000
Mileage: Contact
Colour: Contact

Date Added: 25 June 2017
Location: 6031 RK Nederweert, Netherlands
MV AGUSTA BIALBERO 125CC 1 CYL DOHC - €55,000 For Sale on Classic & Race Bike
MV AGUSTA BIALBERO 125CC 1 CYL DOHC - €55,000 For Sale on Classic & Race Bike
MV AGUSTA BIALBERO 125CC 1 CYL DOHC - €55,000 For Sale on Classic & Race Bike
MV AGUSTA BIALBERO 125CC 1 CYL DOHC - €55,000 For Sale on Classic & Race Bike
MV AGUSTA BIALBERO 125CC 1 CYL DOHC - €55,000 For Sale on Classic & Race Bike
MV AGUSTA BIALBERO 125CC 1 CYL DOHC - €55,000 For Sale on Classic & Race Bike
MV AGUSTA BIALBERO 125CC 1 CYL DOHC - €55,000 For Sale on Classic & Race Bike
MV AGUSTA BIALBERO 125CC 1 CYL DOHC - €55,000 For Sale on Classic & Race Bike
MV AGUSTA BIALBERO 125CC 1 CYL DOHC - €55,000 For Sale on Classic & Race Bike
MV AGUSTA BIALBERO 125CC 1 CYL DOHC - €55,000 For Sale on Classic & Race Bike

Bike Details

Approximate currency conversion: €55,000 <-> £49,186

MV Agusta 1954 123.5cc Bialbero Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 150090 Engine no. 150163

The Verghera marques unequalled record of success during the 28 years from 1948 to 1976 won them over 3,000 races and 37 World Championships
The list of riders who raced MV machinery reads like a Whos Who of motorcycle sport, with Cecil Sandford, Les Graham, Bill Lomas, Carlo Ubbiali, John Surtees, Luigi Taveri, Gary Hocking, Mike Hailwood, Giacomo Agostini and Phil Read prominent among them. Mick Walker, MV Agusta.
Although best known for their multi-cylinder four-strokes, multiple World Championship-winning MV-Agusta built lightweights throughout its manufacturing career and in its early days listed small two-strokes and even a scooter.
The racing 125cc two-strokes that first appeared in 1948 were a major success, winning the arduous Milan-Taranto road race in 1950, 51 and 52, but at World Championship level the MVs were outclassed by the four-stroke FB-Mondial with its twin-overhead-cam engine.
Count Agustas response was to hire Gileras chief designer Piero Remor together with its chief mechanic, Arturo Magni in 1950.
However, the new Remor-designed 125cc four-stroke was not an immediate success, scoring only a single points-paying finish in 1950 and just one podium result in 51, the latter courtesy of new arrival Les Graham.
It was only following Mondials withdrawal from racing that MV bagged its first 125cc World Championship, Cecil Sandford taking the riders title in 1952.
MVs 125 had been extensively redesigned for 52, gaining telescopic forks, full-width alloy hubs and a sleeker fuel tank, while maximum power increased to 15bhp.
Les Grahams influence saw the 125 equipped with Ernie Earles leading-link front forks for 1953 and these also found their way onto the 500cc four.
Graham won the Ultra-lightweight TT at the Isle of Man that year but his tragic death a few days later dealt a severe blow to the teams fortunes; NSU works rider Werner Haas went on to take the riders title in the 125cc class but MV did at least have the satisfaction of retaining the manufacturers crown.
NSU continued its dominance of the 125cc class in 1954, works rider Rupert Hollaus being crowned World Champion at the years end with MVs Carlo Ubbiali runner-up.
The German factorys withdrawal at the end of the 54 season left no credible opposition in the lightweight classes for MV, which duly scooped its second 125cc World Championship in 1955, winning all six Grands Prix that year.
Carlo Ubbialis five wins ensured the Italian of his second world title.
For the next five years the combination of Ubbiali and the 125 MV would prove almost unbeatable.
The Italian would secure four more 125cc World Championships before retiring at the end of the 1960 season, an almost unprecedented run of success only interrupted in 1957 by Mondial-mounted Tarquinio Provini. Ubbiali also claimed the 250 world title for MV in 1956, 59 and 60.
Ubbialis retirement coincided with MVs withdrawal from serious involvement in the lightweight classes at international level, but what an extraordinary achievement it had been.
Like their rivals, MV was not in the habit of selling works bikes to privateers, but the Monoalbero single camshaft production racer was available.
In 1954 Webster had the MV rebuilt around an Ernie Earles frame and in this form it was ridden successfully by Bill Lomas. Several over-the-counter monoalbero MV racers were sold to other enterprising privateers.
This MV is a production monoalbero fitted with the rare factorys twin-cam conversion.
There were only 15 works Bialbero twin-cam conversion sets of this kind produced, promoted by Arturo Magni.
They were only available from MV Agusta and officially only to be used for the official World Championship from 1954 .
They were only been sold to the very best private racers.
MV Agusta wanted to get the dominance in this racing category of 125cc at that time.
Restored in 1998, the machine is still in a wonderful ready to race condition.
There is an article and photographs of this very MV Agusta Bialbero in the September 2017 issue of the German Motorrad Classic, a leading monthly magazine for classic motorcycles.

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