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Barber's Best

A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.


1954 MV Agusta 500/4

1954 MV Agusta 500/4

1954 MV Agusta 500/4

Country: Italy
Engine: Air-cooled, 4-cylinder 4-stroke
Ignition: Lucas Magneto
Power Rating: 60hp @ 10,500rpm
Bore x Stroke: 53mm x 56mm
Displacement: 497cc
Valves: Gear driven DOHC
Fuel System: Four Dell’Orto SS 28mm carbs
Transmission: 5-speed
Suspension: Front telescopic fork, rear twin shock
Brakes: Front and rear drums
Weight: 308lb
Top Speed: 145mph

1954 MV Agusta 500/4

All MV Agusta race bikes were hand built specials, the equivalent of a Formula One Ferrari. Introduced in 1950, the 4-cylinder basic design remained in use for 15 years. Continuous development, mainly in chassis in world championship titles and grand prix wins too numerous to list. A smaller, lighter and more powerful 3-cylinder model replaced the 500/4 in 1965.

1954 MV Agusta 500/4