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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.


1960 MV Agusta 125 Gran Turismo

1960 MV Agusta 125 Gran Turismo (4)

1960 MV Agusta 125 Gran Turismo

Country: Italy
Engine: Air-cooled, single cylinder, 4-stroke
Ignition: Battery and coil
Power Rating: 7.5bhp @ 6,500rpm
Bore x Stroke: 54mm x 54mm
Displacement: 123cc
Valves: Overhead, pushrod activated
Fuel System: Dell’Orto carburetor
Transmission: 4-speed
Suspension: Front telescopic forks, rear twin shock
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Weight: 226lb
Top speed: 60mph

1960 MV Agusta 125 Gran Turismo (2)

Using one basic model, MV would make many variations from touring to a production racer, and name them accordingly. Turismo, Lusso, Rapido, Extra and Sport are but a few. This handsome 125 sports styled machine is a “Grand Turismo” or “Great Tourer.” To own a 4-stroke powered bike, irrespective of the capacity, was prestigious in postwar Italy.

1960 MV Agusta 125 Gran Turismo (3)