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