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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.


1967 MV Agusta 500/3

Right-Hand Side of the 1967 MV Agusta 500/3

1967 MV Agusta 500/3

Country: Italy
Engine: Air-cooled, three-cylinder four stroke
Ignition: Battery & coil
Power rating:
78bhp @ 12,000rpm
Bore x stroke:
62mm x 55mm
Displacement:
498cc
Valves:
Gear-driven double overhead cam
Fuel system:
Three Dell’Orto SS 27mm carburetor
Transmission:
Seven speed
Suspension:
Front telescopic forks, rear twin shock
Brakes:
Front 220mm drum, rear 180mm drum
Weight:
275lbs dry
Top speed:
160mph

Originally built as a 350cc class machine, gradual bore increases raised the capacity to 377cc, 420cc, and finally 499cc. With this machine, MV won the 500cc World Championships from 1966 to 1973. This record is unique in the history of motorcycle racing. Increased competition required more modern technology, so the three-cylinder machine was replaced with a four-cylinder model that featured four valves per cylinder.

Rider's view of the 1967 MV Agusta 500/3

Left-Hand Side of the 1967 MV Agusta 500/3