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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.


1975 Morbidelli 125 Grand Prix

1975 Morbidelli 125 Grand Prix

Country: Italy
Engine: Water-cooled, twin-cylinder 2-stroke
Ignition: Battery-powered Krober ignition (CDI)
Power rating: 42bhp @ 14,200rpm
Displacement: 124.77cc, rotary inlet
Fuel system: Twin Mikuni 28mm carburetors
Transmission: 6-speed
Suspension: Front Marzocchi 32mm telescopic forks, rear twin shock
Brakes: Front twin Brembo discs, rear single Brembo disc
Weight: 165lbs
Top speed: 145mph

1975 Morbidelli 125 Grand Prix

Morbidelli caused a sensation in 1975, winning the 125cc World Championship with a new machine designed by brilliant Dutch engineer Jorg Moller, previously with Van Veen. Such was the demand for a fast, reliable machine that Morbidelli entered in an agreement with Benelli to produce replicas, and a new factory was built in Pesaro expressly for constructing batches of the 125 water-cooled disc-valve twins to sell worldwide to wealthy customers. Horsepower was 36.5 on the customer bikes that were sold as MBAs (Morbidelli Benelli Armi).

1975 Morbidelli 125 Grand Prix

1975 Morbidelli 125 Grand Prix