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MV Agusta 125 Sport 1975

For 1975, MV Agusta range was reduced to three models, all of which were new. They were presented at a press conference in Milan by Corrado Agusta and senior MV staff. The three new models were the 750 Sport America, built at the request of Chris Garville and Jim Cotherman of Commerce Overseas Corporation, the US MV importers; the 350 Ipotesi, styled by Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro (who had previously designed the Suzuki RE5); and the 125 Sport SE, which was styled along the lines of the Ipotesi.

The MV Agusta 125 Sport SE was produced from 1975 to 1977. The colour scheme combines red and silver bodywork with a black exhaust. An alloy cylinder barrel and electronic ignition were features of the fashionably styled engine, which produced 14bhp at 8500 rpm, allowing a substantial top speed. The engine was housed in a well-finished duplex cradle frame equipped with Ceriani forks and Scarab front disc brake. A full fairing was an optional extra.

Although these new models were presented as the beginning of a new era for MV and the start of an ambitious programme of releasing road bikes based on the GP machines, the MV 125 was one of the last models to be produced by Meccanica Verghera at their Cascian Costa plant.


Engine: Single cylinder 4-stroke OHV

Bore & stroke: 53 x 56 mm

Compression ratio: 9.5:1

Engine Capacity: 123.5cc / 7.5 cu-in

Maximum power: 14 h.p. (10.2 kW) @ 8,500 rpm

Valves per cylinder: 2

Carburettor: Dell'Orto

Cooling system: Air cooled

Ignition type: Electronic

Lubrication: Wet sump forced circulation with mechanical gear pump

Transmission: Gear primary, chain final

Clutch: Cable operated with multi-plate wet disc in oil bath

Gearbox: 5-speed foot-change

Starter: Kick-starter

Throttle: Cable operated

Frame type: Open double cradle tubular and pressed steel

Front Suspension: Hydraulic telescopic forks

Rear Suspension: Swinging arm with dual hydraulic spring dampers

Front Brake: Disk brake Ø 260 mm

Rear Brake: Drum brakes Ø 160 mm

Wheelbase: 1,300mm

Front Tyre: 2.75 x 18 in.

Rear Tyre: 3.00 x 18 in.

Seat: Ducktail race seat

Fuel tank capacity: 19 litres (5.0 gallons)

Top speed: 120 km/h (75mph)

Dry weight: 103 kg (227 lb)

Production: 2,493 units

Source: Hessink's NL

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