The MV Agusta 750S: Reigning Supreme Among 1970s Superbikes
The MV Agusta 750S: Reigning Supreme Among 1970s Superbikes
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This MV Agusta 750S, a 1973 model, has been meticulously restored. It originally found its first owner in Germany before making its way to the UK, where it underwent a comprehensive restoration. The 750S was a true icon of its era, commanding a hefty price tag and a total production run of just 583 units.

The MV Agusta 750S, introduced in 1970, was celebrated for its timeless styling, although its premium price placed it out of reach for many enthusiasts, costing three times as much as the then-new Honda CB750.

Key Points about the MV Agusta 750S:

  • A mere 583 MV Agusta 750S motorcycles were manufactured between 1970 and 1975, primarily due to its exceptionally high cost.
  • MV Agusta had been engaged in the development of transverse inline-four-cylinder motorcycle engines since 1950, acquiring top engineers from Gilera and effectively replicating their earlier successful inline-four design.
  • The new 500cc transverse inline-four engine proved to be a triumph, contributing to MV Agusta's extensive list of achievements, including 270 Grand Prix motorcycle race wins, 38 World Riders' Championships, and 37 World Constructors' Championships.
  • Equipped with a 743cc DOHC inline-four engine producing 72 bhp at 9,200 rpm, the 750S boasted a top speed of 120 mph (200 km/h), firmly establishing itself as one of the premier production superbikes of its time.

The Fascinating Tale of the MV Agusta 750S: The remarkable history of the MV Agusta 750S traces its roots back to the 1920s, when innovative Italian engineers Carlo Gianini and Piero Remor designed a groundbreaking 500cc SOHC inline-four-cylinder motorcycle engine producing 28 bhp – a noteworthy feat for that era.

While their creation wasn't the first inline-four engine on a motorcycle, it was the first transversely mounted inline-four, meaning the engine was positioned sideways across the frame, unlike previous longitudinally mounted designs. This innovation led to a shorter wheelbase and improved cooling for the rear cylinders.21177664fb1cc1ab10b.png

Despite proving the feasibility of their concept, Gianini and Remor faced funding challenges. Thankfully, aircraft engine manufacturer C.N.A. stepped in and took over the project, enhancing the engine into a DOHC inline-four with liquid-cooling and a supercharger, pushing its output beyond 80 bhp.

Known as the "Rondine," this revolutionary aero/motorcycle engine powered the motorcycles that claimed the first and second positions at the 1935 Tripoli Grand Prix in Italy. Subsequently, Guiseppe Gilera of the Gilera motorcycle company acquired the engine's design, rights, and tooling.80487764fb1cd4d7b84.png

Gilera's team of engineers further refined the Rondine engine and utilized it in competition until the outbreak of World War II in Europe in 1939.

Following WWII, a new transverse inline-four engine was developed from scratch, solidifying its status as one of the most advanced motorcycle engines of its time. It propelled Gilera riders to numerous victories and championships in European racing.34023664fb1ce6adbf0.png

Presented here is a 1973 MV Agusta 750S, showcasing several advanced upgrades for its era. This particular motorcycle is a later iteration of the 750S model, featuring twin-front disc brakes, enlarged Dell’Orto 27mm carburetors, augmented valves, high-performance camshafts, and a heightened compression ratio.40491564fb1d1d4c06d.png




Notably, this bike boasts a complete streamlined fairing and the coveted SS1 competition carburetor set, both of which were considered premium factory options during its production period. Originally dispatched from the MV Agusta factory to Baden-Baden, Germany, in 1973, it eventually found its way to the United Kingdom, where it underwent a meticulous restoration process.

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