The First MV Agusta
The MV Agusta 98 Turismo was the first motorcycle produced by Meccanica Verghera Agusta. Approximately 1,700 units of the lightweight single-cylinder motorcycle were produced between 1945 and 1948.
It was a post-war motorcycle design and was a utility vehicle with an intended low selling price and maintenance costs. The MSRP was only 130,000 Lire (or $89.56 USD).The simplicity of the components insured good reliability, as was required of a post-war motorcycle. A Lusso (Luxury) version with a telescopic fork was also produced.
The 98 was initially presented with the name Vespa but was abandoned as Vespa had already been registered by another company.MV Agusta 98 motorcycle had a tiny air-cooled two-stroke engine a 98cc displacement. The 48mm bore and a 54mm stroke (49 x 52 on the second version) had a compression ratio of 6:1 helping put out a 3.5hp at 4800rpm.The original version’s piston had a deflector but was quickly replaced by a slightly convex type motorcycle piston.Feed by a 16 mm carburetor, the gas (90%) and oil (10%) mixture was fired by a MV Agusta kick-starter and flywheel magneto ignition.The 98 clutch was a familiar wet multiple plate unit that was attached to a two-speeds gearbox and a final chain drive that was later updated with a three-speed version in 1946.The Turismo 98 had a closed tubular steel cradle frame and a gas tank that held a full 9 liters (2.37 gallons).Front suspension was comprised of girder forks (telescopic fork on Lusso model and the rear suspension was a plunger-box. The braking system used a lateral 125mm drum in the front and a similar lateral 125 mm drum in the rear.Classic spoked wheels with 2.50×19 front tire and a 3.00×19 rear tire proved the rolling hardware of the day.The MV Agusta 98 Turismo weighted in at 70 kg (154 lbs.) allowing a lofty top speed 65 Km/h (40.4mph) while going the distance at a very "green" 40kml (94mpg).