Two great names have combined to make the Mondial Piega but only 250 machines will be available. Enjoy it if you can, says Kevin Ash
Back in 1948, when Soichiro Honda was busy founding what was to become the biggest and most successful motorcycle company in the world, Mondial was formed in Italy by the Boselli brothers. The two concerns took very different paths: Honda rightly saw its immediate future as addressing the desperate post-war need for cheap personal transport, and he produced simple, reliable small motorcycles.
Count Giuseppe Boselli, being Italian, preferred to go racing and commissioned Alfonso Drusiani to design a 125cc, double overhead camshaft machine. The Mondial 125 race bike was as successful in its own sphere as the Honda, propagating a series of beautifully engineered racers which by 1957 had taken 10 world championships in the 125 and 250cc classes, as well as many other important wins and trophies.
From 1950 some road-going machines were also produced but ..........continue reading
I've ridden one. The way it sits bone stock an Ohlins suspended RC51 with mapped Sato's will stomp it into the ground in every facet except for exotica for less than half the cost. The claim of 10 more hp was just that a claim nothing more...
As a side note Vincent tried to undergo a resurrection a few year back and brought out some prototypes with RC51 engines as well. I took these pics at the Quail Lodge Auction
I actually thought the Gurney Gator was cooler though