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Monday, October 1, 2018

This one-wheeled motorcycle still be a mystery over more than 60 years

Sometimes a classic motorcycle has a very unique design and can even be said to be radical. An example is this motorcycle, MV Agusta Monomoto 60 cc Superleggera which was produced in 1954. There are many controversies arose regarding this machine, but there is nothing wrong if we discuss it a little.
1954 MV Agusta Monomoto 60 cc Superleggera. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2OWFYF0)
Due to very strange that in the 1950s there were already motorbikes with one wheel like this. This looks very different from a motorcycle that generally uses two wheels, moreover there's the MV Agusta emblem on the fueltank which indicated as those monowheel motorbike brand.
Luigi Bandini posed with his father, Count Enzio Bandini and 1954 MV Agusta Monomoto 60 cc Superleggera. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2OWFYF0)
This monowheel motorcycle design looks very simple even though it has all the motorcycle components. Such as a round pipe chassis, as the place where is the machine mounted, as well as the fuel tank which also functions the rider's seat holder.
Left side view of 1954 MV Agusta Monomoto 60 cc Superleggera. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2OWFYF0)
For the engine it was allegedly using a 2-stroke engine with a curved exhaust pipe that points backwards. Its gearbox also functioned as the place where the shock absorbers mounted. Uniquely, the wheel placed in the center of the motor and when spinning it does not shift left or right and can be stays in balanced.
Right side view of 1954 MV Agusta Monomoto 60 cc Superleggera. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2OWFYF0)
As reported by EatSleepRIDE, it was built only as a prototype and ridden by a young wealthy Italian racer named Luigi Bandini during the practice session for the Milano-Taranto road race in 1954. Unfortunately, Luigi Bandini lost control in poor conditions after he whilsts waving to a pretty spectator. And he passed away on the incident. Since then, Bandini's father, Count Enzio Bandini was grief-stricken when he heard and subsequently forbade anyone to ride or even see the machine.
Another classic one-wheeled vehicle, is this a myth or real? (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2R6Wofn)
At the end slowly but sure, the history of the motorcycle disappeared. Over time, the motorcycle disappeared into legend until a motorcycle collector named Todd Fell heard the tale. On a road trip to Napoli, he visited the Bandini villa in 2004 and persuaded the Bandini family allowed him to look the machine again after 50 years had never been seen by the public.
Some believe the above story is a myth, or that something is lost in translation. Either way the bike is (apparently) real. Unfortunately, no-one seems to know where it is now or even how it might rides. If the owners are out there and reading this:

"We would like to tell you that We'd be delighfull happy to see it wheeled spin once again on the streets."

Kept spur your adrenaline on the power of two-wheeled monster and stay alive with the true safety riding. May God will forgive Your sins and so does the cops...... *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MXSPAIN | SCOOP.IT | EATSLEEPRIDE]
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  1. Isn't this machine at Bob's BMW in columbia, MD?

  2. This very rare and wonderful machine is indeed alive and well cared for and shared regularly at the Vintage BMW Motorcycle Museum in Jessup, Maryland. It is owned by collector and BMW and Ducati Dealer Bob Henig

  3. Who remembers seeing one of these on South Park?