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Monday, October 1, 2018

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

In the fascinating world of classic motorcycles, one can stumble upon designs that defy the norms and push the boundaries of conventional two-wheeled machines. An intriguing example from the annals of motorcycle history is the MV Agusta Monomoto 60 cc Superleggera, born in 1954. This unique creation sparked controversies, and delving into its story unveils a fascinating journey through time.
1954 MV Agusta Monomoto 60 cc Superleggera. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2OWFYF0)
In the 1950s, a period dominated by traditional two-wheeled motorcycles, the emergence of a monowheel design was nothing short of bizarre. The MV Agusta Monomoto 60 cc Superleggera took the spotlight with its unconventional single-wheel approach, proudly adorned with the iconic MV Agusta emblem on the fuel tank, marking it as the brand's venture into the monowheel domain.
Luigi Bandini posed with his father, Count Enzio Bandini and 1954 MV Agusta Monomoto 60 cc Superleggera. (Picture from: EatSleepRIDE)
The simplicity of the monowheel motorcycle's design is deceiving, concealing all the essential components required for a functional ride. A circular pipe chassis serves as both the engine mount and the foundation for the fuel tank, which ingeniously doubles as the seat holder for the rider.
Left side view of 1954 MV Agusta Monomoto 60 cc Superleggera. (Picture from: EatSleepRIDE)
Underneath the peculiar exterior lies a 2-stroke engine, accompanied by a curved exhaust pipe that elegantly points backward. Adding to its eccentricity, the gearbox multitasks as the platform for mounting shock absorbers. What truly sets this monowheel marvel apart is the centrally positioned wheel, defying the conventional left-to-right shifts during rotation, maintaining an impressive balance.
Right side view of 1954 MV Agusta Monomoto 60 cc Superleggera. (Picture from: EatSleepRIDE)
As recounted by EatSleepRIDE, the MV Agusta Monomoto 60 cc Superleggera was not destined for mass production but existed solely as a prototype. Its short-lived journey unfolded during the practice session for the Milano-Taranto road race in 1954, where a young Italian racer, Luigi Bandini, took the reins. Tragically, Bandini lost control in unfavorable conditions while waving to an onlooker, resulting in a fatal incident that claimed his life. The grief-stricken Count Enzio Bandini, Luigi's father, subsequently imposed a strict prohibition, forbidding anyone from riding or even witnessing the enigmatic machine.
Another classic one-wheeled vehicle, is this a myth or real? (Picture from: Pinterest)
Slowly fading into the mists of time, the MV Agusta Monomoto 60 cc Superleggera became a legend. Its story resurfaced when motorcycle collector Todd Fell embarked on a road trip to Napoli in 2004. Through persuasion, Fell gained access to the Bandini villa, allowing him to lay eyes on the machine that had been concealed from the public for half a century.
While skeptics may dismiss the tale as a myth or attribute it to lost nuances in translation, the existence of the monowheel motorcycle remains a tangible reality. The present whereabouts of this intriguing machine, however, remain shrouded in mystery. To its elusive owners, if they chance upon these words:

"We extend an earnest invitation for the MV Agusta Monomoto 60 cc Superleggera to grace the streets once more, spinning its wheel in a delightful revival."

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?