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750 S "Magni Special" -1975
Keeping the MV myth alive
This sporty machine, developed by the former technical head of lhe MV Agusta racing team, was based on the 750 Imola ridden by Giacomo Agostini in the 200 Miles of Imola in 1972. Originally, Count Domenico Agusta wanted to participate regularly in Formula 750 events in Europe and the US to promote his new 750 Sport model.
Never Seen Again
Unfortunately, during the 200 Miles the MV broke down while Agostini was third, and was never seen on the racetrack again. The MV team devoted itself more fully to the 500cc Grand Prix scene, where the Yamahas were an increasing menace.
The Sign of Magni
Arturo Magni took over the project at his own expense, and marketed this type of machine under his own name. The main difference between the 750 S and the Imola racing version was the final drive by chain instead of shaft. The engine, with twin overhead camshafts driven by a train of gears, was only mildly modified. The 750 S Magni Special nevertheless adopted racing cam profiles and a closer-ratio gearbox, made specially to complement the change of final drive. This machine was obviously highly reminiscent of the ultimate MV Agusta four-cylinder Grand Prix racers, though it could scarcely conceal the fact of its road-going roots, for the touring MVs were less sophisticated than the racing bikes. Designed around an older mechanical base, it lacked the finesse that the engineers had instilled into their Grand Prix machines.
Engine: 750cc C65x56mm) air-cooled fourcylinder four-stroke
Power Rating: 75 hp @ 8000 rpm
Valves: twin overhead camshafts
Fuel System: four 24mm Dell'Orto carburetors
Transmission: 5-speed, chain final drive
Suspension: Ceriani telescopic forks (from); Swing arm with Girling dampers (rear)
Brakes: 9.8 inch Brembo disc (front); 5.9 inch disc (rear)
Wheels: 3.50x18 inch (front); 4.00x18 inch (rear)
Weight: 463 lb
Maximum Speed: 137 mph
A classic motorcycle prized today by collectors. The "Magni Special" symbolizes everytbing that is best about tbe legend of the MV Agusta.