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Capacity : 500
Model : 4 cylinder GP 1973
Production : 1973 -
Category : (R) Racing


500cc Four- 1973

The swansong of the MV four

Between 1952 and 1966, MV competed in the World 500cc Championships with a four cylinderthat won many races. Then the Japanese machines became too great a threat, and MV developed a 500cc three-cylinder outof the 350cc racer. In 1973, this engine had in turn become outclassed by the competition and the Italian engineers developed a new four-cylinder power unit. MV started with a reduced-capacity engine (433cc) in order to work up to the permitted limit in due course.

Painful Career

The career of this motorcycle was unquestionably the most painful of all the racing MVs. In an effort to make it competitive, the factory was continually modifying the frame and engine (which had two different sets of bore and stroke measurements).

Constant Changes

After trials of a cantilever rear suspension, it was sidelined in favor of lateral hydraulic dampers, while on the braking front, the machine initially used drums, then twin front discs and, later on, another disc at the rear; at the same time, light-alloy wheels were adopted. Despite everything, in 1973, Phil Read won the riders' and constructors' world championships with this machine. The next year. Read won the 500cc World

Championship; his teammate Bonera was runner-up. In 1976, the 500 gave MV its last Grand Prix victory, in the German GP at the N├╝rburgring, before the curtain finally fell on MV's racing activities.


Engine: 500cc (58x.47 or 57x49mm) air-cooled four-cylinder four-stroke

Power Rating: 98 hp @ 11,000 rpm

Valves: twin overhead-camshafts driven bv train of gears

Fuel System: four 33mm Dell'Orto carburetors

Transmission: 7-speed. chain final drive

Suspension: telescopic forks (front); swing arm with twin Ceriani dampers (rear)

Brakes: quadruple-leading-shoe Ceriani drum

(front); two-leading-shoe Ceriani drum (rear)

Wheels: wire (front & rear)

Weight: 265 lb

Maximum Speed: 177 mph


Phil Read on hisMV 500 during the 1973 German Grand Prix where he defeated the Yamaha 500 two-strokes.


Le fichier Moto Passion réalisé par François-Marie Dumas réunit près de deux mille photos accompagnées d'un historique très complet des machines présentées.
Il sera progressivement mis à jour ici et toute information complémentaire est la bienvenue sur info@moto-collection.org.

Cette documentation unique, qui constitue sans doute l'encyclopédie la plus exhaustive jamais écrite sur l'histoire de la moto, a été réalisée avec l'assistance de nombreux spécialistes dont principalement Didier Ganneau, Christophe Gaime, Mick Woollett, Jean Goyard, Bernard Salvat, Christian Rey, Yves Campion, Helmut Krackowizer, Michael Dregni, Michel Montange, etc. que je remercie ici.

Disponible sur demande :
- Les fiches originales sur papier
- Les photos et archives signées de mon nom en haute définition ou les documents originaux.
Me contacter sur info@moto-collection.org pour les conditions et droits d'utilisation.