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Mondial brand returns with Hipster

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The famed Italian FB Mondial motorcycle brand is returning to the market with a Hipster scrambler, enduro and supermoto with a single-cylinder 125cc engine and three engine sizes coming in the next few years.

FB-Mondial produced bikes from 1948 to 1979, won 10 World Championships in the 1940s and ‘50s.

The company produced a limited-edition, Honda-powered Piega super bike in 2002 and set a world record with the sale of a 1953 Mondial 125 Monoalbero for £60,000 ($109,000) in 2014 at a Coys of Kensington auction.

1953 Mondial 125 Monoalbero
1953 Mondial 125 Monoalbero

Now it’s back with the Hipster HPS 125 which they will reveal at the INTERMOT auto show in Cologne next Tuesday, October 4, 2016.

There is no word yet on pricing or a potential distributor in Australia, but they have announced they will  hit the market in the third quarter of 2017.FB Mondial Hipster HPS 125

The company is also expected to unveil an enduro and supermoto version, but there are no details on their website.

At the heart of the bikes is a 124.2cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder unit used in Derbi motorcycles which is part of the big Piaggio Group.

While the HPS 125 has only 11kW of power at 9750 revs, the little scrambler weighs just 130kg dry.

It features an 18-inch front wheel, four-piston brakes, 41mm upside-down forks, a 14-litre fuel tank, six-speed transmission and a small single-pod digital instrument which is offset and looks similar to the Ducati Scrambler.

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The HPS 125 will be followed by a 250cc scrambler version weighing the same.

However, the HPS 250 249cc single-cylinder engine will produce 18.5kW of power at 9000 revs.

If the Milan factory designs and produces the engine, it will be the first new Mondial engine in 56 years.

FB Mondial history

FB in the brand name stands for Fratelli Boselli or the Boselli brothers. The brand was revived in 2014 by Pier Luigi Boselli with Italian company Pelpi International.

It has taken the company two years to produce their first product.

However they say they will produce “three more different bikes” in the next six years.

“They will be developed with different engines, right to offer one complete range of bikes as the band had in the ’60s and how one brand has to evolve naturally in the market.­­­­,” their website says­.

  1. Those mufflers look like they will burn legs or melt boots or trousers, the same as what happened to me when I rode my brother’s H-D “FXDWG” (whatever that is supposed to mean).

  2. Fxdwg. Factory eXperiment Dyna Wide Glide. Long fork “Californian” bike. Beautiful machines. Forward controls do require long legs though, at 6’3 they’re really comfy for me!

  3. The tank, seat and bar end mirrors suggest cafe racer. The high pipes and big tyres suggest scrambler. The bellypan I’m not sure about. Looks like Mondial are hedging their retro bets.
    Those are quite large tyres for a 125 or a 250. The bike and suspension would probably perform better with narrower and lighter tyres and rims with miminal reduction of adhesion, if any. Such is the price of fashion.

  4. Just bought a new 125cc ‘Hipster’. The exhaust pipes do not burn as they are covered with effective protection. I have been riding small bikes for years and this is the best so far, easily comparable to the KTM Duke and at a lower price. Best small bike I have ever ridden with plenty of, potentially, guts.

    1. Hows the bike going so far, am fancing one, does it handle well, and is it nippy am not bothered about top speed just as long as it’s quick in towns

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