’59 MV Agusta Raid 250
I’ve owned Ducati’s, raced a Gilera, want a Moto Guzzi Le Mans, am picking up an old Benelli next week, but…an MV Agusta, the Crown Jewel. Anybody that is truly into vintage motorcycles, particularly vintage Italian motorcycles, needs an MV Agusta at some point in their life. It may be a small displacement single from the ’50’s or maybe a 750 America from the ’70’s, it doesn’t matter…you (I mean me) need an MV.
There are books written, stories told and retold about the history of this storied company so I’ll just give a quick overview. Back in 1923, the company was started by Count Giovani Agusta as an aviation company, similar to BMW’s history. After World War Two, MV Agusta, (MV stands for Meccanica Verghera, Verghera is the city where MV started) started producing small displacement motorcycles, which was common throughout the world at the time.
MV got into Grand Prix racing in a very serious way, so seriously that the company philosophy was selling motorcycles simply funded the racing program. No different from Enzo Ferrari’s and his automobile business.
MV’s racing history is like no others. Legendary riders John Surtees, Mike Hailwood, Phil Read and Giacomo Agostini, among others, took their MV Motorcycles to over 3000 race wins, 63 World Championships and 17 (!!!) consecutive 500cc Grand Prix championships. Unbelievable.
I found a really nice little 1959 MV Agusta 250 Raid on ebay this morning and it’s not too far from where I’m going to pick up my new / old Benelli next week. It’s really a beautiful little motorcycle. The owner says it’s museum quality, but as you know I am of the ‘Ride It, Don’t Hide It’ philosophy. In Italy there is the MotoGiro race for small bikes and the event has migrated to the States. This MV Raid would be perfect. There isn’t a lot of information given in the ebay posting but you can connect to the seller. It’s a bit pricey but I think in the long run, if you’re looking for an investment, could be worth it. Just ride it, don’t display it in your dining room. Click on the pics for more pictures and the contact info. This is really a sweet little motorcycle…and, if you get the cool classic helmet sitting on the seat in the deal…even better.