The name Magni is
well known to the motorcycle community. In 1947, Arturo Magni began his
distinguished career in the racing department of Gilera working under the
guidance of world famous Ing. Piero Remor. Remor was the designer of the
famous four cylinders double overhead cams Gilera racing engine.
In 1950, Arturo Magni joined a newly formed MV Agusta racing
department, where he remained until MV retired from racing in 1977. Under
Magni's management as chief of the famed MV Reparto Corsa, the team won 75 world
championships and over 3,000 races. A record still untouched by any other
manufacturer. Famous motorcycle racers riding for MV included John Surtees, Mike
Hailwood, Provini, Ubbiali, and the most famous of modern times, Giacomo
Agostini with 15 world championships.
After MV retired from racing, Magni and his sons set up shop to
build special versions of production motorcycles. First bikes the Magni's
redesigned was the 750cc and 788cc MV Sport & MV America road bikes. With all of
the engineering expertise developed over 25+ years of racing, Arturo and sons
performed complete transformations of the street version MV's including chain
drives, new frames, tanks seats, etc. When complete, a Magni MV looks and sounds
very much like a racing MV. A Magni MV is a beautiful piece or motorcycle
sculpture. Unfortunately for motorcycle collectors, there were not many street
version MV Agustas produced. And the Magni MV's are even fewer, with these
masterpieces in the hands of a fortunate few.
In the early 1980's Magni expanded into building Honda 900 Bol
d'Or replicas, named MH1 without fairings and a completely faired and full
featured bike called the MH2. About 300 of these models were produced.
In 1982-1983 Magni turned to BMW boxer 1000cc. engine, designing
an all new frame and components. Like the Honda, the bikes was produced in two
versions - MB1 and MB2, the MB2 being completed with every imaginable accessory.
In 1985, driven by market demand, Magni went Italian all way
beginning a long relationship with Moto Guzzi which continues today.
The first Magni model LeMans incorporated a full fairing,
contemporary lines and a new rear suspension system designed by Magni called the
This new suspension system eliminates the reactions normally induced with shaft
drive motorcycles. The parallelogrammo suspension enables the bike to perform
much like a chaindrive unit.
Since inception, similar systems have been developed by others, Dr. John Witner
in the USA springs to mind.