Magni MH1

 

 

 

Magni left MV in 1977 to start his own company, Elaborazioni Preparazioni Magni. The company began as a specialist producing go-fast parts for MV road bikes. Arturo's years of experience with the MV race works gave him a particular insight that allowed him to build some of the sexiest, fastest machines of the era. When most people think of a Magni, they picture a big MV four from the 70s, with curved black quad pipes and race-replica bodywork.  And this was true for the first few years. While MV was still producing bikes, Magni was modifying them, either as complete turn-key machines or as customs based on customer-supplied bikes. The results were some of the most iconic Italian machines of the era, and today Magni MVs command serious money. And there has never been a road-going four cylinder that sounds better than an MV with Magni four-into-fours at wide open throttle.

Once the MV factory shuttered in 1980 Magni continued assembling bikes from spares and modifying customer machines, but it was clear that using MV bits was not sustainable. So Arturo set about building a production chassis kit that used an existing motor. Magni was skilled at building chrome-moly steel tube frames and applied his skills at developing a classic hybrid - Asian motor, European frame. He took the air-cooled four out of a Honda CB900F and built a series of machines called the MH1 and MH2, an Italian bruiser of a street bike that happened to be powered by a Japanese motor. Such hybrids were not a new concept - Bimota had been building chassis kits and complete bikes around Honda and Kawasaki motors since the 70s. At the time Japanese frame and suspension design was still behind the Europeans and there was a thriving cottage industry putting powerful and reliable Japanese engines into proper frames.

Source Odd Bikes