Mondial back with range of 125s

Mondial Hipster

One of the most famous names from the pioneering days of Grand Prix motorcycle racing is back, unveiling a range of small capacity models at the Milan show this week.

Mondial, or FB Mondial to give it its full name, won five rider world championship between 1949 and 1957, before going the way of so many Italian brands and luching from bankruptcy to bankruptcy.

Now under new owners, the revived Mondial has got a range of 125s in production, with the snappily named Hipster joining the Supermoto and Enduro models revealed in Germany last month.

All three bikes share the same twin cam, four valve 125cc motor that develops bang on the A1 licence limit of 11kW (14.75bhp). As the name suggests, the hipster is a modern retro but has a fusion of café racer and scrambler elements in its styling, with dual sport rubber on wire wheels and twin old school off-road style twin exhausts offset by modern inverted forks, café racer style single seat and a funky belly pan.

Despite the mish mash of styles, the Hipster looks pretty cool in our eyes. Mondial are also planning a 25bhp 250cc version, although there is no news as to the price or indeed if any of the models will be coming to the UK.

Assuming a British distributor is appointed, expect the Mondials to hit the road early in the summer.