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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-04-2019, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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Hi, I recently purchased a classic MV and have some pics posted on the Intro. forum. It's been off the road for a while, in someone's collection, so I will need to do the basic things to get it road worthy. I'm not new to vintage bikes but I am new to MVs and Italian bikes. I'm not quite sure what model I have. It was labeled a 1957 MV Agusta 125 SS. I don't think that model exist. The engine is a TR and the frame a TRE though the look is more GTL. I've been searching for a resource that would date the engine and frame numbers but so far no luck. I've written the museum but have not heard back yet. Is there an online resource for VIN dating? Also, there appears to be some numbers below the frame numbers. Anyone know about those numbers?

So, some of my immediate tasks are to find a 6V period looking battery and strap, new tubes and tires (Pirellis, City Demon), add fluids, possibly clean and adjust carb, find frame mounted tire pump (I love the look of these on my BMWs), new rubber for kick starter, possible speedo service and perhaps a model correct dual seat (though I like the look of the solo seat). And most importantly find the correct instruction manual once I determine which model I have. I've looked at the 150cc manual and I suspect it's pretty similar.

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That is a nice bike. Appears to be in a freshly reconditioned state. You might also contact the good folk at Barber Motorsports Museum in Birmingham Alabama. They are quite knowledgeable and have an enormous library

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That is a nice bike. Appears to be in a freshly reconditioned state. You might also contact the good folk at Barber Motorsports Museum in Birmingham Alabama. They are quite knowledgeable and have an enormous library
I love the Barber Museum. I try my best to go to Vintage week every year.

Do you have any contacts at Barber?
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Well, looks like I have the answer to what motorcycle I have. Thanks to the MV Agusta museum database. I have a 4 speed, 1964 125 Gran Turismo Lusso. It left the factory in October of '64 with the same engine and frame combination. The information makes sense because the bike closely resembles a GTL of that era from photos I have seen. So, my bike isn't as old as I thought but it's a matching number bike and possibly a more preferred model. The MV museum did point out that the seat and color of the headlight are incorrect.
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What marvellous customer service MV provides - years after the release and with no direct financial benefit to them. I think very few manufactures would even bother to answer a query of this nature let alone provide concise detail down to headlight colour.

You must be well pleased to now have some definitive history!

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Well, looks like I have the answer to what motorcycle I have. Thanks to the MV Agusta museum database. I have a 4 speed, 1964 125 Gran Turismo Lusso. It left the factory in October of '64 with the same engine and frame combination. The information makes sense because the bike closely resembles a GTL of that era from photos I have seen. So, my bike isn't as old as I thought but it's a matching number bike and possibly a more preferred model. The MV museum did point out that the seat and color of the headlight are incorrect.
That is an interesting way to confirm your bike. How did you approach the museum? Did you simply email them with pictures?

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I am impressed, what a beautiful machine! Glad it has a worthy home. Ride it!

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That is an interesting way to confirm your bike. How did you approach the museum? Did you simply email them with pictures?
I can't remember who provided the information but they supplied me with an email address. The address didn't work but at least I had the correct web site. From the web site I was able to find the right link. Fill out the form at this link: Meccanica Verghera 1945 1977. They will send you an email in about 1-2 weeks requesting some photos. Wait another 1-2 weeks and they will supply you with an answer. Extremely helpful information!
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What marvellous customer service MV provides - years after the release and with no direct financial benefit to them. I think very few manufactures would even bother to answer a query of this nature let alone provide concise detail down to headlight colour.

You must be well pleased to now have some definitive history!
I am very pleased. The title is being amended with the correct information.

BTW, BMW has an extensive database and will provide similar free information. The will also provide an official letter of authenticity for a fee.
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