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MVista 01-24-2011 05:15 AM

125s Finally Home
This story has been a year in the making but I suppose that's what makes it more exciting when I see it - knowing what I went through to get it.

As with all great stories it started on the internet :laughing: Actually before that, I had the pleasure of meeting a true gentleman in Melbourne, you know who you are Russ :yo: Anyhow, I ogled his 125s and I've had a laminated photo of one along with a 750 America. Anyhow Russ (a fountain of knowledge) gave more reference material that I knew what to do with including of likely places to find one all around the world.

Eventually I do find the one I want, a very low K non restored bike. Problem was that it was in Grisheim Germany, Emails back & forth - the guy's English is not great - the actual owner is working in Portugal, it's getting harder & harder. In July 2010 I obtain Australian Customs approval for importation - great but still we are going nowhere -largely through poor language skills on both out parts.

Meanwhile I get to know MV Helmi on this website through our common love of the baby MVs (he owns a most gorgeous little example of one -check his gallery). MV Helmi is in Austria & while it is spelt similar to Australia his German is just a little better than mine ;) & his English is excellent! He kindly offers to talk to the people in Germany and things start to move at a 100mph. MV Helmi makes many calls on my behalf & emails me. What seemed impossible was now a done deal- the problem was still how to get it here.

My wife says, "Why don't you go get it? Take our son & turn into a memorable road trip!" I am thinking what's the catch? this is good to to be true!!! Now a few months later (after my New Zealand jaunt) on top of the the European trip, I realise that there is no catch & I am just lucky to have an amazingly wonderful wife. :)

The road trip to Europe has been documented here under an F3 trip.

This would NEVER had happened if it wasn't for this website! My sincere thanks & gratitude goes out to:
1. Russ
2. MV Helmi (Helmut)
3. My Wife
4. John M - for putting me in touch with the powers that be at Varese!
5. All my wife's relatives that helped me package the bike & treated me like one of their own.

Without these people - I would not have had a marvellous life experience with my son that I can relive each time I see the 125s.

They say a pic is worth 1000 words so in that spirit here is a pictorial view of it from beginning to end. :drummer:

Settling the Deal in Grisheim Germany near Frankfurt.

Standard HD packing box with Magni parts in the box enclosed for my 350s project.

Italian Relatives are NOT happy with standard HD box & decide to re-engineer the box.

Now happy with finished product - note reinforced top, side & front!

Wrap it in a big HD box & secure with 54 tech screws -lol

Wheel it out to the truck!!

Loaded into the truck.

Last look - next look will be in Australia!!!

Happy ME - got my import release documents about to collect my baby!


Second LOOK - OMG a million things race thru my mind as a tear everything apart so that I can asses the damage!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There is NO DAMAGE the over engineered box (as my relatives insisted on) did the job - thank god!

Dismantle box held by 24 10mm bolts.

Load into My little van & get the hell home.

Unload at home :)

Quick photo in the back yard.

Into the garage to meet the other MVs - and welcome to it's permanent home.

A lot of hard work - made some great friends along the way - would I do it again? in a heartbeat! :heart:

John M 01-24-2011 06:07 AM

Cool Rob.

Glad it got here safe and sound.

oepie 01-24-2011 06:22 AM

The bike looks great, Rob!

Clever thinking by your Italian family members too.

By the way, it was your wife who suggested to make the road trip???
Well, I can only say you truely have a wonderful wife! :)

750four 01-24-2011 08:00 AM

What a little beauty. Congrats!

haupti 01-24-2011 12:48 PM

I'm so glad it made it to down under, to his new home and new endless devoted daddy. Congratulations Rob.

MVista 01-24-2011 05:11 PM


Originally Posted by John M (Post 412302)
Cool Rob.

Glad it got here safe and sound.

Thanks John,

I almost had a heart attack when I first saw it at Botany! I thought that there was no way that it could be intact.

Btw, I am a little unhappy regarding the other matter promised to me/us - I am going to write to Mr C's PA & see what is going on????

MVista 01-24-2011 05:18 PM


Originally Posted by oepie (Post 412306)
The bike looks great, Rob!

Clever thinking by your Italian family members too.

By the way, it was your wife who suggested to make the road trip???
Well, I can only say you truely have a wonderful wife! :)

Hi Oepie,

Yes the Italian family members saved my backside big time, I thought it was crazy when we went to a steel mill to buy metal & spent 2 days re-working the box. They are obviously much wiser than me ;)

I am very lucky to have a understanding & supporting wife, the fact, the she has now got a bike licence and has caught the 'MV sickness' doesn't hurt my cause either :laughing:

She truly is one in a million & you'd never believe she is a ball busting divorce lawyer in real life :jsm:

MVista 01-24-2011 05:20 PM


Originally Posted by 750four (Post 412327)
What a little beauty. Congrats!

Thank you Sir, when you want to sell that wonderful 750 of yours, let me know, we may organise a UK Road trip - maybe with my wife this time ;)

MVista 01-24-2011 05:32 PM


Originally Posted by haupti (Post 412393)
I'm so glad it made it to down under, to his new home and new endless devoted daddy. Congratulations Rob.

Thank you Ralf, you just KNOW it's going to be another of the spoiled little babies, you know me pretty well :)

Believe it or not, I didn't even start it up when I bought it. It has not run for 3 years, has 4000klms from new and was originally bought as a pampered house ornament. It didn't have petrol in it - the tank is lined and will never corrode - it didn't have a battery & a low level of oil just enough to roll over the crank every month of so using the kick starter.

I trusted the guy, I think I have a good sense of character judgement. when I got it here, I added oil, filled with fuel, got a battery & it fired up second kick! Sounds sweet as a baby.

Before I ride it, I am going to check valve clearances, clean out carby, bleed front brakes and change fluids of course, give it a new plug and just generally make sure everything is as good as possible :)

I can't wait to get it registered and ride her :) Thanks again for your kind words.

roadbiking 01-24-2011 05:39 PM

wow that is one great bike you got especially when you said that its in such great condition that was lucky.

also the whole seeing it with the broken box was amazing, i thought from that pic it was in pieces.

enjoy it and make sure you ride it like you stole it. afterall it is an mv bike that was made for riding fast, would be a shame to not ride it fast like it was meant to be used.

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