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Morbidellil motorcycle collection for sale

A collection of motorcycles gathered over 40 years by motorcycle manufacturer and Grand Prix boss Giancarlo Morbidelli is being offered for sale at auction.

The annual Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale on 18-20 October 2019 will be the largest single private collection of motorcycles to be offered by Bonhams to date.The Morbidelli Collection from Pesaro, Italy, has more than 300 motorcycles.

“He spent day and night in the museum,” says his son Guianni. “He had no other life.”

Nieto Morbidelli collection for sale
Giancarlo Morbidelli and a Morbidelli V8

Giancarlo’s collection includes international brands such as Harley-Davidson, Honda and Benelli ranging from immaculate restorations to prototypes and barn finds.

They represent the passion of the farmer’s son and former woodworking machinist who, while building up a successful engineering firm as his day job, spent his spare time on tuning, racing and later building his own motorcycles. 


Two examples from the Morbidelli Grand Prix racing motorcycle collection, largely designed and built by Giancarlo, were fabricated by a small, dedicated team in a corner of the Morbidelli woodworking factory. 

These proved to be ‘giant killers’ seeing off international corporations to claim the 125cc Grand Prix World Championship in three consecutive years: 1975, ‘76 and ‘77, as well as winning the 250cc world title in 1977. 

“He was a genius with bikes,” says Gianni.

“He did everything by himself, working in a very small room. 

“Forty years ago, he laid the foundation of this incredible museum, spending a lot of effort, time, energy and money. 

“One part of the museum is dedicated to the period between the end of the 1960s to the 1980s when he built racing motorcycles. It’s our family heritage, a part of our life, but we thought it would be correct to include in the sale two Morbidelli motorcycles that my father built.”

The 1974 Morbidelli 125cc Grand Prix motorcycle is estimated to fetch up to £120,000 ($A214,500).

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1974 Morbidelli 125

It was raced by the great Angel Nieto to second place in that year’s Spanish and German Grand Prix.

A 250cc machine designed for 15-time Grand Prix world champion Giacomo Agostini, who rode for the team during its golden period in 1976, and came second at Misano is estimated to fetch up £100,000 ($A179,000).

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Agostini’s 1976 Moridelli 250

However, the Morbidelli family will retain ownership of the majority of the Morbidelli Grand Prix motorcycles, including the world championship winning 125cc and 250cc examples, raced respectively by Paoli Pileri, Pierpaolo Bianchi and Lego Mario.

Benelli features

Nieto Morbidelli collection for sale
1942 Benelli 250 GP supercharged

Not surprisingly, the Morbidelli Museum collection in the sale features a strong showing of Benelli motorcycles which were also a great passion of Giancarlo, coming from Pesaro, where this great historic brand was also founded.  

One of the most interesting examples of the marque on offer is the 1942 250cc supercharged 4-cylinder example that could fetch more than £600,000 ($A1m).

This racing machine never actually raced. It was built just in time for motorcycle racing to be stopped due to the war, while supercharging was banned by the FIM in post-war years.

Giancarlo had a personal relationship and friendship with the Benelli family and so was able to procure the original parts which he rebuilt into a fully-functioning motorcycle.

Other Benellis to be offered include:Nieto Morbidelli collection for sale

  • 1950 Benelli 250cc Grand Prix racing motorcycle – the world championship motorcycle ridden to victory by Dario Ambrosini. Estimate £120,000 – 180,000.
  • 1934 Benelli 175cc Bialbero – believed raced by Dorino Serafini, one of only three in the world. Estimate £40,000 – 60,000.
  • 1964 Benelli 250 Grand Prix racing motorcycle, ridden and signed by two-time world champion Tarquino Provini. Estimate £80,000 – 120,000.

Ducati jewel

Nieto Morbidelli collection for sale
1964 Ducati 125cc

Another jewel of the Morbidelli Collection is the 1964 Ducati 125cc 4-cylinder Grand Prix racing motorcycle, (estimate £400,000 – 600,000), another GP racing machine which never raced. Created by Fabio Taglioni, Ducati’s chief engineer, this motorcycle disappeared for some years before its engine was found in Russia while its chassis reappeared in Yugoslavia, now Croatia. With the two essential components reunited, Giancarlo rebuilt the mythical motorcycle.

Alongside the pristine restorations, there are several unfinished projects in the sale, offering the opportunity to restore these machines as Giancarlo was hoping to.

The collection also comprises motorcycling memorabilia including Giancarlo’s own reference library, original drawings, trophies, signage and other artefacts, giving a complete picture of the museum and the motorcycling world.  Nieto Morbidelli collection for sale

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

AGV X3000 retro helmet review

Everything old is new again in the world of helmets and the latest to join the retro helmet rage is the very stylish AGV X3000 race replica.

The X3000 range is led by a $999 limited-edition tribute to the legendary 15-time world motorcycle champion, Giacomo Agostini.

There are 10 colour choices ranging in price from $599 in solid colours to $699 for multi-colours and $799 for the Gloria.AGV X3000 helmets retro helmet

Style and function

The X3000 retro helmet series replicates the original helmet that AGV founder Gino Amisano worked closely with Ago to develop.

It features a low chin guard, tapered bottom and the contoured chin piece that Ago requested so he could lean his head on the tank.

The low chin guard not only looks retro, but also provides a wide aperture for good vision.

Safety first

That’s a great primary safety feature, but what about secondary safety – crash protection?

Top UK-based SHARP helmet rating system has not tested the X3000 series yet.

However, our survey of all their ratings shows AGV is the second-highest rating in safety behind Shark.

AGV also rated third in the Canstar Blue helmet customer satisfaction survey.

The fibreglass shell and EPS structure are in three sizes for a close fit and safety.

They also feature a sturdy double-D chin strap clasp.

AGV X3000 retro helmet review
Stylish “AGV” stamp on clasp

Retro helmet road test

Australian importer Link International sent me a $699 black and white Legends to review.

It’s a handsome helmet with high-quality gloss finish and luxuriously plush leather and fabric interior. The lining is breathable, replaceable and washable.

The helmet could easily go on the mantlepiece for all to admire.

However, this is for test, so I’ve taken it on several rides to test comfort and practicality.

Fit is different for every head. AGV helmets fit my particular head shape well with no pressure points on my head.AGV X3000 retro helmet review

However, I seem to take one size larger than with other helmets, so it’s important to try it on in a store, rather than (or before) ordering online.

Pulling the helmet on it feels very comfortable. There is an ear recess where you can fit your Bluetooth intercom speakers without hurting your ears. It’s a snug fit, but I found I can still wear earphones without pulling them out as I pull on the helmet.

Speaking of Bluetooth, there is no way to use the clamp attachment as there is no gap between the lining and shell. Instead, you will need to use a sticker mount.AGV X3000 retro helmet review

Visor closure

There are two traditional magnetic snap-latches on either side of the visor. You can open the visor with just your left hand, leaving your right hand free to stay on the throttle.

Closing the visor requires a firm push on both sides and the middle to fit the seal around the wide face aperture.

Most retro helmets have large gaps around the visor. It may be traditional, but it makes them noisy and tiring on a long trip.

This has a rubber ring around the aperture for a firm fit. It is easily the quietest retro helmet I have tested with the visor closed.AGV X3000 retro helmet review

However, there are a lot of different whistling sounds when the visor is open.

Like many retro helmets there is no chin spoiler to deflect wind and noise.

Surprisingly, not a lot of wind noise comes up through the chin gap. Yet you do get a lot of cool ventilation for your face.

There is only one long and narrow vent at the front of the visor. It is blocked by a removable black rubber gasket.

AGV X3000 retro helmet review
Single vent

Pull it out and it feeds cooling air straight into vents at the top of the aperture that channels into the shell.

Together with the facial air flow, it’s surprisingly cool on a hot day.

But with no chin spoiler it might be a bit breezy in winter.

Visor change

Changing the visor from clear to tinted or vice versa is not as easy as many modern helmets that simply pop into place.

This one is held by a screwed-in plate and a circlip on each side.

To undo, pull off the small black plastic cap and unscrew the round metal plate with an allen key (not provided).

Pull out the circlip, careful not to drop the two plastic gaskets that locate the visor.

That’s five pieces to remove.

It’s needlessly fiddly, time-consuming and will fill up your swear jar.


If style and safety is your thing, try the X3000 which is the most practical of the retro helmets I’ve tested.AGV X3000 retro helmet review

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com