Retro-cool race-rep 125

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In a world where mim­ick­ing the old is in­creas­ingly be­com­ing bet­ter than defin­ing the new, FB Mon­dial’s Ital­ian-de­signed Chi­nese-made 125 could be seen as the coolest eighth-litre on the mar­ket to­day. With retro looks and what is set to be a rea­son­able price, it will be a ri­val for Yamaha’s YZF-R125, aimed at kids who pre­fer the Wrench­mon­kees to Rossi.

Re­vived in 2014, the FB Mon­dial brand was the win­ner of ten road rac­ing world cham­pi­ons be­tween 1948 and 1957 and the Sport Clas­sic 125i takes its styling cues from pe­riod rac­ers with a cur­va­ceous full fair­ing, chrome un­der-seat pipes and spoked wheels.

It’s pow­ered by the same 125cc DOHC sin­gle­cylin­der mo­tor first seen in the Hip­ster 125 and makes the full L-plate-le­gal 15bhp and weighs 130kg giv­ing it a class-lead­ing power to weight ra­tio. Ex­pect the bike to be price just un­der the £4000 mark when it comes to the UK.

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