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1954 MV Agusta 175 CSS


The Disco Volante or more affectionately know "Flying Saucer," is one of the most iconic and readily identifiable motorcycles of all time.

The "Flying Saucer's" fuel tank's distinctive flared bottom section was originally the the result of a desire to increase fuel capacity and increased range.

Whether it was by accident or by design, its intrinsic beauty is undeniable.

As an added benefit, the design also lowered fuel loads center of gravity, contributing to greater overall stability. Molto Bene!

VIN 405561897


Article: Meccanica Verhera


As the 1950’s rolled on, it was clear that the typical MV Agusta consumer possessed a proclivity towards sport riding. To satisfy the buyer preference, MV engineers tended to design motorcycles that were superb sports bikes, but weren’t ideal commuting vehicles. Production of the handsome 175 Supersport (CSS) started in July 1954, and its engine was fitted with needle valve springs, magneto volono ignition with a trembler on the left, a rec-counter drive, an “Earles” front fork. and 2.75-19 tires. A Dellorto SS25 unit handled carburation, and fuel capacity was 14 litres. Such a bike was rare in its day, and much rarer today.

Engine: Technical Specification (1954)

Cylinder / Cycle: single / 4-stroke

Displacement: 172.3cc

Bore x stroke: 59.5 x 62mm

Compression ratio: 8.2:1

Power / rpm: 15HP / 8,800

Torque / rpm: NA

Cooling: air

Distribution: single overhead cam

Carburetor: 25mm carburetor

Ignition: flywheel magneto

Lubrication: wet sump

Starter: kickstart

Primary drive: gear

Clutch: 4 speeds

Final drive: chain


Frame: double cradle tubular pressed steel frame

Front suspension: “Earles” type fork

Rear suspension: swingarm with hydraulic shocks

Front brake: 180 mm drum

Rear brake: 150 mm drum

Front tire: 2.75 x 19”

Rear tire: 2.75 x 19”

Wheels: spokes

Tank: 14 litres

Length: 1895 mm

Width: 620 mm

Wheelbase: 1280 mm

Weight: 112Kg

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