MV AGUSTA-DISCO VOLANTE
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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!
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
Bore x stroke: 59.5 x 62mm
Compression ratio: 8.2:1
Power / rpm: 15HP / 8,800
Torque / rpm: NA
Distribution: single overhead cam
Carburetor: 25mm carburetor
Ignition: flywheel magneto
Lubrication: wet sump
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”
Tank: 14 litres
Length: 1895 mm
Width: 620 mm
Wheelbase: 1280 mm