They still also pack some pretty impressive hardware for such small displacement bikesby Punya Sharma, on LISTEN 04:05
Italy is home to some of the most premium and gorgeous motorcycles in the world, most of which are fairly expensive big bikes.
But what about the entry-level segment? Well, FB Mondial, an Italian bikemaker with a prestigious racing heritage in the world championship, took matters into its own hands, creating these two stunning 125cc motorcycles called the HPS 125 and Pagani 1948 Sports Classic 125.
Let’s take a look.
2022 FB Mondial HPS 125
The HPS 125 (full name - Hipster 125) is the company’s baby scrambler motorcycle but boasts truckloads of fancy components.
Beginning with the design, the HPS 125 simply looks stunning, thanks to its unique livery options and the scrambler-like design with blacked-out 18/17-inch (F/R)
spoke wheels. My favorite element here is the twin exhaust that’s finished in chrome and overall, the bike has a bit of retro.
Everything is brought together by the sleek seat section and the integrated tail lamp while the golden USD forks further take things up a notch.
There’s also a tad bit of a cafe racer vibe going on here, evident from the bike’s low, flat handlebar, and bar-end rearview mirrors that you’d typically find on cafe racers.
To complement the good-looking design, FB Mondial has equipped the HPS 125 with premium features like LED lighting, ABS, USD forks, and a huge 7-inch TFT instrument cluster.
At its heart, the HPS 125 employs an Aprilia-sourced 124cc, single-cylinder mill which adheres to Euro 5 norms and puts out a respectable 13 horsepower and 7.7 pound-feet. Now, this small powerplant obviously won’t exactly be that fun to ride, out on the road, but it should be sufficient to have fun on narrow off-road trails.
Speaking of trails, when you’re out tackling them, the prominent lower fairing and knobby tires will ensure you don’t damage important components or end up struggling for grip.
2022 FB Mondial Pagani 1984 Sports Classic 125
Next, we come to the HPS’ fully-faired twin, the Pagani 1984 Sports Classic 125. This motorcycle is based on the HPS 125 and boasts all the same mechanical components including the 124cc engine and suspension.
The bike pays homage to Nello Pagani, who won the 1949 road racing championship for FB Mondial
The difference, however, is in the way this bike looks. The Sports Classic 125 comes laden with a full fairing replete with sporty graphics, a rear seat cowl (removable), and a shorter front fender to match.
Plus, you also get a clip-on handlebar and 17-inch spoke wheels with road-biased tires to make it more suited for spirited riding.
What’s The Price?
In Japan, where these bikes are quite popular, the HPS 125 and Sports Classic 125 retail for $3950 and $4227, respectively. At this price, both these bikes take on the likes of the Honda CB125R and the Suzuki GSX-R125 which make similar power but don’t offer such standout looks.
Meanwhile, if 125s are too slow for you, the company also offers both these bikes with 250cc engines as well. Sadly, though, none of these bikes are available in the States for now.