EICMA 2015: Mondial Hipster 125 & 250
Here’s a marque that we didn’t expect to see at EICMA. Mondial has apparently risen from the ashes to produce motorcycles once again. The storied manufacturer started producing motorcycles in Bologna, Italy in 1948 and had a great deal of success in Grand Prix racing and on the Isle of Man in the 50s. Mondial fell on hard times and has previously undergone unsuccessful attempts to revive the marque. MO last tested a Mondial in 2003 during one of the revival attempts in the form of the Mondial Piega with a Honda RC51 engine as a power plant. Alas, that revival, too was met with failure.
So, today, E-i-C Kevin Duke sends the MO home office the photos shown here of a new Mondial, which we believe will be called the Hipster. (Take a look at the tank’s stripe.) Though information is sketchy, the Mondial Hipster will available in 125 cc and 250 cc variations. The parallel-Twin is liquid-cooled and features a 6-speed transmission. If anyone doubted the resurgence of the scrambler-styled motorcycle, here’s yet more proof. Even the brown seat is shared by other scramblers. Nice touches include high mount twin exhausts, the inverted fork and the dual piggyback shocks, spoked wheels, and off-roady-looking rubber. The front wheel looks larger than the rear, so we’d guess that the hoops might be a 16- and 17-inch pairing .
Hopefully, we can find out more information about this interesting development.
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