Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Mondial 250

Mondial 250

The motorcycle manufacturer FB Mondial may have been small - but it had entrenepeurial élan by the bucketload! Bespoke to the core, its products were masterpieces of creative engineering. Mondial was based in Bologna, Italy - and racing was in its blood.

Mondial did not skimp on star riders! The great Mike 'The Bike' Hailwood campaigned Mondial 250s - in 1959 and '60 - with much success. Before that, Mondials had won the opening three 125cc world championships - the first of them in '49. And in '57, Mondial won both the 125 and 250cc GP series.

Such feats, though, do not come cheap! In the end, Mondial were unable to sell enough roadsters to foot the competition bill - and so retired from racing. But, their bikes - resplendent in silver and blue livery - still circulate round racetracks to this day. A reminder of when beauty was built to last!

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