It was 15 years ago when a new motorcycle bore the FB Mondial logo on its fuel tank. FB in the company name means Fratelli Boselli, the noble Italian family from northern Italy that pioneered the production of motorcycle in 1948. The company boasts of 10 Grand Prix World Championships for five riders and five manufacturer titles in the 125cc and 250cc motorcycle classes from 1949 to 1957.
FB Mondial managed to stay afloat until the 1980’s through its small production models that run through outsources motors. The company has not developed a motorcycle engine for more than half a century. In spite of several attempts to revive the company, the Italian marquee only had the 2002 Piega as a reminder of the past era. The limited number of 2002 Piega exotic superbikes that were powered by Honda engines soon became a much sought-after collectible item for motorcycle enthusiasts.
In 2014, one of the descendants of the Boselli Brothers, Pier Luigi Boselli worked with another Italian company Pelpi International to start the process of reviving the legendary company. Their first new motorcycle model is a 125cc scrambler that will be launched to the market at an upcoming Intermot motorcycle show that will be held in Cologne, Germany.
The HPS 125cc Hipster will be powered by a liquid-cooled single cylinder motor that was outsourced from the Piaggio. This was the same motor that was used in several of the Derbi models like the GPR sport bike, Senda DRD supermoto and Terra adventure bike. The front end of the small motorcycle is quite impressive with its 41mm inverted forks and 4-piston radial calipher. The pair of shock absorbers at the rear is a touch of nostalgia. The Hipster will be in the showrooms by the second quarter of 2017 at a price that has not yet been announced.
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