The destiny of the Mondial brand is by no means a platitude. Flamboyant in the 1950s, dark in the period of Japanese domination, reinvigorated at the dawn of the 2000s with the Piega (and Nuda), the Italian company then lost itself again behind the scenes of reality.
New resurrection in sight with this 125 Hipster. FB Mondial plays with trendy codes to return to the market, with this little worked and modasse roadster.
Well, let’s face it right away, the brand has lost a lot of charisma. Long ago, when it relaunched with the 1000 Piega, the calling card was a Superbike playing in the backyard of the MV-Agusta F4, Benelli 900 Tornado, Voxan VB1 and VTR SP-2. Big cachet! Today, she is gringue with a 125. See the fall of the pedestal … To put into perspective. The brand thus reconnects with the original essence of its production. At the height of its existence, it mainly produced small engines..
The Hipster therefore comes with a halo of the past. And style to assert bluntly without presence. The pencil stroke is clearly successful, with a confidence rare on a machine in this segment, a plush and rewarding appearance. Work, leather, elegance, and a touch of scrambler in a piece of roadster. An impeccably sticky machine to the current neo-retro wave.
Motorization side, we are not in the vintage. The Hipster is based on an original Minarelli single cylinder. We stay in Italian lands. Modern, the block is equipped with liquid cooling, 4 valves, double ACT, injection and Euro4. He leaves 15 horses and 1.25 mkg.
However, it is not this engine that will constitute the main attractive pack of this FB Mondial. The artifices and the dogma of appearances will be the stars. So does the brown leather saddle, the spoked rims with TT tires, the split and raised exhaust outlet, its minimalist Ducati Scrambler type counter, the minimalist front fender in chromed metal … and it’s really nice to have stashed all the unsightly part of the exhaust system in the shoe. Appears only the most delectable, even if it may heat up the right calf.
For the chassis, the Hipster plays classic with its double tubular steel cradle frame, sporty with its inverted 41 mm fork and two rear shocks with separate cartridges, ambiguous with its nipple tires, and serious with its two discs of petal brake; the front one is bitten by a radial 4 piston caliper.
This return of Mondial is done with less noise, surely not to be embedded in the losses as in the past. His steed of conquest is enterprising, polished, friendly, and he has a good face. There remains an uncertain future, which foreign capital will have to persuade of convenience.
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Hipster 125 2018
Model marketed in
about 130 km / h
The technical aspect
FB Mondial HPS 125 Hipster 2019
- Tank: 14 liters
- Width: 765 mm
- Height: 1,060 mm
- Wheelbase: 1370 mm
- Dry weight: 130 kg
- Train before
- secondary by chain
- Rear axle
(58 x 47 mm)
at 9,750 rpm
at 7,500 rpm