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Introduced in 1958, the "Ottantatre" (Eighty-three) used an unusual engine displacement of 83cc. MV experimented with engine displacements and felt that 83cc was sufficient to power a motorcycle that could carry two people and still deliver acceptable fuel economy.
While motorcycles today tend towards the bigger the better formula, in 1958, buyers were looking for transportation that wouldn't break the bank, either when buying the machine or filling its fuel tank.
The small 4-stroke engine produced 4,2 HP at 6,400 rpm, enough to reach 80 km/h.
A front hydraulic fork held up a simple, sturdy, tubular frame, while the rear suspension was a swingarm design.
Technical Specification (1959)
4-stroke single cylinder single overhead camshaft
Displacement: 83,2 cc
Power / rpm: 4,2 HP / 6,000
22 mm carburettor
Lubrication: wet sump
Wet multiple plate clutch
3-speed Chain drive
Front suspension: telescopic hydraulic fork
Rear suspension: swingarm with hydraulic shocks
Front brake: 118 mm drum
Rear brake: 118 mm drum
Front and rear tires: 2.50 x19"
Tank: 12 litres
Length: 1905 mm
Weight: 83 Kg
Max. speed 80 km/h / 50mph