In many instances, more is better. This was certainly on the minds of MV when the Tevere 235 was unveiled in 1959. Based on the popular 175 AB engine, the Tevere 235 used a larger displacement in an attempt to appeal to buyers wanting more power than the 175 could deliver. The Tevere 235’s engine used the same stroke as the smaller powerplant, but the bore was increassed. The resulting 13 HP could move the Tevere 235 to a top speed of 110 kph. Visual differences between the 175 AB and the Tevere were minimal: a box that hid the battery and air filter, and an upper engine breather pipe. Unfortunately for MV, this approach to “more” didn’t pan out, as most buyers wanting to step up from the 175 didn’t want a bike that looked like the one they just had. Instead, the opted for the Raid. Soft sales for the Tevere 235 doomed the bike to a life span of only 2 years.

Engine:  Technical Specification (1960)

Cylinders / Cycle: single / 4-stroke
Displacement: 231,7 cc
Bore x stroke: 69 x 62 mm
Compression ratio: 7,2:1
Power / rpm: 11 HP / 5,500
Torque / rpm: NA
Cooling: air
Distribution: pushrod
Carburettor: 22 mm carburettor
Ignition: flywheel-magneto
Lubrication: wet sump
Starting: kickstart
Primary drive: gear
Clutch: wet multiple plate clutch
Gearbox: 4 speeds
Final drive: chain


Frame: double cradle tubular and pressed steel frame
Front suspension: telescopic hydraulic fork
Rear suspension: swingarm with hydraulic shocks
Front brake: 178 mm drum
Rear brake:  150 mm drum
Front tire: 2.75 x19”
Rear tire: 2.75 x19”
Wheels: spokes
Tank: 17 litres
Length: 2020 mm
Width: 620 mm
Wheelbase: 1350 mm
Weight: 132 Kg

Performance:  105 kph