In 1959, the Italian Highway Code was revised, prohibiting motorcyclse with a displacement less then 150cc from using the motorway. MV answered the challenge in 1959 by rolling out a motorcycle that dispaced 150,1cc. With its duplex cradle frame built up from tubes and pressed steel, a fuel tank that bid the top of the cilinder, and a dual seat, it closely resembled the “ Centomila “ 125cc. The most obvoius visual difference was the 150’s dual exhaust tips. MV used the system to reduce back the pressure and increase power. Speaking off power, this Rapido Sport 150 was rated at 10HP at 6.400 rpm, and its 4-stroke engine used an 8:1 compression ratio and a dellort MB 20B carburator to feed power to the 4-speed gearbox. The 150 had a very long commercial succesful life, finally ceasing production in 1970!

Engine: Technical Specification (1965)

Cylinders / Cycle: single / 4-stroke
Displacement: 150,1 cc
Bore x stroke: 59,5 x 54 mm
Compression ratio: 8:1
Power / rpm: 10 HP / 6,400
Torque / rpm: NA
Cooling: air
Distribution: pushrod
Carburettor: 20 mm carburettor
Ignition: flywheel magneto
Lubrication: wet sump
Starting: kickstart
Primary drive: gear
Clutch: wet multiple plate clutch
Gearbox: 4 speeds - 5 speed from 1966
Final drive: chain


Frame: double cradle tubular and pressed steel frame
Front suspension: telescopic hydraulic fork
Rear suspension: swingarm with hydraulic shocks
Front brake: 150 mm drum
Rear brake:  125 mm drum
Front tire: 2.75 x18”
Rear tire: 2.75 x18”
Wheels: spokes
Tank: 13 litres
Length: 1900 mm
Width: 620 mm
Wheelbase: 1280 mm
Weight: 110 Kg

Performance:  115 kph