This moped was both a first and last for MV; it was built largely from sub-contracted parts. Built for almost five years, the Germano (Mallard) moped was MV’s effort to release a bike for a little as possible. Many of the parts for the Germano were sourced from companies in the Emilia region of Italy. The engine was built by the West German firm DKW Zundapp and produced 1.5 HP. The moped’s dry weight was 50 kg, and it could reach a top speed of 40 km/h. Early Turismo and Sport versions were built with a pressed-steel beam frame, while later Gran Turismo, Sport, and America’s used a tubular frame. Prices ranged from 115,00 to 120,000 Lire.

Engine:  Technical Specification (1964)

Cylinders / Cycle: twin / 2-stroke
Displacement: 47,7 cc
Bore x stroke: 39 x 40 mm
Compression ratio: 7:1
Power / rpm: 1,5 HP / 4,500
Torque / rpm: NA
Cooling: air
Distribution: flat piston
Carburettor: 12 mm carburetor
Ignition: flywheel magneto
Lubrication: 5% mixture
Starting: kickstart
Primary drive: gear
Clutch: wet multiple plate clutch
Gearbox: 3 speeds, handlebar mounted selector
Final drive: shaft


Frame: pressed steel beam frame
Front suspension: telescopic fork
Rear suspension: swingarm with telescopics elements
Front brake: 104 mm drum
Rear brake: 104 mm drum
Front tire: 2.00 x18”
Rear tire: 2.00 x18”
Wheels: spokes
Tank: 4 litres
Length: 1770 mm
Width: 670 mm
Wheelbase: 1150 mm
Weight: 50 Kg

Performance:  40 kph