MV Agusta 48CC Liberty Sport


It had been a number of years since MV had built a small-capacity cycle, yet in the earle 1960’s, they felt that the time was right for a return to making a diminutive motorcycle. Where many competitors constructed small bikes that looked toy-like, MV approached the niche with a motorcycle that looked just like the bike Dad rode to work on, just a smaller scale. It was ideal for youth that didn’t have their license yet. The engine displaced just 47,7cc and its top speed was only 45 kph. Yet at first glance, many thought it was a bigger bike. When introduced, it used a 3-speed gearbox, and 16 inch wheels. A production moved forward the wheels were increased in diameter to 18 inches. The Liberty Sport continued in the markedplace until 1968, and production was just shade under 3.300 units built.

Engine:  Technical Specification (1962)

Cylinders / Cycle: single / 4-stroke
Displacement: 47,7 cc
Bore x stroke: 39 x 40 mm
Compression ratio: 7,5:1
Power / rpm: 10 HP / 3,100
Torque / rpm: NA
Cooling: air
Distribution: pushrod
Carburettor: 14 mm carburettor
Ignition: flywheel magneto
Lubrication: wet sump
Starting: kickstart
Primary drive: gear
Clutch: wet multiple plate clutch
Gearbox: 3 speeds
Final drive: chain


Frame: double cradle tubular and pressed steel frame
Front suspension: telescopic fork
Rear suspension: swingarm with telescopics units
Front brake: 104 mm drum
Rear brake:  104 mm drum
Front tire: 2.00 x16”
Rear tire: 2.00 x16”
Wheels: spokes
Tank: 9 litres
Length: 1790 mm
Width: 710 mm
Wheelbase: 1110 mm
Weight: 58 Kg

Performance:  45 kph