MV Agusta Quattro 500

The Undisputed Champion

By Alan Cathcart, Photography by Kyoichi Nakamura

tech Spec

Envisioned as a luxury streetbike in 1949, the Quattro gained chain drive and a five-speed gearbox on its way to the 1956 500cc world championship.
Gilera 500/4, Moto Guzzi Otto Cilindri V8, Matchless G45, Norton ES2.

Price na
Engine Type a-c inline-four
Valve train DOHC, 8v
Displacement 497cc
Bore x stroke 53.0 x 56.4mm
Compression 10.4:1
Fuel system (4) Dell'Orto 28mm carburetors
Clutch Dry, multi-plate
Transmission 5-speed
Claimed horsepower 65 bhp @ 10,500 rpm
Claimed torque na
Frame Steel duplex
Front suspension MV Agusta 38mm fork
Rear suspension Twin Girling shocks
Front brake MV Agusta 230mm 4LS drum
Rear brake MV Agusta 220mm SLS drum
Front tire 100/90-19 Avon Roadrunner
Rear tire 100/90-19 Avon Super Venom
Rake/trail 26.0°/4.5 in.
Seat height na
Wheelbase 59.0 in.
Fuel capacity na
Claimed curb weight 306 lbs.
Colors Red/silver

Verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Faster than everything else for longer than most.

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