FB Mondial HPS 125 cafe racer spotted near ARAI, Pune
The Hipster (HPS) model family also includes a 250 cc variant. Images - Bikers Brotherhood Club (Official). Hat tip to Anoop Chheda.
Resurrected Italian small displacement high-performance motorcycle specialist FB Mondial seems to be gearing up to venture into India. An undisguised example of the FB Mondial HPS 125 (HPS stands for Hipster) cafe racer has been spotted near ARAI’s (Automotive Research Association of India) Pune facility, indicating that the homologation process could be on.
The HPS 125 is a retro classic cafe racer which derives its inspiration from the boutique motorcycle brand’s small displacement racers of 1950’s, an era in which the marque registered 5 MotoGP world championships. The styling is full of quintessential Italian artistic flair with a muscular fuel tank, classy color scheme, circular headlights, flat handlebar, leather saddle with contrast finish, beautiful chrome finished dual barrel exhaust system, eccentrically mounted circular instrument console (fully digital), spoke wheels and knobby tyres.
Powering the Italian beauty is a 125 cc single-cylinder DOHC liquid-cooled engine which is equipped with electronic fuel injection to produce a healthy 14.7 hp (11 KW) and 12.3 Nm of torque. The motor is paired with a 6-speed transmission.
FB Mondial HPS 125 sits on adjustable inverted front telescopic fork and a pair of traditional rear shock absorbers (also adjustable). Braking is taken care by petal discs at either end (4 piston unit upfront and 2 piston unit at the rear). The motorcycle is shod with 100/90-18 front and 130/70-17 rear tyres.
FB Mondial is likely to enter India by appointing an official distributor in the months to come. The HPS 125 would be positioned as a lifestyle product, so we don’t expect the pricing to be competitive. Further details are unavailable as of now.