The booming Indian two-wheeler market is attracting a lot of international brands to the country. The latest international two-wheeler product that has been caught testing in India is the FB Mondial 125. Here is all you want to know about the good looking Cafe Racer.
What is it?
FB Mondial is an Italian motorcycle manufacturer that has a range of products. Recently, the cafe racer was caught testing in India. The motorcycle was spotted near the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), Pune. The ARAI is responsible for the homologation of new vehicles in India.
The FB Mondial HPS 125 is a Cafe Racer styled motorcycle. In many markets, it is also known as the Hipster and it was launched last year in the international markets. The HPS 125 is the first motorcycle that the manufacturer has launched after 15 years.
What powers it?
The FB Mondial HPS 125 is powered by a single cylinder engine sourced from the Piaggio group. The fuel-injected single cylinder engine gets double overhead cams. The engine produces a maximum power of 15 Bhp at 9,750 rpm and peak torque of 12.3 Nm at 7,500 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed transmission.
Why is it special?
The FB Mondial HPS 125’s design makes it very special. The bike comes with special design components that give it a retro look. The motorcycle carries a retro look and is inspired by the FB-Mondial racing bikes that the manufacturer used to produce in the 1950s. At the front, the HPS 125 gets 41mm inverted forks that shroud the wire spoke 18-inch wheels. The 17-inch rear wheel gives it a good stance.
There is a beautifully sculpted fuel tank with contrasting yellow graphics. There is a brown leather seat that looks exquisite on the motorcycle. The motorcycle also gets dual barrel exhaust that takes away most of the attention. The motorcycle also gets flat handlebar giving a very aggressive riding position.
In a true retro sense, the FB Mondial also gets round instrument cluster. Even though the motorcycle gets retro looks, it gets modern digital equipment. To start with, round instrument cluster is completely digital. There are petal disc brakes at front and rear. The front brake set gets 4-pistons while the rear gets only 2.
Why do we think it is coming to India?
The bike was caught near the automotive homologation centre in India. It may mean that the FB-Mondial is looking at the Indian market seriously. Even though there is no word from the manufacturer on the same, FB-Mondial may drop a surprise for the bike enthusiasts in India.