Boutique Italian outfit the Magni Company has just unveiled its latest model, the “MV Agusta 750S Tributo”. As the name suggests, the new three-cylinder two-wheeler was created as a tribute to the iconic 1970s three-quarter-liter MV. While the Tributo admittedly looks strikingly similar to the original 750S, the new Magni boasts the performance and reliability one would expect from a modern sport bike. This isn’t the first time Magni has produced a model based on MV’s 750S (like the Sport 1200S or more recently the Storia), but this one is different for a myriad of reasons.
MV Agusta’s legendary 750S appeared in its first iteration at the Milan show of ’69, with the three-quarter-liter prototype built around MV’s existing 600. The following year the 750 went into limited production before finally leaving the factory on a mass scale in ’71. The (series one) model was powered by an air-cooled 742.9cc, four-stroke, DOHC four-cylinder engine fed via four Dell’Orto carbs. The shaft-driven four-barrel was married to a five-speed transmission and was reportedly good for 68.5hp at 8,450rpm.
Starting with the 109-horsepower inline-triple from MV’s Brutale 800, Magni produced a new TIG-welded double-cradle frame (from 30mm chromoly steel tubing) in the same old-school style as the original 750S, only with modern geometry. Like the frame which is designed to mimic the look of the units found on the ‘70s 750S, the forks have also purposefully been designed to recreate the look of the 750S. However, in place of the Ceriani units are a set of 43mm forks from Oram — who also provides the rear shocks — which have been CNC-machined from aluminum alloy. Both the front and rear suspenders on the Tributo are fully-adjustable and were built by Oram specifically for the Tributo.
Brakes on the Tributo are from Brembo — dual 320mm discs bit by four-piston calipers in front and a single 230mm disc in back — while the brake master cylinders provided by fellow Italian outfit, Discacciati, and the wheels — which come shod in Metzeler Racetec RR K1 rubber — come from the Milan-based JoNich. Other minor knickknacks include a Scitsu tach, custom-designed ‘70s-style rubber grips, and a triple pipe exhaust system that’s obviously takes a lot of visual DNA from the original.
With the triple-powered rolling chassis complete, Magni got to work churning out the bodywork needed to finish the machine. Atop the frame rests a bespoke fuel-cell in the “flying saucer” style of the 750S. Under the tank the frame rails go straight back to the subframe which loops around the back fender, supporting the distinct red saddle with its cafe hump — all of which is adorned in MV’s classic red, white, and blue paint scheme. Part of what makes the Tributo so cool is that it not only replicates the 750S’s bodywork, but even the mechanical aspects and suspension and whatnot do a wonderful job of recreating the original MV’s appearance.
Genuine MV Agusta 750S examples in decent shape now fetch anywhere from $60K to well into six-figure territory (like this ’71 example that sold at a Bonhams Vegas auction in 2016 for $115K, or this ’72 750S specimen that went for almost $94K at the 2018 Staffordshire auction), so while it isn’t cheap, Magni’s Tributo is a more affordable option, starting at just under $41,000, though that number goes up depending on options (and that $41K doesn’t include taxes or fees). For more information on how to get one for yourself, head on over to Magni’s page on the new model.