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Mondial February 23, 2015 posted by

Unobtanium Alert! Multiple Mondial Piegas for sale on ebay UK, including an EF version!

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Here are two (2!) of the ultra rare Mondial Piega models, both from the same seller.

For anyone not familiar with these bikes from previous RSBFS posts, FB Mondial was a small motorcycle manufacturer that had racing success in the 1940's and 50's but couldn't translate that success into a long term successful business model.  Mondial produced highly successful race bikes, many with the distinctive Dustbin fairings.  These bikes are considered to be some of the most beautiful bikes ever made and are now highly valued by collectors.  For example, the 1957 Mondial 125cc Grand Prix DOHC 'Dustbin' pictured below was recently offered for sale by Bonhams for over 110,000 USD (click the pic for more details).

1957 Mondial 125, Bonhams auction

Mondial Racebike

The Monidal bikes were so successful and so highly regarded that back in the 50's Soichiro Honda himself approached Mondial about purchasing their 125cc race bikes to help his company get up to speed (no pun intended).  When Honda won the 125cc and 250cc championships in 1961 the badges said Honda but the technology was Mondial.  FYI - This is why today, when you enter Honda's museum at its race track at Motegi, Japan, the first bike you see on display is a 125 Mondial.

By the mid 1960's Mondial was starting to struggle and in an interesting reversal, the company worked out an agreement with Honda to offer their bikes with Honda power. The Mondial brand continued on until the late 1970's but eventually it shutdown and fell into disuse.

In 2000, entrepreneur Roberto Zileti bought the dormant Mondial name from the original owner family and using his considerable wealth had a new Mondial designed.  The new bike was designed to compete in World Superbike racing and was to be powered by a Suzuki TL1000 V-twin engine but just before it was due to be launched Suzuki withdrew.  Ziletti then managed to convince Honda to supply the reborn Mondial with Honda SP-1 engines and the new Mondial Piega was born.

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While European bikes designed around Japanese engines have been known to promise more than they deliver (Im looking at you, Bimota), the Piega isn't one of those.  Mondial's engine modifications were small, consisting of a new intake and exhaust system and a reworking of the fuel injection mapping which bumped out the power a bit.  The major change was to weight; due to the extensive use of carbon-fiber,, the Piega is 45lb lighter than the SP-1.

Reviewers were quite enthusiastic over the bike, stating:

"the bike also feels faster than the latest Honda SP and the handling is at least as good. The SP-1 felt awkward and at times unstable with an especially flighty front end. The Piega is better, with great stability."

"The main development rider for the Piega was a 250cc race champion and it shows in the results...the Piega somehow manages to feel like a much smaller machine...it can be flicked into a corner and re-positioned mid-turn.  Also the very high quality race-based suspension gives the bike a tactile quality."

"You don't have to ride the Piega fast to savor the sensations it offers, because it's enormously rewarding at most speeds, but when you do it responds with a top-level ability. Of course the bike is also great to look at in its traditional blue and silver livery, although the combination of hard edges and curves occasionally clashes and the droop of the tail plate unit detracts from the bike's aggression."

2003? Blue and White Piega for sale on ebay UK

Here is the first one, a year isnt specified but it looks to be one of the early edition bikes, possibly a 2003.  Mileage is listed as Zero/new.  Asking price is 17,000 GBP which comes out to about 26,000 USD.

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While normally I am wary anytime someone says Zero/o miles for a bike, this one does look absolutely clean.  NOTE:  There have also been comments on previous RSBFS Piega posts that 11 of these bikes were "taken" by employees who didn't receive their paychecks after the company went bankrupt and that these are considered stolen.


Now here is the second one, an EF/Finale Edition version in lovely black and carbon fiber.

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2008? Mondial Piega EF/Final Edition

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The build history on the Final Edition/EF versions is a bit vague and the only info I can find is a brief mention of them being launched in 2008.   It seems like the EF version was produced out of Piega backstock with different carbon based bodywork similar to that from the Mondial GP bike.   The seller indicates this 1 of 10 EF versions which may account for its higher asking price of 22,500 GBP/35,000 USD.

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Now, the question is, what are these bikes worth?  The Mondial Piega is certainly a rare sportbike based on the listed production numbers and finding one let alone two in brand new condition is pretty amazing.  Even so, I think the price for these may be a bit high.  Previous postings on RSBFS  went for quite a bit less than the asking price but those posts were for US bikes, the bikes weren't 0 miles bikes and occurred while the financial crisis was still ongoing.  Perhaps someone can work out a package deal for both...?

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Note:  This seller appears to have quite a few high end bikes for sale, including a Bimota VDue Evoluzione, which is the upgraded version equipped with carburetors.

Unobtanium Alert!  Multiple Mondial Piegas for sale on ebay UK, including an EF version!
Mondial November 7, 2013 posted by

Italian That Never Went Home: 2002 Mondial Piega

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I've seen the number 3: as in 3 Piega's that made it to the U.S.  If you are wondering what it is, think Bimota but with a rich racing history that goes back decades.

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There is a Honda VTR1000 SP1 engine hiding in there along with the Honda fuel injection. Mondial claimed to have changed the power delivery though. One story on the net tells of Suzuki initially agreeing to supply TL1000R engines before deciding against it.  It is all hidden with carbon bodywork.

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I thought the carbon wrapped swing arm was worthy of a few pictures.

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The tank is an aluminum piece of art that happens to hold gas.

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Only 1983 miles.

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Click here for the auction.

Back in 2009 we posted a Piega in the U.S. with 1700 miles and the asking price was $32,500.  With the low miles I guess this could possibly be the same machine.

They look sharp blacked out:

Ian

Italian That Never Went Home:  2002 Mondial Piega
Mondial May 18, 2012 posted by

I Need A Moment Alone: 2003 Mondia Piega In The United States

I Need A Moment Alone:  2003 Mondia Piega In The United States

 

One of three in the U.S. my friends.  I had always wondered if there were any in the United States at all.  For some reason this bike captured my imagination back in 2003:  maybe it was the Mondial history, maybe it was the story of how they got the Honda engines or maybe it was just the pure uniqueness of it.

I think the seller states it perfectly:

This bike is truly a work of art. Everything is built by hand. From the hand laid carbon fiber body work (all body work), to the hand formed and welded aluminum gas tank, and hand machined tripple clamps, rearsets etc; this bike is stunning!!! The MONDIAL PIEGA out classes any BIMOTA or M/V Agusta of the same year. It is one of the best hand built motorcycles on the planet. Exotic? Exclusive? Elegant? Yes, with a captial E! This rare motorcycle checks all the right boxes.

Mmmmm, radiators everywhere.  I'm in heaven.  A bit different than the standard RC51 set up but similar to a RC51 race set up.

The engine comes right off the RC51 along with the injection.  Mondial supposedly got a little more out of it with some software massaging and the exhaust system.  The HRC case cover is a nice touch.  I wouldn't let your buddies with an RC51 hang around that unattended for too long.

From the auction:

This bike is beautiful and would be the jewel in any collection.  This Mondial has been ridden, and it does show that fact. It has 1,945 miles on it. There are road blemishes on the underside of the body work, where you would expect them, and there are a few nicks in the body work here and there.  It is not flaw free, it has been ridden. Having said that, the bike has NEVER been down, or over, and it has been religiously maintained.  It has had a fresh oil flush and filter change (Mobile 1 synth) and brake and clutch and radiatior fluids have been flushed and re-newed. It is stunning. Comes with Mondial Manual in English and factory Mondial bike cover. Also included is factory rear stand.

Some interesting info from the auction on the  bodywork:

The ALL CARBON FIBER body work, including painted sections, was done by Carbon Dream of Italy. Carbon Dream is famous for making many, Ferrari F1 bodies and suspension components.  And the carbon on the Bugatti Veyron just to name a few.

I think I just had an accident.  It actually has chrome-moly innards with the carbon fiber being the icing on the cake.

The auction has just begun and the seller has a BIN of $23,500.  I believe the original MSRP was in the low 30's.

Here she is.

Ian

Mondial December 2, 2011 posted by

Italian Elegance: 2003 Mondial Piega

Italian Elegance: 2003 Mondial Piega

Here is a little something to liven the week up. If my lottery numbers ever come through this would be the bike that would be at the top of my list to purchase. Quite simply it is an elegant motorcycle. It has it all: history, top shelf components and exclusivity. Hell, I'm sold on just the classic Mondial logo.

FB Mondial was another of these Italian marques that was winning world championships in the 40's and 50's but couldn't translate that success into a successful business model. Some of the information I found claimed Mondial was much more of a boutique brand with all its' production bikes being hand made. An interesting part of their history involved Honda. Apparently Soichiro Honda himself approached Mondial about purchasing their 125cc race bikes to help the infant Honda company get up to speed. Mondial agreed and the two companies took two dramatically different paths from there.

Fast forward decades and the Mondial name was back and they needed an engine for their new superbike. Who do they call? Not Honda! An article I read said the Mondial was originally supposed to come with a TL1000 but the deal fell through. Mondial then came to an agreement with Honda and Honda repaid the debt and let an outside company use its' big bore engines for the first (and I think only) time. The bike is fitted with a SP1 engine.

A beefy carbon fiber swing arm. Well kind of. There is an aluminum shell inside. If you'd like some more info on the Piega, this is a nice read. Too bad they couldn't keep the doors open, it sounds like a really nice bike.

Quite a unique looking frame. Here is an excellent thread with some great pictures with the bodywork off: simply stunning. It looks like they keep the SP1's split radiator set up. The body work is all carbon fiber as you would expect on a bike like this. By the way, this is a 0 mile bike.

I guess I'm getting used to the newer Star Trek looking gauges, this looks a little dated and clunky. It looks like the Peiga was originally offered in the $30,000 range. The seller is asking roughly $26,500 (17,000 British Pounds) for this example. I know there isn't much of a chance I could ever afford one of these but I will certainly continue to dream.

If you do have the means, make the purchase here.

Ian