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magni August 17, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing – 1998 Magni Australia

Named in honor of their importer-turned-racer down under, the Australia was Magni's signature homologation special.  Using Moto Guzzi's quattrovalvole 992cc twin, the Australia is off the sporty and rarity charts.  This example is just out of a long restoration and looks like a new machine.

1998 Magni Australia for sale on eBay

In road trim with Weber-Marelli fuel injection, Guzzi's liter makes 104 well-mannered hp, and a healthy 65 ft.-lbs. torque.  Magni's own downtube frame has oil tankage in the backbone and massive Paioli forks.  Shaft drive is accomodated by the company's Parallelogrammo monoshock, which reduces extension under power.  Sporting intentions are confirmed by the thin foam seat and full fairing.  Weight is an acceptable 450 lbs. dry helped by carbon fiber mudguards.

Located in Illinois, this example has undergone a comprehensive rebuild, and is still awaiting its first fluids since completion.  Great to start with a special machine when embarking on a journey like this, and the Australia qualifies.  The single overhead cam V-twin hasn't been opened but should be far from needing anything.  Warren has this to say in the eBay auction:

On offer is a 1998 Magni Australia, 1000cc Moto Guzzi Daytona RS powerplant in Magni Parallelogrammo frame. I have recently completed a four year recommission/rebuild of the machine with many new parts including recent tires and battery, coils, all cables (fast idle, throttle, clutch, speedometer), NOS injectors and bodies, new Bosch fuel pump, injectors, and rubber boots, throttle potentiometer, main fuel valve, vacuum tank sender, all oil and breather lines, fuel lines, temperature sensors, cam position sensor. New rear brake carrier and rotor, new brake pads and HEL stainless lines, calipers rebuilt with Brembo kits, new buttons in front discs. All fluids fresh, bike has run on bench test, tank is flushed and dry, brakes have not been filled and bled since rebuild. All stainless steel pipes, muffler and crossover, fairing brackets are freshly polished, all fasteners have been replaced with European made stainless fasteners, unpolished.

Recommissioning used all Wurth supplies, torque specifications to manufacturer standards. All paint on bodywork and frame is original, lower belly pan professionally repainted due to stone chips, there have been no modifications to the machine that I can verify since it was constructed. VIN number is shown, engine number is KL011565. All takeoff parts and fasteners will be furnished with the machine if the purchaser desires. Odometer has been replaced with white faced metric instrument showing 1 kilometer. Original shows 10,183 miles, appears to be original.

Arturo Magni prepared Count Agusta's racing motorcycles ( for the likes of Surtees, Hailwood, and Agostini ) until the company quit racing in the mid-seventies, then he and his sons formed their own company.  Magni sampled different powerplants until 1985 when a lasting relationship with Moto Guzzi was formed.  The Australia reviewed as having a foot in two worlds - sharp handling but stable with the V-twin's low CG, the maintenance-free shaft drive hardly noticeable with the parallelogram swingarm, the Daytona RS engine powerful and torquey.  A "new" '98 by many measures, it should give the new owner many hours of enjoyment, even if the gas, oil, and brake fluid never go in.  Bidding is active but hasn't met the reserve yet.  Questions can be sent to Warren via the eBay auction.

-donn

 

Featured Listing – 1998 Magni Australia
magni October 9, 2016 posted by

Race Trim – 1994 Magni Australia

Though Arturo Magni's company made road bikes as well, they were virtually all for homolagation of the racing machines with purpose built frames and fairings.  Rarely seen stateside, this Magni is still in race trim and spectacular.

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1994 Magni Australia for sale on eBay

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Magni started out at Gilera, and worked with Count Agusta at MV until the founder's death in 1976.  He and his sons then founded their own firm and began work with Honda and BMW-based sportbikes, but started the dynasty with Moto-Guzzi engines in 1984.  Developed with an eye toward the Battle of Twins racing around the world, the bikes did well down under, and led to the Australia sport bike.

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Using the 4-valve Moto Guzzi 992 cc engine, the Australia had 102 hp available in road trim, and the race bikes also used Weber-Marelli fuel injection.  Magni designed their own chro-moly frame, and had developed the Parallelogrammo shaft drive rear suspension.  Dampers were Forcelle-Italia inverted forks and WP monoshock, both fully adjustable.  Brembo 320mm disks are found up front with 4-piston calipers, and a 230mm rear brake.  17-inch wheels are under carbon-fiber mudguards, with full endurance fairing and monoposto seat.

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Presented by a SoCal specialty shop, this Magni has open intakes and Termignoni carbon mufflers, and appears to have escaped the eventualities of actual racing.  The binnacle shows just 3,000 miles, and the eBay auction states clear title -

1994 MAGNI GUZZI RACING BIKE AUSTRALIA MODEL, VERY VERY RARE  MINT CONDITION, 4838 KILOMETERS FROM NEW TERMIGNONI EXHAUST, CLEAN CALIFORNIA TITLE, THESE BIKES NEVER EVER COME UP FOR SALE BEYOND RARE AND EXCLUSIVE, DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY !!! BIKE NEEDS NOTHING READY TO RACE OR BLAST DOWN THE STREET   

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Though the rarity of this machine is off the charts, Magni's sons continue to design and fabricate Guzzi and MV-based bikes.  Bulletproof mechanicals and still-available special parts are a nice combination.  A new owner could take the Australia for track days or vintage races without undue worry.  Or set it up for DMV inspection and have a great Sunday...

-donn

Race Trim – 1994 Magni Australia
magni January 15, 2012 posted by

Magnificent Magni: 1994 Magni Australia

Magnificent Magni:  1994 Magni Australia (Moto Guzzi)

 

A couple of weeks ago I'd never heard of Magni and now I have a second chance to spend more money that I don't have on one of their gems.  Up for auction is 1994 Magni Australia with an assist on power from Moto Guzzi.

 

 

The MV Agusta like red and silver paint may not be a coincidence as Arturo Magni was an engineer for MV at the beginning of his career.  The Australia is actually a development out of a  bike Magni raced down under with great success.  Click here for the bikes specs (98 model) directly from Magni itself and keep clicking  as someone scanned an Australian test of the bike and posted it on a forum.  If you like what you see I also recommend doing a Google image search for "Magni Australia".  You will be rewarded with lots of pictures.

 

Just a little from the seller:

1994 MAGNI AUSTRALIA ,ULTRA RARE SUPER BIKE 4800 KILOMETERS FROM NEW ,MINT CONDTION ,NO ISSUES ,RUNS PERFECT ,ALL ORIGINAL ,4 VALVE MOTO GUZZI DAYTONA ENGINE ,FUEL INJECTION ,VERY FAST ,95 HP ,CLEAN CALIFORNIA TITLE ,WE AT BUYERS EXPENSE CAN SHIP WORLDWIDE

 

At first glance I thought the Termignoni exhaust was not original but I've seen plenty of pictures with them on other Australia's.  Magni's can be made to order and it sounds like you can mix and match parts so I'd expect slight differences in each bike.

 

 

Nice and simple and race like from the top.  Although this picture does not show it, the Australia has Magni's unique Parallelogrammo rear suspension.

 

 

I came up empty on any solid numbers for a price of a Magni Australia.  The guess of $20,000 to $25,000 was popular tough.  Can any RSBFS readers give some insight here?  As of this writing the bike had hit $12,000 and the reserve had yet to be met.

Check out the auction here.

 

Here is a little treat for your eyes and ears from Japan

 

Ian