It was only recently that Kinetic-owned Motoroyale acquired the Hyosung brand in India. And now, the brand is planning to launch FB Mondial in our market around mid-September. Motoroyale plans to kickstart FB Mondial’s India innings with the launch of a scrambler-style, single-cylinder motorcycle – the HPS 300. But before we get to know the motorcycle, let’s take a look at what FB Mondial is all about.
FB Mondial is a lesser known Italian motorcycle manufacturer, which was brought back to life once again in 2014. It was founded in 1929 by the Boselli brothers. The initials FB stand for ‘Fratelli Boselli’, where Boselli means brothers. Between 1949 and 1957, FB Mondial won the legendary Isle of Man TT thrice, and also registered five more manufacturer and rider victories.
However, in 1957, FB Mondial quit racing, which proved to be a major setback to its popularity and in turn its sales. Later, due to financial constraints FB finally pulled down its shutter in 1979. The brand was then resurrected by Italian businessman Roberto Ziletti in 1999, post which the Mondial Piega 1000 superbike was launched. But then again, due to monetary issues, the brand met the same fate, before being resurrected, for the third time, by Pier Luigi Boselli and Cesare Galli in 2014. This time around, the owners are focusing more on the development of low-displacement motorcycles.
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