MV Agusta’s given us a lot of special edition series over the years.
We’ve gotten the ROSSO series, aimed at a younger generation’s easier approach on two wheels, to the terribly mean, best finishing RR series; we’ve also bounced from the SCS series – designed to provide top-notch electronics for easier riding (similar to what Ducati’s doing with their machines) – to the top-of-the-shelf ORO luxury series.
Bottom line, this Varese firm’s got more than a few sets of livery in her ranks, and now, the RC series (‘Reparto Corse,’ Italian for ‘racing department’) is the brand’s new front-and-center for this riding season.
Of course, what better upgrades to give Agusta’s sporty variant than a racing kit?
Think F3RR, but full titanium Akrapovič exhaust (complete with carbon fiber silencer cover), a carbon fiber heat shield, CNC-machined aluminum alloy levers/fuel tank cap, a fiberglass passenger seat cover, and track-friendly ECU with racing map – all to complement the bike’s bump up in power from 147hp @ 13,000rpm, to 155 hp @ 13,250rpm.
For the Dragster, Agusta has outfitted a similar racing kit to the F3RR.
Expect front mudguard support brackets, fuel tank side covers, a transparent clutch cover, and the star of the show; a beauty SC Project Titanium pipe, complete with rear fender SCProject Titanium silencer and a fancy power unit (with special mapping) to carry over that silencer.
The end result? A ramp up in the specs from 140hp @ 12,300rpm, to 150hp @ 12,800rpm.
Compared to the top two, the Turismo Veloce definitely got the shorter end of the stick – but that doesn’t stop the Italian bike marque from outfitting this variant with that addicting tricolor livery anyways.
Apart from the graphics and the Rekluse clutch tossed in, the Veloce keeps her usual specs; 110hp @ 11.000rpm, and don’t you forget it.
The MV Agusta RC Series; the RC Dragster, with media courtesy of MV Agusta.We look forward to seeing what MV Agusta brings about in the coming seasons; in the meantime, be sure to check back at our webpage for updates, and as ever – stay safe on the twisties.
Last week we reported that two all-new adventure-touring motorcycles from the house of MV Agusta were set to debut at EICMA 2021. Dubbed the Lucky Explorer 5.5 and 9.5, the two models trace their heritage to the Cagiva Elefant — winner of the Dakar Rally in 1990 and 1994.
MV Agusta Lucky Explorer 5.5
MV Agusta has revealed that the smaller 5.5 has been developed closely with Chinese firm QJ Motor — the same company that owns Benelli. As its name suggests, the 5.5 will be powered by a 554cc twin-cylinder engine. This is a larger-capacity derivative of the parallel-twin from the Benelli TRK 502 — bore and stroke figures have gone up from 69mm and 66.8mm, respectively, to 70.5mm and 71mm.
The frame, too, has been borrowed from the Benelli but considering this is an MV Agusta, other hardware components appear to be higher-spec. Meanwhile, the alloy swingarm looks to be the same as the one from the QJMotor SRT 500.
The Italian firm has shared a few other details at the moment. Autocar India reports that the 5.5 will feature the same 20-liter fuel tank capacity, 1,505mm wheelbase, and 19-inch/17-inch front and rear wheel set-up. We also know that, like the Benelli, this is a very heavy motorcycle with a dry weight of 220kg.
MV Agusta Lucky Explorer 9.5
Unlike the 5.5, the Lucky Explorer 9.5 is an MV Agusta from the ground up. Both motorcycles get a modern take of the iconic Lucky Explorer color scheme used on the Cagiva Elefant 900 Dakar race bike.
While both motorcycles share a similar design language, the 9.5 uses more premium hardware and components, like forged carbon fiber in the section that links the radiator area to the bash plate. Autocar India mentions that the 9.9 features a 7-inch TFT display that includes Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, cruise control, launch control, 8-level traction control, a GPS sensor, and LED cornering headlights.
At the heart of the motorcycle is a new 930cc inline-triple, which finds its roots in the 800cc triple seen on some of MV’s other models like the Brutale 800. However, the new engine employs a different head, valves, a new counter-rotating crankshaft, and new forged pistons. CycleWorld mentions in its reports that a 12.5:1 compression ratio, down from 13.3:1 on the 800, implies that this engine has been tuned for better torque delivery — as one would expect from an adventure motorcycle. Peak output figures are rated at 123 hp at 10,000 rpm and 75lb-ft of torque at 7,000rpm. The 9.9 will be available with a standard 6-speed manual or the automatic Rekluse clutch system already seen in the Turismo Veloce.
Suspension hardware comprises electronically controlled Sachs units with 220mm of travel at the front and 210mm at the rear wheel. Interestingly, the Lucky Explorer 9.5 weighs the same as the 5.5 at 220kg (dry).
Launch dates and pricing for both motorcycles are yet to be determined. However, the 9.5 will likely make its debut before the 5.5.
What do you think about MV Agusta’s foray into the adventure segment? Let us know in the comments below.
Earlier this week, MV Agusta officially announced the arrival of the Lucky Explorer Project, which will see the introduction of two all-new adventure motorcycles at EICMA 2021.
Previously, MV Agusta CEO Timur Sardarov expressed his desire to resurrect the Cagiva brand and draw from its rally bike heritage. It seems like we will see this happen in just a couple of days. While we’ll only see what the motorcycles are like once they debut at EICMA, the Italian marquee will start accepting pre-orders for the motorcycles from today, November 23.
The brand has launched an all-new website for the motorcycles and dedicated social media handles that have already garnered thousands of followers. The website and social media pages have teased the bike’s arrival with iconic Paris-Dakar images of the Lucky Strike-branded Cagiva bikes racing.
“I am excited about the launch of this very special project. The Lucky Explorer concept is not just about bikes, it’s about a comprehensive world of emotions, memories, values, and a way of being. A long-awaited return for all the fans of Made-in-Schiranna, but also a new beginning and a leap into the future: no matter where life takes us, we know where we’re from,” MV Agusta CEO Timur Sardarov said in a statement.
A test mule for one of the upcoming ADVs has been spied in the past as well, and we’re excited to see how the bikes will fit into what is an extremely competitive segment. ADV Pulse has said in its story that Sardarov has also mentioned possible revival of the Elefant name in various interviews. Stay tuned for the latest updates on what MV Agusta has in store.
As summer winds down and I see the clear signs from the weather gods that it is time to winterize the motorbikes, I begin to think ahead to next year. Announcements begin hitting my newsfeeds, and buzz of what’s coming after New Year’s grows daily.
2021 was chock-full of very important new motorcycle models, and here I will highlight what I currently see as exciting announcements from some big-name manufacturers presenting all-new models for 2022.
There is plenty of exciting new product coming from the legendary Ducati factory in Bologna, Italy. In order to keep the hype strong, Ducati is introducing the new models by releasing videos from Sept 30 thru Dec 9th.
So far, what is known for sure is that there will be an all-new Multistrada V2, and speculation from the title of one video alludes to possibly seeing a Streetfighter V2. There is clearly something to come about the DesertX, and there seems to be a lot to discover within the Scrambler range. Let’s look at what we already know—Ducati is a brand to watch.
The Ducati Multistrada V2 And V2S
This is an updated edition of the Multistrada 950, with the primary focus on ergonomics, weight reduction, engine updates, and a series of upgrades that follow the philosophy of “continuous improvement”.
Shedding 5 kg compared to the Multistrada 950, the Ducati Skyhook Suspension EVO semi-active suspension system (standard on the S version) is available, along with fresh rider selectable electronics.
The Ducati Scramblers
Two new Scrambler Models round out the family. The 1100 Tribute PRO celebrates the history of the Borgo Panigale company through the choice of a fascinating “Giallo Ocra” livery. The new Scrambler 1100 Tribute PRO is equipped with black spoked wheels, 18’’ at the front and 17’’ at the rear, and a Ride by Wire electronic management system. It has three Riding Modes, Ducati Traction Control (DTC), and Cornering ABS.
The new Urban Motard Scrambler has a unique style with 17’’ spoked wheels and red and white graffiti graphics. The new Scrambler Urban Motard features a red high front mudguard and side number plates—a clear reference to the Motard world.
First shown as a Concept bike in 2019, the DesertX is slated to be Ducati’s new Adventure machine. It comes with an all-new chassis, and confirmation that the water-cooled 937cc Testastretta L-Twin engine from the Multistrada 950 will power this new machine. It is safe to say this should be a very exciting announcement on December 9th.
Plenty of interesting things are happening at the boutique Italian brand MV Agusta, including an all-new bike and some very special editions.
The MV Agusta F3 RR
Via MV Agusta.
With 147hp from the MV Agusta 800cc triple tucked under new bodywork with carbon panels and small winglets, the 2022 F3 RR should tear up the track with gusto. The revised chassis is very compact and race-oriented, with a Marzocchi and Sachs suspension with full adjustability (naturally).
The full Brembo braking system with twin 320mm rotors will easily shed the rapid speeds this 381 lb machine is capable of. Not enough? MV offers a rather attractive, road-legal racing kit that boosts the power to 155 horses at 13,250 rpm. The kit includes an Akrapovič titanium/carbon exhaust system that also helps lower the bike’s dry weight from 381 pounds to 364 pounds.
The MV Agusta Superveloce Ago
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This special edition model is meant to honor the MV Agusta’s legendary former factory racer, Giacomo Agostini. To create it, MV Agusta took the Superveloce and added sophisticated components, including a premium suspension, a new steering damper, and a triple clamp.
In honor of his 311 individual Grand Prix victories, only 311 units will be built. The first 15 of these special edition bikes are dedicated to the 15 world titles, and each bike will come with an exclusive plaque, with unique graphics bearing both the trophy and the year of the world title won by Agostini.
MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Nürburgring Edition
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Named after the iconic German circuit, MV Agusta has created a special edition of the already insane Brutale 1000 called the Nürburgring Edition. Only 150 units will be produced, and the goal was reducing weight so basically everything that can be made from carbon fiber is—including carbon fiber wheels from BST.
A full titanium Arrow exhaust system is also fitted on this model, and the ECU receives fresh programming to adjust for the new kit.
Powered by Indian Motorcycles’ Thunderstroke 111 powertrain with 108 ft-lbs of torque, each of these models features an analog gauge, chrome, and matte black finishes, and is available with or without ABS.
The Indian Chief Dark Horse, Chief Bobber Dark Horse, and Super Chief Limited
Powering all premium Chief models is Indian Motorcycles’ Thunderstroke 116 engine with 120 ft-lbs of torque. ABS is standard, while premium finishes set these bikes apart and further showcase the craftsmanship and attention to detail. Each Chief and Chief Bobber Dark Horse model packs further attitude with premium gloss black finishes, while the Super Chief Limited touts premium chrome finishes.
Many exciting things are happening at the famous UK bike brand, including 2 new applications of the 1160cc Triple and an all-new Tiger.
The Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR
Hot on the heels of 2021’s Speed Triple 1200 RS, now Triumph has decided to drop a much more sporty, track-capable RR version. Here is what sets the RR apart from the RS.
Sleek bodywork and all LED lighting, with a single round headlight and self-canceling indicators
660cc liquid-cooled DOHC Inline-Triple expected to make 80 hp at 10,250 rpm and 47.0 lb-ft. at 6,250 rpm
Showa upside-down forks and remote preload-adjustable mono-shock rear suspension unit
Ride-by-wire throttle with switchable traction control
2 riding modes (road and rain)
Michelin Road 5 tires hint at a more on road focus
Many big things are happening with Honda for 2022, from Street bikes to dirt machines—there’s even big news when it comes to their mini-moto products. Here is a breakdown:
The Honda 500 Twins (CBR500R, CB500X, CB500F)
There aren’t totally new, but Honda has made significant changes to the family of 500s (the CBR500R, CB500X, CB500F). These three motorcycles are a key part of Honda’s global sales—let me highlight what is new:
Revised fueling to improve torque characteristics and feel
41 mm Showa big-piston inverted forks (SSF-PB)
New rear shock settings to work with new front forks
New Dual 290 mm front disc brakes and Nissin Calipers
New lighter 17” wide spoke front wheels, and the X gets a new lighter 19” wheel
New lighter and stiffer rear swingarm
Revised lightweight radiator
The Honda Mini-Moto 125s (Grom, Monkey, and Super Cub)
New Euro 5 compliant 124cc air-cooled engine delivers 9.3 horsepower and 8.1 ft/lb torque
New 5-speed gearbox improves cruising speed
Revised styling of all three bikes
A Super Cub 125X Offroad model coming (maybe)
The Honda CRF250R
While most of the CRF lineup only see minor changes, the Honda CRF250R race bikes are all new.
All-new stiffer and lighter chassis, helping drop overall weight by 8lbs
MV Agusta has introduced yet another limited edition motorcycle, and this one pays homage to one of the most iconic racing circuits in the world – the Nürburgring. The bike you see on this page is the MV Agusta Brutale Nürburgring, and it’s simply a Brutale 1000 RR with carbon bits added in from head to tail. Only 150 units of the Brutale Nürburgring will be made, and the Italian manufacturer is producing them in collaboration with the track.
One of the most significant additions is the gorgeous BST carbon fibre wheels. These wheels also feature an innovative billet hub which MV Agusta says is lighter and more rigid than before. As a result, un-sprung mass is reduced, and the motorcycle accelerates faster, brakes better, and is more agile and responsive.
Every Brutale 1000 Nürburgring also features a full titanium Arrow exhaust. VisorDown reports that the 4-into-2-into-1 system couples cylinders one, two, and three and four and features a longer primary manifold, resulting in higher peak torque. Complimenting the new exhaust is a remapped ECU. No changes have been made to the 998cc inline-four engine, but the exhaust and ECU update have bumped power up from 208hp to 215hp.
There are minor visual differences as well. The headlight cowl is redesigned and features a small windscreen. The manufacturer claims this has been done to increase downforce on the front end at high speeds. However, its effectiveness is yet to be seen.
The last piece that sets this limited edition apart from the stock bike is a silver paint scheme with red accents. Pricing for the MV Agusta Brutale Nürburgring starts at €39,900 (around $46,000), making it a very expensive motorcycle. However, if your pocket runs deep, this is a Brutale that means business.
“By the end of the year, we will officially present the restyling of the Brutale 1090, 990, and 920,” Andrea Tamburini told Moto.it. “We will give an aesthetic continuity to the first version of the Brutale MV made by my father.”
Massimo Tamburini, a world-renowned moto designer, began his journey in design with the customization of an MV Agusta 750 Sport in 1971 – a project that required him to completely reweld the frame of the bike itself.
Over the years, the Italian artist and Bimota co-founder has contributed to other beautiful machines, including the Ducati 916 and the MV Agusta F4. Before he succumbed to lung cancer, Tamburini designed two final pieces – the MV Agusta Brutale and the MV Agusta F3 675.
Now, on the twentieth anniversary of the Brutale line, RideApart states that Andrea Tamburini is ready to follow in his father’s legacy, restoring the Agusta bikes to the glory days of old.
The teaser video, though far from detailed, gives us an idea of what’s to come with snippets of reworked body panels and a gorgeous tail reconfiguration.
We still have no idea if the Tamburini project will carry the Brutale line forward or if the young designer will simply be releasing exclusive variants of the model. Whatever it is, we’ll make sure to keep our eyes on the information coming our way and let you know as soon as possible.
If you are a lover of rare Italian motorcycles and have overseas holiday money burning a hole in your wallet, the Bonhams Autumn Sale next month (9-10 October 2021) will no doubt be a temptation.
It features a collection of more than 40 motorcycles owned by the late acclaimed German film critic Hans Schifferle, including many rare Italian bikes led by my personal favourite, the 1974 Ducati 750 SS.
However, you will need to have a good line of credit or money in the bank as it is estimated to fetch between $A170,000 and $A245,000.
If that doesn’t scare you off, you should still check out our tips to make sure you don’t get caught out buying a dud or spending too much.
Auctions can be a fun experience and you can land yourself a real bargain. However, there are many pitfalls as well.
Ok, so now you know the advantages and pitfalls of auctions, let’s tempt you with some rare bikes owned by motorcycle connoisseur Hans Schifferle who died in March.
Has and his wife, Gudrun, and friend, the former Grand Prix racer Helmut Lichtenberg, visited many of Europe’s “autojumbles” at Imola, Mannheim, Stuttgart and Nuremberg to secure rare parts for his restorations.
Helmut did most of the work having run the classic motorcycle division at Schmid Höhenkirchen where Hans bought many of his bikes.
Hans ensured he rode all his bikes at least 3000km a year to keep them in top mechanical order.
His collection not only includes are Italian gems, but also some British and American models.
My all-time favourite, the 1974 Ducati 750 SS, is the most expensive of the lot.
It is the model that powered Paul Smart to victory at the Imola 200 in 1972.
The Ducati 750 SS featured central-axle forks, Brembo front brakes and a cockpit faring.
This 1974 launch year motorcycle was acquired by Schifferle 2002 and has correct numbers and stamps.
Another ultra-rare Italian highlight is the 1973 MV Agusta 750 GT estimated to fetch up to $A95,000.
Only 50 models in white and bronze were sold due to its initial high price tag.
This bike is one of the most sought-after MV roadsters and one of few not modified or converted into a ‘special’.
MV Agusta is ready to tear up the competition with their all-new, high-spec 2022 F3 RR – and according to the most recent updates from the 2022 WorldSSP Championship rulebook, the inclusion of 800 cc triples and 900 cc twins means that the F3 RR is finally going to have its turn on the twisties.
The F3 RR has always been a bit of a unique bike. Having been built with the same general spec comparison as the Suzuki GSX-R750, the F3 RR is now the byproduct of a massive overhaul as MV Agusta readies their eligible bike for the track.
The upgrades mean that the F3 RR’s Euro 5 compliant counter-rotating crank triple (the same as the one housed in the Rosso) is now neighbors with new crank and conrod bearings, updated high-pressure fuel injectors, a new clutch basket (and quick shifter), and a reworked exhaust system to provide a little extra scoot juice. They even put in a traction control and wheelie control, courtesy of a dedicated six-axis IMU (e-Novia from Milan, Italy).
According to AsphaltAndRubber, the frame has also been adjusted for rigidity, and carbon fiber ‘wings’ (read; ‘Honda Fireblade wannabe’) have been installed on the side of the chassis to aid in aerodynamics at increased speeds.
Want to deck the F3 RR in full track regalia? In fashion with the times, MV Agusta also provides riders with the option to apply a Racing Kit (that’s French for NOT road legal).
Included in the kit are an obnoxiously loud Akrapovic muffler and tweaked ECU, a single-seat cover, CNC-machined brake and clutch levers, and a thematic fuel cap.
The upgrade will also boost the F3 RR’s potential to 153 pretty ponies, though you’re likely looking at a price hike for the extra perks.
The 2022 F3 RR starts at €21,900 MSRP, with an as-yet-undisclosed amount to fork over for the Racking Kit.
Stay tuned for updates on MV Agusta’s new WorldSSP protégé via here and MV Agusta’s website, we promise as always to keep you up-to-date on the best morsels of news on the two-wheeled market.
Here at MotorBikeWriter, we pride ourselves in bringing you news curated from all over the globe. We don’t discriminate, and there’s nothing that tickles us a prettier shade of pink than when we are digging up little gems for you to grin at on a dreary Monday afternoon.
The report states that finding competition for Triumph’s new plaything wasn’t easy. With the company branding the bike as a ‘modern cafe racer,’ the fact that it is a proper sports bike was lost a bit in the shuffle.
Hence, the hunt was on to find a ‘modern cafe racer’-style bike that sat around the 150 to 180hp mark, yet featured a similar aesthetic when it came to looks (no sense in choosing something with race fairings that might have an advantage and cut the wind better. We’re trying to be fair here).
Thank heavens the Italians are still in the business of style and speed – and given that the Superveloce F3 800 boasted a bloodline straight from the track, it made sense to hike it up for perusal next to the Speed Triple.
The first score between the two beasties had to do with APPLICATION – an interesting category, especially considering that the MV Agusta Superveloce is technically a track bike outfitted for the road.
That being said, the Superveloce’s tweaks have made it more than happy on pedestrian pavement – from the roomy cockpit to the more logical and reasonable handlebars and footrests.
The second score? You know we had to…PRICING.
For an extra £250 (included in the £18,200 all-inclusive OTR figure), you get one spec level and two color options.
The MV Agusta is a bit of a deeper dent in the pockets, with the two flavors (standard and S variants) setting you back anywhere from £18,550 (standard) to a hefty £21,110 for the S variant.
For CHASSIS AND ELECTRONICS, you really can’t get better than the Öhlins EC 2.0 electronic suspension system on the Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR.
By contrast, the Fully adjustable Marzocchi forks and Sachs shock absorbers on the Superveloce don’t quite make the mark.
The Agusta DID come through with the Brembo brakes, though – four-piston monobloc calipers biting down on 320mm discs, married to a Continental MK100 ABS system with rear lift intervention and cornering function.
Now the next category – ENGINE, POWER, AND TORQUE.
Both these beautiful beasties feature an inline three-cylinder engine, though admittedly, here’s where things get a tad unfair. The Italian puts 148 pretty ponies to the test with 800cc of displacement and 65 lb-ft torque at 10,600 rpm – a far cry from the 1160cc and 177 hp kicking out 125 NM peak torque in the Speed Triple RR (and RS).
And the final category – USEABILITY.
Visordown states that the MV Agusta Superveloce F3 800 is undoubtedly a gorgeous choice for the comparison but is limited by a few factors; namely, the more extreme riding position, the less-than-comfy seat, condensed chassis that is less-than-friendly to giants like me, and the all-or-nothing engine that we have come to adore from MV Agusta.
The conclusion? Being created from a road bike, the Triumph Speed Triple RR appears the better of the two options with smoother handling, roomier body, and even the rather simple fact that it was built around a road bike – a motorcycle designed to be ridden with comfort in mind, despite the outrageous power output.
Stay tuned for updates, as we are told that test rides will bring much more to light along these general lines. While you’re here, make sure to check out the Triumph Lineups, as well as some lists of attractive bikes from the ’90s that we have curated, especially for your perusal.
It’s a bird, It’s a plane – it’s the comfort-driven fraternal twin of the Brutale 1000 RR!
Meet the 2022 Brutale 1000 RS. It’s essentially a heavier, less aggressive, more comfy version of the RR, with the same monster under the hood. Less wolf, more sheep’s clothing.
Founded by Italian Entrepreneur Count Domenico Agusta, MV Agusta has made a name for itself through the careful curation of quality machines – and the Brutale 1000 RS continues to display these traits.
Advertised byMCN as “the more accessible Brutale 1000 RR”, the RS doesn’t yet have a price, though it is expected to dint the pockets at around £22,800 – a slight improvement from the 1000 RR’s base MSRP of £28,900, and a price that also reflects the lack of semi-active Öhlins suspension and more comfy riding ergonomics.
On top of the adjustable Marzocchi 50mm inverted forks and Sachs rear shock absorber, the 2022 Brutale 1000 RS features a set of raised clip-on bars, a new set of footpegs, and a spiffy one-piece saddle to complement the bike’s aesthetics – and show off the less aggressive riding position.
The beastie does get to keep the one-of-a-kind 998cc straight-four engine of the Brutale 1000 RR (thanks to the radial valves), though we are told that the weight has been upped a full 10 kg, to 196kg from the 1000 RR’s 186kg.
Other specs include a revised cam timing, titanium rods and valves, a DLC (Diamond Like Coating) on the tappets, and cornering ABS.
Despite the increase in weight and euro-compliancy, this beastie is still capable of turning out a neat 205hp, with a chompable 116.5Nm.
Toss in a new set of wheels and mirrors, and you’re guaranteed a monster of a machine that’s still polite enough to say ‘thanks’ after meals.