Today we celebrate the belated birthday of seven-time 350cc and 500cc world title champion Giacomo Agostini, or “Ago” – an Italian rider with an unmatched gift for racing.
According to an article posted on TopGear, young Agostini was born June 16, 1942, in Brescia, Lombardy, where he started his passion for riding in secret.
His first title was won in 1963 when he snatched the Italian Hillclimb Championship riding a 175cc Moto Morini.
The successes continued into 1965, where Agostini became a member of the MV Agusta works team. The season saw Giacomo’s first ride for MV, finishing second only to his teammate and mentor, Mike Hailwood.
With Hailwood scooped up by Honda the following year, Ago became lead rider of MV Agusta – setting the young prodigy up beautifully for what was to be a whirlwind of wins.
By 1968, Giacomo was hitting uncontested streaks in both the 350cc and 500cc class titles.
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And again for 1970.
It soon became obvious that the man breaking statistical averages across the world was honed in on his game – and perhaps a little crazy, as all riders should be.
MoreBikes has a snippet of Agostini recalling the state of the tracks back in his day:
“We ran because we had a lot of passion, a lot of desire to run. You could not choose, the tracks were what they had, the straw balls were something palliative.”
Agostini’s winning streak was broken only by the crumpling of his bike in the first lap of 1971’s Isle of Man TT. At this point, he had completely cleared the table, winning 26 titles in the 350cc class and 32 in the 500cc class – a mind-boggling 58 titles acquired, in a row, nonstop.
Ago had two short retirement periods in 1971 and 1972, with his official retirement from the motorcycle scene in 1977, leaving behind a burning hot legacy that still inspires riders today – and Top Gear was right when they said that Agostini’s statistics are insane.
Ago took the title of every race he finished, stamping five years’ worth of wins in the record books.
1966-1972 was when he won seven world titles in a row in the 500cc class, and that’s not counting the seven world titles for the 350cc class garnered 1968-1974.
If we were counting Ago’s win for Yamaha in 1975, that brings the number of world title wins to FIFTEEN.
All told, Giacomo Agostini’s 14-year career saw 223 races; he took the gold home 122 of the 159 times that he made the podium, with 117 inofficial ‘fastest lap’ records tucked under one capable arm, 6 of which are considered official pole positions.
Perhaps Agostini’s quote, translated in 1967 from the Vault, would best describe the Italian’s career and his drive to ride: “I want to do everything I can – while I can.”
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If there’s one thing I love about MV Agusta, it’s the company’s adherence to style and class while still retaining a lean, mean aesthetic in their bikes.
The Brutale – aptly named – gives us both qualities in spades with the 1000RR edition, plus a bit of pony power to play with.
The Brutale 1000RR was updated to make the bike compliant with Euro 5 emissions, though MV Agusta says that the new camshaft timing in the engine allows the 208 horsepower to speak extremely well, enhancing the torque curve at medium/low rpm.
Suffice it to say that if this bike had any more raw energy tackling the throttle twist, MV would be in the business of a new kind of aircraft.
The Brutale was also given a healthy dose of titanium rods for the intake and exhaust valves, with the new sintered valve guides and DLC-coated tappets reducing friction very nicely.
A brand spanking new inertial platform gives the 1000RR a ‘brutal’ precision for traction and wheelie control, keeping those two wheels firmly on the ground (for now), and the Continental ABS with cornering function is a nifty addition.
Other features include a 5.5” TFT dash, Mobisat tracker (that’s new), Öhlins suspension, Brembo calipers (state of the art), 12.5v battery, and a dry weight of 186kg.
With the Brutale 1000RR taking up a good chunk of the road – and our hearts – it will be exciting to see how the bike conforms to the pavement…and if the MV Agusta bumps the price up any higher than the rather exclusive €32,300 ($35251.11 USD).
Agostini-red is the new black, and it is so scrumptious it’s practically edible.
According to a report from RideApart, The 2021 MV Agusta F3 Rosso made headlines in releasing their Euro-5 compliant supersport model on May 27th. With middleweight Supersports bikes being the new hype, MV Agusta came to play hard, and they kicked the proverbial ball out of the park with the F3 Rosso.
MV Agusta had the bike undergo a complete system overhaul to ensure compliance with Euro-5 emission standards, with a new bi-directional flow radiator that boasts an increase in efficiency by a cool five percent.
DLC treatments were applied to the valve guides, main bearings, rods, and countershaft to reduce friction for this model’s new update, and with the Agostini-red paint, the bike now looks like it can ride as fast as it sounds.
Other features of the 2021 update include a reinforced clutch basket with the addition of a third-gen bi-directional quick-shifter and a slew of new electronics, including an inertial platform and continental ABS with cornering function.
The traction and wheelie control has also been updated and detailed, along with a very pretty 5.5-inch TFT display that is fully compatible with the MV Ride App.
Under Euro-5 compliance, the gorgeous 800cc three-cylinder engine sports a counter-rotating crankshaft and grunges up a neat 147 hp at 13,000 rpm, with a maximum speed of 247 kmph / 153 mph.
Direct rivalry with this host of specs puts the 2021 Rosso F3 alongside the likes of the Ducati Panigale V2, and the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R, but with a price sitting high at 16.400 € / $20,077.95 USD, it is by no means a bang-for-buck kind of bike.
And that’s kind of the point, isn’t it?
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MV Agusta has just launched a brand new bike to cater to a specific audience.
It sports the classic Agusta red-and-silver color scheme, with max speeds topping out at a blistering 3 mph.
Did I mention that it’s a balance bike for toddlers?
You heard right.
According to a report from RideApart, the Italian manufacturer is now producing a spiffy classic-styled wooden balance bike for your young one. Labeled simply as the ‘Vintage Wooden Balance Bike,’ the contraption was manufactured to get a small child used to the concept of using balance to maneuver about on two wheels. Though Harley Davidson has also released a balance bike (though catered to a slightly older audience) with great success, I personally would prefer a makeshift MV Agusta when I watch a toddler rolling about the property in anticipation of a sporty motorcycle to call their own.
Priced at $198, it’s an extremely affordable and easy addition to the collection – and having been manufactured in the same style as Giacomo Agostini’s iconic MV Agusta GP bike, the legacy can’t be beaten.
While the Vintage Wooden Balance Bike may be a far cry from 500cc, in the mind of a child, anything is possible – and I’ll bet my favorite helmet that this balance bike will set the ball rolling for some wonderful memories further down the road.
MV Agusta has announced a distinguished partnership with Roni who is one of Switzerland’s most exclusive watchmakers. Roni is based in the home of luxury situated in the heart of the Swiss Alps, St. Moritz, Switzerland.
This partnership is to celebrate the 75th anniversary of MV Agusta and to celebrate the milestone, RO-NI will be producing just 75 of these prestigious watches. This exclusive automatic watch named RO-NI RMV will be produced on payment. The RMV will be retailing at a sum of roughly $68,000 (€56,000). A small price to pay considering it will be only 1 of 75 on the planet.
The RMV will use materials often found in the “Motorcycle Art” crafted by MV Agusta. The automatic watch will consist of best grade titanium, 7075 aluminum alloy, steel, carbon fiber, leather, Alcantara, sapphire, and per RO-NI’s website “the search for the typical colors of the MV AGUSTA brand condensed into a perfect technical artistic balance.”.
This collector’s piece will also include “75” engraved throughout the watch in addition to “MV” on the face. All of the inner workings of the timepiece will be on display via it’s skeletal construction. These handmade timepieces will be accompanied by an official certificate from RO-NI.
Just when you think that MV Agusta can’t fit in the release of yet another ‘special edition’ before 2020 is out they prove us wrong, meet the Superveloce Alpine, inspired by the French sports car, the Alpine A110.
How the Italians at MV draw the link between themselves and a French car maker is beyond me but nonetheless, here we have it. There will be only 110 units of this special-edition released worldwide.
The Superveloce Alpine features MV Agusta’s signature inline 3-cylinder engine, with 147 hp at 13,000 rpm and comes with a host of dedicated accessories.
Monaco Design Studio, MV Agusta’s spearhead design division for the production of exclusive bespoke models, was involved in the project since the beginning and worked in close contact with its counterpart at Alpine.
The blue livery of the Superveloce Alpine exactly matches that of the current A110.
The raised “A” logos on the fairings are also reminiscent of the original A110 detailing, as well as the black Alcantara seats with blue stitching and the CNC-machined black rims.
To mark the collaboration between two national heritage brands, the French and Italian flags are displayed on either side of the front fender.
Timur Sardarov, CEO MV Agusta Motor S.p.A.
“Many Alpine customers are also big MV Agusta fans, and vice-versa. The Superveloce Alpine will ideally bring the two worlds together, with incredible synergies in terms of design, personality and style. We look forward to this collaboration with one of the most admired brands in the history of motorsport, and are confident that this new, superb limited edition will be met with enthusiasm by bikers and motorsport fans around the world.”
The price of 36,300€ equates to around $59,000 AUD but we are waiting for official confirmation of the Australian pricing.
MV Agusta Superveloce Alpine
Engine: 798 cc inline 3-cylinder – Euro 5
Power: 147 hp at 13.000 rpm
Top speed: 240 km/h
Dry weight: 173 kg
Compression ratio: 13.3:1
Colour: Alpine Blue/Ago Silver
Brushed aluminium decal on steering head with 001 to 110 progressive number
Metallic, matt avio grey trellis chassis
Matt silver painted side plates and single sided swing arm
Dashboard TFT 5” color display
MV Ride App for navigation mirroring, app-controlled engine, rider aids setup
MV Agusta has recently released a teaser image depicting a collaboration effort with history automotive manufacturer Alpine. The details are still hazy, and all we have to work off of currently is the teaser image, but what with what we know about both companies we can be sure that the end result will be nothing less than spectacular.
The teaser image in question includes a panel from a motorcycle with blue and silver paint, and the “A” logo for Alpine stuck to the side of it. Alpine is an automotive manufacturer that recently started back up after ceasing production of new vehicles in 1995. In 1976 their competition department merged with Renault Sport. The current Renault F1 team will also be re-branded to Alpine for the 2021 racing season.
Rideapart guessed that this new upcoming collaboration will be a special edition Superveloce, and I would have to agree. The Superveloce has seen quite a few special editions/collaborations, so it would be out of character for MV Agusta to try their hand at another to add to the books.
With the Renault F1 team being rebranded with a red, white, and blue livery to pay homage to the French flag, this teaser image is quite on-brand with that livery philosophy. Although the panel in question is silver/blue, I’m sure we will see some red accents throughout the bike like we will see on the F1 car.
The motorcycle should be launching around December 11th. Stay tuned!
On a recent visit to the MV Agusta factory on the banks of Lake Varese in northern Italy, I took the opportunity to chat with MV Agusta’s Russian-born CEO, Timur Sardarov.
The former London-based international businessman, who now lives in Italy, took over MV Agusta in December 2018 from the Castiglioni family when once again the historic brand hovered on the bring of extinction.
Over the last few years there’s been a clear injection of cash and urgency with MV Agusta stepping up their game and delivering more new models than ever before. As we face the uncertainty of the current Covid pandemic, we managed to grab half an hour of Sardarov’s precious time.
Adam Child: Thank you for taking time to chat with us, I appreciate you must be really busy. Since you took over MV in December 2018, has the journey been what you expected?
Timur Sardarov: “It was tough, I thought it would be easier, but it would be much better if Covid hadn’t come. The company would be stable a bit earlier, but still we have surprisingly recovered for the first time in the history of MV Agusta. We have stable production, finances and stable plans – the company structure is proper and continues to be a family run venture. But there are, as always, small issues which we are dealing with.”
AC: What have been your highlights?
TS: “This year we have launched five new models. In the history of MV Agusta, this hasn’t been done.”
AC: Aside from Covid is this where you expected to be?
TS: “Slightly behind, because of Covid, restrictions of movements and everything to do with regulatory bodies have put us three to four months behind schedule on some of the work we do, but generally Covid has brought the company together. With new management we are working to maximum capacity and with good spirits too.”
AC: Where do you see MV Agusta in the next 2-3 years?
TS: “MV Agusta is now going into the wider range of mobility. The journey will start in the lighter mobility segment and move to urban commuters that will be powered by electric propulsion. We will produce high-performance bicycles that are also electrified. We are working on a new 500 cc platform with quite an interesting philosophy and we are also working on our new adventure range that will be announced in next 3-4 months.
“We are also working on a brand new 950 platform and our 800 is going through major change with Euro 5. We took the opportunity with the Euro 5 transition to bring significantly more changes to all the bikes and all the platforms across the entire range. It’s not just Euro 5, it’s major change to the products in terms of styling and technical packaging – from next year I would say all our range could be considered new.”
AC: When I’ve spoken with your team before there’s been talk of the electric bikes coming from the Cagiva brand. Is that correct?
TS: “Oh, Cagiva is more utilitarian electric, more for B2B services – sharing platforms rather than lifestyle, premium lifestyle products like MV.”
AC: Is a replacement for the F4 in the pipeline?
TS: “To be honest, that’s still on the drawing board. We currently have to work more towards electric propulsion rather than saving the combustion engine. MV Agusta is a small company compared to many others and for us it’s important to see where everyone is going and evaluate complex developments for the high-performance superbike. We realised that after a certain amount of power is produced, we spend more time removing that power, rather than applying it. We could produce a bike with 250 horsepower, let’s say, but there is probably only 2-3 per cent of the time when this power can be applied. So the quality of the rider plus the quality of the ride need to be balanced. Do we need to produce a bike with so much power when we spend 80 per cent of that production time removing this power to make the product reliable, safe and fun and more usable for the wider audience of rider?
“We are seeing performance cars with 1000 horsepower but this power is applicable – we can all use it, you or I. Put your foot down and you can use it as the electronics in a car protect you from doing stupid things! A bike is different, it’s not as easy as that, you have only one wheel with that much power; there are physics limitations.
“We need to first see what will happen with electric, hybrid or combustion and whether we will need a massive engine with a lot of power or something different. The F4 is a brand in its own right that appeared at a time when the most technologically advanced product was the superbike. Will superbikes be important in five years, and still represent the biggest technological advancements? I don’t know. So it’s an interesting question, but perhaps another product will have that technological superiority rather than a superbike.”
AC: So I guess for a small company, if you were going to focus your efforts, it would be on the smaller capacity?
TS: “It’s important to move towards own-brand retail. The supermarket-style bike dealers are at the bottom of the food chain of the business, and Covid is putting nails in its coffin. Dealers will either have to be loyal to a brand to deliver the experience to customers, or they will be wiped out. The faster they realise this the better, otherwise this business will not exist in a couple of years.
“I’ve seen a lot of dealers in Europe deal with multibrands and I’m confident that this standard dealer model is dead. So, for me, in terms of investment, it’s about bringing in experience and showing the depth and history of the company to the customer.
“We are also moving towards becoming a mobility company rather than just a motorcycle company because we have a new DNA in which mobility is becoming more important. Thirty years ago the journey of the motorcycle rider started with a 50cc moped and now it starts with a scooter, so it’s a very different. We are also moving towards safe mobility, premium product and beautiful designs, but not too much about sports, as that’s a very dangerous area that could backfire on the company.
“Lifestyle, less pollutants, more comfortable, cheaper to own, reliable… this type of message is integrated into the product, which is why we are looking towards lighter motorcycles that are very connected. Our focus is adventure.”
AC: When you say adventure – smaller or bigger capacity?
TS: “Both. We will bring two bikes, one will be 500cc one around 1000cc.”
AC: With your focus moving more towards introducing people to the brand with smaller bikes and the mobility market, how does that change your view towards racing, which you’re currently involved in with Moto2? Will the MV brand still need to be racing?
TS: “To be honest, we don’t need racing for our brand. It’s a good showcase, but it depends how we are approached. The company went through a crisis and we had to reduce our direct involvement in non-profit making activities so, we gave it up in 2017. All the racing we do now is done with partner teams and we are evaluating that involvement with Moto2. We are going to stay for 2021 and maybe the year after, depending on how that goes. In Supersport we are evaluating it right now: there is a chance we will come back ourselves over the next two years as a factory team. Racing is relevant but not top of the priority list.
“MV Agusta never made money, and the priority now is to make sure this brand is sustainable. I think I owe it to the company to love and make this brand work. Focusing on something that doesn’t make money would be a shame, as the industry would not be the same without MV Agusta.”
AC: The way the media and manufacturers work is changing. Historically we would go to the international shows to see new models, how are you going to get the message over for MV Agusta?
TS: “Trade shows will not come back in the next 2-3 years, there will be less people and the significance of that investment is going to drop. I can tell you, for example, that the participation in EICMA in terms of people, products and time will cost MV more than one million euros. Multiply that by the amount of different shows that we have to attend to interact with our customers and the spend becomes significant. Is this an effective spend of money or not? I consider not, because its more for the public than the industry but the public is not coming – if this is only for the industry I’m pretty sure we can spend the same amount of money on a more effective way of delivering information – digital or direct – so that’s why we are evaluating how we are going to present the new products and how to communicate. We will still be introducing new Euro-5 models without EICMA.”
AC: Where do you see as the growing market – America, Europe, Asia?
TS: “For MV Agusta every market is growing. Number one market is Italy, we can grow by 2, 3… 5 fold here in a very short period of time. Same for Germany, UK, France and Spain, Netherlands… all the northern countries. Europe is our direct market, we can bring the clients, meet the collectors and I can be involved myself – we can be very intimate with our customers – we are friends with our clients. Many other companies have managers, but we are more entrepreneurial, easier to understand and more welcoming.
“Then there’s America, where we are now direct distributing. Things would have been so much better had Covid not intervened. America is a great country, but it is in disarray. Businesses on the ground are really struggling, which is why our events and activities have been halted.
“China is a modern market, where we have signed to build our network and I’m a great believer in this project. Then Japan, we are growing there. So I would say Europe, US, China and Japan, these are our biggest markets for MV Agusta to grow. Because we are so small, I can consider we are underperforming.”
“From next year we will produce 10,000 bikes, which will be a record for MV Agusta. From there we will start to be strong and the market will feel that effect. Over the next three years we will grow in all the segments but with our production outsourced, especially for the 500 cc platform, which we are outsourcing to China, we will achieve 20,000-22,000 bikes in the next three years.”
AC: What is the current production?
TS: “Around 5,500.”
AC: Everything is currently produced in Italy, but in the future?
TS: “Everything above 500 cc is produced here in Italy, everything below 500 is produced elsewhere.”
AC: Finally, readers would like to know is more about yourself. Do you still ride bikes?
TS: “I used to ride bikes and own bikes but I do not consider myself as a rider. Am I a car or bike person? I would say car person, but I grew up in the north so I’m Russian, then I lived in London, but in the north there are very few bike riders. Now I ride bikes weekly, all different bikes – it’s not that I’m sticking to MV Agusta, for me it is very important to understand every single bike that we consider our competitor and there are a lot of good bikes in the modern world. I am a great advocate and supporter of the industry.”
AC: If we went to your house and opened the garage would we see bikes in there?
TS: “I have custom Harleys, custom BMWs and MV Agustas.”
AC: Did you ride in London?
TS: “Yes, it’s the easiest way to get around, now all my bikes from London are here in Italy.”
AC: Do you support and follow the racing when you can?
TS: “I do, MotoGP is doing very well and I’m happy it’s growing compared to Formula 1, Moto GP is exciting, this year shows how unpredictable the racing can be so makes it more exciting than Formula 1. I think maybe Mir for this year. He is Spanish and everything is in Spain.”
To celebrate its 75th anniversary, MV Agusta announced the launch of a special, limited-series anniversary model, the Superveloce 75 Anniversario. Reservations officially opened online through the brand’s newly designed website on Sunday November 15 at 00.00 AM, and were originally planned to close exactly 75 hours later.
Within seconds however, the Superveloce 75 Anniversario had sold-out. Fans and collectors stormed the website to pre-book the entire production almost instantly. An unprecedented success for a bike celebrating MV Agusta’s legacy of leading-edge technology, passionate craftsmanship and timeless elegance, the Superveloce 75 Anniversario will be produced in a limited series of only 75 units and a very limited amount will be making their way down-under.
The Superveloce was chosen as the base for this anniversary collector’s bike as it represents the balance between modern forms and MV Agusta’s racing legacy. The result is a bike featuring an Italian flag colour scheme, the dedicated graphic detailing, the black and gold Inmotion spoke rims and the red Alcantara rider and passenger seats. The engine is the same F3 800-derived inline three-cylinder engine as the Superveloce, developing 147 hp at 13,000 rpm for top speeds of over 240 km/h.
MV Agusta also created a dedicated 75th anniversary kit for its celebrative Superveloce, accompanied by a certificate of authenticity: Arrow three-exit exhaust system (for track use only), control unit with a dedicated map, numbered steering head aluminium plate, painted tail-cover and red Alcantara pad and a special bike cover.
Timur Sardarov – CEO MV Agusta Motor S.p.A.
”We chose the Superveloce as an iconic base to develop our celebrative model for it perfectly embodies the balance between modern forms and MV Agusta’s racing legacy. I am glad the launch of the 75 Anniversario coincides with that of our new official website, which was designed to offer MV Agusta fans around the world a complete, immersive experience into our world. I was convinced Superveloce 75 Anniversario would be a success, but I didn’t expect it to go sold-out in just a few seconds. To all those who did not manage to book one, I can only say that their enthusiasm and loyalty are a true inspiration for us all as we continue handcrafting, with immense pride and passion, our unique pieces of motorcycle art.”
2020 MV Agusta Superveloce 75 Anniversario
Three cylinder, 4 stroke, 12 valve, DOHC with mechanical chain tensioner
798 cc (48.7 cu. in.)
Bore x stroke
79 x 54.3 mm (3.1 x 2.1 in.)
108 kW (148 hp) at 13,000 rpm
88 Nm (8.97 kgm) at 10,600 rpm
Maximum speed* 240.0 km/h (149.1 mph)
Cooling with separated liquid and oil radiators
Integrated ignition – injection system MVICS (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System) with six injectors Engine control unit Eldor EM2.0, throttle body full ride by wire Mikuni, pencil-coil with ion-sensing technology, control of detonation and misfire Torque control with four maps, Traction Control with eight levels of intervention
MV EAS 2.1 (Electronically Assisted Shift Up & Down)
Wet, multi-disc slipper clutch
Cassette style; six speed, constant mesh
Final drive ratio
ALS Steel tubular trellis frame, aluminium alloy swingarm
Marzocchi 43 mm USD telescopic hydraulic fork with rebound-compression damping and spring preload external and separate adjustment
125 mm (4.92 in.)
Type Progressive Sachs, single shock absorber with rebound and compression damping and spring preload adjustment
123 mm (4.84 in.)
Double 320 mm floating disc, Brembo four-piston radial-type monobloc caliper
Single 220 mm steel disc Brembo two-piston caliper
System Bosch 9 Plus with Race Mode and RLM (Rear wheel Lift-up Mitigation)
Titanium components Intake and exhaust valves, TFT 5in color display, Cruise control, Bluetooth, GPS, App MVride for navigation mirroring, app-controlled engine, rider aids setup, Fuel Cap (with leather strap), spoke wheels with aluminum rims (goldbody, black spokes, nipples, hubs), rider and passenger seat in red Alcantara, 75th Anniversary graphics with Italian tricolour paint job, steering head numerated aluminium plate
Arrow racing 3 exit exhaust system + Control unit with dedicated Map, Dedicated bike cover, painted tail cover and red Alcantara pad, battery charger, authenticy certificate
MV Agusta has announced a partnership with Hertz Ride to offer some of their touring bikes for hire in Italy and France.
The company also operates in Portugal, Spain, Austria, Slovenia, and the United States, but so far the deal only involves the motorcycle manufacturer’s home country of Italy and France.
MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 Lusso SCS and Dragster Rosso will available for rent initially in those two countries, followed by Portugal and Spain early in the 2021 riding season and then the USA.
It seems a strange time to be launching the motorcycle hire strategy in the middle of a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
However, MV Agusta has shown its intentions before of branching out into the travel industry.
They extended that with the launch of their “Emotion Road” program, hiring out their Turismo Veloce 800 for tours throughout Italy.
The program was developed with travel company Novara Pop Srl and the support of the Italian tourism industry.
Now they are branching out even further.
And the addition of the Turismo Veloce 800 Lusso SCS makes sport touring even more practical as it allows the rider to use a conventional clutch to change gears or ride in semi-automatic mode, thanks to the Rekluse clutch.
Let’s just hope the borders start opening soon and we can take advntage of this offer!