MV Agusta, originally Meccanica Verghera Agusta, is a motorcycle manufacturer founded on 12 February 1945 near Milan in Cascina Costa, Italy. The company began as an offshoot of the Agusta aviation company formed by Count Giovanni Agusta in 1923.
Count Vincenzo and Domenico Agusta had a passion for mechanical workings and for motorcycle racing. Much like Enzo Ferrari, they produced and sold motorcycles almost exclusively to fund their racing efforts. They were determined to have the best Grand Prix motorcycle racing team in the world and spared no expense on their passion.
The Count died in 1927, leaving the company in the hands of his wife and sons, Domenico, Vincenzo, Mario and Corrado. Count Vincenzo Agusta together with his brother Domenico formed MV Agusta at the end of the Second World War as a means to save the jobs of employees of the Agusta firm and also to fill the post-war need for cheap, efficient transportation.
MV Agusta produced their first prototype, called "Vespa 98", in 1945. After learning that the name had already been registered by Piaggio for its Vespa motorscooter, it was referred to simply by the number “98”.
In 1948, the company built a 125 cc two-stroke single and entered Franco Bertoni in the Italian Grand Prix. Bertoni won the event held in Monza and instantly put the new motorcycle manufacturer on the map.
The acronym MV stands for Meccanica (mechanics) Verghera, the hamlet where the first MVs were made. The company manufactured small-displacement, Cafe racer style motorcycles (mostly 125 to 150 cc) through the 1950s and 1960s.
In the 1960s small motorcycle sales declined, and MV started producing larger displacement cycles in more limited quantities. A 250 cc, and later a 350 cc twin were produced, and a 600 cc four-cylinder evolved into a 750 cc.
Fri, 09 Nov 2018
MV Agusta has decided to mark the end of the career of its most famous F4 sportbike with a special edition. The superbike, named after the company's ex-president Claudio Castiglioni, is based on the F4 RC model.
Wed, 01 Aug 2018
The Varese brand, which announced its debut in the Moto2 middle grand prix class, has already shown preview images of the sportbike that the Forward Racing Team will launch in the 2019 season. Now the final look and technical details are presented. The contestant, like other participants in the Moto2 battle, will receive a three-cylinder 765-cc Triumph engine, which will replace the “four” from the Honda CBR600RR with a volume of 600 “cubes” next year.
Mon, 28 May 2018
The Italian brand will rediscover the royal championship after a 40-year absence. In the 2019 season, the Agustas will start the battle in the intermediate Moto2 class, where all teams use one engine. Here’s a reminder that starting from next year, a single unit will be the 765-cc Triumph, which will replace the 600-cc four-cylinder Honda engine.
Fri, 23 Mar 2018
A special edition based on the Brutale 800 RR. However, you can’t say that they created something new, since the Brutale 800 RR America variant differs from the standard motorcycle only in decor elements. In particular, red-white-blue coloring and new seat upholstery.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014
The Italian company MV Agusta decided not to hesitate and to present two models at once: Brutale 800 RR and Brutale 800 Dragster RR. So, the Brutale 800 RR will become a charged version of the Brutale 800, just as the Dragster RR will become a tuned Dragster 800. Each motorcycle from this magnificent four is equipped with an inline three-cylinder engine, but the RR versions will be 15 hp more powerful (140 hp in total) and they will have 5 Nm more torque (86 Nm in total) than their "basic" counterparts.
Wed, 22 Oct 2014
Right before the official presentation of the motorcycle in Milan, a studio photoset of the new product of MV Agusta - Brutale Dragster 800 RR was leaked to the net. It’s fully packed with Kineo spoked wheels, a Marzocchi fork, a steering damper and an original launch control system. The photo shows two color schemes: red and white and red and black.
Mon, 06 Oct 2014
MV Agusta is creating buzz around its newest model, teased ahead of Intermot 2014. While some thought the new model might be a wire-wheeled version the Turismo Veloce, unveiled at EICMA last year, this video clearly shows MV is going in a different direction. Paying homage to the all-American sport of drag racing, the video showcases some American iron and the V8 engines that propel them in all their glory.
Thu, 25 Sep 2014
MV Agusta has released a new image enigmatically named “Worth Waiting” teasing a new motorcycle with wire-spoke wheels. The Italian manufacturer did not provide any other details, so we are left to ponder exactly what it is we’re waiting for. From the photo, we can see the rear wheel mounted to a single-sided swingarm with a wire-spoke design that would allow for tubeless tires.
Fri, 22 Aug 2014
The U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have launched a new free online tool that should make it easier for consumers to inspect their vehicles’ safety recall histories. The new search tool, available at http://www.safercar.gov/vinlookup, allows people to look for recall campaigns by entering Vehicle Identification Numbers.
Fri, 20 Jun 2014
MV Agusta is cutting ties with racing partner Yachnich Motorsports to assume complete control over its World Superbike and Supersport racing programs. MV Agusta and Yakhnich first formed their partnership last November, so the decision is a curious one, coming just before the mid-point of the 2014 season. Yakhnich brought a proven winning resume, partnering with MV Agusta after winning the 2013 World Supersport title with Sam Lowes.