Posts by Category: MV Agusta

Aprilia December 30, 2009 posted by

Private Collection in New Jersey

I haven't see this website before but, Motorcycles For Sale Classic, is apparently a broker for a collection of motorcycles out of New Jersey.  It looks to have been recently updated but has some obvious errors--make sure to contact the seller by phone to confirm anything on their site.  Anyhow, these are some of the bikes that are still available that I found interesting:

  • 1977 MV Agusta 850SS with 1,791 original miles.
  • 1977 Ducati 900SS with 2,500 original miles.
  • 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition with 2,358 original miles (Vance & Hines exhaust fitted).
  • 1985 Suzuki RG500 with 385 original miles.
  • Yamaha TZR250 with 22,245 miles.
  • 1984 Yamaha RD500 with 31,600 miles.
  • A second Yamaha RD500 with less miles.
  • Aprilia RS250 with 610 original miles.
  • 1995 Cagiva Mito.

These aren't all the bikes listed on the site--and more appear in the background of photos--but again, I would caution anyone against acting too quickly.  The website listed features errors and older dates but, I haven't seen these photos featured anywhere else and they all look to be correct and from the same location.  Titles and registration isn't mentioned and only a few bikes have asking prices.  Regardless, take a look at the site as it may be an undiscovered mine!


Exclusive December 28, 2009 posted by

A Unique Opportunity in Australia: 1967 Vincent Egli & 1968 MV Agusta 500/4

Rupert has emailed us to help spread the word about his classic sport bikes that are being offering for sale at $200,000 for the pair. The bikes are located in Australia and he notes they can easily be shipped to the U.S.

The 1968 MV Agusta 500/4:

quote from the seller:

1968 MV Agusta 500/4

By 1968 MV had won eleven 500cc World championships. Some with the triple and some with the four. Famous MV champions were Giacomo Agostini, Mike Hailwood, John Surtees, Tarquinio Provini, Carlo Ubbiali, and John Hartle.

The machine you are viewing was inspired by the owners teenage awe of unaffordable 60`s MV`s. To realize a dream, it was built in 820 hours between 2004 and 2007, using as many original MV parts as possible. Where original parts were not available, replicas were made from drawings, photos & technical information. The aim of the project was to reconstruct this rare machine capturing its essential characteristics.

Parts were sourced from Germany, Italy, Switzerland, NZ, the US, UK, and Australia. Finding and aquiring parts, especially the engine, frame and hubs, consumed at least 40% of the project time. It would not have been possible without the many clubs, dealers, manufacturers and knowledgeable individuals contacted. Communication, often in other languages, was by mail, `phone, fax, SMS and email. Many interesting conversations were experienced in the process. There are few who have MV knowledge and the most reliable and communicative were found in Germany. The British were easily the costliest, most insular, and unco-operative. The Italians by contrast were found to be helpful, friendly, & warmly sentimental.

There are about 15 racing 500/4`s. Some of them in the MV Samarate museum. However, as they did not reach production, only three roadgoing 500/4`s are known to exist. The one you are viewing, one in the US and, another in Germany. Unlike the shaft drive1968 750S which produced 72HP and weighed (naked) 240kg, this machine has a faired mass of 150kg and is chain driven. Light and agile, it produces 65hp @ 11500 rpm and 5.9kg/m @ 6200rpm. Modern Dellorto carburettors & electronic ignition have been fitted to improve safety and flexibility.

The matching four leading shoe magnesium brakes are of Daniele Fontana design and made by Angelo Menani of Sedriano, Italy. There was no provision for speedo drive at the hub so a Swiss VDO digital instrument has been adapted.
The curved ‘feminine’ silencers are of original shape. They were made at great expense by Giovanni Magni, son of Agostinis` mechanic, Arturo Magni. Hand levers were made to the MV pattern by Tronconi and Novelli s.n.c., Milan. Associate company Motocicli Veloci supplied the alloy clip-ons & some small parts made from ergal. The tank & fairing are of MV pattern by Magni. Seat & narrow front guard are original. The wheel rims made from Borrani tooling by San Remo and Akront. Forks are Ceriani. Shocks Marzocchi. Paint finish and badges are 60`s matched.

The owner is an engineer, thankfully with career experience in procurement. . He ‘mortgaged his mother-in-law’ to fund the reconstruction. As a guide, a 2007 BMW car could be bought for the same outlay. But you ask...”Does it go ?”
Answer.... “Is it true that Dolly Parton can`t fall on her face ?”

and the Vincent Egli:

quote from the seller:


VINCENTS from the 1930's to 1955 were known as the ‘Fastest production machines available…...”A fact, not a slogan”.. Vincents 998cc engine produced more horsepower than all its British and most of its foreign rivals. It was sought after for both road and competition use. In 1967 a Swiss engineer, Fritz Egli, observing the rise of Japanese multis, decided to extend the competetiveness of his racing Vincent by reducing weight and improving the cycle components. He designed and made a motorcycle which became a legend. Its roadgoing derivative sold on the Continent and in the UK, through dealer Roger Slater. However, the Vincent company had ceased business in 1955 & the limited supply of Vincent engines in 1967, meant that less than 150 Eglis were made..

Fritz designed a ‘space’ frame with a large diameter top tube for oil, and a simple but robust triangulated rear section carrying conventional shock absorbers.. He introduced Italian 4 leading shoe brakes and to some, a mechanical Campagnolo disc brake.
These he assembled inside alloy rims made by Borrani. The forks were mostly Italian,
and later, Eglis were fitted with an Avon Marchenal bikini fairing..

Characteristics of his championship winning design include the ‘ banana’ tank, nickel plated chrome moly frame, a 5 inch Shadow instrument, and long conforming front alloy mudguard having two stays.

The machine here was built in about 780 hours by owner/engineer Rupert Moran over a period of three and a half years. It cost about the same as a Falcon or Commodore. The build is largely to Fritz`s pattern using original components where possible from around the world to achieve his essential 1967 features. It has an improved Black Shadow engine rebuilt, and some frame components from Terry Prince…once Fritz`s assistant. Like the original, Italian designed brakes, forks, and rims are used. Sourcing rare components and finding long lost skills to replace others, were the main build difficulties.

Of course, modern materials and manufacturing techniques have allowed sympathetic improvements to roadworthiness, handle-ability and finish. The front wheel for example, is 19inch instead of 20, because only 19inch tyres were available in an appropriate speed rating at the time of build. Capturing the essential features was the main aim.

I have to say honestly that while these bikes are absolutely gorgeous, I have no expertise with motorcycles of this vintage. I'm hopeful that some of our readers will find them of interest as Rupert notes these bikes are for sale due to health. Please email him directly for further information and pictures.

Good luck with the sale Rupert!


Bimota November 27, 2009 posted by

Exciting Exclusive: Collection of 17 Rare, Exotic, and Low Mileage Bikes Soon to be For Sale

Update 1.8.2010: Rory has sent us an update on the remaining bikes. Please contact Rory at for further information about the remaining bikes available for sale in the collection.

Rory and his business partner have contacted Rare Sport Bikes For Sale to alert of us of a collection of 17 bikes that will soon be for sale.

His message included the following details:

My business partner, Lee and I are trying to help his neighbor sell the bikes owned by her late husband. The 17 bikes that are left to sell are primarily sport bikes and they are all somewhat special in one way or another: Limited Editions, grey market, low (or no) mileage, etc. It’s taking some time for the widow to have the bikes re-titled in her name, but we are now getting to the point where we need to figure out how to find buyers looking for the somewhat unusual bike.

And here is the list I was given:

Bike Model Year Mileage Notes
Honda V45 1983 9.8
Norton 810 Dunstall 1972 1983
Ducati 888 SPO 1993 2031
Yamaha FZR 750 RR km 1052
Benelli TRE 2004 2
Yamaha R1 SE 2006 0
Ducati 851 Tricolore NA
MV F4 2000 426 Serial number 10000
Ducati 916 SPS 6059
Yamaha R1 2001 18137
Bimota Tesi ?
Ducati F1 km 5234
Moto Guzzi Daytona R 1996 km 21421
Yam RZ500 1984 5571
Honda RC45 3718
Yamaha R7 3646 km
Yamaha (R1?) 2005 17 Race prepped

Clearly a collector with discerning taste, and pieces that match our theme here perfectly. Please leave a comment below if you'd like to see a particular piece of this collection processed sooner than later.

Thanks for contacting us Rory. Looking forward to seeing this collection go to new homes! I'm wish I was reckless enough to consider a second mortgage and the penalties on draining my retirement to get in line for some of these!


MV Agusta November 12, 2009 posted by

2007 MV Agusta Senna #189 & #212 for sale on ebay

Guess it is true, good things do come in pairs…especially when we are talking about Italian exotics such as these. In this case, they are rare as well - limited to 300.

with a buy it now of $16,500.

with a buy it now of $22,950.

2007 MV Agusta Senna for sale on ebay

These motorcycles are a tribute to the late Formula One driver Ayrton Senna who was tragically killed in 1994.

From Wikipedia:

Ayrton Senna da Silva, São Paulo, March 21, 1960, – Bologna Italy May 1, 1994) was a Brazilian racing driver and three-time Formula One world champion. He was killed in a crash while leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, and remains the most recent Grand Prix driver to die at the wheel of a Formula One car.

Senna began his motorsport career in karting and moved up the ranks to win the British Formula 3 championship in 1983. Making his Formula One debut with Toleman in 1984, he moved to Lotus-Renault the following year, and won six Grands Prix over the next three seasons. In 1988 he joined Frenchman Alain Prost at McLaren-Honda. Between them, Senna and Prost won fifteen out of the sixteen Grands Prix which took place that season, with Senna winning his first World Championship, a title he would go on to win again in 1990 and 1991. McLaren's performance declined in 1992, as the Williams-Renault combination began to dominate the sport, although Senna won five races to finish as runner-up in 1993. He moved to Williams in 1994, but suffered a fatal accident at the third race of the season at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Italy.

Senna is regarded as one of the greatest drivers in the history of Formula One. He was recognized for his qualifying speed over one lap and from 1989 until 2006 held the record for most pole positions. He was among the most talented drivers in extremely rain-affected conditions, as shown by his performances in the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix, the 1985 Portuguese Grand Prix, and the 1993 European Grand Prix. He also holds the record for most victories at the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix (6) and is the third most successful driver of all time in terms of race wins. However, Senna courted controversy throughout his career, particularly during his turbulent rivalry with Alain Prost, which was marked by two championship-deciding collisions at the 1989 and 1990 Japanese Grands Prix.

What else makes this bike so special? The ebay description of bike #212 states:

These are champions who have shattered records, pulverized pole positions and fast laps and faced all kinds of challenges. They live in our memories, remembered by the races they ran and the cars they drove. However, there are exceptions: when we think of Ayrton Senna, we do not remember him by the symbols of his success; we see the portrait of a man. We see the image of a champion in a league of his own, who not only won three world titles (1988, 1990, 1991) and 41 Grand Prix, but who was also able to carry us on the wave of his emotions like no-one else. This is because Ayrton defied speed -not just his opponents. He was attracted by the beauty of velocity and challenged it with unswerving faith. Close to the less fortunate, fair to his adversaries, Senna always drove with his heart, always allowing the man to cross the finish line before the champion.

More sensuality, more high tech, more intuition. For every new model must outshine the previous one. This goes for all MV Agusta innovations. The Senna has graced the F41000 with new and exclusive characteristics: a state of the art engine reaching 174 horsepower, a new injection system, the Weber Marelli 5SM, for better power control, the most advanced Brembo four-caliper radial brakes available. This is the excellence of MV Agusta, in honor of Ayrton Senna: the legend.

Which one would I have? Both are great but I would go for #212 as it is barely broken in and has a lot of upgrades including a tinted windscreen, Fast by Ferracci slip on carbon fiber exhaust and BST carbon fiber wheels with new tires.


MV Agusta November 12, 2009 posted by

MV Agusta F4 “Corse”

The MV F4's are probably the sexiest bikes on the planet and for me the "Corse" is the pinnacle, not to slight the "CC" because those are quite sexy as well. MV Corse is responsible for designing all of the companies "limited edition" bikes. MV may not have the recent race history of the other Italian company, but they can build them as well as any in my humble opinion.


Comments from the seller:

The bike comes with all the best, top parts from the motorcycle industry, including forged Marchesini wheels, Ohlins steering dampener, rear Sachs shock, Marzocci forks, Brembo front brakes and CRG rear brake and other top parts. This bike is one of the most rare bikes on the road.

Would have been nice to see pictures of the trick parts and overall condition considering the price tag, but the seller does offer his phone # for any interested parties.


MV Agusta October 8, 2009 posted by

2006/7 MV Agusta F4CC 1000 #90 of 100 in the world!

For sale right now on (Claudio Castiglioni), #90 of 100 in the world.   The auction has a $60,000 starting bid and the reserve hasn't been met.... go figure!.  Just in case your jaw dropped at the $60,000 starting bid, the suggested retail was $120,000.  So with that said, a 50% starting bid doesn't seem too bad. 

The F4CC was sort of a "pet project" for Claudio and here is the blurb from the web site.

The boss of MV did what any of us might well have done and gave in to his inner instincts, gave in to the temptation to create a motorbike, not just to meet strategic market needs, but to create something really special, something truly magnificent - just for the sake of it. To create the F4CC project, he obviously utilized everything at his disposal; exclusive materials and the latest technology to attain the utmost in performance.

5  I put this stock photo in because the sellers didn't do it justice.

6  Pure eye candy.


There are a lot of differences between CC and the 1000R, but it is far too many to list on this blog.  I'll highlight some for you and link the rest. 

Each machine will have a platinum plate at the top of the steering column bearing the model number from 1 – 100.


I guess if you have one of these gems and you just by chance need some extra gas money you can always sell the Platinum # plate.

As we mentioned before, apart from the fact that 90% of the components are made as one-off items including the fork feet, the upper steering plate, the steering damper, the brake and clutch fluid reservoir, the gear change and brake levers, the footpegs and the side stand. As you can see, the MV F4CC uses special materials built by CRC (Centro Ricerce Cagiva) just about everywhere. The fairing is 100% carbon-fibre and the tailor made filler cap comes from the aero industry. All the protective meshes at the intake ducts and outlets at the tail are made from titanium. The same applies to the lower radiator and the four racing exhausts that form the classic organ pipe arrangement.

100% Carbon-Fibre fairings, titanium bits that include the radiator and exhausts.  The list seems to be endless.  You can view all of the differences by clicking here

I know this is a large post, but it is a $120,000.00 motorcycle so I figured it warranted more room....