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magni December 21, 2022 posted by

Bangers and Mash: 1977 MV Agusta 861 Magni

The MV Agusta Sport 750 America is a special bike. Developed by the company of the Count as a road-going testbed to celebrate and enhance racing exploits, MV Agustas were well known as capable race bikes in the hands of such legends as Giacomo Agostini. And while the 750 America was developed to conquer that emerging market that was the United States, not all examples actually shipped stateside. Incredibly rare, the 750S America is a beautiful example of the quirky mix of performance, engineering and artwork that defines Italian motorcycle design. However this particular bike was ever more special than that, as it was delivered into the hands of Arturo Magni who worked his magic. That magic included a new frame, new suspension, a new driveline (exchanging the shaft drive for a lightweight chain setup) and a complete tear down and rebuild of the engine. While they were in there, they punched out the 750cc bores to 861, while massaging and breathing on everything else. The full Magni catalog applied to the MV Agusta Sport America 750 was one of the most exclusive, expensive and performance oriented bikes you could buy.

1977 MV Agusta Sport America 861 Magni for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1977 Used MV Agusta 750 861CC AMERICA, 861 MAGNI BUILD is offered to you for sale in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, finished in red & silver, this used 1977 Used MV Agusta 750 861CC AMERICA, 861 MAGNI BUILD is one of the many rare and coveted used bikes that used motorbike dealer The Bike Specialists, Sheffield, South Yorkshire have available for sale.

More from the seller:
Here we have for sale a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of Italian engineering history. Built by the legendary Arturo Magni, a household name in motorcycle race engineers, we’re extremely proud to present the MV Agusta 861 Magni. Born in Milan in 1925 Magni’s career began at Gileras racing department in 1947, he was employed to assemble the Piero Remor deigned four-cylinder engine which went on to win the team six world championships. He first began work for MV in 1950 and later managed their racing department during MV Augstas ‘Golden Age’ who won no fewer than 75 world championships under Magni’s direction with riders including Hailwood and Agostini!

After retiring from Grand Prix in 1976 Magni and his sons set up a company producing performance parts for MV 750 Street bikes and began redesigning the 750 Sport and America range. Their bespoke kits enabled customers to be able to transform their road bikes into light weight sportier machines which increased capacity and performance. The most famous by far amongst aficionados was the 861 Magni.

More from the seller:
Our motorcycle is the ultimate example, it began life as a 750 America and was purchased in 2012 with the intent to recreate the original 861 Magni. With the expertise of Giovanni Magni and the original specifications set by Artuto work began to create this wonderful machine. The 750 America was disassembled before being re-built with a new frame designed by Magni himself, the inline-four-cylinder engine was rebuilt with new high-compression pistons, capacity was increased from 750cc to 861cc and new rear forks were fitted to support the Magni frame. Aesthetically the side panels, wheels, aluminium fuel tank and seat unit we’re all painted to exact original specification. The seat rubber and leather was replaced, Conti exhaust pipes fitted and the full fairing was added to create this stunning masterpiece.

Our 861 comes road registered and complete with the original 750 America parts including the frame and exhaust system as well as the owner’s manual, workshop manual and brochure. This machine features exemplary craftsmanship and would be the true jewel in the crown of any collection, please do not hesitate to contact us for further information, we can offer UK and worldwide delivery services.

In today’s market any vintage MV Agusta is in prime territory. These bikes are so visceral, the brand so storied and legendary that open spots in collections have a vacuum for one of the red & silver machines. And while this is likely true of most clean examples, a Magni build such as this goes over the top in terms of rarity. While the truism of collecting is to pick a stock example over a modified one, that rule changes when the modifications are so completely integrated into the bike and made by a handful of recognized icons; Magni certainly qualifies in the that category. Offered on eBay UK, this stunning example of twice-engineered Italian goodness is listed for £99,980. For US-based investors paying in greenbacks, that equates to approximately $121k at the current exchange rate. At that price not only do you get the bike as pictured, you also will receive many of the original, OEM parts such as the original frame (!). There are more pictures online that could not be shown in this post. You can check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Bangers and Mash: 1977 MV Agusta 861 Magni
MV Agusta December 5, 2022 posted by

Quick-Change Artist – 2000 MV Agusta F4 750S

Even as their “base model” F4, MV Agusta’s 750S ran interference for their many limited editions and total production could have been accomplished in an afternoon in Japan.  Today’s MV looks to have great potential, with a few notable upgrades.

2000 MV Agusta F4 750S for sale on eBay

Engineers at the Cagiva Research Center placed a call to their buds in Maranello for a little assistance with the hemi-head design on the F4, and its radial array of valves.  It’s been a great engine for MV Agusta, with the original 749cc mill clocking 126 hp.  Though initially built with a magnesium swingarm and sideplates, for the not-so-limited edition they were aluminum.  Designer Massimo Tamburini’s latent thoughts on the Ducati 916 are evident when looking at the F4 unfaired, with the compact trellis frame and speed-oriented riding position.  The hinted velocity was delivered with the 750S, able to run an 11-second 1/4-mile and a top speed of 160 mph.

With 8K and change miles, this F4 has been enjoyed, but looks excellent with the second owner’s attention.  Along with the carbon Silmotor mufflers, the exhausts have been ceramic coated, elevated by the included designer rear stand.  Some better pictures could be requested, but fairing tip-overs seem to be in the past, and some nicer spare lowers are included in the sale.  Comments from the eBay auction –

Many spare fairings, Rizoma rear brake fluid reservoir (red), three stands (2x rear 1x front), much carbon fiber, new tires, new tune up, fresh oil change, coolant flush, new plugs, new neutral switch, Moto Corse billet aluminum side stand (and original side stand), new fuel filter, new rear hub. Two owners (including myself), clean Carfax (included).
 
Also Factory magnesium wheels, ceramic coated pipes, Fast by Ferracci carbon fiber silencers (Italian Silmotor slip-ons), FbF bar risers, and two bike covers. One rear stand is Pitbull, one rear stand is the now unobtanium original Tamburini rear stand.
 
Note 1 – Ferrari badge from previous owner removed from fairing. Pix with fairing off are so potential buyer can see the frame and engine. Can send video of running bike. One LH fairing damaged in garage when I dropped the bike on my leg (see fairing pix) because of auto-retract side stand “feature”. No other damage. Fairings currently on bike are “daily driver” bought used to save new or nearly-new fairings. Two keys. “Suicide stand” auto-retract side stand “feature” now disabled with Ducati 748 side stand spring. Typical crack in RH side belly pan fairing – epoxied and this is shown in the pix. Magnesium wheels in great shape. Front and rear fenders are carbon fiber (see pix).
 
Note 2 – The stock rear hub has been replaced with a new “Mitch” rear hub. Bike will also come with the original used rear hub in a box.

There isn’t an MV Agusta dealer in every town, but fans of the brand will have a couple of websites and an “indy” service shop handy.  This seller doesn’t hide the bike’s history and seems to have made every effort to make things easy for the next owner.  At this point the F4 is an acknowledged classic and is as solid an investment as any motorcycle, with an occasional spirited ride as a benefit.

-donn

Quick-Change Artist – 2000 MV Agusta F4 750S
Featured Listing December 1, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 Ago #170 of 300 !

Thirty years after Giacomo Agostini won his last championship, MV Agusta paid tribute with their introductory F4 1000 Ago.  RSBFS reader Danny presents his barely broken-in Ago on its original tires.

2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 Ago asking $28,000

As an update to the 1999 F4 750 design by Massimo Tamburini, the F4 1000 picked excellent parentage.  The engine shares the F4 radial valve architecture, and though it comes at nearly 12,000 rpm, a full 166 hp await.  The 310mm six-piston Nissin brakes are simply the most capable, and the forged ten-spoke wheels Marchesini’s lightest.  Gold-finished forks and shocks are from Marzocchi and Sachs, and Arrow made the underseat exhaust.  Outwardly, the F4 1000 is another Tamburini masterwork, sleek and shapely, the sharp nose making room for a big radiator inlet, with the sidestand faired into the full lowers.

Danny isn’t the original owner, but has exercised considerable restraint, obviously providing excellent care and improving his F4.  Gilles rearsets offer more adjustments, and the Arrow exhaust is musical in Danny’s walkaround video –

 

Danny’s comments show his appreciation for the Ago –

MV Agusta F4 1000 Ago is one of the most desirable machines that money can buy, only 300 Ago models have been assembled for the 2005 model year honoring the legendary Italian racer Giacomo Agostini.
Agostini was one of the greatest motorcycle racer of all times.
He holds the world record for the most Grand Prix victories ever with over 120 wins.
This bike is in pristine condition with just over 2,800 miles in like new old stock condition, and still carries the factory original tires.
I have owned this bike for over 10 years in my personal collection with over other 20 unique Italian bikes.
Bike starts and runs perfect.
Few upgrades are the factory Arrow RG3 racing exhaust that sounds amazing 
and Gilles Tooling rear sets (extremely hard to find).
Bike includes rear factory stand, 2 keys,framed certificate of authenticity numbered and signed, an original MV Agusta Ago leather suit and gloves (extremely hard to find).
Manual book and tools.
Asking price $28,000

Contact Danny via email with questions – here -.

Agostini’s winning streak certainly deserves the big number 1, with 13 MV Agusta championships over an eight-year stretch, in the 500cc and 350cc classes ( and then a couple with Yamaha ! ).  MV Agusta’s own competition record is just as remarkable, with a championship in at least one class from 1952-1974 except 1957, and winning every class ( except the sidecar ) in the 1958-1960 seasons.  Danny’s Ago is eminently collectible, and with some new rubber could be ridden a bit since it’s not a zero-mile bike.

-donn

Featured Listing – 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 Ago #170 of 300 !
MV Agusta November 10, 2022 posted by

The Tamburini Tango – 2005 MV Agusta F 4 1000 Tamburini

When you are the designer of arguably the most iconic and beautiful motorcycle every made – the Ducati 916 – and after multiple iterations you decide to move on, what do you do next? Well, if you are Massimo Tamburini, you do it all again. This time celebrating the re-launch of the famed MV Agusta brand with a new take on the old icon, merging familiar and unique, to create the MV Agusta F4. And if you are fortunate enough to do it again – and do it right – you might just get a special edition of the bike named after you. Which is what the 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini is all about. Contrived by Claudio Castiglioni – the genius behind reviving the Ducati and MV Agusta businesses and founder of the Cagiva Research Center – the Tamburini was to be a limited edition (300 units) rolling artwork to honor his friend.

2005 MV Agusta F 4 1000 Tamburini for sale on eBay

The overall shape of the F4 was unchanged for the Tamburini, but the clothes were all made from carbon fiber cloth, left largely visible. This is another example of artwork and performance that show throughout the bike. The fuel-injection and DOHC radial valve heads help the F4 1000 churn out approximately 173 HP. This was aided by the Torque Shift System (first introduced on the Tamburini), which varied the intake trumpet length in order to maximize power across the rev range. This was Formula 1 level stuff, which along with the slippery shape of the F4 allowed the Tamburini to achieve a 190+ MPH top speed. Not that many of the only 300 were ridden in this fashion.

From the seller:
2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini . If you are familiar with this model and Massimo Tamburini then you know how special this bike is.
300 units were produced and only 59 of them were imported to the U.S. With only around 170 miles this bike is one of the lowest mileage examples left.
21 pieces of carbon fiber on this bike including the fairings, front clip, rear tail section etc. Anodized aluminum wheels are super light. Super Cora tires for ultimate performance.
Freshly serviced and running great.

There are a few small blemishes that I noted in the photos.
Message or call for more info, pics, videos etc . 808-783-3221
I can assist with shipping.
Don’t be afraid to make offers.

The seller has included some videos of the bike in question, the first showing a cold start situation, and the second highlighting some of the referenced blemishes:




Today’s bike, while not cosmetically perfect, IS one of the few Tamburini models in existence. It is made slightly more rare as it is in the United States, meaning importation should not be an issue. Miles are super low – only 170 claimed. And as a bonus, this bike is located in beautiful Hawaii, which means checking it out in person is all the more pleasant. Pricing is set at $46,999, which is not much beyond what these went for new; if you could find one. The seller is open to questions and offers, so check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

The Tamburini Tango – 2005 MV Agusta F 4 1000 Tamburini
MV Agusta May 5, 2022 posted by

Blue & Silver Stunner: 2005 MV Agusta F4 with only 750 miles!

The reintroduction of the MV Agusta brand cemented Massimo Tamburini’s legend as a designer. From the 916 through the 996 & 998 which followed, Tamburini’s rolling artwork was consistently hailed as “most beautiful.” When the design for the new MV Agusta F4 was considered, the Cagiva Design Center was involved, and produced a shape along the same lines of the 916, but substantially more grown up. The F4 itself has spawned many different models – from 750 to 1000cc capacities, from the rare Ago to numerous Limited Edition models, and several different color schemes. And while not the traditional Red / Silver that one often attributes to MV Agusta, today’s 2005 F4 is a 1000cc model and wears the rare Silver / Blue paint scheme. It also has only 750 miles.

2005 MV Agusta F4 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
2005 MV Agusta F4.
Immaculate
Bike was displayed indoors
Completely prepped for use

The photos do not lie on this one. The bike looks absolutely gorgeous, and something far more exotic than the already exotic Italian beauty that it is. We do not see many in this color combo. The low, low miles are a definite plus here, especially since the owner had the bike properly recommissioned by a reputable shop. Just check out the $2,300 prep done to this machine! The paintwork looks great, and thanks to the climate controlled parking there is no corrosion or fading to speak of. If you are in the market for a MV Agusta – for looks or for the Ferrari F1 engineered assistance on the 166 HP powerplant and 185 mph top speed – this is what you need to be looking for. Low miles, high degree of attention and care, and totally unmolested and stock in appearance. No takers yet at the $8,999 opening ask. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Blue & Silver Stunner: 2005 MV Agusta F4 with only 750 miles!
MV Agusta March 22, 2022 posted by

Living With a Supermodel: 2013 MV Agusta F4

It is hardly a surprise to find that the MV Agusta F4 was voted as the most beautiful motorcycle by multiple publications. After all, this bike’s father was Massimo Tamburini, whose previous offspring with Ducati included the gorgeous 916/996/998 series. So same superstar father, but different Italian mother in the form of MV Agusta.

2013 MV Agusta F4 for sale on eBay

Much has been said about the fabulous F4, which relaunched the MV Agusta brand with power, performance and style. With design by Tamburini, engine design assisted by the Ferrari Formula 1 racing team, top level components in the form of Ohlins and Brembo, and innovative features such as variable length intake runners to maximize top end power AND lower RPM response. The F4 was exactly the high-end eye candy you would expect from an up-scale brand such as MV Agusta, and it spawned more that a dozen offshoots in terms of limited edition models – even though the base F4 was suitably rare to see on the streets.

From the seller:
This 2013 MV Agusta F4 is an original. The owner has had it for 5+ years. The vehicle runs great.

Bike has been recently tuned up as of 02/2022. Has only 350 total miles.

If this were my bike, I would give it the nickname of “Rapunzel,” for it would appear the the former owners locked her away in a tower. The odometer reads but a paltry 350 miles since new, which was back in 2013. That is 9 long years with very, very little riding done. This can certainly help explain the exceptional condition the bike is in – just drool over the pictures on offer! There is not a lot of detail on this bike in the text, but you can check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!

MI

Living With a Supermodel: 2013 MV Agusta F4
MV Agusta February 20, 2022 posted by

Classic Italian Superbike: 1975 MV Agusta 750S America for Sale

Update 2.20.2022: We originally put this post together in Dec 2018 and it’s back on eBay with the same $75k opening bid. Links updated. -dc

I’m sure everyone who bought F4s, back when seemingly every version of that bike was a limited edition of one kind or another, was hoping to capture a bit of what  the MV Agusta 750S America offered: exclusivity, collectiblity, and ever-increasing values. It didn’t necessarily offer class leading performance because, while MV was famous for its racetrack successes, their roadbike was relatively tame: power was average and the bike was fairly heavy, with performance-sapping shaft-drive.

Shaft-drive was a viable, and far more reliable alternative to chain-and-sprocket setups back in the 1970s, and both the Moto Guzzi LeMans and BMW R90S managed to be competitive machines in spite of the performance handicap of shaft drive. But MV supposedly included shaft-drive on their roadbike specifically to limit performance, so privateers couldn’t simply buy a 750S and compete against MV’s factory efforts. The new bike really embodied a shift in the motorcycle market, away from the practical, small-displacement machines MV was producing for road use in the 1950s and towards more powerful, expensive four-cylinder machines exemplified by the Honda CB750 and Kawasaki Z1.

The complete 750S was relatively heavy and engine was designed to be durable, to suit the bike’s more grand touring mission statement. But its racing heritage shone through and the powerplant was pretty narrow, with gear-driven cams, exotic-looking sand-cast engine cases, and a complete lack of any filtration for the quartet of Dellorto carburetors. The original version displaced 742cc, made 69hp, and had drum brakes to haul the 560lbs wet machine down from the 130mph top speed. That sounds pretty unimpressive now, but was par for the course at the time among four-cylinder superbikes.

The 750S America that followed, known as the 800 Super America in parts of Europe, increased displacement to 787cc for a bump in horsepower and torque. It also moved the gearshift to the left-hand side in an effort to appeal to the US buyers, which makes sense considering it was marketed as the “America.” This later version was still burdened with that heavy driveshaft, but Arturo Magni, who worked with MV Agusta’s racing team during their heyday, manufactured a chain-drive conversion for the 750S. Magni is still in business, and maybe they can be persuaded to whip up another one for you, if you’re so inclined.

From the original eBay listing: 1975 MV Agusta 750S America

Most of you know the history of MV Agusta, with their 37 world championships with the likes of Read, Surtees and Agostini. The story of this bike is that it was conceived by the U.S. importer, Chris Garville, as a limited-edition (200 for the 1975 model year) sport bike for the American market based on the existing 750 Sport; that bike became known as the 750S America.

This 1975 750S America was one of the earliest models imported into the US, with engine number 221012 and frame number 221009.

First of only two owners was the importer, Garville Corporation, where it was used in displays, shows and magazine tests: as featured in Cycle, Big Bike and Motor Cycle World to name a few. Ownership was then transferred to Peter Garville (brother of importer Chris) in where it stayed in his possession until 1990.

Included with the motorcycle is a large collection of: Factory correspondence to support its provenance, magazine articles specific to this particular motorcycle, period brochures, and spare parts.

For further information please see the recently featured May/June 2018 edition of the American magazine Motorcycle Classics –

https://www.motorcycleclassics.com/classic-italian-motorcycles/classic-mv-agusta-motorcycles/1975-mv-agusta-750s-america-zmwz18mjzhur

As second owner, I acquired the bike from Garville in 1990 by way of famed restorer Perry Bushong (one of the first MV Agusta dealers in the US). Perry and I have had a life long friendship and working relationship. When he heard that this bike was coming up for sale he knew that this bike was for me. When I heard the sound of the 4 into 4 exhaust I was hooked and that is when it became mine. In 1994 I had the opportunity to meet John Surtees at Daytona and he was kind enough to autograph the fuel tank. After that the bike was ridden sporadically, mostly at bike events, rallys and shows until 2014 when I took it back to Perry to ask him to do the restoration, which was completed in the Fall of 2016. We added the curved racing exhaust built by Dave Kay in England, something I had always wanted to do as it looks fantastic and sounds like no other motorcycle on the road!

Sadly in 2017 both Perry and Mr. Surtees passed away within one week of each other.

The 750S was $6,500 when new, the equivalent of around $40,000 in today’s dollars. The starting bid for this one is $75,000 with no bids as yet, but plenty of time left on the auction. Fortunately, this machine has gracefully curved four-into-four exhaust pipes instead of the straight megaphones seen on earlier bikes that look good and sound better. There’s a reason Yamaha’s cross-plane crank has made such a big splash in recent years: traditional flat-plane crank inline fours are powerful, but can be a bit bland. But if you’re expecting the sanitary rustle of a modern four here, you’ll be shocked by the 750S America’s shrieking exhaust note and the bike has thoroughbred handling to match, in spite of the weight.

-tad

Classic Italian Superbike: 1975 MV Agusta 750S America for Sale
MV Agusta December 21, 2021 posted by

Vegas, Baby! 2010 MV Agusta F4 1000 R

Take a Ducati 916, sex it up with even racier bodywork and update the running gear, components, and motive power. What does that get you? The MV Agusta F4 1000R. Penned by the same talent that designed and developed the 916/996/998 model run for Ducati, the MV F4 is another Massimo Tamburini masterstroke. And while the master himself has left us, his gorgeous creations remain.

2010 MV Agusta F4 1000 R for sale on eBay

The launch of the F4 – originally a 750 – helped re-birth the MV Agusta brand back in 1999. The 1000cc models of the F4 line were not introduced into a ready market until 2005. Both the 750 and 1000 models were initially released as Limited Edition “Ago” models, honoring Giacomo Agostini. The standard version of the 1000cc F4 R was not released until 2007. But don’t let that “standard” or “base” moniker fool you. Good for 166 HP when originally released, sources indicate a further 20 ponies eeked out of the 998cc mill by the 2010 model year. Pair that with the 423 pound dry weight and you have the makings for some of that you-might-go-to-jail-soon type of fun.

From the seller:
2010 MV Agusta F4 1000 R
Stock #:V001083
Exterior Color:RED / SILVER
Interior Color:RED / SILVER
Mileage:5,858

Such was the level of detail of MV Agusta that even the base level bikes enjoyed a high standard of components. The upside down Marzocchi fork is a full 50mm unit, and holds up the large 320mm disks and those gorgeous, radial mount Brembo calipers. Out back the single-sided swing arm is held up by a fully adjustable Sachs spring/damper unit, and is also adjustable for height. Fully electronic fuel injection with moveable air trumpets in the intake section help squeeze power from the inline four, which breathes through the often touted radial valve arrangement of four per cylinder. The exhaust system is a +2 over the original 916, shoving all four pipes under the seat in an organ pipe arrangement.

These reborn MV Agustas have always been priced at the premium end of the spectrum. They are also holding value relatively well. There are a LOT of different limited edition models and specs available, with collector pricing starting high and going up from there. With even the lowest spec F4 being very competitive with contemporary peers, the MV Agusta is a good choice for those who want to go fast and look great doing it. This example is listed as an F4 1000 R, but appears to me to be the later based model “F4.” Non standard elements appear to be the added on frame sliders as well as a tail tidy of some sort. This particular low mileage example is located in Las Vegas. Take a trip, win some money at the tables, and then ride this bad boy home. Sounds like a great vacation plan! Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Vegas, Baby!  2010 MV Agusta F4 1000 R