Posts by Category: MV Agusta

MV Agusta July 3, 2019 posted by

Respect the GOAT: 2005 MV Agusta F4 AGO #75/300

MV Agusta. Giacomo Agostini. Greatest of all time? Individually, these are storied names with a rich and successful history of racing at the top level. Together, they were an unstoppable force – allowing MV Agusta to exit the racing scene while still on top, and providing Agostini the platform on which to rack up an incredible number of wins and record number of championships. This bike – the 20005 MV Agusta F4 AGO series – was the first of the 1000cc F4 models to be produced, and it was released in very limited numbers. Today there are a lot of fake AGOs with the #1 number plate on the side (i.e. sticker), but these are not true collector models. The real AGOs are serially numbered as proof of authenticity, complete with the signature of the great one himself.

2005 MV Agusta F4 AGO #75 for sale on eBay

The F4 was the reboot of the famed MV Agusta brand in 1999. Initially released as a 750cc model, a punched-out 1 liter was offered by 2005. Utilizing the same hemispherical radial valve head and variable trumpet style intake (as designed by Ferrari F1 racing engineers), the bigger bike was burlier in most dimensions: 40 additional horsepower and 20 lbs of additional weight over the original F4 750 Oro – a known lightweight machine. When compared to the standard 750S model, the F4 AGO actually weighs *less* than the 750! Front forks are Marzocchi units, while the rear shock was originally a Sachs model – however this has been swapped out by the previous owner (see below). The rest of the AGO is pure graphics and the serialized number plate. Only 300 of these models were originally produced and distributed.

From the seller:
I am downsizing my motorcycle collection and this beautiful Italian stallion is up for sale. I’m sad to see it go but bikes like this are meant to be ridden and this one has spent the last few years being admired for its beauty more than appreciated for its performance. This is your chance to own a piece of MV Agusta history and motorcycle racing history as this bike celebrates the racing career of Giacomo Agostini. Google him if you don’t know who he is.

I obtained this motorcycle from Guy Webster of the Guy Webster Italian Motorcycle Museum in Ojai, CA after he started to liquidate the museums inventory. This bike was on display in Guy’s museum for many years. His “motoguy” sticker is still on the tank and can be easily removed, but in honor of the late motorcycle enthusiast I had decided to leave it in place. Guy had fitted an Ohlins rear shock. The original Sachs shock comes with the bike. The original red paddock stand is included. Certificate of authenticity is included. Comes with 2 keys. Bike is registered to me in the state of California, and is current and has a clear title. With 10,936 adult ridden miles the bike has been well cared for. Still has the original RG3 Arrow exhaust which sounds magnificent. Tires are in good shape.

Bike will also come with a Berzig center stand fitted specifically for this bike. Main oil pan gasket likely needs to be changed and one will be included with the bike. I will also include an oil filter and oil for your first oil change.

The rebirth of MV Agusta brought some fantastic Italian hardware to our shores. And while the numbers of units shipped did increase a fair amount, F4 models are still less plentiful than similar Ducati models, for example. That makes the F4 reasonably rare. The AGO model is known as a 300 unit production only – making it a rare model. Perhaps the most rare of all? This bike has over 10k on the clocks, meaning it is not a garage queen museum piece but an actual rider. It is not often we see these bikes with actual miles on the odometer, and it has nothing to do with the reliability or longevity of the bike. These are modern and well-engineered machines with top quality components throughout – and can take the miles and a fair bit of abuse. But given the cost, many see these as a bike to protect and save, rather than collect miles. This one was saved from that fate, but there is some regular wear apparent on the tank and fairing.

Located on the Central Coast of California, this F4 managed to get out on its fair share of sunny days. Devoid of snowfall or significant inclement weather, it looks like this bike lived where it could be used as intended. The problem is that makes a difference in resale value. An AGO model F4 1000 didn’t start out life as a cheap bike. The upside for collectors is that AGOs have not really made the turn in terms of value appreciate as of yet. And while a very low mileage museum dweller might set you back about $23k or more these days (still way below original MSRP, by the way), this slightly more used example is priced at a more reasonable $15k. Now that price is probably more in line with a nearly new base model F4 – but for the dosh you get the cachet of the rarer AGO model. In the long run the AGO is certainly in a better position to rise in value, just based on the numbers and historical fact. Check it out here, and then be sure and share your thoughts on MV Agusta F4s, and the pull of the AGO commemorative model. Good Luck!!

MI

Respect the GOAT: 2005 MV Agusta F4 AGO #75/300
MV Agusta June 4, 2019 posted by

Aged Art: 1978 MV Agusta 850 Monza

Let’s close out the recent spate of very beautiful MV Agusta models we’ve been posting in the last week or so with this beautiful example of the old school art. Designed before the days of Tamburini involvement, this classic 850 Monza has a look all its own, without the #metoo styling that seems more common today. This was the stuff of legends, the scoot of choice for riders such as Phil Read and Giacomo Augustini. Alas the glorious MV Agusta factory was already in financial free fall when this beauty was built, and plans were in play to exit the motorcycle space entirely. That makes the model among the last of the original MV Agusta line to be built. It took until 1980 for the last of the inventory to go, and with it went the hopes and dreams of the Agusta family. MV Agusta lay in dormant slumber until 1991, when Cagiva swooped in on trademark ownership rights, and set out to revive it with a bang – the new F4 models being introduced fully 20 years after this 850 Monza made its swan song.

1978 MV Agusta 850 Monza for sale on eBay

From the seller:
MV AGUSTA 850S MONZA 1978, ONE OF THE LAST 27X TO BE BUILT BEFORE THE FACTORY CEASED PRODUCTION OF MOTORCYCLES. ORIGINAL FULL FACTORY FAIRING. BIKE FULLY RESTORED 9 YEARS AGO WITH VERY LITTLE MILES SINCE. BEAUTIFUL CONDITION. COMES WITH ORIGINAL OWNERS MANUAL AND FULL DOCUMENTATION OF AUTHENTICITY

Powered by an 837cc air-cooled, inline four cylinder engine with DOHC, the Monza had but two valves per cylinder (while the Japanese competition offered four). The cylinder block was situated atop sand-cast cases that also housed the 5 speed transmission. Final drive was via shaft – a novelty in the sport bike world. Power was estimated to be in the 80-ish range, while weight was approximately 570 lbs. Perhaps the most interesting part about the 850 Monza is the last-gasp aspect of the design. History shows that the Monza bikes were actually unsold Americas which were tuned and and fitted with optional extras in order to move them. Originally based around the 750cc base design (check out the serial number), the Monza was also sold as an 832cc. Only the final 27 bikes carried the 850 moniker. Nomenclature also varied, as these were known as Boxers in the UK, and Super Daytonas in Germany, while being referred to as Monzas in the rest of the world. From an auction perspective Monzas are rare and valuable. The 832 variants are reliable high five digit sellers. This 850 Monza – the last of the original breed – is located in Australia and bidding begins at $110,000. That is very strong money, but considering this is one of 27 of the final model line, it just might be worth checking out. Pictures are few and with low resolution it is difficult to make out detail; serious bidders might want to request additional images. A fitting close to the flood of MV Agustas posted as of late, this is a nice example of old school art done right. Good Luck!!

MI

Aged Art: 1978 MV Agusta 850 Monza
MV Agusta June 3, 2019 posted by

Italian Stallion: 2002 MV Agusta F4 750

After designing the Ducati 916, Massimo Tamburini could have quite justifiably turned in his pen and waltzed into retirement with a professional accomplishment under his belt that few people will ever be blessed enough to match. But Tamburini, apparently, wanted to make sure, so he set about resurrecting an iconic Italian brand with a bike so good that it would see a 20-year production run.

2002 MV Agusta F4 750 for sale on eBay

This 2002 example is a fairly early example of the result of Tamburini’s efforts at the Cagiva Research Center to resuscitate MV. With a screaming inline four, those unmistakable four-barrel exhaust pipes and the unique star wheels, the F4 750 is everything a sportbike should be. It’s flashy, almost to the point of being gaudy. It’s fast to the point that 95% of people who ever touch the starter button will be entirely overmatched. And, most importantly, it is proudly, ferociously and unapologetically Italian.

This 2002 MV Agusta F4 750 has done 17,000 miles, and looks to have aged gracefully. There appears to be some dirt and wear here and there, but the bike is still in absolutely lovely condition. After a good checking over for maintenance, this bike would make a great summer rider.

From the eBay listing:

Now is your chance to own a very unique, historic bike, and at this price, you can afford to ride it every day. This design is known by everyone that really knows bikes, and appreciated everywhere. I get comments on this bike wherever I go- by real bike people, not teenagers at the mall.

This bike has been maintained very well, and only has 17,000 miles on it. Excellent condition! Comes with a rear service stand and a sexy MV custom bike cover. It’s got raised clip ons for a more comfortable seating position, and a license plate/turn signal eliminator kit.

When it was new, the F4 750 carried around astounding numbers, with 130 horsepower on tap and a near-170 mph top speed, numbers that are still pretty damned impressive. Today, it stands as a collectible, but usably modern sportbike. To the untrained, it’s impressive. To motorcycle fanatics, you will be the subject of envy.

Italian Stallion: 2002 MV Agusta F4 750
MV Agusta June 1, 2019 posted by

More Art: 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R

It seems like we are seeing quite a few newer generation MV Agusta models crossing the block as of late. This sets up an interesting study of values and comparisons. It also highlights the feast/famine nature of the rare sport bike segment. The market is currently flooded with a variety of F4 machines, so if you are interested in an example from the storied MV Agusta brand you have a good opportunity to find a clean, low mileage bike across a number of price ranges – such as this 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R.

2008 MV Agusta F4 312R for sale on eBay

The F4 1000 lineup – comprising several different models – essentially all share the same engine configuration and primary chassis. That is a seriously stout foundation for any bike, as seen in the 166 HP base model F4 S. But the 312R is more. Much more, in fact. The 312R is two performance steps above the base S model, given that it is built upon the F4 R – which itself has a bump in HP to 174, and improved brakes and suspension. Take that F4 R, add another 9 ponies and special graphics, and you come to the 312R. Named after the bike’s target top speed of 312 kph (approximately 190 mph), the original 1000cc 312R was a limited edition offering. Today its performance is eclipsed by several more modern bikes – and it may get lost in all of the “Limited Edition this and Limited Edition that” MV Agusta noise, but is still a beautiful and respectable powerhouse with some real cachet.

From the seller:
Time to sell my beautiful 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R. Second owner. I bought this MV to use as a piece of ‘art’ in my man cave. I have never ridden it. The bike has never been down. The original owner rode it for a year, then displayed it in his house until my purchase in 2016. I am moving into a smaller house and will not have the space to show the bike, hence the reason for its sale. It has 2881 miles on the odometer. All fluids, except the brake and clutch, were drained in preparation for display. The battery was also removed. The prior owner upgraded the front Brembo calipers to a better spec Brembo caliper, he also upgraded the Brembo brake and clutch levers, added Rizoma grips and swapped the plastic trim pieces for OEM MV Agusta carbon fiber ones. The bike comes with all the goodies supplied by MV for the 312 owner, including the bike cover, tool kit and owner’s manual.

Created by the father of both Bimota and the Ducati 916 (and 996/998), it is hard to call the F4 anything other than gorgeous. The seller obviously thinks so, as this bike has adorned his man cave since purchased and has not turned a wheel since. I can’t tell if Count Giovanni Agusta – original founder of MV Agusta way back in 1923 – would be rolling in his grave, or proud that his humble motorcycles have transcended the plane of mere transportation. Either way, one cannot help but admit that a bike of this caliber would look stunning in any room of the house, provided that one’s spouse were on board with the concept. Prepped for the indoor motorcycle mannequin gig, this bike was drained of fluids and the battery has been removed. As a result, there are no “powered on” shots of the odometer – but the ad states the original owner put 2,881 miles on the bike before it was acquired by the seller.

The 312R was a homologation machine in the US with a mere 150 units imported to meet AMA regs. And while I doubt that the first owner ran that slick for 2,800+ miles, it does wear racing rubber properly and proudly. This is a rare sub model of a relatively rare machine; MV Agusta did not produce many bikes in the early years of the comeback, and they all carried a premium over peer bikes of the time. Thus, even a base F4 is a sight not often seen, and the other LE models even less so. The 312R is probably not the most rare – nor the most pricey – but stands out as one of the rarer examples of the MV Agusta offering set. That has not helped it out much at the checkout stand as of late; this beautiful example is being offered for a relatively scant $12,500. That is right in the money for other 312R models on the market, but well below the original MSRP. That could be a good thing, as predictive analytics indicate that the bike could be reaching the bottom of the curve. Nearly all bikes that are collector status today were available for less $$ at some point in their lives; nearly everything goes through a dip. The 190 mph question is if this is such a bike. The 312R is rare enough, and this example is in clean enough condition to ride that wave should it develop. Check it out here, and then check your crystal ball. Good Luck!!

MI

More Art: 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R
MV Agusta May 29, 2019 posted by

F1 Dreams: 2018 MV Agusta F4 LH44

How do you take a very exclusive motorcycle and push it over into the mega-dollars collector category? Star power always works. Just like Ducati with exclusive models based around Mike Hailwood (two of them!), Troy Bayliss, Ben Bostrom, Carl Fogarty and Ayrton Senna, Italian art dealer MV Agusta has celebrated Claudio Castiglioni, Giacomo Agostini and Ayrton Senna. Both the Ducati and MV Agusta Senna tribute bikes were used to raise funding for Senna’s foundation to care for poor children in his native Brazil. And while other F1 racers have indulged in a bit of two-wheeled motor sports, Lewis Hamilton is – to my memory – the only current driver with a bespoke motorcycle model to his name. Behold, in all its glory, the #41 of 44 Lewis Hamilton MV Agusta F4.

2018 MV Agusta F4 LH44 for sale on eBay

Reportedly built with direct input, only 44 units of this rare bike were built (Hamilton races the #44). The engine and control unit are straight from the top-spec RC (Reparto Corse) model, pulling 212 ponies in all – but for non street use only. If you abide by the rules and don’t run the superbike spec ECU or exhaust (with Hamilton’s logo and number, no less), you limit yourself to only 205 ponies. Throttle is fly by wire (no push-pull cables), which runs straight through the MV Agusta MVICS system to provide for multiple engine maps and traction control. The electronic transmission features a quick shifter as well as a slipper unit. The radial mount Brembos are also wired to a brain and offers full-race ABS and anti rear wheel lift for maximum braking capability. Tires are special Pirelli builds with a red line around the sidewall and the “LH44” logo. Slippery carbon bodywork offers Lewis Hamilton graphics, including the #44. The top speed of this 386 pound missle is listed as 302 KPH (~188 mph).

From the seller:
A very rare opportunity to purchase what is probably the only Lewis Hamilton F4 still in its crate in existence today.

This bike is number 41 of 44 units built, with Lewis himself taking three units for him and his family leaving just 41 of these incredible machines available to the worlds market.

All units were immediately snapped up, however we are particularly pleased to offer this machine for sale on behalf of our client.

NOTE: – Free Shipping via International Sea freight.

The LH44 model F4 is RARE. This is RSBFS-worthy rare, but it may not tick all the right boxes for everybody. First off, this is a pricey piece of kit – with MSRP in the $72,000 range. That is Desmosidicci D16RR territory, and you will recall that those bikes all sold quite quickly (and they continue to trade relatively strongly today). But the collector that picks a zero mile $70k+ motorcycle tends to be far different than those that covet other desirable models to ride (i.e. RC30, MHe, etc). After all, the whole purpose of this bike is to show off the LH44 branding; otherwise save yourself the $25k and pony up for the F4 RC and ride the wheels off of it. It won’t be as rare, but is every bit the LH44 equal in terms of street (or on track) performance. But if you are collecting to fill an indoor, climate controlled, hermetically sealed parking spot, this might be your bike!

With only 44 pieces available world wide and Lewis being a glutton and claiming 3 units, there are really only 41 bikes still remaining in this very exclusive collection. Today’s example is purported to still be in a crate according to the advert, and is located way down under in Christchurch, New Zealand. That is a long way to go for a US buyer, however with such rarity I’m sure prospective buyers are simply happy to find one on the open market. Asking price is $67,905 USD. It’s not often that one would think an asking price of that amount is reasonable, but its not often you can score a rare and collectible bike still new in the box at lower than MSRP. Are you looking for a bargain? International shipping is INCLUDED, and the seller is open to offers. I’d prefer more pics of the actual bike rather than MV Agusta promo shots, but there is enough there to indicate this bike is legit. Check it out here, as you won’t likely be seeing very many of these around. Good Luck!!

MI

F1 Dreams: 2018 MV Agusta F4 LH44
MV Agusta May 25, 2019 posted by

Beautiful Boy: 2000 MV Agusta F4 750

There are fast motorcycles, there are unique motorcycles, there are iconic motorcycles and there are truly beautiful motorcycles. The re-introduction of the fabled MV Agusta brand in 1999 seemingly achieved all those goals thanks to the vision of Massimo Tamburini and the might and wealth of the Cagiva Research Center.

2000 MV Agusta F4 750 for sale on eBay

Following the well-trodden path to sport bike glory, the MV Agusta F4 utilizes an in-line four cylinder engine with four-valve heads, fuel injection, and novel variable length intake runners to help control engine power across the rev range. Dubbed Torque Shift System (or TSS for short), that intake wizardry is one of two Formula 1 technologies utilized by the F4. The second is the oft-hyped hemispherical head chamber with 4-valves per cylinder. And while the hemi head and radially splayed four valves definitely maximize the airflow and flame front during combustion, neither are particularly new in terms of technology. All told the 750cc power plant was good for a stout 126 HP.

From the seller:
This motorcycle looks like is brand new…..it’s a model year 2000. 750 cc engine. sounds fantastic… bought it from the original owner who use to keep it in his own room…..always garaged and covered. it only has 3,900 original miles on it, it has good tires and all the fluids have been exchange recently. runs beautifully. it has quite a few carbon fiber pieces and the previous owner did some polishing on the engine cover, chain cover and foot pegs along with the rims… . too many things to list here. Look at the pictures and give me your thoughts about it. This one of a kind has to go to a good home. If you are looking for a unique, head-turner, clean bike, blast to ride, this is it….check what is available in the market!

In addition to the F1 technology, the F4 borrowed heavily from the fertile past of designer Tamburini. Both the single sided swing arm and the under seat exhaust are derivations of the Ducati 916 (which Tamburini also designed). The exhaust pokes out of the underside of the seat in a not-so-subtle fan out of four separate pipes, and sounds glorious. The rest of the bike relies upon yards of aluminum for the frame, beefy front forks (Showa), and a fair bit of carbon fiber flair.

The introduction of the F4 was a massive investment into technology, and the resultant bikes were as beautiful as they were fast. Limited production and high prices kept them to the exclusive territory of well-heeled riders or even better heeled collectors. Today they are available on the used bike market at more realistic prices – but still not cheap. This particular example is an early model with few miles (<4,000) and what appears to be a great deal of care bestowed upon it. With a Buy It Now price of $7,500, this bike is asking strong, but not outrageous money. The seller is open to offers, so there may be an opportunity to pull this down somewhat. With bikes of this caliber, prospective buyers would do well to find the cleanest, best example possible. I could do with less of the polished bits, but this 2000 MV Agusta F4 750 looks to be better than most we have seen in some time and is worth checking out. The full details are here. Good luck!!

MI

Beautiful Boy: 2000 MV Agusta F4 750
MV Agusta May 24, 2019 posted by

Et Tu, Bruté – 2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910

Displayed in a corner with no view to the tarmac, this 2007 Brutale 910 is nicely farkled and has just 1,211 miles.  A smashing MV roadster for a fan without the need for a fairing, or maybe with that base already covered.

2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910 for sale on eBay

Agusta joined the naked party in 2001, starting with their 3-cylinder supersport models, and presented the naked superbike in 2005.  The 908cc engine is derived from the F4 1000cc mill, sharing the radially arrayed valves and Weber-Marelli fuel injection.  Power is superbike level at 139hp, with good torque numbers at 71 ft.-lbs.  The frame is courtesy of the original Brutale, with whopping 50mm Marzocchi forks which are multi-adjustable along with the monoshock.  The package is surprisingly nimble, and accommodating to larger and smaller riders.

Too busy, the only explanation for a nice one owner bike, some sweet mods, and then hardly even break-in miles over the 12 years.  A few moments with the dealer’s option book, but not many for riding afterward.  Presumably the rear sprocket has two less teeth, with the effect of a higher gear ratio.  From the eBay auction:

It has only 1211 miles.  Yes, it’s no mistake, only 1211.  I bought it new in 2007 and have title in hand.  It has $3000 in accessories including a Arrow slip on and catalyzer tube replacement, front and rear fender, Matris steering damper, handlebar end mirrors, fairings from Germany, specially made windshield which is removable, rear pinion with two less teeth, better front brake pads and a special handlebar mounted on rubber to damp vibration.  All this was installed at buying, and I have all the original parts.  Not one scratch.

The Brutale is still on MV’s card, though it has ridden the displacement spectrum up and back down to an 800, of which there are several Special Editions.  More of statement than a practical ride – it’s spendy, just not the thing for a longer ride, a little finicky, but a real looker.

-donn

Et Tu, Bruté – 2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910
MV Agusta April 20, 2019 posted by

Hypothesis: 1976 MV Agusta 350 Ipotesi

In the way cool archives of rare bikes there are undoubtedly some weird and wonderful ones. There are always surprises and bikes not many people have heard of, and there are always some real gems hiding behind the uber popular homologation crowd. Today’s find, a 1976 MV Agusta 350 is the perfect of example of the weird and wonderful. Looking a bit like a single (it’s a twin), a bit like a two stroke (it’s a 4-cycle) and a bit like a much larger bike, it is clear that this MV Agusta is all Italian by the “nothing extra is needed here” style.

1976 MV Agusta 350 Ipotesi for sale on eBay

The Ipotesi is a small scale parallel twin. It has an overhead cam (only one) to operate the two valves per cylinder. A pair of small Dellortos handle the intake side of things, while a pair of chrome pipes take care of the exhaust. At 350cc this is hardly a powerhouse. but with air cooling and appropriately sized components, it is hardly a heavyweight. With 30-ish HP on tap (comparing reasonably to the current crop of small-bore bikes), the little 350cc engine is pushing only 350 pounds of bike. Brakes look tiny (those are 220mm rotors all around), but with less weight and speed comes less need for larger, heavier hardware. Clip ons are low and tight; perfect to practice that aerodynamic tuck!

From the seller:
This 1976 MV Agusta 350 Ipotesi was purchased by me from the original owner in the U.K. in the late 1990’s. It has about 6,500 km on it but not long ago I had the speedometer repaired and it was reset to zero km. The current speedometer reading of 394 km is from my riding of the bike after the repaired speedometer was returned to me. This motorcycle has a California title and current California registration. The bike is an easy kick starter and I ride it frequently around San Francisco and the Bay Area. The bike is fully sorted and needs nothing: you can get on it and ride it and enjoy it! The motorcycle is entirely correct and original and unrestored. There are some minor paint touch up areas on the tail section behind the seat. The most noticeable paint flaw is the touched-up area on the rear edge of the front fender, shown in one of the photos. I wanted to keep all of the paint on this motorcycle original, so I did not repaint the entire front fender. Some of the paint on the instrument panel is worn, but I wanted to keep that paint original and have not touched it up. There is a photo attached of the instruments and the surrounding panel. Other than these paint issues, the bike is in extremely good original condition. The Heidenau tires are nearly new, but they are the correct size per original. You won’t find a better Ipotesi for sale in the US or another Ipotesi for sale in the US: MV Agusta 350 Ipotesi motorcycles were never officially imported to the U.S. so any here now would have been privately imported. Therefore, there are very few here. Of the few MV Agusta 350 Ipotesi motorcycles in the US, I doubt too many are fully sorted and have current registration and are being ridden such as this one is.

We don’t see many pre-F4 MV Agustas in the States, much less anything that displaces less than 500cc. This Ipotesi is a fantastic looking motorcycle. It seems impossibly narrow, yet retains the classic proportions of a much larger bike. The paintwork shines in the sun, and the odd elements of what make up this little 350 blend together to make something special. It’s far from museum perfect, but it still looks great anyway. Value? Too rare in the US to really put a number on it; we simply have no historical data on which to base an assumption. The seller is asking for $11k OBO – that might seem high for a 350 scoot, but not a lot of dosh for a very unique MV Agusta. Check it out here, and then jump to the Comments section and share your thoughts on this cool little bike. Good Luck!!

MI

Hypothesis:  1976 MV Agusta 350 Ipotesi