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2019 MV Augusta F4 Claudio

2019 MV Augusta F4 Claudio

A Superbike Tribute To "The World’s Best-Looking Bike"

Tribute pieces frequently pay homage to a particular year-model or perhaps a certain race, but MV Agusta’s F4 “Claudio” is a piece of art that doubles as a mobile shrine to its designer; Claudio Castiglioni. The factory used the F4 as a platform for a whole host of ’luxe aesthetics that brush up the looks; no mean feat for a bike called “the world’s best-looking bike” back in ’97. This machine is far from all-show/no-go. It comes with track-capable power and the electronics you’ll need to keep it all under control. It’s truly a spectacular specimen, but don’t take my word for it, read on and let me convince you.

Continue reading for my review of the MV Agusta F4 Claudio.

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Top 10 Adventure Tourers of 2018

Top 10 Adventure Tourers of 2018

capable off-roader with the balance and handling of a sport-standard

For some people, adventure is about finding your way through the unknown to see things no one has and doing things most haven’t. But unless you plan on walking, you need the right tool to get there. This is where these adventure touring machines comes in and sweeps you off your feet in the most humble and matured way.

Here are our top ten adventure tourers of 2018 that come with some impeccable versatility to trout the lands across the globe. With the looks and utility of a capable off-roader and the balance and handling of a sport-standard, adventure motorcycles are a bipartisan look at how to tackle paved roads and dirt. Big and powerful engines, long travel suspensions and a higher riding position with multiple rider aids adorn these machines.

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Top 10 Sportsbike of 2018

Top 10 Sportsbike of 2018

Built for speed, acceleration, braking, and cornering, the competition is hot as ever

In a world where outright horsepower and straight-line speed hold center stage, these machines have blazed the streets and have swept us off our feet in the most fashionable ways possible. Built for speed, acceleration, braking, and cornering, they come equipped with components from the industry’s best names to achieve a little more speed every single time they get on the paved asphalt.

With the emphasis of a sport bike being on performance, there are certain design elements that most motorcycles of this type will share. Rider ergonomics favor function. Apart form the high performing engines, they are built to cut through the air as smoothly as possible. High tech and expensive materials are often used on sport bikes to reduce weight.

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MV Agusta is making a limited run Dragster 800 RR PIRELLI

MV Agusta is making a limited run Dragster 800 RR PIRELLI

Celebrating their second year of collaboration with Pirelli as their sole tire supplier

Two Italian brands, MV Agusta and Pirelli have become permanent partners where the latter was selected as the sole tire supplier for the Schiranna brand a year ago, and to celebrate this agreement, MV Agusta had made a limited edition version of the Brutale 800 RR called the “Brutale 800 RR PIRELLI”.

Now, the same two companies have released another limited edition collaboration, but this time, it will be the newly updated Dragster 800 RR that will receive the Pirelli touch. In a pure exclusive visual treat by the folks who make “Motorcycle Art”, the Dragster 800 RR PIRELLI gets new paint schemes that showcase the partnership with the decals and new wheels that stick to new tires.

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2014 - 2018 MV Agusta F3 800

2014 - 2018 MV Agusta F3 800

The Performance Of A Literbike Without Being a Literbike

MV Agusta launched the F3 800 way back in ’13 for the ’14 model year, and apparently is happy with the result since it carries over straight into MY2018. The F3 800 stands with a foot in two worlds — literbikes and mid-displacement sportbikes— and at a glance it seems safe to say “mission accomplie.” A powerful triple delivers the goods with power figures that land near the top of the range for what is appropriate for “civilized” road use. The electronics suite is even more impressive than its hardware, and the whole package comes together to deliver the goods in a manageable manner with plenty to offer riders looking for a thrill but not wanting a full-on race machine or the leather-bound payment book that comes with one.

Continue reading for my review of the MV Agusta F3 800.

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2018 MV Agusta F3 675 RC

2018 MV Agusta F3 675 RC

It receives powertrain, chassis and electronic updates to ace the competition

MV Agusta, as a brand, has mastered the fine art of making the hottest wallpaper machines unlike anyone in the business. And the cream of it belongs to the limited-production RC (Reparto Corse) editions. They are a legitimate celebration of MV Agusta’s superior qualities created by the honchos at the racing department, Jules Cluzel and Lorenzo Zanetti.

This year, the factory racers have touched on the hottest performing middleweight sportbikes in production, the F3 675, which also receives mild updates with its powertrain, electronics, and chassis to keep their mark on the ever-improving sportsbike market.

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2018 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 Lusso SCS

2018 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 Lusso SCS

Gets a semi-automatic Smart Clutch System and semi-active electronic suspension

Famed as the most versatile Agusta, the Turismo Veloce 800 gave the Italian a fresh breed of customers wanting to venture the outback and the hills. Being an MV, it is the most stylish breed of a machine to go trotting around the globe. And now, it is making it even easier to do it.

Presenting the new 2018 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 Lusso SCS. It is basically the standard Veloce 800 but takes the excitement up a notch with a semi-auto clutch from Rekluse. The “SCS” stands for “Smart Clutch System” and is a proprietary technology that took MV 2 years to develop and is finally debuting on a production motorcycle.

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2018 MV Agusta Brutale Dragster 800 RR

2018 MV Agusta Brutale Dragster 800 RR

Gets new engine, chassis and electronic improvements along with a visit to the salon

The trimmed down streetfighter from MV Agusta was first showcased at the 2013 EICMA which were originally based out of the Brutale 800, to begin with. Out of which came the Dragster 800 RR, a stunning piece of entry by the house of Varese for an audience who desire the best of both worlds. Beauty and performance.

Like the updated F3 Reparto Corse line-up for 2018, the Dragster 800 RR also receives a slew of updates for 2018 that include engine, chassis and electronic improvements along with new styling elements to keep things fresh.

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2018 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR LH44

2018 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR LH44

The Formula One champion throws a leg over another Italian beauty

Apart from everything they make, MV also makes special superbikes for a few esteemed celebrities in the world, and one of them is the three-time Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton. The Brit has also been responsible for a limited edition Dragster model that MV created for just 244 blokes out there, and all of them got sold out within a few hours of launch: the Dragster RR LH44. Then came 44 units of the MV Agusta F4 LH44 based on the Italian brand’s top-of-the-line trim of its four-cylinder superbike, the MV Agusta F4 RC.

Now, the same team has met again to collaborate with another limited edition model based on their famous Brutale 800 RR. Called as the MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR LH44, it gets similar detailing on the bike styled by Lewis Hamilton himself and will be produced in a limited series of only 144 units.

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2018 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 RC

2018 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 RC

The most versatile Agusta now gets dipped in the brand’s racing livery

Until 2014, MV Agusta only built motorcycles that would eat apexes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Machines built to just simply look and go fast and handle like a stealth ninja. Then, the company decided to enter a whole new dimension with the launch of the Turismo Veloce, a touring motorcycle that was NOT made with the inspirations of the marquee’s 75 world titles or racetrack pedigree like the rest of the stablemates.

But that notion too has changed, for since 2018, MV has released a limited-production RC (Reparto Corse) edition of the Turismo. It is a legitimate celebration of this MV Agusta’s superior qualities created by the honchos at the racing department, Jules Cluzel and Lorenzo Zanetti.

For 2018, the bike also receives mild updates with its powertrain, electronics, and chassis to keep their mark on the ever-improving sportsbike market. They also get new colors and graphics to mirror the race bikes running hot on tracks around the world.

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MV Agusta doubles-down on the "Special" with the RVS#1

MV Agusta doubles-down on the "Special" with the RVS#1

A PR stunt post their financial fracas to build customer relations

Some time back, MV Agusta created a special division called the Reparto Veicoli Speciali, or Special Vehicles Department, and handed them the task of creating the best MV Agusta machines that beam in terms of quality, research, performance, and emotions. This division was joined by the San Marino Research Center Castiglioni (born initially as CRC, Cagiva Research Center) to work on the brand’s Brutale Dragster 800 RR and come out with an evil looking motorcycle that will scare the daylights out of anything on the road.

Enter the RVS#1. Now, MV folks have released a ‘corporate video’ of this machine being built to rekindle their faith in customers who might have otherwise lost touch with the brand’s etiquettes amongst the recent financial scandals that put MV in troubled waters.

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2018 MV Agusta F3 800 RC

2018 MV Agusta F3 800 RC

A limited edition Italian Racing DNA festival

The hottest performing middleweight sportsbike in production wearing civilian clothing is the F3 800. The blend of performance similar to a liter class and handling prowess of a 600cc track machine is the DNA of every F3 800. And this limited-production RC (Reparto Corse) edition is a legitimate celebration of this MV Agusta’s superior qualities created by the honchos at the racing department, Jules Cluzel and Lorenzo Zanetti.

There aren’t many quintessential motorcycle manufacturer like this Italian. They have had their own share of trumps and falls throughout their history but now it seems like MV is enjoying a rare period of sustained growth. Turning motorcycles into a work of art has become a trait at MV and this 2018 RC edition of the F3 is a graphically accurate duplicate of the factory racers.

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MV Agusta is bidding adieu to the F4 with a limited "Claudio" edition

MV Agusta is bidding adieu to the F4 with a limited "Claudio" edition

will come with exquisite materiel use and liveries

There aren’t many quintessential motorcycle manufacturer like this Italian. They have had their own share of trumps and falls throughout their history, but now it seems like MV is enjoying a rare period of sustained growth. Turning motorcycles into a work of art has become a trait at MV, and this F4 has been their flagship for quite some time now.

But this year will be the last for this fabled superbike and MV is planning to phase it out with a bang. A limited “Claudio” edition F4 superbike will be launched towards the end of this year marking the final chapter of the sexiest superbike of our age. It will be cladded with carbon-fiber wheels and a host of other top-of-the-line pieces, as an honor to the late Claudio Castiglioni, father of Giovanni Castiglioni, president of MV Agusta.

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Cagiva to make a comeback as an electric off-roader

Cagiva to make a comeback as an electric off-roader

MV Agusta is resurrecting their old brand

MV Agusta’s exotic Italian lineage has been through the history’s ups and downs. After being in an acrimonious situation for some time, the Italian brand is finally sailing on safe waters after a Russian investment group-Black Ocean signed an agreement to increase its capital making MV Holding to become the 100% owner of MV Agusta S.p.A.

With this, things have started to ease off, and MV Agusta is now concentrating on working on new machines for 2018 including a new line of four-pot Brutales’. Fresh new information also tells us that the Italian will be resurrecting the Cagiva brand back, but this time as an electric company rather than the sportsbike maker that it was before.

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2016 - 2018 MV Agusta F4 RR

2016 - 2018 MV Agusta F4 RR

Technology abounds with a plethora of alphabet-soup acronyms that boil down to a lot of electronic controls that bridle the scary power of the F4 RR from MV Agusta. (You may not be scared, but someone who loves you will be terrified.) Among them are eight-level traction control, electronically-assisted shift and ABS along with ride-by-wire and four engine maps that control throttle sensitivity, torque, braking, the rev limiter and engine response so you can dial in the controls specifically to suit you and your riding conditions.

Continue reading for my review of the MV Agusta F4 RR.

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MV Agusta breaks shackles from Mercedes AMG

MV Agusta breaks shackles from Mercedes AMG

MV Holding to become the 100% owner of MV Agusta S.p.A

MV Agusta’s exotic Italian lineage has been through the history’s ups and downs. Doing so, the company switched hands four times in the past 12 years and has been once owned by Harley Davidson until in 2014 when Mercedes-AMG became a 25 percent stakeholder.

Now, that 25% shares have been bought back by MV Holding that effectively removes the German brand from the business operations of the motorcycle sector, MV Agusta S.p.A. With this seen through, MV is in a bid to get back its workforce to get back up and running to full production.

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After working the three cylinders magic, MV Agusta moves to four in 2018

After working the three cylinders magic, MV Agusta moves to four in 2018

Plan of a brand new 1200cc four-pot comes after the Italian gets safe sailing waters

The rule of three, or “omne trium perfectum” as it was first written in Latin, debates that everything that comes in threes’ is perfect. This may be the reason why the MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR is that good. An exotic Italian motorcycle that reached a new pinnacle of technical development and performance with that biblical three-cylinder power mill.

Now, the Italian marquee is now concentrating on working on new machines for 2018 including a new line of Brutales’. It will run on a 1200cc, four-cylinder engine similar in architecture to the 998cc on the mighty F4 superbike.

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MV Agusta updates the Dragster 800 RR for 2018

MV Agusta updates the Dragster 800 RR for 2018

Gets new engine, chassis and electronic improvements alsong with a visit to the salon

Based on the original Dragster 800, the RR is a stunning piece of entry by the house of Varese for an audience who desire the best of both worlds. Beauty and performance.

Like the updated F3 Reparto Corse line-up for 2018, the Dragster 800 RR also receives a slew of updates that include engine, chassis and electronic improvements along with new styling elements to keep things fresh.

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MV Agusta is making a limited run Brutale 800 RR PIRELLI

MV Agusta is making a limited run Brutale 800 RR PIRELLI

Celebrating the collaboration with Pirelli as their sole tire supplier

Two Italian brands, MV Agusta and Pirelli have become permanent partners where the latter was selected as the sole tire supplier for the Schiranna brand and, to celebrate this agreement, MV Agusta has made a limited edition version of the Brutale 800 RR called the “Brutale 800 RR PIRELLI”.

In a pure exclusive visual treat by the folks who make “Motorcycle Art”, the 800 RR PIRELLI gets new paint schemes that showcase the partnership with the decals and new wheels that stick to new tires.

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MV Agusta gives its F3 675 and 800 RC potent updates

MV Agusta gives its F3 675 and 800 RC potent updates

It receives powertrain, chassis and electronic updates to beat the sh*t out of everyone else

The MV Agusta F3 675 RC and F3 800 RC are the hottest performing middleweight sportbikes in production wearing civilian clothing. The bikes come in the perfect blend of performance and handling together with the graphically accurate duplicate of the factory racers as seen on these limited-edition RC (Reparto Corse) paint jobs.

For 2018, the bikes receive mild updates with their powertrain, electronics, and chassis to keep their mark on the ever-improving sportsbike market. They also get new colors and graphics to mirror the race bikes running hot on tracks around the world.

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Lewis Hamilton rides the MV Agusta F4 LH44. His first superbike circuit experience.

Lewis Hamilton rides the MV Agusta F4 LH44. His first superbike circuit experience.

The Formula One champion rides to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the F4 superbike.

We all know what Lewis Hamilton is capable with his Mercedes F1 W08 EQ Power+ on the Formula One circuits around the world. Already amassing 306 points this calendar season, Hamilton is leading the championship with a cool 59 points and is on the path to get his 4th World Championship title.

This time, the champ is going blazing around the Pirelli Proving Ground (Vizzola Ticino, Italy) circuit, but not in his W08 car. He is wearing a suit and a helmet, yes, but instead of getting into a confined cockpit he throws a leg over a two-wheeled Italian beauty he helped create, the MV Agusta F4 LH44.

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