MV Agusta

As if MV Agusta mo­tor­cy­cles weren’t spe­cial enough, the Ital­ian firm has cre­ated a spe­cial ve­hi­cles di­vi­sion – and an awe­some ul­tra-lim­ited edi­tion ti­ta­nium cov­ered scram­bler called the RVS#1.

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Mo­tor­cy­cle brand MV Agusta has had a tough time of late. Af­ter fac­ing mount­ing debts it was forced to im­ple­ment a dras­tic com­pany re­struc­ture and then lost its pow­er­ful mi­nor­ity share­holder, Mer­cedes-amg, who clearly had enough of pas­sion­ate Ital­ians who have lit­tle re­gard for cor­po­rate bot­tom lines. Of course, such tur­bu­lence is noth­ing new for the leg­endary out­fit founded in 1945 by Count Domenico Agusta as an off­shoot of an avi­a­tion com­pany that would make mo­tor­cy­cles al­most ex­clu­sively to fund some in­cred­i­bly suc­cess­ful rac­ing ef­forts. But now the com­pany boss, Gio­vanni Castiglioni has had to get se­ri­ous and he’s ditched as­pi­ra­tions of in­creas­ing pro­duc­tion from 10,000 bikes a year to 20,000, with a plan that in­stead in­volves downsizing, re­duc­ing costs, and fo­cussing on the up­per end of the bike mar­ket. He even set up a spe­cial ve­hi­cles di­vi­sion – the Reparto Ve­icoli Spe­ciali (RVS) – to pur­sue this aim. Their first prod­uct is the RVS#1 and what a thing of beauty it is. Tak­ing the three-cylin­der Bru­tale Drag­ster 800 as its base, al­most ev­ery el­e­ment has been re­worked with a whole heap of visual up­grades, fancy ma­te­ri­als (like avi­a­tion-grade alu­minium and ti­ta­nium), as well as 10 ex­tra horses and eight less ki­los (150hp and 160kg re­spec­tively). It won’t come cheap and will be very lim­ited in num­bers but what a splen­did and quin­tes­sen­tial MV Agusta it is.

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