MV Agusta

The MV Agusta Motor SpA is an Italian motorcycle manufacturer, headquartered in Schiranna, a district of Varese.

  • 3.1 Brutale
  • 3.2 F3
  • 3.3 F4
  • 3.4 rival
  • 3.5 limited models
  • 4.1 One - and two-cylinder
  • 4.2 four-cylinder
  • 5.1 Drivers' title


The renowned Italian aircraft manufacturer Agusta had already started after the death of its founder, Count Giovanni Agusta in 1927 with the manufacture of motorcycles. After the Second World War, the motorcycle production was ( " in Verghera mechanical operation Agusta " about - a district of Samarate ) in 1945 as an independent company by his son Domenico Agusta in Samarate (Italy ) under the name Meccanica Verghera Agusta founded.

Motorcycle production 1945-1980

The first motorcycle was introduced under the name of 98; the originally planned name Vespa 98 was already occupied by trademark law - of course by Piaggio, the Vespa scooters later came to world fame.

After a boom period in the 1950s and numerous successes in motor sports in the 1960s and 1970s, had 1980 production due to acute financial problems are set.

The new beginning in 1992

In 1992, the brand name MV Agusta by the Castiglioni group ( Cagiva ) was purchased that had previously helped manufacturers such as Ducati Aermacchi or back on their feet. New models have been announced.

After the in-house development of a new 750 cc in-line four -cylinder engine, the MV Agusta F4 superbike in 1997 presented the red and silver, therefore, came in the traditional colors and last but not least thanks to its spectacular designs became a great success. In the trade, the F4 came only in 1999 with the first model F4 750 Serie Oro.

The Castiglioni group structured around 1999 their company and subsequently traded under the name of their most prestigious brand as MV Agusta engine. Furthermore heard the Cagiva brand MV Agusta after Husqvarna was sold to BMW in 2007.

Acquisition by Harley -Davidson

On 11 July 2008, the American motorcycle manufacturer Harley -Davidson Inc. announced that it is the MV Agusta Group ( MVAG ) completely take over for around 70 million euros.

Design Chief Massimo Tamburini, who was also responsible for the F4, left in late 2008 CRC ( Centro Ricerche Cagiva ) and thus MV Agusta.

Repurchase in 2010

Claudio Castiglioni bought the company back in the summer of 2010 by Harley- Davidson after the U.S. manufacturers themselves had fallen into great economic difficulties. Castiglioni died on 17 August 2011 at the age of 64 years to cancer, the leadership of MV Agusta, he had transferred at this time already to his son Giovanni.


A machine design feature are the MV four-cylinder engines from the 1970s. They have a variety of features which were at that time only in racing applications: The motor housing is cast in one piece and extends to the cylinder base. The separate cylinder banquet, consisting of crankshaft, cylinder and cylinder head can be separated from the housing without much effort after the release of twelve nuts ( M7). The transmission is realized as a cassette gearbox and can be completely removed with automatic control of the right engine. All aluminum parts are made ​​of sand casting. The crankshaft is made ​​in several parts and pressed. Since it is mounted on the underside of the Banket, the bearing shells of the rolling bearing are divided. The whole engine is spherical, needle, or roller bearings to the Pleuelkopflager. The two overhead camshafts are a gear cascade, which is between the second and third cylinders, driven. The valves are actuated directly via cups. The motor is a low-pressure oil engine having a large ribbed sump. The air-cooled cylinders are not linked together and tightened by long bolts between the crankshaft and one-piece cylinder head. It is characterized by fine ribbing and oversized cylinder head, caused by the large valve angle of almost 90 °. The design goes back to Dr. Ing Remor which the 500 cc Grand Prix motor developed by Gilera and then moved to MV. Technical data of the early 750 engines: 743 cc, 69 hp at 8500 rpm, 59 Nm at 7500 rpm,

The modern motorcycles from MV Agusta have in common as a stylistic elements a tubular space frame made of 25CrMo4 steel and an aluminum swingarm. Likewise, all are powered by a four-cylinder engine with radial valves. From 2012, a three-cylinder four -stroke inline -stroke engine with 675 cc with the peculiarity of a backward rotating crankshaft is also available. This was originally developed as a 800 cc engine, and is built in two versions since 2013.

Current Models


  • Brutale S
  • Brutale 910
  • Brutale 910 R
  • Brutale 920
  • Brutale 989 R
  • Brutale 990 R
  • Brutale 1078 RR
  • Brutale 1090 RR
  • Brutale 675
  • Brutale 800


  • F3 675
  • F3 800


  • F4 750 S
  • F4 1000 S
  • F4 1000 R
  • F4 1000 R312
  • F4 1078 RR312
  • F4 ( 2010)
  • F4 RR (2011)
  • F4 R ( 2012)


  • Rival 800

Limited models

  • Brutale Oro
  • Brutale America
  • Brutale Wally
  • Brutale Gladio
  • Brutal Mamba
  • F4 750 Serie Oro
  • F4 750 SPR
  • F4 750 SR
  • F4 Tamburini
  • F4 SENNA 1000
  • F4 1000 Ago
  • F4 Mamba
  • F4 Corse
  • F4 Veltro Pista
  • F4 Veltro Strada
  • F4 1000 CC
  • F3 675 Oro

Previous models

One - and two-cylinder

125 (1974), 125S (1975 ), 150RSS (1971 ), 175 Tourismo Lusso, 350GT (1971 ), 350S (1970), 350S (1974 ), 350 SC Rambler (1970), MV Agusta 350 Sport ( 1975-1977 )

Four cylinder

World title in motorcycle road racing

Overall, MV Agusta has 38 drivers and retract 37 constructors' world championship in the motorcycle world championship and dominated for almost 20 years until the small and later especially the large displacement classes.

Drivers' title

Italy Giacomo Agostini (13 )

  • World champion in the 350 cc class: 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973
  • World champion in the 500 cc class: 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972

Italy Carlo Ubbiali ( 8)

  • World Champion in the 125 cc class: 1955, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960
  • World champion in the 250 cc class: 1956, 1959, 1960
  • World champion in the 350 cc class: 1958, 1959, 1960
  • World Champion in the 500cc class in 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960
  • World champion in the 500 cc class: 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965

Rhodesia Gary Hocking ( 2)

  • World champion in the 350 cc class: 1961
  • World champion in the 500 cc class: 1961
  • World champion in the 500 cc class: 1973, 1974

Italy Tarquinio Provini ( 1)

  • World champion in the 250 cc class: 1958
  • World Champion in the 125 cc class: 1952