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post #1 of 22 Old Sep 16th, 2008, 7:28 am Thread Starter
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HD and MV/Augusta

I have talked to some of my HD buds about HD buying MV and although it does not surprise me I find it odd that none of them have ever heard of MV.
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Re: HD and MV/Augusta

Didnít Bruce Wayne drive one during the last Batman movie? Somehow, every time I see one I think Ducati.
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MV is best known in Europe then over here in the States. Personally I have been knowing MV brand since I was a 10/12years old kid back in France beginning of the 70's when Giacomo Agostini was a several times motorcycle Grand Prix world champion. He was riding MV Agusta before moving to Yamaha. Because of its success in bike racing MV is a known and recognized brand in Europe.
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Re: HD and MV/Augusta

If the aren't interested in exotic sport bikes or racing history then they probably would not have heard of them. Not a big surprise since they aren't a huge manufacturer.

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If the aren't interested in exotic sport bikes or racing history then they probably would not have heard of them. Not a big surprise since they aren't a huge manufacturer.
I think it wuz Lone Star BMW/Triumph in Austin, Tejas who had an M/V Agusta on the showroom floor for a spell. I wuz knocked over with the looks. I drooled over that thang for a long time, although me on one of 'em sorta would resemble a fat monkey on a hockey stick!

Then El Jeffe bought one, and I believe it wuz in Nacogdoches that I saw his red and gold one - and heard the thang. Both at idle and on launch. Then I realized that if I bought one, it would become den or study art - what a machine. I'm over the lust part (I just conjure up that monkey bit!!), butt I'm wonderin' what HD's gig in the marriage is?
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Re: HD and MV/Augusta

When I was shopping in March, I gave consideration to buying an MV F4.
They were 19.9K in ATL for '07. That was an excellent price from the MSRP of 25K.

They are high maint...
And that engine is hard to tune.
I can only imagine how hard it is to aquire parts.
Since I ride several thousand miles a year this quickly disqualified the bike.

HD must have some idea.

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Didnít Bruce Wayne drive one during the last Batman movie? Somehow, every time I see one I think Ducati.
Maybe that's because the designer from Ducati went to work at MV

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I think it wuz Lone Star BMW/Triumph in Austin, Tejas who had an M/V Agusta on the showroom floor for a spell. I wuz knocked over with the looks. I drooled over that thang for a long time, although me on one of 'em sorta would resemble a fat monkey on a hockey stick!

Then El Jeffe bought one, and I believe it wuz in Nacogdoches that I saw his red and gold one - and heard the thang. Both at idle and on launch. Then I realized that if I bought one, it would become den or study art - what a machine. I'm over the lust part (I just conjure up that monkey bit!!), butt I'm wonderin' what HD's gig in the marriage is?
They claim it's to better understand the European market and to get some help understanding the younger market. The average age of a HD rider/buyer is 47 and getting older every year, so they have to find some ways to appeal to a younger audience. Whether they'll be able to do that through MV or not remains to be seen (my guess is they'll screw it up) but at least they're acting like they want to learn something about something other than what they've done for 105 years.

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I think one of their motivations was to acquire the existing Dealer network in Europe.
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When I was shopping in March, I gave consideration to buying an MV F4.
They were 19.9K in ATL for '07. That was an excellent price from the MSRP of 25K.

They are high maint...
And that engine is hard to tune.
I can only imagine how hard it is to aquire parts.
Since I ride several thousand miles a year this quickly disqualified the bike.

HD must have some idea.
The F41000R was reduced in price to $20K to make room for the higher spec F4312R at $25K. Maintenance at the nearby multi-brand dealer is hardly different than Asian Inc models I've taken there. The engine isn't hard to tune unless doing serious mods. Until MV ran into capital problems earlier this year I had no problems securing parts/accessories. To be sure, didn't have to do this often -- three MV F4's owned the past six years. Zero problems. None.

It is a win-win for H-D and MV. Ironically, the largest H-D dealer in Colorado brought in the MV line a year ago.

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that is a SEXY bike.....wowzers.


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If the aren't interested in exotic sport bikes or racing history then they probably would not have heard of them. Not a big surprise since they aren't a huge manufacturer.
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MV is best known in Europe then over here in the States. Personally I have been knowing MV brand since I was a 10/12years old kid back in France beginning of the 70's when Giacomo Agostini was a several times motorcycle Grand Prix world champion. He was riding MV Agusta before moving to Yamaha. Because of its success in bike racing MV is a known and recognized brand in Europe.
Giacomo was the first person to beat Mike Hailwood's record of 9 "World Champion" with 10 or 11 (fuzzy memory here...). Jarno Saarinen (sp) on his Yamaha was the first pilot to beat Giacomo shortly before his early demise.

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The MV is pretty, no doubt on that.
Here is my Duc with 8K on the clock after 6 months.
ZERO Issues and there are parts available.


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Mike... a gorgeous bike you have there. No Ducati reliability issues here either. Have two riding friends with 848's. Outstanding.
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The F41000R was reduced in price to $20K to make room for the higher spec F4312R at $25K. Maintenance at the nearby multi-brand dealer is hardly different than Asian Inc models I've taken there. The engine isn't hard to tune unless doing serious mods. Until MV ran into capital problems earlier this year I had no problems securing parts/accessories. To be sure, didn't have to do this often -- three MV F4's owned the past six years. Zero problems. None.

It is a win-win for H-D and MV. Ironically, the largest H-D dealer in Colorado brought in the MV line a year ago.

It's pictures like this that make me miss my MV.

Then I think about what it was like for me to ride it. Think "monkey fucking a football"


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Wow what a Sweeeeeeeeeet bike! Does MV have anything in the sport touring mode? An Italian bike is on my list for my next one, just can't ride anything as aggressive as that with my bad back........although if I had the money it sure would look nice just sitting in the sun room!
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MV only has two choices. The one you saw in the picture above, or this...



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I gonna check some of these bikes out today at a dealer near me, Fast by Ferracci. They carry most of the brands from the country of my heritage. Always a dangerous thing to do on a beautiful Saturday morning........that's why I'll leave the check book at home!
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HD maybe after some of the technology also. I know the emissions are a changing drastically, so that the standard V-Twin, will not remain. The V-rod engine is what you will see in the future on most HD's. Which was designed in Italy, I believe.

HD is planning on being around for a long time to come. They will have to conform to the new rules, if they want to remain.

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I gonna check some of these bikes out today at a dealer near me, Fast by Ferracci. They carry most of the brands from the country of my heritage. Always a dangerous thing to do on a beautiful Saturday morning........that's why I'll leave the check book at home!
Nick. Bad idea. They've got a ton of exotics down there. They used to have a pristine Mondial and a Benelli Tornado on the floor. Leave access to all funding someplace else. Better yet, just send me all your money for safe keeping.


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Nick. Bad idea. They've got a ton of exotics down there. They used to have a pristine Mondial and a Benelli Tornado on the floor. Leave access to all funding someplace else. Better yet, just send me all your money for safe keeping.
I'm glad I left the check book home. Luckily most of the things they have I can't ride because of my back. However they do have somethings that I found interesting. I sat on a Mutli Strada and I was very surprised at how well it fit me. Even though I took a deposit on my V Strom yesterday I'm in no hurry to replace it and really don't need to until next spring. My faithful Lt will serve me well enough through out this time period. I think I can say though that my next bike will be European and it probably will not come from Germany.
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