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Summer incentives at MV Agusta Canada

Now's a great time to pick up a new 2013 MV Agusta F3 because MV is offering $1000 off all new 2013 F3 in Canadian Dealer inventory.

For more details on the F3 check out MV's website here: http://www.mvagustacanada.com/f3675_en.html



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Bieber gets an MV Agusta

The pride of Stratford, Ontario; Justin Bieber got  a custom MV Agusta F3 675 for his 19th birthday. At first you might feel a little bit jealous, until you see what has been done to the MV. Bieber's favourite superhero is Batman so it's a Batman themed MV Agusta.

The bike was presented to Bieber on his 19th birthday as a gift from his father and the cooperation of MV Agusta and Motovan, Canada.




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MV Agusta confirms 800cc triple "Rivale"


Giovanni Castiglioni has confirmed that MVAgusta will be making a new three-cylinder machine 800cc machine called the Rivale. Styling is along the lines of a Ducati Hypermotard.


When speaking to the folks at www.moto.it Castiglioni indicated that the bike would be 'a new concept' with elements of supermoto and enduro. Perhaps the best part is that it'll be powered by an 800cc version of the firm's triple.

Rumor is that the bike will appear as a concept at the EICMA show in Milan in the fall.  Watch for it!

Hopefully Motovan (Canadian distributor for MV Agusta) will get to bring them to Canada when they are released!

My Italian isn't very good but there's some great simulated pictures of what it might look like. Check it out HERE:

http://www.moto.it/news/mv-agusta-rivale-debutta-all-eicma.html




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Halifax International Motorcycle Show brings motorcycles to downtown


The Halifax International Motorcycle Show is kicking-off their inaugural gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts at the Cunard Centre on February 17-19, 2012. Industry leading motorcycle  manufacturers and accessory products will be on site and under one big roof.Major manufacturers and dealer representatives will be there to answer your questions and provide you with an opportunity to throw a leg over the latest machines or try on the latest gear.

With 45,000 square foot of column free floor space the Cunard Centre sits on the scenic Halifax waterfront with big bright windows overlooking the harbour. The event and venue offer up a powerful mixture of salty sea air and visual stimulation. Anticipated attendance is expected to approach 20,000 and draw attendees from all the Atlantic provinces and beyond.

With the top motorcycle manufacturer product lines represented this event is the first of its kind east of Quebec.The show has attracted a lot of industry attention and support in this first year. Kawasaki Canada chose the event as one of the few venues to bring their national tour. They will be showcasing the hottest 2012 models like the supersport ZX-14R, KX450F motocross, cruisers from their revered Vulcan ine-up, street/touring, dual-purpose, and off-road motorcycles.

Event organizer Tim Leslie indicates,"Halifax is the gateway to Atlantic Canada, and its largest city. There's a vibrant and active motorcycle culture here, which makes Halifax the perfect location for a world-class motorcycle show. We're excited to be bringing the best the motorcycle world has to offer to downtown Halifax and already making plans for next year!"

With motorcycles from all the top brands, this event will be the first, and only, opportunity to see many of these machines in Nova Scotia before they appear in dealerships in the spring.There's going to be some rare models too that you might not otherwise get a chance to see at all except in the pages of a magazine. Motorcycles like the limited production Norton Commando 961. With production of this bike limited to 200 models they're sure to be very rare. Zero Motorcycles is sending some of the first production 2012 electric motorcycles in Canada to Halifax to be displayed at the show.

Aside from all the special interest motorcycles, enthusiasts of every level will find something to surprise and delight from new 2012 models and the latest in accessories to unique touring destinations. Cruisers, sport bikes, off-road, trials, touring, sport/adventure touring, even 2WD sidecar motorcycles - there's going to be something for everybody.

Whether you are a seasoned veteran motorcyclist or just somebody with a passing interest there will be something to excite you at the Halifax International Motorcycle Show.

EVENT DETAILS

Halifax International Motorcycle Show
February 17 to 19, 2012

Cunard Centre
961 Marginal Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3H 4P7

SHOW HOURS
Friday, February 17, 2012: 5 pm – 8pm
Saturday, February 18, 2012: 10 am –8 pm
Sunday, February 19, 2012: 10 am – 5pm

TICKETS
- $10 in advance at the show website(www.TheRealMotorcycleShow.com)
- $15 at the door

Free parking all weekend (Friday after 4PM).

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MV Agusta F3 production begins (official video)

MV Agusta has posted a video on their YouTube channel showing the highly anticipated F3 675 in production.

That's one fine looking bike in our opinion!




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MV Agusta F3 675 pricing and availability in Canada

MV Agusta Canada formally announces that the much awaited new F3 675 will be available in Canada as of June 2012.  The standard version of the F3 675 will be available at the retail price of $14,495.00.  This model will be available in three colors the traditional Red / Silver, White and Black.

After being elected the “Most beautiful 600 in the world”, the MV Agusta F3 675 is now ready to become the new reference both on the street and on the track.  This Supersport boasts an ultra-advanced chassis and  vehicle dynamics control unit MVICS (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System), that is on par with the most advanced Superbikes.

The MV Agusta F3 675 is a revolutionary motorcycle offering extreme emotions to the rider on the street and on the track.  The three cylinder engine utilizes a revolutionary counter-rotating crankshaft, a solution that has only been previously seen on Moto GP motorcycles.  Together with the most compact and light weight layout ever seen on a Supersport bike, these characteristics make the new F3 675 one of the best handling and most sophisticated Supersport motorcycles.

The MV Agusta F3 675 engine is the most advanced and powerful middle weight engine ever produced. It is an ultra-compact in-line three cylinder with the perfect balance between advanced mechanical engineering, advanced materials and electronic technology. Thanks to the MVICS system it is the first middleweight motorcycle with Full Ride by Wire engine controls.  It includes 4 pre-set engine maps, one personally tunable map, and an 8 level traction control.

The chassis is also incredibly advanced.  Studied and designed to obtain the maximum dynamic performance, it was created to have optimum rigidity and when compared to the other motorcycles in this category, offers an unparalleled level of feedback during all riding conditions.

The development of the style of the MV Agusta F3 675 was based on the core philosophy that has always characterized all previous MV’s: the perfect balance between form and function that creates an object that is unique not only for its beauty but also in its effectiveness.

ENGINE

The 3 cylinder layout has won a record number of world championships for MV Agusta, and the new 3 cylinder 675 pays homage to that history.  This new engine employs the most advanced technical solutions to achieve top performance.
 
Only MV Agusta has been able to develop an incredibly short and narrow, ultra-compact engine  due to  the unique layout of its internal organs. Utilizing a 79mm bore, a super-short stroke of 45,9mm the MV Agusta 3 cylinder engine is extremely over-square and able to rev the highest levels ever achieved by three cylinder sports bike.  It is an ultra-modern, extremely advanced engine capable of 128 hp at 14.500 rpm and 71 Nm of torque at 10.600 rpm.  This level of performance has never before been available in this category and it is on par with the performance of a number of 4 cylinder engines thanks to a 15.000 rpm limit. For the first time ever, a production motorcycle  utilizes a counter-rotating crankshaft that contributes to its perfect dynamic balance as well as increasing the lightning quick handling of the motorcycle.

Ultra-compact dimensions, reduced weight  best in class performance are the characteristics that make the engine of the new MV Agusta F3 675 the new reference in the supersports class.  An engine destined to become the new benchmark of supersport engines thanks to innovative technical solutions such as the use of a single shell mold casting resulting in the “closed deck” integration of the cylinders into the crankcase, the use of titanium both for the intake and exhaust valves  and the new MVICS system.  Another unique feature is the integrate oil and water system: the pump system (water and oil)  and passages are placed entirely inside the crankcase castings offering both performance and styling advantages to the most powerful Italian 3 cylinder ever produced.

ELECTRONICS

The most advanced electronic engine control system ever seen on a Supersport has been designed specifically for this extraordinary new three cylinder. A fuel injection system  that is extremely sophisticated using a two fuel injectors per cylinder coupled with a throttle body employing 50mm throttle valves, a new record for a Supersport! The F3 675 introduces for the first time the MVICS system that allows the engine to unleash a record level of power and control in every situation. The  rider can select one of the 4 available maps, or customize an additional map to obtain the power delivery desired. With the MVICS system it is possible to generate a perfect harmony between the power delivery and the traction control. As with every MV Agusta the Traction Control offers 8 levels of adjustment and is now accessible through the input on the left handlebar and the dashboard interface. This system is incredibly advanced and can be custom tailored by the rider with a series of optional MV Agusta Special Parts:

- Vehicle lean sensor capable of reading all of the vehicle inclination data. This interfaces with the
traction control and engine control algorithms effectively reading the wheel slip during all angles of lean
and then adjusting the throttle opening, spark advance and fuel delivery to ensure the optimal safety
and acceleration in all dynamic conditions
- Launch Control which permits the optimum performance during  starts and offering the maximum
acceleration possible
- Anti-wheeling which permits the optimization of the vehicle acceleration
- MV Agusta EAS (Electronically Assisted Shift) which allows incredibly rapid shifting without ever
having to close the throttle or employ the clutch.

CHASSIS

As always, those who ride MV Agusta’s have become accustomed to having the very best components and maximum performance from the chassis. The new F3 675 follows this tradition with a level of quality that exceeds most of the 1000cc superbikes on the market. As with all previous MV’s, the advanced frame design incorporates a mix of steel tubing and aluminum side plates that wrap around the ultra-compact engine offering a level of compactness never before seen on a supersport motorcycle. The compact engine dimensions left themaximum liberty to design the most advanced chassis on the market with an exceptionally long single sided swingarm that guarantees traction and feedback to the rider. All of this encapsulated in a 1,380 mm wheelbase with a 173 kg weight that has set a new record for the Supersport category. The components, as always, are of the highest quality. The Marzocchi 43mm front fork is completely adjustable as well as the Sachs piggy-backrear shock. The front brake system consists of a Nissin radial master cylinder, Brembo radial calipers and 320 mm discs  all coupled  to ultra-light aluminum wheels that allows the F3 675 to offer handling never before experienced on a Supersport motorcycle.

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Claudio Castiglioni dies at age 64

Claudio Castiglioni—president of MV Agusta died Wednesday (Aug 17th) at a clinic in Varese after a long battle with cancer.

It's a huge blow to the motorcycle community as he was a talented designer and entrepreneur. Over the years he's owned or been part owner in a series of high profile brands - MV Agusta, Ducati, Moto Morini, and Husqvarna

According to an MV Agusta Press Release:

Claudio Castiglioni has given us some of the most important motorcycles ever built, personifying performance,elegance and style: Cagiva Elefant and Mito, Ducati 916 and Monster as well as the MV Agusta F4 and Brutale.Finally, the President crafted the latest jewels in every detail, a testament to his insatiable passion formotorcycles: the MV Agusta F3 and Brutale 675.

For the past year, the President has left the guidance of MV Agusta to his son Giovanni, who has been by hisside during many of the battles that have formed the story of the manufacture in Varese. These challenges, dayafter day, constructed and invisible fabric that was so well woven by this truly unique person and businessman.Giovanni, with the same passion and tenacity as his father, from this day forth will continue to create what Claudio Castiglioni described as “the most beautiful motorcycles in the world

The funeral will take place Friday August 19th at 14:00 in the Church of the Brunella in via Crispi, Varese(Italy)


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MV Agusta F4 RR breaks 200 HP barrier

MV Augusta has released the new F4 RR supersport, and the bike has newly claimed horsepower bragging rights with a (claimed) class-leading 201 horsepower.


BMW’s S1000RR held the title for a while with 193 hp. The F4 RR achieves the magic number with a new short-stroke engine with a whole bunch of engine modifications that you probably don't really care all that much about.... 201 HP!

Claimed dry weight is 192 kg (423 lb), and the claimed top speed of the unrestricted model is just shy of 300 km/hr..

Canadian availability has not been announced, but in Europe they're set at 22,900 euro, which google tells me is approximately $31,400 CDN.

I'll take a white one please.  

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MV Agusta launches Canadian website

MV Agusta's Canadian website is up and functioning.  Check it out here: http://www.mvagustacanada.com/.

With prices currently listed that start at $16,995 for a Brutale 990 R and rise to $36,995 for a 2012 special edition F4 RR you'll have to have deep pockets to partake in these "limited production works of art."

There's no question they make some fantastic looking bikes. You'll be amongst a small group riding one in Canada if that's the sort of thing that interests you.

They've got some specs and details listed on several models with a "Reserve Now" option if you want to get yourself on the list for Christmas.

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MV Agusta Motorcycles available in Canada through Motovan

“We have finally succeeded in obtaining all of the necessary approvals from the Canadian authorities, therefore the motorcycles can be imported into Canada for the very first time in the history of MV Agusta," said Umberto Uccelli, sales director for MV Agusta. "After many inquiries from Canadian consumers, we are very proud to have reached an agreement with a reputable Canadian powersports organization such as Motovan.”

James Paladino, President and CEO of Motovan Corporation is an Italo-Candian who has always helped maintain Italy’s unique image.

“We are very happy to be associated with MV Agusta so that our passion lives on in our family," Paladino said. "To me, this is a tribute to my father (founder of Motovan) since he worked on MV Agusta motorcycles in the 1950’s from his shop in a little village in Italy."

In the very near future, Motovan will appoint a small number of high-level dealers in order to sell this prestigious brand. For the first year, the number of motorcycles will be extremely limited, therefore Motovan will be launching a website www.mvagustacanada.com that allows the serious buyer the possibility to reserve his or her motorcycle on-line.

MV Agusta Canada motorcycle will be managed seperately from other Motovan activities and a small number of dealers will be selected based on very strict MV Agusta guidelines. Futhermore, for model year 2011 motorcycles, MSRP's will be establised by MV Agusta Italy and will be closely in line with MV Agusta USA MSRP's.

In the coming days Motovan will be launching www.mvagustacanada.com which will provide information on MV Agusta motorcycle as well as a "Reserve your MV Agusta" section which allows serious buyers the option of reserving/pre-ordering their motorcycle online since motorcycles will be extremely limited in the next year.

Enthusiasts can also follow MV Agusta Canada on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MVAgustaCanada and also on Twitter at twitter.com/@MVAgusta_Canada.

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Design chief at MV Agusta to retire

Famed MV Augusta designer Massimo Tamburini will be retiring from his position of design chief at MV Agusta by the end of 2008. It's not clear who will take up the newly vacant job but it's hinted that the design team he leaves behind will continue his legacy and vision. Maybe they'll have a boss parachuted in from Harley Davidson now that they're a wholly owned subsidiary. Only time will tell.

Here's an MV Agusta press release for full details:

VARESE, ITALY, Dec. 3, 2008 - MV Agusta today announced that Design Chief Massimo Tamburini will retire from the company, effective Dec. 31, 2008. Tamburini has been with Cagiva since early 1985 and has headed up MV Agusta’s engineering and design center, Centro Ricerche Cagiva, in San Marino for over 13 years, where he and the staff designed what are widely regarded as world-class, premium, high-performance sport motorcycles, including the legendary F4.

“I have dedicated a significant part of my career in motorcycle design to Cagiva and MV Agusta and am immensely proud of the beautiful and thrilling motorcycles we have created,” said Tamburini. “While my decision to retire was extremely difficult to make, I am confident the highly-talented designers and engineers in San Marino will continue the tradition of excellence that is the hallmark of MV Agusta. I have been privileged to realize so many dreams during my years with Cagiva and MV Agusta and look forward to seeing more great things yet to come from the company,” Tamburini said.

Tamburini plans to pursue design interests outside the motorcycle field and to spend more time on his other outside interests.

“Massimo Tamburini is one of the legends of the motorcycle industry and leaves a great legacy at MV Agusta,” said Claudio Castiglioni, MV Agusta Chairman and Director of Motorcycle Research and Development. “The capabilities he built at MV Agusta’s design center are outstanding and his legacy and vision will now be carried forward by the team he assembled and mentored over many years. While we will miss his presence, we respect his decision to retire and wish him all the best for the future,” Castiglioni said.

MV Agusta is a wholly-owned subsidiary of U.S.-based Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE:HOG). MV Agusta produces premium, high-performance sport motorcycles sold under the MV Agusta® brand and lightweight sport motorcycles sold under the Cagiva® brand.

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It's official - Harley to buy MV Agusta

We brought you some rumors of this deal a while back, then there was some talk that it wasn't happening. Turns out the rumors were true because Harley Davidson announced today (Friday) that it had agreed to buy the Italian motorcycling company MV Agusta for some 70 million euros.

Harley hopes that the acquisition would allow it to expand in Europe, where Harley-Davidson sales last year climbed 15%.

MV Agusta, which also produces motorbikes under the Cagiva marque, is owned by the Castiglioni family and Claudio Castiglioni will remain as company chairman.

"We take enormous pride in MV Agusta and Cagiva motorcycles," said Castiglioni. "Our riders seek an uncompromising experience in premium performance motorcycles. And with Harley-Davidson's deep understanding of the emotional as well as the business side of motorcycling, I have great confidence that our motorcycles will excite customers for generations to come."

Harley Davidson will pay Castiglioni an additional contingent bonus if certain financial targets are met by 2016. The deal is expected to be finalized in the next few weeks.

Plans are to continue to operate MV Agusta Group from its headquarters in Varese, northern Italy, and that head designer Massimo Tamburini would also stay on.

This will add two lines of motorcycles: MV Agusta with their exotic and high performance F4-R and the 1078 Brutale RR, and Cagiva bringing a line of lightweight street bikes.

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MV Agusta denies Harley-Davidson buyout in works

The President of MV Agusta, Claudio Castiglioni, has said there is no truth in rumours that his firm is being bought out by Harley-Davidson.

Castiglioni told MCN that "there are no negotiations in progress with Harley-Davidson" following reports in Italian newspaper Il Messaggero that a buyout was imminent.

Rumors about potential financial partners, or new owners have been rampant lately and MV Agusta have been said to be in talks with Indian car makers Tata and Mahindra. Nothing has been confirmed so far though.

The largest stake in the firm is owned by investment firm GEVI SpA, while Castiglioni retains around 20 percent of the firm. Last year the firm sold the Husqvarna subsidiary to BMW, but MV Agusta is now believed to be actively looking for a major new investor to ensure its security in the future.

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Harley-Davidson in advanced talks to purchase MV Agusta


The daily Messaggero (an Italian newspaper) has reported, without citing any sources, that U.S. motorbike manufacturer Harley-Davidson is in advanced talks to buy Italy's MV Agusta.

Details according to Messaggero:

The deal would see Harley-Davidson (nyse: HOG - news - people ) buy out most of the debt of MV Agusta, currently at around 200 million euros -- 130 million euros held by banks and 70 million euros held by suppliers.

The operation would envisage a write off of part of the debt.

Harley-Davidson wants to write off about 35 percent of the debt but the banks and suppliers want that amount reduced to at least 30 percent.

Harley-Davidson could buy 80-85 percent of MV Agusta's capital, leaving businessman Claudio Castiglioni with 15-20 percent.

Castiglioni currently owns 29.6 percent of MV Agusta while 65.4 percent is owned by finance company Gevi.

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