How would you like a gold MV Agusta? No worries, says the premium motorcycle manufacturer on the shores of beautiful Lake Varese in north Italy.
For several years now MV Agusta hasn’t made any new models. Instead, they have made a lot of limited-edition motorcycles for rich customers.
In 2016, MV made a one-off F4Z for a Japanese businessman in a joint collaboration with car designer Zagato.
The latest one-off special is a Dragster 800 RC with a golden mirror finish.
It includes plenty of carbon fibre and an SC Project Reparto Corse exhaust.
There are no details on the all-money-and-no-taste buyer, but MV Agusta gave them a X-lite X-803 Ultra Carbon helmet with golden livery to match.
New MV bikes?
So when will MV Agusta get around to making some new models?
In May, they announced they will produce the Superveloce 800 which was unveiled in concept form at last year’s EICMA motorcycle show in Milan.
However, the solo-seat Superveloce is not a new platform. It is just another variant of the F3.
And it will be yet another limited-edition Serie Oro (gold series) with delivery of the first 300 units expected in March 2020.
Earlier this year the company launched their fourth limited-edition model in collaboration with five-time Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton.
It is the Brutale 800 RR LH44 and only 144 bikes will be made, each with Hamilton’s race number “44”.
They will cost $A38,880 ride away, which is about $14,00 more than the RR version and $10,000 more than the RR America.
We’ve lost count of the number of “limited-edition models” they have released in recent years as the company has struggled under financial constraints.
It sort of makes a mockery of the term “limited edition” when they produce so many.
Top of the range of limited-edition models was last year’s $A125,012 Claudio F4 which pays homage to former company president Claudio Castiglioni.
Meanwhile, MV Agusta have produced only a couple of new models since 2013 and suffered from a frustratingly slow supply chain. We know of one rider who waited six months for a sump plug!
Instead of fixing supply, updating their bikes or launching new models, MV continued to churn out limited-edition models with a lick of paint, some extra farkle and a hefty price tag.
Last year, the Italian company promised to fix those problems.
Since then they launched the “all-new” 2019 MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro.
The hyper-naked has a record top speed of 312km/h with 158kW (212hp) of power (probably with an optional track ECU kit).
It is now available for order in Australia at $68,880.