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MV Agusta hints at Strato street tracker

MV Agusta Progetto Memento Strato street tracker Dragster RC - strato

This teaser video of an MV Agusta Progetto Memento Strato street tracker concept seems to show MV on a model offensive with four race replicas also unveiled in the past couple of weeks.

At the moment it’s being referred to as Progetto Memento which suggests it’s just a project or concept, rather than a production-ready model.

However, the video also refers to the trademarked name “Strato” which is Italian for layers and at the end it points to a strato-lab website which also features the video.

Strato sounds more like a production motorcycle name to us.

We checked that trademark name and found several references for sail boards, Heinz products, floor tiles and a measuring apparatus for use in locating three-dimensional positions of objects!

No reference to motorcycles or MV Agusta.

The teaser video tries to disguise the Strato (if that’s what it is to be called), but actually shows a fair bit.

It looks a little like Ducati’s Scrambler with its “bent” compact shape, MX-style rider stance and separate rear fender. That would make a lot of sense since Scrambler is now their Italian cousin’s most popular model.

However, the Strato is more of a street tracker thanks to the vulnerable bar-end mirrors and street rubber on Kineo wired wheels.

It’s certainly one stunning stripped-down street tracker. Features include an upswept Arrow exhaust pipe, Rizoma bar-end mirrors, wide MX-style bars, curvaceous solo seat, gorgeous skeletal frame, LED taillight and hallmark vertical “stadium” LED headlight with halo.

We also think we can make out four header pipes so it is likely a four-cylinder, rather than tree-cylinder model.

All will be revealed on November 8 at the EICMA Motorcycle show in Milan.

This comes as MV Agusta has unveiled its fourth race replica in little over a week.

The new gorgeous limited edition Dragster 800 RC joins the 2017 updated F3 and F4 RC models as well as the upcoming Turismo Veloce 800 RC.

MV Agusta Turismo Veloce RC race replica
MV Agusta Turismo Veloce RC

Business plans

It kind of does and doesn’t fit into the new business plans for the Italian brand which has battled liquidity problems this past year.

In financial recovery documents tabled in an Italian court this week, MV Agusta is alleged to be scaling back production, cutting the workforce and freezing its debts.

Rather than following fellow Europeans Ducati, BMW and Triumph on the path of adding more models in more niches, the documents are believed to indicate MV Agusta will concentrate on producing more of their most-profitable core models.

That seems at odds with the new Strato street tracker.

Anyway, the immediate future of MV Agusta will be much clearer next week when they display their 2017 models and street tracker concept at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan.

Dragster RC2017 MV Agusta Dragster RC - strato

Meanwhile, the Dragster 800 RC is highlighted by a big “37” which is the number of world titles the proud Italian manufacturer has won in its 71-year history.2017 MV Agusta Dragster RC - strato

RC stands for Reparto Corse which is Italian for racing department, so the Dragster RC has a livery similar to Leon Camier’s World SBK F4 race bike.

To match the racy livery, the three-cylinder 798cc engine is racier, too. Power is up from 92kW at 11,600rpm to 104kW at 13,100 revs and torque is boosted 4Nm to 85Nm.2017 MV Agusta Dragster RC - strato

The RC version also uses their MotoGP counter-rotating crank shaft to improve handling and gets all the electronic race tuning from the F4 RC.

Motor and Vehicle Integrated Control System allows the user to fine-tune power delivery, rev limiter, engine torque, throttle sensitivity, and engine braking.2017 MV Agusta Dragster RC - strato

Fully-adjustable traction control and Bosch 9 Plus with RLM ABS means you can also determine how much it wheelies, stoppies and wheel spins!

But wait, there’s more: up and down quick-shifter, fully-adjustable Marzzochi 43mm forks fully-adjustable Sachs shock and Brembo monoblock calipers with 320mm front rotors and 220mm at the rear.2017 MV Agusta Dragster RC - strato

Only 350 will be produced and price has not yet been announced. As an indication, the RC version adds $22,000 to the price of the F4 RR!

Orders are being taken now.

With all that delicious fruit, you’d better get your order in fast as they will go quick (pun intended).