Yves’ new red missile : first flying test. Warning: no Norton inside.

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Hello all, this post will be slightly controversial I am afraid… but as it is about Yves, rules are made to be bent sometimes.

So.

Three years after his dreadful accident on his ‘Big Spender’, the insurance finally agreed on a financial settlement that Yves was ok with. Yves being Yves, I knew something special was coming. But was I prepared for this? Hell, no.

Magni MV Italia.
150 wild horses, 150kgs (320lbs), the 800cc triple engine from the MV Brutale fed by downwards velocity stacks, 3 (porn-grade) curvy exhausts that would silence a pack of Bengal tigers in heat.

That thing is DROP DEAD GORGEOUS.

Yves brought it home a few days ago in a van from the German dealer he bought it from. As the bike currently too tall for him, he asked me to try it so he could see (and hear!!!) it running on the road.

I got to Yves’s place early this afternoon under a gorgeous sun and there it was, a thing so beautiful you must actually pinch yourself to check that you are not dreaming.

A bright red tubular frame, not unlike a 1975 Ducati 750ss, a Sophia Loren-esque petrol tank, proudly displaying 31 stars, each representing a World Championship title. It is quite a long bike and tall compared to our Seeley Mk2’s, but the position felt pretty good (for me, much less so for Yves who is about 5 ft 5.

As soon as you are in movement, the bike becomes ‘invisible’, just a raging Italian thoroughbred engine and your brain trying to understand why the road is so short. That thing stretches your arms big time when you open the throttle, even in the ‘normal’ riding mode that I used.
Fortunately the big Brembo brakes can really bite hard when required (spoiler alert: often), yet they are incredibly smooth and progressive in more ‘normal’ circumstances.

The Oram suspensions are precise yet surprisingly comfortable, certainly much more than on either of my Nortons.

Without pushing, you hit third gear (out of 6) at over 80Mph, and 125Mph completely effortlessly in 4th…

The acceleration is smooth but impressive at first, until 8-9000rpm, and then it becomes simply ridiculous. The Magni Italia has the power/weight ratio of a Moto2 bike, but is a million times more beautiful.

Yves has done it again, BIG TIME.
 

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Hello all, this post will be slightly controversial I am afraid… but as it is about Yves, rules are made to be bent sometimes.

So.

Three years after his dreadful accident on his ‘Big Spender’, the insurance finally agreed on a financial settlement that Yves was ok with. Yves being Yves, I knew something special was coming. But was I prepared for this? Hell, no.

Magni MV Italia.
150 wild horses, 150kgs (320lbs), the 800cc triple engine from the MV Brutale fed by downwards velocity stacks, 3 (porn-grade) curvy exhausts that would silence a pack of Bengal tigers in heat.

That thing is DROP DEAD GORGEOUS.

Yves brought it home a few days ago in a van from the German dealer he bought it from. As the bike currently too tall for him, he asked me to try it so he could see (and hear!!!) it running on the road.

I got to Yves’s place early this afternoon under a gorgeous sun and there it was, a thing so beautiful you must actually pinch yourself to check that you are not dreaming.

A bright red tubular frame, not unlike a 1975 Ducati 750ss, a Sophia Loren-esque petrol tank, proudly displaying 31 stars, each representing a World Championship title. It is quite a long bike and tall compared to our Seeley Mk2’s, but the position felt pretty good (for me, much less so for Yves who is about 5 ft 5.

As soon as you are in movement, the bike becomes ‘invisible’, just a raging Italian thoroughbred engine and your brain trying to understand why the road is so short. That thing stretches your arms big time when you open the throttle, even in the ‘normal’ riding mode that I used.
Fortunately the big Brembo brakes can really bite hard when required (spoiler alert: often), yet they are incredibly smooth and progressive in more ‘normal’ circumstances.

The Oram suspensions are precise yet surprisingly comfortable, certainly much more than on either of my Nortons.

Without pushing, you hit third gear (out of 6) at over 80Mph, and 125Mph completely effortlessly in 4th…

The acceleration is smooth but impressive at first, until 8-9000rpm, and then it becomes simply ridiculous. The Magni Italia has the power/weight ratio of a Moto2 bike, but is a million times more beautiful.

Yves has done it again, BIG TIME.
Did you give it back to Yves yet ? ;)
 

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I like red Italian bikes ! No experience with MV triple , it does sound like could be a hilarious ride …. Good on Yves !
 
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You are right on with Italian and red.... something about that combo does things to you on a subliminal level... Anyway I'd love to flog it until my back craters. Wouldn't take long in that position so wouldn't hurt the bike much at all until I spasmed out and fell off.
 

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I might consider trading mine...and my mate's... ;-)

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(Placeholder pics of red NZ Italians...until we have the real proof)
 

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Its a lovely bike but as we get older a more rideable bike would be better if I wanted to keep riding, one I can ride all day but still have the torque and power, my days of riding over 200kph are over, but Yves you are who you are and know things will be changed to suite your likes, have fun with it.
But of course the fun police might have a say in what you do on it on the roads.
 

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Hi there,
My first contacts with an MV Agusta took place at Spa Francochamp at the end of the sixties, with Agostini at the helm, it will forever remain an unforgettable memory.
My first contact with a road MV was the 600 four cylinder, this bike was so ugly it would have made a rat vomit.
But in 1971 MV released the 750 Sport, a magnificent motorcycle with which I fell in love, but after a test, it was a disappointment, the MV went slower than the CB 750 Honda and cost three times as much!
Several years later MV stops competing and Arturo Magni, the MV team leader creates his own company where he transforms the 750S into a more powerful motorcycle. Then he transforms Susuki and Guzzi.
Arturo died a few years ago at the age of ninety.
These two sons continue the company and sign a contract with MV for the supply of 800 Brutale engines as well as all the electronics and he consumes the Tributo, a replica of the 750 s of 1971. Then he creates the Filo Rosso, a replica of the racing MV with a full fairing.
Some time ago the two brothers created the Italia model, the sumum of beauty, with these three gooseneck exhausts, these spoke wheels and a tank and saddle which are the replica of the last racing MV piloted By Phil Read.
So I want this wonder, the problem is that with the Covid there is at least three months of waiting.
Miracle: a friend finds me a new Italia from an MV dealer in Germany, the only one available in the world.
I travel 380 kms to see it, it is even more beautiful than in the photo. I pay a deposit and after receiving insurance I go to look for it with a friend's van.
The MV is more massive than my Seeley Commando and with my broken hip it is impossible for me to put my feet on the footrests, well I'll change that like I did on the Seeley.
Of course, I am 71 years old and since my accident I am no longer in great physical condition, at 20 I was sprinting the 100 meters in 12 seconds and now in one hour and forty five minutes. Thanks to Bruno for the test, we are going to start this W.E. again with a video camera to put on access.
This afternoon I received a visit from Ludwig, what happiness!
Keep you posted
Yves
 
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