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  • Moto geeks- MV Agusta has released a movie:

    We toured the MV Agusta factory, located on the shores of Lake Varese in northern Italy, the day after taking delivery of my wife's new custom-ordered European Delivery BMW Track Pack car at the BMW factory in Munich Germany, having high-tailed it down through Liechtenstein, Austria, and over the San Bernardino Pass in Swiss Alps to get there in time.

    We also toured Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati, Pagani, and Ducati while in northern Italy, and subsequently toured Porsche in Stuttgart, but we were so moved by MV Agusta, that I ended up purchasing a new MV Agusta F3 800. I also ended up custom-ordering a new Porsche convertible, but that would be a subject for another thread.

    Anyway, here is the official trailer for "You See A Bike":


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    Here's the whole movie...in Italian- you gotta turn on the English subtitles:

     

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      Aprilia's still my preferred Italian brand, but I still have to stop and stare when I see an MV. They're pretty rare in my area, but I was just at a big MC gathering and saw a Brutale 800. Molto bene!

      Thanks for the link; I'll be giving it a watch.

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        Originally posted by orangebottle View Post
        Aprilia's still my preferred Italian brand, but I still have to stop and stare when I see an MV. They're pretty rare in my area, but I was just at a big MC gathering and saw a Brutale 800. Molto bene!

        Thanks for the link; I'll be giving it a watch.
        MV Agusta is so Italian, they make Ducati and Aprilia look like Honda and Kawasaki. On a good day, they can build up to about 40 motorcycles, all by hand:



         

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        • #5
          Here is what the MV Agusta factory looked like when we toured it. There is no traditional "assembly line", there is just a cart full of parts that one guy builds up into a motorcycle:

           

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          • #6
            I've never seen a motorcycle manufacturer make an ad as risque as MV Agusta has done.

            I'm not going to insert it or even hot link it here, as it could constitute some kind of violation of this web site's policies.

            If you want to see it, you can look it up on Youtube, searching " Brutale 800 RR I am the way I am ".

            I must warn you, that although it is not a porn video, it is definitely NSFW.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Aidokea View Post
              I've never seen a motorcycle manufacturer make an ad as risque as MV Agusta has done.

              I'm not going to insert it or even hot link it here, as it could constitute some kind of violation of this web site's policies.

              If you want to see it, you can look it up on Youtube, searching " Brutale 800 RR I am the way I am ".

              I must warn you, that although it is not a porn video, it is definitely NSFW.
              An Italian company run by Russians...who would have thought?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by orangebottle View Post

                An Italian company run by Russians...who would have thought?
                Well, there are two things at work there:

                First, in the year 2021, Business is international. American pickup manufacturer Ram is own by Italian company Fiat. All Toyota Tacoma and Tundra pickups are built in the U.S.. French car manufacturer Bugatti is owned by VW. VW also owns Italian manufacturers Ducati and Lamborghini. Aprilia uses Austrian Rotax engines and builds scooters in China. Harley-Davidson motorcycle are built with Japanese components. Swedish Husqvarna motorcycles are built by KTM in Austria. It goes on, and on, and on.

                Second, a number of Italian vehicle manufacturers, especially the tiny boutique ones that have that super-Italian attitude of not caring what anyone else thinks, are constantly on the brink of bankruptcy because of it. Their brands, their designs, their racing history, and their craftsmen have value, so they keep getting bailed out financially from companies all over the world.

                Ironically, this same thing that's saving these little Italian companies over and over, is what's killing Harley-Davidson. Harley-Davidson doesn't care what anyone else thinks either, but in Harley's case, it's because they're completely out of touch. They don't innovate, they just keep regurgitating the same impotent designs over and over and over. Harley-Davidson made the most successful racing motorcycle in history, the 295-pound XR750, but they chose to ignore their racing heritage and instead market 900-pound two-wheeled whoopie cushions to "lifestyle" brand lemmings that know nothing of motorcycling. Harley isn't a motorcycle company, it's a marketing company, selling Harley-branded T-shirts, license plate frames, toilet seats, and Villlage People costumes. And nobody is going to save them when they go under...

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                    Sorry for the confusion -- I was poking fun at the production theme of the ad, not the international ownership of the brand. The latter I came to accept as the new paradigm when BMW started building bikes in Thailand.

                    While I don't necessarily share your views on those that choose to ride American cruisers, I'm cautiously optimistic about the preliminary success HD seems to be having with their Pan America and Indian with the FTR line. Both represent significant shifts in philosophy that appear well-received. I'm hopeful they're both successful and competitive in today's markets. As a born-and-bred Cheesehead, I'd hate to see HD disappear, even though I don't particularly care for most of their offerings.

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                    • Aidokea
                      Aidokea commented
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                      No apology necessary.

                      Only time will tell if Harley can pull it off. I wish them the very best, but their trajectory should have changed 50 years ago, when the Honda CB750 was introduced. Reagan was wrong to rescue them, we should have let them die a natural death in the '80s. They have elevated bad business decisions into an art form- if it were not for overweight impotent dentists over-paying for overweight impotent motorcycles, they wouldn't have made it this far. But the world is running out of fat old guys that like to play dress-up.

                      I had high hopes for the Indian FTR. The prototype looked great. Street Trackers are cool. Heck, I almost bought a new Harley XR1200X to do a Cup-type conversion on, with longer Ohlins shocks, a 17" front wheel, and a Termignoni race exhaust. But Indian's designers must have gotten into some bad peyote before the FTR reached production. If I was in the market for an open-class naked sport twin, il mostro 1200 would be my choice.

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                    I had high hopes for the Indian FTR. The prototype looked great. Street Trackers are cool. Heck, I almost bought a new Harley XR1200X to do a Cup-type conversion on, with longer Ohlins shocks, a 17" front wheel, and a Termignoni race exhaust. But Indian's designers must have gotten into some bad peyote before the FTR reached production. If I was in the market for an open-class naked sport twin, il mostro 1200 would be my choice.
                    If you haven't yet, check out the 2021 FTR line-up. Less street tracker, more naked sport. And tire sizes that are actually available in the real world.

                    I also liked the looks of the HD Bronx prototype, though it seems like that's on a back-burner now. Hopefully they'll sell enough PAs to re-greenlight that model.

                    I've said in the past I'd never own a Harley until they made bikes I would actually want to ride (and, honestly, could afford). They're getting closer...

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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by orangebottle View Post

                      If you haven't yet, check out the 2021 FTR line-up. Less street tracker, more naked sport. And tire sizes that are actually available in the real world.
                      Wow!

                      Although I think you're actually talking about the 2022 FTR.

                      If they're going to abandon the street tracker concept and make the FTR more practical as a sport standard, then I think that the 17" front wheel and reduced rake and trail are great ideas.

                      But any slack that I was was willing to cut the FTR, was due to the coolness of it being a street tracker- within the context of it now being an open-class naked sport twin, I'm not willing to live with the 540 pound weight or only 120 horsepower, and the 60" wheelbase and 30" seat height are certainly less than ideal. If you look at il mostro 1200, it's got almost 150 horsepower, and the 1290 Super Duke R is something like 180 horsepower, and they're both lighter. It doesn't even compare well against the new Speed Trip 1200.

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                      • orangebottle
                        orangebottle commented
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                        Yep -- I thought '2022' but my fingers typed '2021'.

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