• Jun 3rd 2010 at 4:01PM
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This news will likely come as little surprise to anyone that's been paying attention to Italian motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta over the last several years, but we recently got the chance to speak with Larry Ferracci, Director of Operations, MV Agusta USA, and he went ahead and confirmed what we've all long suspected, saying, "A smaller displacement bike is definitely in the plans for MV Agusta in the near-term future."
We recently got to spend some quality seat time aboard a brand new 2010 MV Agusta Brutale 990R (expect a full review soon), and the experience left us hopeful that some of that same magic can be applied to a somewhat smaller and slightly less expensive middleweight triple platform. Judging from the latest sets of spy photos rolling out of Italy of what appears to be just such a prototype, our wishes may soon be granted.

Conversely, the unsteady ground on which the storied Italian brand currently finds itself may not bode well for the middleweight's near-term release. Cross your fingers.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder where they're getting the money to do this? HD has been pretending that they don't even exist, to the point in which they don't report MV as an ongoing concern in any of their financials. Is the Italian government funding their operations?

      Ironic that this comes out the same day that HD is announcing a smaller, lighter, less expensive bike.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They already make a sub 700cc brutale. How small are we talking?

      Anyway, this is great news. MVA has some amazing bikes, and it's a shame that there are some great small displacement bikes we don't get in the US.

      The CBR, GSX-R, and YZF are all available in 125cc displacements elsewhere. Derby and Megelli have some nice 125 cc offerings too.

      Cleveland Cycle Werks has some nice 250cc bikes and attractive future models in the pipeline.

      Anyway, can't wait to see it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Like i said, they already have a sub 700cc brutale. I'm sure they mean a full fairing bike, but moving a motor from one chassis to another doesn't really warrant a "model in the works announcement".

        A new motor wouldn't have to be developed, and if they but it in the F4 frame, a new model wouldn't either. Not that they would do that, if anything, they'd just add a fairing to the smaller brutale. "In the works" would be overstatement IMO for adding a fairing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        it's a 3 cylinder middle weight to take on the 600's of the japanese... and the Daytona 675
      • 5 Years Ago
      YES! I can't wait for this bike, it's gonna be a good one!
      • 5 Years Ago
      there've been spy photos of their 3-cylinder middle weight flying around for awhile now, i'd say it's a must for MV to be taken seriously since they don't seem to be interested in seriously contending the F4 in WSBK. maybe they could afford to race world supersport instead? regardless, triumph brought some much-needed diversity to the middle weight class with the 675 and it's cool that MV will keep that trend going. is a cross-plane R6 next? hopefully.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the MVs, though the 990 would be more my size. Too bad HD cannot weather the storm crippling the industry with MV still attached. They will (at some point) need a sport bike lineup.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Man, I would dearly LOVE to see something in the 350-500cc range. Their bikes are art you can ride. What's not to like?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wish MV Agusta would lower the prices of their bikes. That way, I could enjoy the engineering and design marvels that they are, and MV would actually start making money.
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