If you live in California and were planning on buying a new MV Agusta, we're afraid we've got some bad news for you. The Italian manufacturer has lost its license to sell its motorcycles in the Golden State.

This according to a list published by the California DMV obtained by motorbike news site Asphalt & Rubber. The list mentions MV Agusta USA as one of the companies no longer licensed to operate in America's third largest and most populous state. As a result, the company is precluded from selling its latest machinery in the state. Although the status of unsold motorbikes from previous model years remains unclear, it does not appear to preclude dealerships in California from selling used models.

The license reportedly lapsed at the end of last July, and though the company is reportedly working on rectifying the situation, it may take several months to be resolved. In the meantime MV Agusta may take a serious hit in sales without doing business in one of its largest markets.


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      lasertekk
      • 7 Months Ago
      They let their business license lapse? Bad management.
        brandon
        • 7 Months Ago
        @lasertekk
        Not necessarily. Knowing the BS that is Cali it wouldn't surprise me if they forgot to dot one i somewhere and now the idiotic government is just showing their "supremacy"
      RJC
      • 7 Months Ago
      The license reportedly lapsed at the end of last July, and though the company is reportedly working on rectifying the situation. Someone messed up.
      no1bondfan
      • 7 Months Ago
      What a ridiculously beautiful machine. I wish every product was designed with such care and attention to detail. This gets 10 points on the Monica Bellucci scale of perfection.
      JRDesign
      • 7 Months Ago
      A guy at work rides a Brutale 800 to work and every time I walk by I stop and look at it -- what a beautiful machine. Since then I always want to own a MV in the end reality (maintenance, aftermarket, resources, erc) sets in I bought a ducati monster.
        SloopJohnB
        • 7 Months Ago
        @JRDesign
        LOL…maintenance on a desmodromic valvetrain….
      eye.surgeon
      • 7 Months Ago
      This no doubt is a California issue. I've lived here long enough to know that doing business here is a logistical nightmare. Ask yourself why they even NEED a "licence" to sell in California. Last I checked it was the Feds/DOT that regulated what vehicles could be sold here and as long as they meet emissions why do we need an army of state bureaucrats duplicating the Federal oversight of manufacturers? What next, counties regulating them? Cities?
        Tiberius1701
        • 7 Months Ago
        @eye.surgeon
        They don't call it "The People's Republic of Mexifornia" for nothing, you know!
        rcavaretti
        • 7 Months Ago
        @eye.surgeon
        Can you read? They (MV Agusta) allowed THEIR business license to lapse...as in, they forgot to renew it. This has nothing to do with the DOT, emissions, the FEDs. Nothing, nothing at all.
          graphikzking
          • 7 Months Ago
          @rcavaretti
          The weird thing is they must need MULTIPLE licenses since it states they can sell used bikes, parts and other equipment? If that is so, that a company requires multiple licenses to operate then I could see it being confusing, especially if every state is different.
          Jarda
          • 7 Months Ago
          @rcavaretti
          Can you read? And more importantly, can you THINK? What fkin sense it makes to allow someone to sell his product??? Free society? Hardly.
          RJC
          • 7 Months Ago
          @rcavaretti
          Your issues aside, let's not go off topic. This AB story on Agusta clearly states someone in a position of management forgot to renew a business license of some kind. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot.
        Christopher Chen
        • 7 Months Ago
        @eye.surgeon
        it's not just california that requires a business license...somebody is corporate simply forgot, was unable to, or didn't want to, pay the fee. if they didn't pay in new jersey, the same thing would happen
          MikeInNC
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Christopher Chen
          @lasertekk...so you only care about an intrusive government if they aren't from your chosen political 'team'? Right now you're about to comment "but the article said...blah blah" however, the article also didn't bring up political affiliation, you did. It's not a secret that Cali is not business friendly. Your opinion of that is not based in reality. Take a look at all the businesses leaving California. This isn't political, it's just factual. Do your research and then ignore it if it doesn't fit your narrative. Carry on.
          BodyBlue
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Christopher Chen
          More likely somebody forgot to pay the bribe required to expedite the license. The liberal idiots downvoting some of these posts dont have a clue what hardships small, and large business' work under in CA.
          lasertekk
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Christopher Chen
          Are you a Teabagger or what?
          Christopher Chen
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Christopher Chen
          i have ran 3 businesses in CA. never had a problem with the CA rules - simply follow them and you have no issues. i've only had problems with city rules: where a business can or can not operate, etc.
      ken
      • 7 Months Ago
      Who hire all of those idiotic nannies in the regulatory and policy making bodies in California?
        BodyBlue
        • 7 Months Ago
        @ken
        The state agencies are filled with drones that cannot be fired (state emp unions) and headed by corrupt officials appointed by corrupt Democratic elected officials that line their pockets with the money from the State Emp unions.......There is not ONE elected official in state government that is a Republican......CA has become a liberal Democratic paradise......that is a shitehole billions in debt. I have lived all my life here and its such a shame.
      BodyBlue
      • 7 Months Ago
      "though the company is reportedly working on rectifying the situation" Translation: We need to grease a few pockets in the cesspool of corruption also known as The State Capitol. CA is the most corrupt and business hating state in the Union.
      Avinash Machado
      • 7 Months Ago
      Hope it will be sorted out soon.
      Orin
      • 7 Months Ago
      Yet another example of why there isn't going to be a U.S. motorcycle industry by the year 2050. Maintaining one's ability to do business is, uh, rather important, and something someone should have been on top of...
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