First MV Agusta Superveloce 800 Serie Oros leave the factory as Italian firms begin restarting production

A side view of the MV Agusta Superveloce 800 Serie Oro
A side view of the MV Agusta Superveloce 800 Serie Oro

MV Agusta have taken to social media to display their first five Superveloce 800 Serie Oros, which have now been built following a period of ceased production as a result of Coronavirus.

The exotic motorcycle marque issued a temporary cease in production at their Italian plant in Schiranna, on Thursday, March 26, in compliance with government measures, however announced they would begin gradually returning to work in a statement released on Wednesday, April 22.

The document said: "Even before total lockdown was announced, MV Agusta’s management had already taken the necessary steps to gear up to a new safety culture, re-designing internal procedures and implementing measures to continue production and office work with maximum safety."

Following those words, a picture of the first five finished Superveloces appeared online with the caption: "The first five reasons to restart our production today. The very first five units of the Superveloce 800 Serie Oro."

This post comes following an upload on April 30, confirming that the Serie Oros had started to be assembled. A caption stated: "The Superveloce 800 Serie Oro has officially entered into production.

"We can't describe the emotions we feel when we see the first units start to take shape. It's a unique mix between feelings and technical knowledge in crafting the most beautiful bikes in the world."

First revealed at Eicma 2018, the Serie Oro, is a retro-inspired middleweight superbike, which uses a tweaked 798cc liquid-cooled three-cylinder engine taken from the F3 800, producing 151bhp at 13,250rpm and more meat in the middle of the rev range.

Ducati re-start production

Ducati begin production with limited staffing

It’s not just MV who are making a return, either. Ducati announced on Sunday, April 26 that production would gradually start again at their Borgo Panigale factory the following day, having temporarily suspended production in the Bologna plant on Friday, March 13.

Using only the minimum staff necessary to continue production and research and with a requirement to wear masks, Ducati’s CEO, Claudio Domenicali, said at the time: "We are ready to go, we have worked hard over the past few weeks to minimise any risk."

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"Despite this we will have to be extremely cautious and rigorous. The virus is still in circulation and we must therefore be careful to combat any possible form of transmission," he continued.

"The Chinese market is already booming, sales in Korea and Japan are doing well. In Germany, dealers have been open for a week and we already have a major shortage of product. I really believe that this restart can allow us to reduce at least in part the negative effects of the lockdown that we were forced to respect, unfortunately at the worst time."

MV Agusta warranty extensions

MV Agusta are offering a three-month warranty extension

As well as producing brand-new motorcycles again, MV has also announced a three-month warranty extension to all machines registered before April 30, 2020, currently being covered.

Completely free to the customer, the decision comes following the likely lack of use many MVs will have experienced during the virus crisis.

Speaking about the announcement, head of after sales services, Claudio Quintarelli, said: "It is important for MV Agusta to express its attention towards its owners community in some practical and tangible way.

"We want to make sure owners don’t lose out because of the crisis and are able to fully enjoy their bikes with complete peace of mind once the restrictions are lifted."

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Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

Senior Writer (motorcycling), sportsbike nut, currently riding a FireBlade