New mini MV Agusta stalled

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MV Agusta’s much anticipated new mid-capacity supersport machine has been delayed due to the company’s imminent sale by Harley-Davidson.

The “95% finished” inline three-cylinder 800cc sports bike is, according to eye-witnesses, the most startling MV in recent years and can lap a track just a second off the current 1000cc F4.

An insider told MCN: “The bike started off as a 675cc but the capacity has now grown to somewhere between 750cc and 800cc. Prototypes have been testing on the road and the track.”

Now, however, development has slowed until new investment can be found. MCN was told: “This bike was due to go on sale at the end of 2010 or beginning of 2011 thanks to a lot of Harley-Davidson investment following the takeover of MV Agusta in 2008.

“Now development has slowed down because there is no more money to spend until a new buyer can be found.”

Pictures of the bike were grabbed by MCN at the end of last year but little was known until our investigation revealed some tantalising details.

Find out more in this week’s MCN

James Sharpe

By James Sharpe