Few machines are able to stir the soul like exotic Italian motorcycles, and MV Agusta have a long history of crafting the kinds of bikes that do just that.
With a rich racing heritage, it’s no surprise that MV should build some seriously capable sportsbikes, but arguably the main reason you would buy one is for the way it looks.
New MV Agustas and special editions can be eye-wateringly expensive, but there are some used models out there that you can buy without the need of a second mortgage. Here’s MCN’s pick of 5 ways to own an MV Agusta.
- Engine: 675cc, 108bhp, triple
- Year introduced: 2012
- This one: 2016, £5995, 3241 miles
The Brutale 675 marked a change of direction for MV and a decision to take the fight to the Japanese competition. At £8299 from new, this was an affordable middleweight naked.
Despite the price tag, the Brutale is brimming with electronic gadgetry including eight-stage traction control and four riding modes which are all switchable on the move.
Based on the F3, there’s no shortage of grunt and the Brutale isn’t far behind outright supersports of its day like the Honda CBR600RR or Yamaha R6 in power and torque.
Historically, you needed to be a seriously proficient rider to get the most from an MV on road or track, but the Brutale is a more accessible package and won’t punish less experienced riders.
- Engine: 798cc, 125bhp, triple
- Year introduced: 2014
- This one: 2015, £5999, 2033 miles
MV may be renowned for their sportsbikes and nakeds, but that’s not all they make. The Rivale is the Italian brand’s take on a road-going supermoto like the Ducati Hypermotard or KTM 790 Duke.
Using the 798cc engine from the Brutale mounted in a nimble steel trellis frame, the Rivale is great fun to throw around on the road but still has the glossy, MV finish you would expect.
- Engine: 798cc, 148bhp, triple
- Year introduced: 2013
- This one: 2016, £8999, 7323 miles
When the F3 800 was released, it became the entry level sportsbike in MV Agusta’s range. That’s right, a 148bhp, entry-level motorcycle.
Clearly a bike like the F3 800 is not for novices, but that said the mid-corner and braking stability is superb.
When MCN Chief Road Tester, Michael Neeves rode the F3 800 at its launch, he said, "There was never anything wrong with the F3 675’s solid handling and pin-sharp steering and the F3 800 is just as impressive. Think of it as a big ‘600’, not a small ‘1000’.
"The F3 800 is all about generating big corner speed, taking wide swooping lines through the corners and thrashing the bejesus out of the engine. It’s involving and easy to ride like a 600, with added speed and grunt, but won’t intimidate you like a 1000."
- Engine: 998cc, 155bhp, in-line four
- Year introduced: 2004
- This one: 2006, £10,995, 1491 miles
The MV Agusta F4 1000 has to be one of the most desirable motorbikes ever made. As MCN said back in 2004, "It blends a monster engine, God-given handling and heart-aching beauty. Only its high price, discomfort and lack of convincing reliability prevent it taking full marks."
- Engine: 798cc, 110bhp, triple
- Year introduced: 2015
- This one: 2016, £7995, 9400 miles
Plenty of bike manufacturers use the same engine in multiple platforms across their range and MV AGusta is no different. The 798cc triple they use in the Brutale, Rivale and F3 also resides in a roadgoing tourer, the Turismo Veloce.
Occupying a similar space to the Yamaha MT-09 Tracer or the Ducati Multistrada 950, the Tourismo Veloce is neither the cheapest nor the most practical bike in the segment, but it’s definitely the prettiest.
It’s also a great way for riders who enjoy a bit more comfort to own a piece of Italian exotica without being cramped into an awkward riding position.
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