MV Agusta ESA Offered on F3 675, Brutale 675Electronic-shifting aids are nothing new in the world of high-performance motorcycles, especially on superbikes of Italian descent (think of the Aprilia RSV4 and Ducati 1199).
But now, the Italian MV Agusta will offer electronic-shifting aids on two of its three-cylinder models that have become very popular in the mid-weight category – the F3 675 and the Brutale 675. Both 679 triples will be offered in the standard-shifting version, and with Electronically Assisted Shift (EAS).MV Agusta says: “This system increases the already incredible performance of the F3 675 and contributes to the overall superb dynamics of the Brutale 675 allowing the rider to change gears extremely quickly without closing the gas or using the clutch.”EAS will now be added to the already-advanced technology offered on the F3 675 and Brutale 675, such as counter-rotating crankshaft, as used in MotoGP; evolved electronic controls with the MVICS (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System); full ride by wire throttle control and integrated traction control.MVA says the F3 675 is currently offered in standard-shifting version for $15,979, and at the end of March 2012 with EAS for $16,512.The Brutale 675 goes into production in June 2012, and will be available in the standard-shifting version for $11,980 and with EAS for $12,514.The EAS system is also available as an optional accessory directly from MV Agusta Special Parts.
Our first segment introduces you to the new Arch 1s. This latest, slightly more sporting American V-twin, adds to the original KRGT1 coming from the boutique manufacturer based in Hawthorne, Southern California. Senior Editor Nic de Sena rode through Malibu with Gard Hollinger, who co-founded Arch Motorcycle with his friend, Keanu Reeves. The 1s is a unique ride for sure, and Nic explains what makes the bike really stand out.
For the entertaining story behind Arch Motorcycle from Gard Hollinger himself, you must listen to his podcast episode on Motos & Friends HERE
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In our second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with multiple Emmy award-winning writer, Producer, Director, and actor, Thom Beers. the former Chairman & CEO of Fremantle Media North America, responsible for American Idol and America’s Got Talent.
Thom’s fertile imagination led to most of the really big reality TV shows such as ‘Deadliest Catch’ (now in its 17th season!), and many others. Of course for us in the motorcycle world, you’ll be interested to hear the genesis and story of how he started the first real fabrication reality show ‘Monster Garage’, that showcased Jesse James, and then how that led to ‘Biker Build Off’ and the ‘Zombie Choppers’ movie.
You’d imagine that most of Thom’s time is spent sitting behind a desk and on his phone. Not so. His intense stories of capturing much of the content for these shows make for some hair-raising listening.