MV Agusta California Dealer NewsAhead of peak riding season when sales are on the up, MV Agusta USA had received some bad news – it is not allowed to sell new motorcycles in California.
The reason? The California Department of Motor Vehicles says the Varese-based motorcycle manufacturer is “no longer licensed to conduct business in California.” In the official Occupational Licensing Industry News report, MV Agusta’s license expired July 31, 2013.Due to this, MV Agusta dealers in California can no longer “sell or register 2014 year models.” MV Agusta is able to continue to selling and servicing used models. MV Agusta was one of nine companies that had expired licenses, including American Lifan, a Chinese motorcycle/scooter brand.Although nothing is official, it appears MV Agusta USA let the license lapse. This could have been an oversight, but of course, it’s a huge oversight that will likely have an affect on overall MV Agusta sales in the USA.The sour news arrives after MV Agusta reported that Q1 sales were up 20-percent over the same period of 2013. Much attribution went to the release of new models – the Rivale 800 and the Brutale 800 Dragster.MV Agusta USA could not be reached for comment, but work is currently underway to rectify the situation. Problem is, these things can take months due to the time needed to complete all necessary paperwork.Stay clicked to Ultimate MotorCycling for updates.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
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In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the much anticipated Yamaha MT-10 SP. That’s the model with the Ohlins semi-active suspension. It’s only been available in Europe for the last couple of years, but finally the good news is, that it’s coming to America. The big question is, whether the extra 3k you’re going to have to pony up for the Ohlins is actually worth it, or perhaps there’s just not that much improvement over the stock KYB suspension that has suited the Yamaha MT-10 so well until now?
In the second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with Val Collins. Val grew up on motorcycles and learned to love speed, however her real love is Formula 1 tunnel-boat racing. These are the guys and gals that are strapped into a tiny cockpit and then hurtle down the straights at 120 mile per hour and pull 5G in the corners. We attended the recent season finale in Lake Havasu and watched our friend Mike Quindazzi try to take the win. Val chats with Teejay about her love for two-wheels and tunnel-boats. Yeah, it’s crazy stuff.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode and have a great Thanksgiving Holiday!