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.
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.