2012 MV Agusta F3 Review
I kid you not, when we started testing the 2012 MV Agusta F3 on the Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track in the south of France, it was -2 degrees Celsius and ice on the circuit had been isolated by using cones and the Mistral straight shortened by using chicanes.
Following is a recent interview of Giovanni Castiglioni before his father, Claudio Castiglioni, passed away on Aug. 17 due to an illness.
It’s a hot late May Day in Varese Italy, and I’m sitting in Giovanni Castiglioni’s office, MV Agusta CEO since the buy back from Harley-Davidson.
2010 RSV4 R Test
I can’t believe my own luck with the Aprilia RSV4s. Back in April of this year, I was in the only group that tested the Aprilia RSV4 Factory in the dry at Misano. Now, again at Estoril on the 2010 Aprilia RSV4 R, it seems I’ve been graced with a fairly exclusive dry ride.
2010 MV 990 R Review
MV Agusta launched the original Brutale 750cc in 2001. The base Brutale model has since grown to 910cc, to 989cc, and now to 998cc in the 2010 MV Agusta Brutale 990 R. The top of the line Brutale still features a 1078cc engine despite the 1090 RR name tag. The original Tamburini design stunned the world and only now has MV Agusta’s CRC design house done a relatively big change in the aesthetic department.
Hypermotard 796 Brawler
Only two years have passed since Ducati launched the original production Ducati Hypermotard. I tested the Hyper 1100 with Ruben Xaus sliding past me with thumbs up and knee down at the Mores circuit in Sardinia and loved it. Now, just two years later, Ducati is ready with the first addition to the Hypermotard family. The original Ducati Hypermotard is one of the most satisfying motorcycles in the world to ride hard, and the new Hypermotard 796 (803cc) version is no different.
Euro Model Review
The NTX is Moto Guzzi’s answer to BMW’s R 1200 GS Adventure, and it is well-equipped as standard. The large aluminum panniers enhance the Stelvio’s brute and menacing front view. The extra steering lights also emphasize the serious touring motives of the new Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX ABS.
Streetfighter S Test
"Get your ‘fighters ready. Five minutes to take off!" announced the loudspeakers ahead of each session followed by heavy metal music. How suitable, and exactly the way I’d like to wake up each morning! Ducati has taken the motorcycle term "streetfighter" to a new level.
Shiver Gran Turismo
Add a stylish half fairing, semi-rigid panniers and ABS brakes to the standard Aprilia Shiver 750 motorcycle and you’ve got the new GT edition. A small motorcycle, the Aprilia GT’s seat is comfortable, but the ergonomics are slightly on the sporty side, with a small half-fairing making it better prepared for long journeys than the naked Shiver–so far so good.