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.
Sympathy for the Devil
"Please allow me to introduce myself; I’m a man of wealth and taste," Mick Jagger sang in the Rolling Stones’ Sympathy For The Devil. Because the Diablo name was already taken by the likes of Pirelli, whose tires have been specially made for this very devil, Ducati resorted to its own Bolognese dialect for the word Diavel.
BMW F800R Review
Motorcycle enthusiasts in Europe tend to get some cool bikes that, for whatever reason, sometimes don’t find their way across the pond.
I saw a BMW last year in Germany that I thought would be a natural fit for the American market; the F 800 R. I was pleased to discover it’s been granted a hall pass Stateside for 2011.
The Aprilia Shiver hasn’t been quite the success the Italian manufacturer had hoped for, largely due to a bland color scheme according to the motorcycle’s importers. While Ducati is pushing Monsters like hot cakes, Aprilia haven’t had the same success with its Shiver, which was launched in 2007.
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.