Thursday, February 24, 2011

Harley-Davidson from italia

MV Agusta Perfezionata: Tamburini Corse T1 ’perfects what already seems perfect’

Massimo Tamburini may have retired from his post as the head of Centro Ricerche Cagiva (CRC, a subsidiary of Italian motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta) in December of 2008, but that hasn’t stopped brand-new and exquisitely designed machines bearing his family name from rolling down the streets of Italy. One of the best of these customs may be the Tamburini Corse T1, which is the company’s take on the naked MV Agusta Brutale.

Massimo’s son Andrea is heading up the T1 effort, and Tamburini Corse offers restyling kits and hop-up parts for the the Brutale and F4 from MV Agusta as well as the Ducati 1198 superbike and naked Monster. We don’t know yet what all goes into transforming a standard Brutale into a T1 or how much it costs to do so, but we see plenty of lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum bits hanging off the bike’s stock chassis.

Going Once, Going Twice: Do we hear any bids for MV Agusta?

You can’t breathe a word about Harley-Davidson these days without being swirled into the rumormill. Even the financial analysts have chimed in to speculate about a possible buyout. The official news traveled fast regarding the corking of the Buell bottle, but that still leaves the better-looking Italian cousin. What will become of MV Agusta?

Word on the street indicates that Harley may be in talks with a few different – and equally interesting, we might add – buyers, the first of which is Paul Berlusconi, brother of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. For a brand that couldn’t be more quintessentially Italian, an MVBerlusconi marriage seems rather appropriate, or adatto as they may say it in Italy.


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