MV Agusta pays tribute to its greatest ever proponent in Giacomo Agostini with the MV Agusta Superveloce Ago.
The name Giacomo Agostini is held in the same revere as Jesus if you’re into MV Agusta. The Italian is a straight demi-god in Italy, the most successful Grand Prix rider of all time with 311 race wins and 15 world championships to his name, which is far more than anyone has accumulated since then. Ago won all his titles bar one on MV Agusta machinery, and he has a history with the marque producing special limited edition production bikes in his name (F3 Ago, F4 Ago, etc), and the latest of which is this gorgeous Superveloce Ago.
Limited to 311 editions to commemorate each one of Agostini’s Grand Prix successes, the Superveloce Ago takes the base Superveloce and turns it up to 11 with a stunning #1 livery hiding a host of technological advancements in everywhere from engine to suspension and electronics.
At the Ago’s heart sits the same 798 cc inline three-cylinder motor that pumps a claimed 147 hp. This number gets boosted to a tasty 151 hp when you fit the Racing Kit Arrow exhaust which, gloriously, comes as part of the $35,175 MSRP sticker.
A new clutch basket resides in the motor as do new valve guides and new crankshaft main and piston rod bearings to reduce internal friction and increase reliability, but the real action is in the fitment of the new Ohlins NIX30 fork and TTX shock that brings the Ago in line with the majority of high-priced naked bikes out there.
The Ohlins sets off a visual feast on the Ago, characterized by the stunning 3.5 inch front and 5.5 inch rear spoked wheels, crafted to look similar to the three-cylinder racers Ago used to decimate all before him in his racing days.
Carbon fiber flows through bodywork, with the front mudguard support, rear mudguard, swingarm protector, under seat cover, lower chain guard, side fairings and extractors tail cover all exquisitely made from the material.
The look is topped by the Alcantara seat, Ago-specific red grips and the classic number 1 emblazoned on the side of the machine. It really is a gorgeous piece of work.
And, as mentioned, there’s the Racing Kit that comes as part of the purchase price. In it, you’ll the Arrow exhaust ECU upgrade, a CNC fuel cap with your bike’s limited edition number, a black leather tank strap, passenger seat cover in Alcantara, those red handgrips, and a limited edition certificate of origin, just in case you need to show it off some more.
At $35,175 MSRP, this is certainly not an inexpensive motorcycle, but when you consider who it is in tribute to, the price is understandable. Besides, anything that looks this good will probably take pride of place in your living room with only the occasional (if ever) ride, so you really have bought yourself a piece of rolling artwork than just a motorcycle.