Few motorcycle marques have combined racing success with showroom sex-appeal quite like MV Agusta. With 37 Grand Prix World Championship titles, the Italian brand have enjoyed the most on-track success of any European manufacturer and helped contribute to the tally of the sport’s most-decorated rider, Giacomo Agostini.
Since the late 1960s, the MV monogram has become a byword for exotica, having graced the tanks of jaw-droppingly beautiful bikes including the 750 SS, F4 750 and F3 800 Serie Oro. Yet the firm’s history goes back a little further than that and owes its success to the creativity of its founding fathers as well as two other passionate biking families along the way.
Take a moment to stop and look at that familiar logo, unchanged since the motorcycle company was incorporated 75 years ago in February 1945. Inside the cog and submerged beneath the lettering you may not have noticed the pair of outstretched wings in honour of the aeronautics company from which all that two-wheeled beauty and racing success would later come.