Interview: Massimo Tamburini MV Agusta Designer

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MV Agusta 1100 Grand Prix

The Man behind the MV Agusta F4 . and the Ducati 916

Massimo Tamburini I nterview by Adams

Translation by Jonathan l

As head of the Cagiva Research in Italy, Massimo Tamburiniнs have changed the aesthetics of forever. While in Italy for the MV recorded an exclusive with the most celebrated designer in the world. tell me about your before Cagiva and Ducati. You in Grand Prix, correct?

My life in the motorcycle industry with the Bimota

years, ran from 1973 to February or of 1983—eleven years.

Then one of R D for Team Gallina in 500 Grand with Franco

Uncini. that, I joined the Cagiva in ’85, February of ’85,

and by now you say I’ve become part of What models you have designed are you most of?

Tamburini. I don’t really to look back on the past. I wake up in the morning, yesterday is forgotten.

One particular memory does stay with me the Bimota period was when we the KB2 with the Kawasaki 500 motor, that bike represented has always been my philosophy. A bike.

I remember a meeting in Japan Suzuki, when an engineer me what I thought would be the of the future. I remember very my answer: a 750 with the power of a and the weight of a 500. This was my then, back in ’83 I 25 or so years ago, and today I hold to this view.

For a bike, this hold as well. In my opinion a bike 120 horsepower at the rear wheel is than enough for the street. really important is to minimize Have you ever in design outside of the motorcycle

Tamburini. No. I was born with great passion.

I remember I was a little boy, my mother complained about the obsession was in my blood with bikes, continued and grew with I have no intention [of designing of the bike field], even I like mechanical things in I’ve always liked speed aircraft, but now at my age I feel fulfilled and am happy to stay bikes.

I think I can still to this sector and to the Cagiva which by now is my family. Is the of your life ruled by as well? Do you have a magnificent or furniture that youнre proud of?

Tamburini. Yes. My latest big was to supervise the work on my house. built a small villa in San and it was a big job.

It has all different shapes and and I drove everyone crazy. You say that in whatever I do, I am very I don’t mind working and Sunday if I have a particular to achieve. Only Christ stop me from reaching objective. I have a determination which doesn’t allow me to something which is less what it might be.

No, if I have a objective and am sure I can achieve it, I fight until it comes to You designed the Ducati Were there unrealized attributes in the 916 that you used with the MV? Were these of the things you looked at in the 916 but could not be in a twin?

Tamburini. Yes. The 916 was our project for Ducati, a project important for us at CRC, where our was made up of youngsters who went to so to speak, with the project.

we were working on the evolution of the 916 at Then with the separation of we brought all of this learning and as well as some new concepts, to the F4. If had been no separation, we would certainly have seen an of the 916 instead of this. Many people that the newer Ducati post the 916, are not real because they mimic the motorcycles too much. What do you of this?

Tamburini. If we are talking the new 900SS, for example, one of the latest or the ST2, I never supported the ST2 because in my opinion it was an attempt to a Japanese product and concept. A concept made by Italians surely come out bad.

The will do a better job.

the 900SS, itнs somewhat for me to give an opinion. First the designer of that bike was one of my Pierre Terblanche, although he had the when he came to us, didn’t how to design bikes.

He was with us years and I believe he is a person of talent. He has a problem, though; he understand the mechanical side.

the designer doesn’t have a understanding of the mechanical side of he can never design a good Only an engineer can create a product in the first instance, and be assisted by a good designer.

MV Agusta 1100 Grand Prix Of which aspect the new MV Agusta are you most proud?

This was a project which in respects was easy, and in other extremely difficult. Easy dealing with a marque so and historic, and without having any models or inventory, enabled us to all of the compromises related to mass-produced such as utilizing existing etc. We

designed and built from scratch, which was gratifying. Difficult because, we did the 916, the input and design that we received from was to create a highly distinctive from front and rear, one had to have its own distinctive personality. Our on the design, front and rear, the

underseat exhausts, gave it personality. One which an observer know, even from was a 916 and not a Japanese bike. Even a would know what of bike it was.

All of these new which we brought to the 916 made more difficult for us with the F4 our design brief from was again to make the bike not only from the Japanese but also from Ducati.

the frontal aspect of the bike, the were the subject of intensive and tests. In the end, I can say I’m satisfied. Growing up in Italy, you have many memories of the MV being raced by Agostini and What are your favorite

Tamburini. I remember the first I saw an MV in a world championship race was at Monza. I was in the stands at the second curve and it was 1961.

It was the year of debut, not on the MV but on the Morini 250. was waiting for Provini—who was then on an come by at Lesmo, and we were all Provini, Provini, Provini.

there was this young kid Agostini on the Morini and he led for the first with Redman second and third. After two laps retired with an exhaust and later went on to become the champion that we all know. But struck me was the sound of that MV.

my memory is from ’61 that wonderful 4-… with open pipes was really great music.

Many feel that the MV Agusta, is the bike of the century, are your feelings on that?

It’s not for me to make a statement of kind, although we did try to achieve It was one of our objectives to establish a new point of for sport bikes of this Form or function, is more important?

Tamburini. The two be separated. A well-designed piece is nice to look at must surely be functional. The two things can and exist together. made at least two ground-breaking now, the Ducati 916 and the MV Agusta. How of these remarkable machines do you inside of you? How many can we expect?

Tamburini. Any time I finish a project, I ask myself—how can I top However, every day, month, after a year, teaches new things, new experiences.

there’s always something new exceeds what was done This is part of life.

MV Agusta 1100 Grand Prix
MV Agusta 1100 Grand Prix
MV Agusta 1100 Grand Prix


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