The Making of Magni Motorcycles

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The Making of Magni Motorcycles

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by Richard Backus

Arturo Magni in his shop in the preparing a Magni Moto

Ask your average motorcyclist Magni motorcycles, and you’re to get a blank stare in response. In if you’ve come across a a marque connected with and ultra-rare MV Agustas, BMWs and Guzzis, you’re part of a small crowd, at least in the Given that the machines have rolled out of Arturo shop, Elaborazioni Preparazioni in Samarate, Italy, are rarely on this side of the world, that’s no surprise.

Yet Arturo Magni’s association high-performance motorcycles, and particularly the fabled MV Agusta name, deep, making his relative something of a puzzler. Operating a modest two-story building in Italy, just a few miles of Milan, Arturo and son Giovanni hand built, race-quality for a privileged few — and have been so for the past 30 years.

Born in 1925, Arturo connection to MV goes back to when he was hired by MV founder Domenico Agusta to be chief for MV’s struggling race At MV, Arturo eventually assumed responsibility for the company’s race overseeing technical developments and with company engineers to MV a dominant force on the track. It was who helped turn MV’s race bikes into championship machines, first in the of rider John Surtees in and then again in 1958 — and for the 17 years, until MV finally out to the financial and technical prowess of the

MV Agusta pulled out of racing in its passion for competition … the Count’s … in 1971, and two later the company quit production all together. Yet while had been Count Agusta’s motorcycling interest, his company a surprisingly broad range of for the street, most memorably the 750S and 750 America of the early and

Arturo started his shop MV shuttered its race program in at first producing his own custom-framed MV customer bikes and, engines left over the end of MV production. Hallmarks of a Magni MV a larger, 861cc capacity MV race-style frame, a Magni dry and a Magni chain-drive conversion. 750S and America models all shaft drive — fitted, the goes, to keep private from being competitive MV’s chain-driven racers.

As the supply of available MVs dried up, transitioned to Honda, BMW and then Guzzi engines to power his In 1999, he introduced the Sport S, which combines the classic of a 750S with a modern 1,156cc engine. All told, Magni and crew have well over 2,000 motorcycles.

And if you happen to have an MV four-cylinder engine sitting he’ll still sell you you need to make your own 861. Here’s a video demonstrating the sound a Magni MV Agusta can

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