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THE world’s most famous motorcycle designer, Massimo Tamburini, is behind the new creations MV Agusta displayed at the Milan Show.

First up was yet another limited edition of its flagship superbike – the F4 1000 CC – after Claudio Castiglioni, the bike-mad boss of MV Agusta.

The F4 CC shares its basic design with the F4 1000, but little else. The redesigned engine gets a capacity hike to 1,078cc, with new crankcases, lighter pistons and titanium valves among the mods. It also gets the variable inlet tract of the F4 Tamburini, and punts out a massive 198bhp with the race exhaust system.

This makes it the world’s most powerful production bike – and at ВЈ67,450, the most expensive too! A fact that MV Augusta are only too happy to boast about.

Other details include a weight of just 187kg dry, state-of-the-art fully adjustable suspension, Brembo radial calipers, lightweight wheels and lashings of carbon fibre.

MV also introduced its Cagiva Mito 500, a lightweight sportsbike with a Husqvarna 510cc four-stroke engine wrapped in Cagiva’s Ducati 916-style chassis. This gorgeous bike makes 60bhp and promises razor-sharp handling. And it costs just ВЈ4,000!

Finally, MV Agusta unveiled its new Husqvarna STR 650 CRC. This stunning supermotard has minimalist looks, Brembo radial brakes, massive 50mm Marzocchi Corse upside-down forks, spoked wheels with billet hubs, underseat exhausts and a unique aluminium adjustable frame. This bike should cost around ВЈ6,000, but we won’t be seeing it in the dealers until 2008.

The afternoon at the show was devoted to the Piaggio Group. And in good old Italian style, it was chaos! Each new model from the Group’s stable of brands – Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Piaggio, Vespa, Gilera and Derbi – was unveiled one after the other, with journalists and photographers scurrying from one stand to the other like ants on a mission.

Lets begin with Aprilia – Aprilia has bridged the gap between the small RS125 and its big capacity RSV1000 superbikes and Tuono naked bikes. And it’s done this by using brand new engines built by Aprilia in its Noale factory.

First up came the 750 Shiver. This high-tech naked bike looks similar to Kawasaki’s Z750 – but it’s much more sophisticated. The Shiver gets a fuel-injected 90В° V-twin engine with four valves per cylinder, upside down forks, radial brakes with twin 320mm discs, an aluminium frame and ride-by-wire throttle!

Then came the Mana 850 with its 75bhp, 850cc 90В° V-twin engine. And this one gets an automatic gear change so you don’t have to spoil your best shoes swapping ratios. How very Italian!

Husqvarna STR 650 CRC
Husqvarna STR 650 CRC

You have a choice between the automatic drive that comes in three riding modes – sport, city or rain; and the seven-speed manual drive setting, operated by a system that lets you change gear, without using the clutch, either by pressing a button on the handlebar, or by the more conventional method of foot pedal.

The confusing choice is yours. Petrol is stored under the seat, with the fake tank opening up to reveal space for a full-face helmet. You’ll find the filler cap under the pillion seat.

Although we didn’t see the much-anticipated 2008 V4 World Superbike racer, Aprilia introduced its 60В° V4 race engine that’s as compact as a V-twin, with ride-by-wire throttle and removable cassette gearbox. The new, high-tech, Aprilia-built engine will be used to power its future race bikes.

Meanwhile, Moto Guzzi unveiled new models too, including a sporty addition to the Griso range – the Griso 8V. This Griso has a new, powerful, four-valve, 1,200cc engine that makes 110bhp, radial calipers that grip petal discs and revised, streamlined looks.

Then came Moto Guzzi’s brand new and sleek, entry-level cruiser, the 940 Custom. Moto Guzzi also announced the arrival of a cheaper version of last year’s Norge 1200 GT, the Norge 850, fitted with the Breva 850’s engine – although this baby Norge wasn’t on display at Milan.

Next week I’ll bring you all the latest new scooter models from Milan – including the world’s most powerful scooter. Ciao for now!

Author: Harriet Ridley

Husqvarna STR 650 CRC
Husqvarna STR 650 CRC
Husqvarna STR 650 CRC
Husqvarna STR 650 CRC
Husqvarna STR 650 CRC
Husqvarna STR 650 CRC
Husqvarna STR 650 CRC

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