Written by J.C. Current, courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com
While most will not know his name, anyone who has owned a Ducati over the last 15 years owes Massimo Bordi a debt of gratitude. Bordi is responsible for the engines Ducati shoehorned into the 748, 851, 888 and the historic 916 – perhaps the most important motorcycle ever built by the Italian factory. He created the four-valve, water-cooled, Desmodromic engines which led to the fantastic machines which Ducati is currently selling all over the world. In fact, he can be said to be one of the company’s saviors, taking it from obscurity – and near dissolution – to the top of many motorcyclists’ lists of the best bikes produced anywhere today.
MV Agusta was recently handed over to Claudio and Giovanni Castiglioni, the father and son team who has beenrunning the company for nearly 20 years now, as Harley-Davidson divested themselves of the marque in August 2010. Fortunately, for MV Agusta, H-D did have a positive impact while in charge of things there. Sales are up over 50% since the new F4 and Brutale models started rolling into and out of dealerships worldwide. And, MV has developed a 675cc triple which will power a smaller version of the F4 and a new Brutale; and will be priced very reasonably.
With the addition of Bordi to the brand, the new and very successful models, and the fact that the company is finally on its own and Italian owned again, the future is looking up for MV Agusta. Expect great things!