It’s not unusual for successful motorcycle racers to receive product homages such as chains or helmets. And limited-edition bikes that honor past icons are common, too. For example, Triumph recently released a Scrambler to honor Steve McQueen. The MV Agusta Superveloce Ago, though, is a celebration of a living racing legend: Giacomo Agostini.
Even compared to Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez, Giacomo Agostini is “the greatest of all time,” Cycle World says
Although he’s now retired, Valentino Rossi is one of the greatest MotoGP racers in recent memory. But even ‘The Doctor’ is arguably eclipsed by Giacomo Agostini, Cycle World claims. And while many people are fans of Rossi, Rossi is a fan of Agostini.
Born in Italy in 1942, Giacomo ‘Ago’ Agostini has been racing since before MotoGP even existed. A contemporary of Mike ‘the Bike’ Hailwood, Agostini raced in all manner of Grand Prix classes: two-stroke, four-stroke, 350cc, 500cc. And he earned victories basically wherever he went.
His 17-year-long career includes 10 Isle of Man TT wins, 15 World Championship titles, and 122 total Grand Prix wins. That record remains unmatched to this day. And it includes highlights like the 1968 season when he won every single 350cc and 500cc race. Incidentally, that was the first of five successive years where he was 350cc and 500cc World Champion. Such a history explains why he’s “widely regarded as the best rider of all time,” Cycle World reports.
But while he switched to Yamaha in 1974—winning the Daytona 200 that year—Giacomo Agostini is best known for his time with MV Agusta. He won 13 of his 15 World Championships riding on an MV Agusta back when the Italian company was at the forefront of motorcycle tech. And even though he’s 79 years old, Agostini still regularly rides bikes on racetracks dressed in full protective gear.
So, what better way to honor ‘Ago’ than with a special version of MV Agusta’s super sportbike, the Superveloce 800?
To celebrate Giacomo ‘Ago’ Agostini, MV Agusta has released a special-edition Superveloce
|Spec||2021 MV Agusta Superveloce Ago|
|Engine||798cc liquid-cooled three-cylinder|
|Power||147 hp (stock)|
151 hp (with Arrow exhaust)
|Transmission||Six-speed manual with slipper-assist clutch|
|Front suspension and travel||43mm fully-adjustable Ohlins inverted forks; 4.92”|
|Rear suspension and travel||Fully-adjustable Ohlins TTX mono-shock; 5.12”|
|Dry weight||364 lbs|
Although MV Agusta introduced the production version of the Superveloce 800 in 2020, it already got some updates earlier in 2021. And now, the current lineup—base, S, and Alpine—are getting a limited-edition addition in the form of the Ago.
The 2021 MV Agusta Superveloce Ago has the same engine as the rest of the lineup and the same electronic quickshifter. Plus, it has the same tech and hardware upgrades the other Superveloce 800s received this year. That includes the new Pirelli tires, ECU and engine internal upgrades, and 5.5” TFT display with Bluetooth and app connectivity, MCN reports. Plus, all MV Agusta Superveloce 800s now have launch control, cruise control, and wheelie control, as well as lean-sensitive ABS and traction control.
What better way to honor a racer than with a race-ready sportbike?
However, the Ago has a few extra features on top of that. For one, it has Ohlins suspension, rather than Marzocchi or Sachs units. And its forks and shock come with a matching Ohlins steering damper. Also, the Ago has forged-aluminum fork triple clamps and unique alloy wheels that recall vintage spoked racing wheels. Plus, not only does it make more power with that Arrow exhaust, but it’s a street-legal unit to boot. And its seat is covered in Alcantara.
However, there’s something that the MV Agusta Superveloce Ago lacks compared to the other trims: weight. That’s because its external fairing, swingarm protector, tail section, under-seat cover, chain guard, and mudguards are made from carbon fiber. As a result, it weighs 17 pounds less than the stock Superveloce 800.
Finally, there’s the optional race kit. Besides the Arrow exhaust, the MV Agusta Superveloce Ago’s race kit includes a carbon-fiber passenger-seat cover with an Alcantara pad, black leather tank strap, CNC fuel cap, aluminum heel guard (used when shifting), bike cover, and red handgrips.
Oh, but there’s one more thing. Each Superveloce Ago bears Giacomo Agostini’s signature.
How much is the limited-edition MV Agusta Superveloce Ago?
If you want one of these bikes, you’ll have to act fast. MV Agusta is only making 311 Superveloce Agos—one for each of Agostini’s victories. And the first 15 examples represent his 15 World Championships. So, in addition to the other features, each of the first 15 bikes has a carbon-fiber plate inscribed with a different World Championship year.
But these limited-edition super sportbikes don’t come cheap. A base 2021 MV Agusta Superveloce 800 starts at $21,500; the S costs $24,600. However, the Ago model starts at $33,500. Though given all that carbon fiber, plus the suspension upgrades, the upcharge is arguably worth it.
Hopefully, some of the lucky owners will do Giacomo Agostini proud and let these bikes sing on the track.
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