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Is the ‘new’ MV Agusta RVS just a pimped up Dragster RR?

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We hope we’re wrong… But we don’t think we are.

People still say ‘pimped-up’ right? Okay, so maybe that’s just us but we couldn’t think of another way* to describe the what we’ve just uncovered.

Earlier this week, MV Agusta announced via the sexy, Italian tease medium of a YouTube video a new bike. Sort of.

In fact, what they showed was a lot of metal being worked and a new logo for their RVS (Special Vehicle Department) along with a silhouette of a bike that looked suspiciously like a Dragster RR on knobbly tyres.

But it couldn’t just be that, could it?

We’re starting to think that it is.

Back at EICMA 2015, MV Agusta were still in bed financially with Mercedes and to celebrate the partnership they produced a limited run of 244 Dragster RR LH 44 motorcycles.

These were basically a factory custom version of the Brutale 800 Dragster in fancy dress; featuring a slightly shortened subframe, wider rear tyre, new graphics, loads of anodized red bits, some carbon fibre and sexy paint. Oh and the same 800cc triple-cylinder-engine as the Brutale.

It was a decent – and quick – way of dressing up a bike in order to make it feel a little bit more desirable. Not a method of bike selling unique to MV Agusta of course, manufacturers do it all the time.

All of which got us thinking about that the RVS.

Now, we still believe that it’s going to herald the start of their factory customisation service, similar to that which Harley-Davidson do with their CVO line. This is an idea that makes a lot of sense, keeping in mind MV’s recent financial troubles but also their hallowed status within the motorcycle community.

So the first bike out of the RVS stable is going to be pretty special then, right?

Well, we hope so, but we’re afraid that the first bike to carry the RVS label is looking likely to be just another ‘Lewis Hamilton-esque’ special…

The Evidence

Firstly we used our eyes. Look at the screengrabs from the video released by MV and you can clearly see that this bike has an almost identical stance to the Brutale Dragster.

There are some obvious differences however.

Those tyres, naturally, are not what you’d expect on the standard road-going Brutale Dragster, and that light is quite a lot different from the fly-screen/mini-cowling found throughout the range of MV’s naked bikes.

And then there is that glint of rear light and that strange, orangey-yellow glow just underneath the seat unit and nestled within the frame…

Here, we’ve helpfully marked them out for you using what most teenagers would call ‘epic photoshoppery’.

Now, here’s the science bit.

If you squint a little and flip between the original Brutale Dragster RR and the silhouette from the screengrab, you’ll notice a few things…

That rear light set-up is almost identical to the original – only with different coloured lenses – and the front seems to have had nothing more done to it than the addition of a quick, café-racer style ‘drop of the bars’ and a circular headlamp.

But what about those strange, yellow flashes that seem to light up around the seat and frame area? These look like the most exciting pieces of the design don’t they?

We’re sorry to disappoint…

…because if you superimpose the original Dragster RR image onto that of the new ‘RVS’ screengrab, you can see that these are almost certainly nothing more than flashes of a gold frame.

Which leads us to conclude that the first ‘Special Vehicle’ to come out of the new MV Agusta project is probably going to be a Scrambler/Café-Racer, hybrid-style mash-up of a two year-old machine.

With some trick bits on it.

And probably a gold frame.

Now, this isn’t to say that it isn’t going to be a good-looking bike (just look at what GT-Moto and Alicia Elfving (the MotoLady) did with their recent build), or that we’re not going to look at it and decide that we immediately want one. We’re just saying that we’re preparing to be underwhelmed. Or at the very most, merely whelmed.

But then, didn’t MV Agusta themselves announce this with the words the birth of the Hyperbike‘? Why yes… Yes they did.

So who knows, maybe we’re wrong and this isn’t just a Dragster in a fancy golden dress. Lord knows we hope that we are…

We’ll find out soon.


*Just thought of another, totally should have gone with Dragster in ‘drag’. Damnit.

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Is the Manx Missile Cavendish about to trade cycling lycra for motorcycle racing leathers?

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Could the Manx Missile hang up his lycra and pedals for something a little more petrol propelled?

Mark Cavendish has been the fastest thing on two (pedal-powered) wheels for a while now, but in recent interviews, the Isle of Man native and good friend of Cal Crutchlow has expressed an interest in two-wheeled vehicles of a motorcycling kind.

Speaking in an interview with Esquire Magazine from when he was in Abu Dhabi for the Formula One last year, Cavendish shared his love of fast cars and bikes, telling the interviewer that he’d ‘always loved anything to do with motors, or machines… Vehicles really. Just love them’. Before being asked if he’d ever considered being an F1 driver?

‘Nah. I don’t think I’m good enough. Everybody thinks that it’s like driving a car down the promenade, it’s totally not the same. To be honest, I prefer motorbikes more; I would like to race them instead.’

Ok, so it’s not a huge admission or a massive surprise – it’s something we’ve all probably dreamed of and one time or another, but when pressed on the issue he does seem to have considered the possibilities more than just in passing.

When asked if motorcycling racing might actually be next for him he replied with an emphatic, ‘In all seriousness, I think so’.

Adding fuel to the fire have been comments from him earlier this month made during press conferences in support of the Dubai Tour.

When asked explicitly if he’d consider hanging up his cycling blocks for motorcycle leathers, he certainly didn’t dismiss the idea, ‘Anything is possible, you know… I will just look at my options for the short term and the long term and see what I do with my future’.

So that’s definitely not a no.

For cycling fans fearful that he might be closer than expected to making the jump, there’s probably not any immediate cause for panic. In the very same Esquire feature he also explicitly stated that he had a ‘fair few years‘ left in his professional career.

Could a cycling pro move over to motorcycles with any expectation of success? Multi-discipline racers aren’t unheard of. Rossi loves his car racing and Lewis Hamilton has always expressed an interest in a taking turn in MotoGP.

But that’s from a motor vehicle on short track racing onto another motor vehicle on a similar track. We’d imagine that the speeds and skills involved from pedal cycle to internal combustion engine are a little less transferable for any moral human.

But then Mark Cavendish isn’t your average human being and reports suggest that the times that he has spent on track have been pretty impressive.

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Indian electric Emflux claims 120mph, over 100 miles range for under £8,000

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Startup company put its first electric sportsbike concept on display, alongside some impressive claims.

The Emflux can hit 62 mph in 3 seconds and charges to over 80 percent in half an hour. Couple that with a range of around 115 miles and a top speed of 120 mph and you have an electric motorcycle to pique anyone’s interest. Throw in a claimed price of under £8000 and you get the room to take notice.

That’s what the Indian startup Emflux did this week at the 2018 Auto Expo in New Delhi.

The 25-strong company has completely developed the machinemachine i and the team have designed everything except for the brakes, suspension and tyres.

Featuring a steel-trellis frame and single-sided swingarm, the chassis of the machine certainly looks the part, and along with the 60kW motor and 9.7 kWh lithium-ion cell battery the entire package only weights 169 kgs.

Alongside the mechanics, the technology on-board features a built-in GPS system, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity – all alongside an NVIDIA Jetson TK1 core processor. That’s a mighty big brain to go alongside some mighty big claims from the startup firm.

The company say that they are planning to build 199 of the bikes for the local, Indian market, with another 300 for export.

Oh and if you want Ohlins suspension, forged alloy wheels and carbon-fibre bodywork, then the price will go up by another £10,000 or so.

With new companies coming out with interesting designs and ideas for new electrically powered motorcycles almost weekly now, surely it’s time for one of the major manufacturers to step in? Isn’t it?

Source: Emflux

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