MV Agusta 750 Sport

MV Agusta 750 Sport
MV Agusta is firmly ensconced in the motorcycling psyche as a maker of superbikes. But it wasn’t always so. The first road-legal, big-capacity motorcycle from Meccanica Verghera Agusta was this stunning 750 Sport. It was loaded with the top-notch componentry of the day, including Borrani rims, Ceriani suspension and Grimeca drum brakes. Four Dell’Orto carburetors fed the engine, and shaft drive transmitted a heady 65bhp to the back wheel. This particular machine was built in 1972, and it’s owned by Washington resident Peter Calles. “I bought the MV in 1993 from the second owner, who lives in Canada,” says Calles. “The first owner was a butcher from Chicago. I waited patiently for five years for him to sell me the MV. It’s all original, and it has the rare factory fairing. I keep the MV in my living room.” Yes, Peter keeps this bike inside his house, along with 30 other machines—mostly Ducatis. His wife left him in 1986, and the bikes moved in shortly afterwards: go figure.

Images courtesy of Phil Aynsley. Phil’s book Ducati: A Photographic Tribute, with a foreword by Troy Bayliss, is available from Amazon.

MV Agusta 750 Sport
MV Agusta 750 Sport
MV Agusta 750 Sport
MV Agusta 750 Sport

  • too bad, it looks like this bike is just a living room queen. isn’t it meant to be ridden???

  • micah

    I have three of my six bikes in my house, and they get ridden. I would think an all-original bike of this magnitude deserves a warm, cozy spot to reside just as much as any other work of stunning engineering or art would. To design a machine that both performs well AND looks beautiful is not an easy feat, why not preserve it? Bikes are only original once.

  • Tinman

    So lets see, 30 bikes for 1 wife, sounds like a very good trade!!

  • Barry Brown

    Beautiful piece. Probably best kept as an ornament. I have heard from racers that the shaft drive MV’s had atrocious handling hence the proliferation of chain drive conversions amongst the cognoscenti. Also that MV was aware of this and didn’t want privateers owning machines equal,\ in handling to the chain drive works bikes.

  • KIK

    nice weekend bike, i hope it gets ridden…

  • Mule

    As exclusive and rare and expensive as this bike was, I don’t ever remember reading a roadtest. Anybody ever actually ride one?

    I love the MV race bikes probably as much as life itself and the small bore roadbikes. But this particular model always seemed a bit bulky appearing.

  • SRFox

    I’ve seen two of these in real life. One was parked behind the bleachers at turn 5 at Summit Point Raceway. The owner had ridden it down from Philadelphia.

    And then one day in Rome, while leaving a back gate at the Vatican, we saw one just across the street parked in front of a dubious looking workshop. I’m not sure what impressed me more that day – the Sistine Chapel of the MV.

  • ted

    i remember seeing a video of one being ridden quite hard on the british roads/ also was the america version. think it was on mvagusta .net but not sure

  • Scott Brough

    I would love to ride this to Walmart wearing nothing but a blue speedo, red cape and a white lone-ranger mask. My white, chubby body would be a great accent to this bike. Everyone knows that the chicks would love it!

  • Harry Farquhar

    The factory racer that was the basis for this machine had a chain drive of course. It was said at the time the shaft on production bikes was to insure that no one could buy this bike and be able to compete with the factory.
    As if Mike Hailwood, Giacomo Agostini, Phil Read et al needed any help winning races.

  • Peter B

    I’m one of the fortunate few to have ridden a 750s, as I own one along with an 860 Magni, and a few other bits besides. The Magni has chain drive and a lot more power.
    On both bikes the gear-change is smooth and light, the motor willing and crisp, if not that powerful, (although much more so in the case of the 860) the chassis is well balanced and predictable. Every ride leaves me with a fat grin on my face. Isn’t that why we’re all here?
    Peter Calles bike looks magnificent, and is a credit to him and those that have cared for it before.

  • Pamberjack

    So cute! I can imagine a slightly chubby, Italian version of Evel Knievel riding it…

  • mingh

    looks better than new. Hope it’s used the way it’s intended.
    Love it even more without fairing as the engine is almost a sculpture.
    It looks so fast that with’just’ 65 bhp, i reckon it’s hard not to disappoint, as peterB seems to suggest. Peter, please send your magni pics to chris and let’s see that sweety

  • PeterB

    Thanks Mingh. I don’t really have any pictures of the Magni that would meet the standards expected on bikeexif. But maybe I’ll drop a note to Chris anyway. Cheers.
    PS – despite the Magni being objectively a more evolved and thus ‘better’ thank the 750s, the smaller bike has an extra special place in my heart. It just oozes class and has charisma in spades.

  • Bald Shaun

    Just Beautiful. I…WANT…TO…RIDE…IT. BAD.

  • Steve

    I’ve one and it gets ridden all the time. Nothing comes close to riding one of these old Agustas. They really do stop the traffic! Park up anywhere and you’ll soon draw a crowd. Even fuel stops become events! I’ve even had one guy abandon his car at a traffic light to run back and have a look. Ha!
    The shaft has very little effect on the bike’s handling, so long as you ride sensibly. Its one of the most neutral bikes I’ve ever ridden, and at legal speeds it would outhandle the Ducatis I’ve owned. It’s as precise as my RC30. At higher speeds on bumpy roads its 500lb weight works against it, but I can’t say I’ve ever felt mine ‘wallow’. Right-side gearchange (1 up & 4 down) is slick too. Its biggest weakness is in its drum front brakes. They need time to take effect, so you have to ride with that in mind. Best feature is the sound it makes. Like rolling thunder!