The World’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle Gets A Special Edition In 2023
In this final installment of our favorite reveals at this year’s EICMA, even though MV Agusta chose a separate venue to unveil this model, we were so struck by it we knew we had to take a closer look, and share our thoughts. -Ed.
It’s no secret that we here at Road Dirt have a great affection for the MV Agusta Superveloce sport bike. Ever since the Italian brand put one in our hands for a week last year, we have absolutely loved this motorcycle. Many have stated it is the most beautiful motorbike on the planet, maybe even in many years. From our week with one, the Superveloce lived up to the hype with performance to match. MV has produced it in multiple liveries since, all fantastic sellers for the brand, and even built a commemorative edition in honor of Giacomo Agostini, which we showcased as well. They have a true winner in the neo-retro Superveloce line.
The MV Agusta Superveloce 800 we sampled and loved last year.
Now the Italians have upped the ante again, by debuting an all-new Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro for 2023. It’s limited edition, so out of reach numerically and economically for most, but who among us doesn’t enjoy gazing and gawking at a rolling piece of exquisite motorcycle art? This Serie Oro build most certainly is that. MV Agusta didn’t even debut it at EICMA, opting to unveil it at a “more intimate” gathering nearby, with company dignitaries and select media present. And of course, Ago himself in attendance.
2023 MV Agusta Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro. Photo by MV Agusta.
Inspired by the 1972 MV500, the first-ever GP motorcycle with aerodynamic wings to generate downforce on the front wheel, the front wing design was among the first elements to catch our eye when we saw the bike last month. This 1000 employs what the company calls “vertical bargeboards” designed to control air flow along the bodywork and provide better cooling efficiency. We also noticed the stylish four-pipe, underseat exhaust array, discovering this edition is not a triple, but a 998cc inline four, like their iconic Brutale 1000 RR. This SuperV also sports the Brutale’s single sided swingarm and frame, as well as powerplant.
The 1972 MV500 sported wings long before MotoGP thought they were cool. Photo by MV Agusta.
Speaking of powerplants, this 1000 edition purportedly makes 208 hp at 13k rpm (or 212 hp with a race kit addition), 85.9 ft lbs of torque at 11k rpm, with a top speed of 198 mph. We know of few places and people with which that number could reasonably be reached, but the ability is there to whomever dares. To bring her back under control, the Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro pinches on a state-of-the-art Brembo Stylema caliper system fore and aft. An aluminum covering on either side over the front discs incorporate a forward air scoop to direct wind over the rotors, aiding cooling under hard hard braking.
Poetry in motion, even standing still. Photo by MV Agusta.
The electronics package is chocked full of features as one would expect. The 1000 sports newly updated ECU mapping, MV’s EAS 3.0 gearbox for smoother clutchless up and downshifting, cornering ABS and Rear Lift Mitigation, switchable traction (8 levels) and wheelie control, selectable compression and rebound, and even electronically adjustable Öhlins rear suspension and steering damper. Very trick. All accessed up in their 5.5” TFT screen, which can accept pairing with a smartphone, of course.
We love the neo-retro look of those single lights fore and aft. Photos by MV Agusta.
Now for the pretty parts. That exhaust array out back is a titanium system specifically designed and built by Arrow for this bike, and it is sweet looking. The single sided swingarm has always been a beautiful element on this machine, and this setup showcases a pair of custom created aluminum forged rims, courtesy of CRC, running on Pirelli Diablo rubber. Definite eye candy, those rims. The color scheme, matched with the sculpted bodywork, recall the Agostini world championship bikes of yesteryear, and we’ve loved from the outset that single round headlight paired with the single round taillight out back. The lines, overall shape, and attention to detail all speak exquisite craftsmanship.
This bike is rolling sexy, from end to end.
We’ve run out of words for how beautiful the lines of this bike are. Photos by MV Agusta.
No word yet (as of this writing) on price point, and how many (if any) will come stateside, but the bike is absolutely gorgeous to feast one’s eyes upon. Nobody does it like MV Agusta.
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