And that’s what Magni’s youngest son Giovanni, 61, has indeed successfully done over the past eight years in going back to the future by creating Moto Magni’s array of MV Agustapowered tribute models, combining today’s engineering and performance with the styling cues and spirit of yesteryear. First came the Storia (‘history’ in Italian), a classically-styled but super-striking four-cylinder Streetfighter which debuted in 2013,
Next Giovanni turned to the Brutale 800’s three-cylinder motor, and this time constructed an all-new Magni twin-shock frame to house this exquisite-looking powerplant which formed the basis of the Magni FiloRosso – Italian for ‘red line’ looking for all the world like the 500 triple that MV’s 15-time World champion Giacomo Agostini took to seven successive 500GP World titles from 1966-72.
From 1977 onwards all four-cylinder MV 750S frames were actually built by Arturo Magni’s newly founded own company, making the modernday connection even more plausible with a bike that, back then, was both a performance and a style icon of its era, complete with its chrome mudguards, red leather seat, and distinctively-shaped red-white-blue Disco Volante fuel tank.
The Magni Italia is another cleverly concocted creation which Giovanni Magni says is intended to pay due tribute to his father Arturo, who passed away on December 2, 2015. “I wanted to commemorate what my father achieved in the 1977-80 period when he took over manufacturing the 750 Sport frames for MV Agusta, then later developed the first Magni MVs with our own chassis, and a chain final drive conversion,” says Giovanni. “I particularly wanted to commemorate the fact that he wanted to build street motorcycles without fairings, so that the mechanical beauty of the engine could be seen, and appreciated. So the Magni Italia had to be like this, too, in honour of him, with just a headlamp fairing which allows you to appreciate the beauty of the motor.”
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