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14th October 2022
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MV Agusta since 1945
Birth, Death and Resurrection: The story of one of the world's most famous motorcycle marques


With 75 World Championships (riders and manufacturers), 270 Grand Prix victories, and more than 3000 International race wins, MV Agusta’s competition record is unequalled amongst Italian motorcycle manufacturers. MV’s list of World Champions includes some of the greatest names in the sport, with Carlo Ubbiali, John Surtees, Mike Hailwood, Giacomo Agostini and Phil Read claiming victory multiple times.

Alongside the magnificent racing bikes, MV produced a wide range of street models, including the exotic four-cylinder bikes based on the Grand Prix racers of the 1950s and early 1960s. After closing in 1977, MV Agusta was resurrected by Cagiva in 1997, and released the Massimo Tamburini-designed four-cylinder F4. Initially 750cc, this evolved into 1000cc and the Brutale series. In 2012 the three-cylinder F3 joined the F4, and a large range of models has grown from these two platforms.

With a 50-year passion for Italian motorcycles, Ian Falloon tells the full and fascinating story of
MV Agusta, covering all the street and racing models from 1945 to the present day.

MV AGUSTA Since 1945 by Ian Falloon

ISBN: 9781787113596
UPC: 6-36847-01359-2


£90.00(UK), $130.00(US), $170.00(CAN)

  • This edition limited to 500 copies
  • The complete story of MV (Meccanica Verghera): one of the most famous names in motorcycling
  • MV Agusta dominated Grand Prix motorcycle racing for more than two decades
  • Details the bikes that won a total of 37 World Championships
  • A look at some of the most exotic four-cylinder production motorcycles of the 1960s and 1970s
  • The Grand Prix machines that were ridden by Surtees, Hocking, Hailwood, Agostini and Read to multiple World Championships
  • How Ubbiali and Provini provided MV Agusta with world titles in the 125 and 250cc classes
  • Covers the small displacement motorcycles that were produced alongside the exotic racing machines
  • Details the closure of MV Agusta in 1977, and the subsequent resurrection by the Castiglionis in 1997
  • The influence of Count Domenico Agusta on the racing success of the company


Ian Falloon was born in New Zealand in 1952 and studied engineering and music at Victoria University, Wellington. After a career as a symphony orchestra oboist was brought to an end by a motorcycle accident he began writing articles on motorcycles for magazines. His first book, the Ducati Story, has run to several editions and has been published in three languages. The success of the Ducati Story led to a series of Ducati books and histories of Honda, Kawasaki, BMW, and Moto Guzzi motorcycles. He has now written many books on motorcycles, mostly historical but also restoration guides.

With an interest and passion spanning decades he now concentrates on collecting and restoring older Italian motorcycles, particularly Ducati, MV Agusta, Laverda, and Moto Guzzi. Ian Falloon lives in Australia, and is ably supported in his projects by his wife Miriam and sons Ben and Tim.

Place of birth: Feilding, New Zealand • Hometown: Kew • Nearest city: Melbourne

V5359 • Hardback • 30.5x25cm • 288 pages • 726 pictures • ISBN: 978-1-787113-59-6 • UPC: 6-36847-01359-2
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