Mmmmm. Sex on wheels. Mmmmmm. Sorry, give me a minute.
Okay, we’re back. Here’s a little bit about their past from Wikipedia:
The company began as an offshoot of the Agusta aviation company which was formed by Count Giovanni Agusta in 1923. The Count died in 1927, leaving the company in the hands of his wife and sons, Domenico, Vincenzo, Mario and Corrado. Count Vincenzo Agusta together with his brother Domenico formed MV Agusta (the MV stood for Meccanica Verghera) at the end of the Second World War as a means to save the jobs of employees of the Agusta firm and also to fill the post-war need for cheap, efficient transportation. They produced their first prototype, called “Vespa 98”, in 1945. After learning that the name had already been registered by Piaggio for its Vespa motorscooter, it was referred to simply by the number “98”.
The company successfully manufactured small-displacement, quintessential Café racer style motorcycles (mostly 125 to 150 cc) through the 1950s and 1960s. In the 1960s small motorcycle sales declined, and MV started producing larger displacement cycles in more limited quantities. A 250 cc, and later a smart 350 cc twin were produced, and a 600 cc four-cylinder evolved into a 750 cc which is still extremely valuable today.
Following the death of Count Domenico Agusta in 1971, the company declined and by 1980, it stopped producing motorcycles altogether.
Eventually the brand was resurrected by Cagiva in 1991 and started selling the motorcycles again in 1997. After a few more hand-changes, the marque eventually ended up in the hands of Harley-Davidson. Pretty interesting, huh?
Be forewarned, however – these bikes cost more than Ducatis do – figure about $20,000 to $30,000.