Last of the Breed: MV Agusta 850SS

The MV Agusta 850SS was the last of the bright red “fire engines” from Italy’s famed Meccanica Verghera Agusta.

Agusta Intake Cam
With revised cams (using an America intake cam for the exhaust), 27mm Dell’Ortos and nominal 9.5:1 compression, the 850SS produced a very respectable 85 horsepower at 9,500rpm, with some reports claiming as much as 95 horsepower.
Photo By Robert Smith