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.

1977 MV Agusta 850SS Engine
It’s said the imperious yet paranoid Count Agusta feared a competitor would obtain one of his race bikes, replicate or improve on it, and challenge Agusta on the track. For this reason, he ordered the destruction of all retired race bikes.
Photo By Robert Smith