Italian Masterpiece: The MV Agusta 500-3 Evoluzione

MV Agusta remakes Giacomo Agostini’s MV Agusta 500-3 Evoluzione — for a price.
By Alan Cathcart
September/October 2012
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The three-cylinder MV Agusta was the bike Giacomo Agostini rode to win 13 of his 15 World titles between 1966 and 1973.
Photo by Kyoichi Nakamura


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2010 MV Agusta 500-3 Evoluzione
Claimed power: 78hp @ 12,000rpm
Top speed: 163mph (262kph)
Engine: 498cc air-cooled DOHC 12-valve inline triple, 62mm x 55mm bore and stroke, 11:1 compression ratio
Weight (dry): 282lb (128kg)

When the Grand Prix Hall of Fame is expanded to include machines as well as the men who rode them, there will be many contenders for the title of Race Bike of the Century. But few will possess such strong credentials for that honor as the MV Agusta tre cilindri, which was responsible for Giacomo Agostini winning 13 of his 15 World titles between 1966 and 1973 in both 350cc and 500cc guise.

The MV-3 is a motorcycle with such charisma that even today, almost 40 years after its last GP race, it’s still revered as the benchmark bike of the classic era of 500cc 4-stroke Grand Prix racing — truly the greatest of the great.

The triple was conceived by Count Domenico Agusta himself as a vehicle to achieve his ultimate sporting ambition — to make an Italian rider world champion in the 350cc and 500cc GP classes on one of his machines. Rider Carlo Ubbiali had proven well able to fly the Italian flag for MV Agusta on the smaller 125cc and 250cc bikes, but in order to achieve GP success in the more prestigious larger-capacity classes, Count Domenico had to employ the services of Anglos like John Surtees, Gary Hocking and Mike Hailwood.

By 1964, Hailwood was MV’s sole rider in the 500cc category on a powerful but heavy four based on the original MV-4 designed by Pietro Remor back in 1950. The sleeved-down 350 was incapable of matching the performance of Honda’s four.

Order the September/October 2012 issue of Motorcycle Classics to read more about the 2010 MV Agusta 500-3 Evoluzione, including riding impressions by Alan Cathcart. Contact Customer Service at (800) 880-7567 or contact us by email. 








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