1977 MV Agusta 800 America

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As you can tell from the name, this bike was built for America. MV’s US importer convinced the corporate office to take the European 750S and bore out the motor for more power. The result was the 750 America – one of MV’s most important motorcycles and one of the most beautiful bikes of the 70s. It was introduced in 1975 and just 600 were sold over three years. In other markets, the bike evolved into variations with larger displacements. This bike started in Europe and then jumped to Japan for a couple of decades before it came to the United States last year.

I actually think it’s a slightly confusing motorcycle – the ergonomics, 37 stars on the gas tank (representing each of MV’s GP championships) and style (an optional fairing was available) suggest that it’s a racer for the road, but the shaft drive, 500+ pound weight, and 6 gallon fuel tank suggest otherwise. No matter, because it is capable of 130 miles per hour and the exhaust note is delightful. It’s a thoroughbred.

For more on the America, check out this article on Hemmings. Jay Leno has a 750 America which he adores – if you want more information you can watch him talk about it here (or skip to 5:00 to hear the bike itself):

This example (VIN: MV7502210507) has 2,876 miles and is said to be ready to go (but note that it has not yet been titled in the US so it comes with the required US Customs importation paperwork). I’d ditch the reflectors and add a mirror before I got it on the road, but otherwise this motorcycle makes me happy. Find this MV America for sale in New York, New York with an opening bid of $1,000

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