Thank you so much for that post Mike.
I've missed that episode about 10 times for one reason or another - finally I get to see it.
It reminded when Giovanni personally took my son & I around that factory for about 2 hours - like he says in the vid - nobody calls me Mr they call me by my name, and he seems to know the name of every employee there is a real family feeling to the place. We were there the week after the Milan show that vid refers to where the F3 was voted the most beautiful bike at the show.
Anyhow, no one was allowed to sit on it at the show - Giovanni let me sit on it and let my son take some pics but said please don't publish those until January in his words "then you will king on the internet" and we both laughed - an amazingly charismatic, charming and genuine man. I asked him if I could have the 1st F3 that came to Australia and he "I am sure some solution can be found - you will have an excellent new importer in Australia" (at that stage the deal with MV Agusta Imports P/L had not been finalised) - fast forward to May 26 2012 & I did receive the 1st production F3 in Australia.
People know my passion, Giovanni knows passion - his father Claudio was passion personified. I think the marque is great hands from that viewpoint.
I can't ever see myself riding anything but an MV - ever!
Thanks again Mike. A lovely sentimental stroll for me.