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MV snob (mayybeeee)...and why I bought an MV.

So after hanging out at the local dive with some other bike guys I realized that when you can't tell people that you outgrew Jap bikes, because that will constitute a motorcycle snob. What I really meant, and explained is that I was tired of souping up a Jap bike, to make it look like an italian bike out of the box.

Of course everyone has their own opinion on bikes, and classes of bikes, the riders who ride them and the persona's of each. In Seattle, Washington if you ride a Harley Davidson you are usually a square fellow who works for microsoft and really knows nothing about bikes.
Of course this is not reality for many other Harelys, and people in many other places, but a persona in the North West. The funny part is 20-30 years ago those riders were deemed extremely dangerous roudy types and even killers...far from todays view (jesse james bikes, WCC and custom bikes in and the kick back scene in general).

I thought this was funny, but in my defense I told my buddies I did not want to buy anymore Jap bikes because simply so many people have them here in the states, and the big 4 are the the "Honda Civic's" of bikes.
Shunning away from the uneducated average Ducati rider synonymous with being wealthy in the Pacific NW and a bit of a squid (and Hawaii's biker mentality is mostly the same FYI) I loved the 1098, but didn't want that image that was so synonymous with Ducks. I have a few friends with Ducks and did not like the horror stories about the oil sump and electrical problems.

I loved the Aprilia but the new bike is so small in comparison to its 2007-08 ( I am 76" tall), and i didn't like the fact that Moto Guzzi didn't have the +1 option anymore killed it for me, and the older Factory has its own problems apparently.

Then there was MV, the Ferrari of bikes. Fast, sleek and drop dead gorgeous. And until recently, one of the fastest bikes on the road out of the box. I watched a HD special on MV, and that sealed it for me. I wanted the most exclusive bike out there on the market...because you have to admit, anyone can go and turbo a Honda (buy a gixxer), but very few have a Ferrari. I love bikes, all kinds, and wanted to have fun, ride but also not blend in with the sea of other bikes that get lost in the traffic.

Now as far as the snob part? well yEs and please! LOL. If it offends the sea of Kawai's and Gixxers, I simply tell them I was tired of making show bikes (of what I did for the past 5-6 years) and wanted a newer bike, BUILT out of the box, with very little need for improvement. That exclusiveness was the MV. And for the price? I spend probably MORE than that on aftermarket goodies for my Yamahas then the total of a MV.

I think I will buy another MV soon for the wife (she wants a Brutale). Grey Poupon?

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I use one word when I describe any of my fun toys. Unique. I find it doesn't offend as much as "better than yours"

Seeing as I work in a 'Gun Club' (USMC), and have arguably one of the most 'Unique' jobs in the service, I tend to catch more than my fair share of grief about my preppy or snobby rides. It goes with the territory.

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The herd mentality won't get it anyhow. With the triple 'E' image: 'Exotic', 'exclusive' and 'expensive', many would shy away and rationalize with practical considerations. In the meanwhile some of us get it and enjoy the good life
surrounded with these exquisite machines. No need to apologize if you prefer Bach to Beasty Boys...The fourth 'E' is for 'erotic'.


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There are no bikes that are better or worse than any other. I have a MV 1000s and a Gixxer 750. I like the
MV better but that doesn't mean it is better. I would never want to bin it or drop it and for that reason I have more fun on the Gixxer, especially at tracks. The MV is far more beautiful, put together/fit and finish is far better, etc. but that won't make it better. All that is like saying a Ferrari F430 is better than a Jeep Wrangler. It isn't better, just different, but they both serve their purpose well.

In the end who cares what people percieve of you based on what you ride. As long as the bike you have is your favorite, no one can throw a spec sheet at you and say their's is better.
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So after hanging out at the local dive with some other bike guys I realized that when you can't tell people that you outgrew Jap bikes, because that will constitute a motorcycle snob. What I really meant, and explained is that I was tired of souping up a Jap bike, to make it look like an italian bike out of the box.

Of course everyone has their own opinion on bikes, and classes of bikes, the riders who ride them and the persona's of each. In Seattle, Washington if you ride a Harley Davidson you are usually a square fellow who works for microsoft and really knows nothing about bikes.
Of course this is not reality for many other Harelys, and people in many other places, but a persona in the North West. The funny part is 20-30 years ago those riders were deemed extremely dangerous roudy types and even killers...far from todays view (jesse james bikes, WCC and custom bikes in and the kick back scene in general).

I thought this was funny, but in my defense I told my buddies I did not want to buy anymore Jap bikes because simply so many people have them here in the states, and the big 4 are the the "Honda Civic's" of bikes.
Shunning away from the uneducated average Ducati rider synonymous with being wealthy in the Pacific NW and a bit of a squid (and Hawaii's biker mentality is mostly the same FYI) I loved the 1098, but didn't want that image that was so synonymous with Ducks. I have a few friends with Ducks and did not like the horror stories about the oil sump and electrical problems.

I loved the Aprilia but the new bike is so small in comparison to its 2007-08 ( I am 76" tall), and i didn't like the fact that Moto Guzzi didn't have the +1 option anymore killed it for me, and the older Factory has its own problems apparently.

Then there was MV, the Ferrari of bikes. Fast, sleek and drop dead gorgeous. And until recently, one of the fastest bikes on the road out of the box. I watched a HD special on MV, and that sealed it for me. I wanted the most exclusive bike out there on the market...because you have to admit, anyone can go and turbo a Honda (buy a gixxer), but very few have a Ferrari. I love bikes, all kinds, and wanted to have fun, ride but also not blend in with the sea of other bikes that get lost in the traffic.

Now as far as the snob part? well yEs and please! LOL. If it offends the sea of Kawai's and Gixxers, I simply tell them I was tired of making show bikes (of what I did for the past 5-6 years) and wanted a newer bike, BUILT out of the box, with very little need for improvement. That exclusiveness was the MV. And for the price? I spend probably MORE than that on aftermarket goodies for my Yamahas then the total of a MV.

I think I will buy another MV soon for the wife (she wants a Brutale). Grey Poupon?
For me, its simple. The F4 (or Brute, I've owned both) is as good a bike built as there is.

You get beauty that is unparallede by any other manufacture. Is it a substantive difference between a Gixxer, probably not to most non-riding people, but to a true bike lover, it is for sure.

And let's be honest, up until about 2 years ago, the MV was as fast as anything built in the world (stock). However, the truth is many of us will never appreciate the full benefits of such an amazing engine. So the bikes that have since exceeded it in performance should have a negliglbe impact on the overall decision to purchase this bike.

I think it comes down to the "feeling" of riding a rare bike, which is hand built, that performs exceptionally well, and has the cleanest lines of any bike in the world. Oh...and did I mention the pedigree of a world class company....What complaint would a reasonable person consider about these bikes...none!

BTW...if you ever get to Portland, give me a call....I'm always up for a ride.

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i have a mv in storage for the winter, i ride a ducati 748,, but the other day i took the mv to the garage for a petrol snack for the winter months.. riding it was very very different to the duke,, and when i parked it on the forecourt i couldnt stop starring at it!,, and when i started it, people stopped to see what the noise was , then starred too!.. its defiantly the next level to art on wheels.
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I am definitely no snob. I just like pretty stuff! MV just happens to be one of them!

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It's funny, recently in a post I wrote that I'd rather walk than ride a Jap bike, & got a little flack for it, although several people got what I meant. Riding is not a form of necessary transport for me, it is a pleasure, a desire, a luxury of joy, each ride means something, whether I return a DVD on my '63 GS Vespa, or cruise into & around town on MV 350 or whether I want to rip up the highways/mountains on my F4. I hope to be getting a 125s MV and praying that the 3 cylinder becomes a reality...I will then have 1,2,3 & 4 cylinder MVs & my own personal usuable (by which I mean rideable) MV museum will be complete.

You know, snobbery or wanting to be seen never enters my mind. I acknowledge all riders regardless on what they are on (which funnily enough the Jap superbike don't do If I am riding my Vespa) & never think 'Hey mine is better than yours" because that simple doesn't matter to me - I love my MVs end of story. If they were considered to be the world's biggest lumps of crap by all & sundry it wouldn't change a thing as to how I feel about them.

Ever since I (as a youg boy) saw AGO tearing up Oran Park on a 350 blowing away all the 750's and the sound of his gorgeous fire engine all I ever wanted was my own MV. That imagine was burned into a young boys' heart & mind & is to this day.

That's what MVs are to me & I always wave to people on scooters, mopeds, Jap bikes, other European bikes and even Harleys (although they rarely wave back)....I think of each person doing what he loves & happy about it, perhaps it is an over romantised view - but hey, I like to think of the motorcycling world that way. Sometimes it's best to allow reality to go & suck itself.


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