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post #1 of 79 (permalink) Old 08-08-2010, 04:11 AM Thread Starter
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MV Agusta 750S America

I am being drawn like a moth to a candle by these wonderful machines. One is being offered by H and H auctions shortly but at present I have been unable to obtain much detail about it.

I have no specialist knowledge of the marque and would welcome some advice. The engine and frame nos are the same - 221 0497. Is this normal? The previous ones I have seen for sale haven't had matching nos. Also the frame and top yoke are painted red. The photographs of similar bikes I have seen have been silver.

Is there a book that you would recomend to obtain a working knoweldge of the model range and specifications?

I would be grateful for any help you could give

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there are a few resources readily available that will provide information regarding the 750 S America:

MV Agusta Owners Club of Great Britain

www.thebikemuseum.com a website devoted to classic MVs

MV Agusta fours performance portfolio 1967-1980 a book comprising road tests and reviews of the four cylinder MVs, including the America. It is readily available on e-bay and probably in book stores.

good luck with the bike
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There are many books that will help you, just have a search around the web.

Although it can happen it is VERY unusual to have matching frame and engine #'s on a 'four'. Some research would be required i think.

Bonhams also has a very nice and well known Monza coming up in it's next sale at Stafford on Oct17th.

All i can say is, if you can then get one..........you will not regret it.

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For the classic MV's you should go to
MVAgusta_Older_Models (at) yahoogroups.com

or pm me and I'll point you in the proper direction.

Cheers...... Mike
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I am grateful to you all for your replies
I have looked at the bike Museum site but was after more detailed information regarding specs engine and frame nos etc hence the question re which book may be best for detailed information
In addition this bike seems to have a rear passenger footrest on the right hand side is that normal on what appears to be a single seater
Having no detailed knowledge I don’t want to be caught with a repo
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I am grateful to you all for your replies
I have looked at the bike Museum site but was after more detailed information regarding specs engine and frame nos etc hence the question re which book may be best for detailed information
In addition this bike seems to have a rear passenger footrest on the right hand side is that normal on what appears to be a single seater
Having no detailed knowledge I donít want to be caught with a repo
Thanks Again
Dave
Hi Dave

The America would originally have been supplied with a silver frame and top yoke, not red. Maybe it's been rebuilt at some time?

Matching numbers are rare, but it does at least appear to have the correct 221 **** suffix of the larger capacity engine. (..0491 would indicate a fairly late model, I believe). Beware the 600cc GT > Sport/America 'conversions', there are quite a number out there.

The seat tail on America models is designed to slide back to make room for a passenger, so pillion foot-pegs were sometimes fitted.

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Thanks Steve

That's very helpful. I have just discovered that the same bike was offered by the same auction house in 05 and was unsold. At that time it had a valid MOT but currently it does not have one. I suspect it may have lain idle since so I need to be careful
If I decide to pursue it is there anyone on the forum who has the knowledge to look at it with me when it is available to view. I would obviously pay for their time and travelling etc

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You may have more luck asking the question on the UK Owners' Club web site Dave. The MV community in the UK is a small one, and most machines in the country are likely to be known. I had the same concerns as yourself when buying, but found that the club had known my particular bike for over thirty years! It's worth joining anyway, even if just for the access you'd then have to the spares supply. lol!

Moreover, I'll bet there's a member or two living within spitting distance of the auction house. It's worth a try.


Steve

ps. Did you check out the 'numbers' and 'registry' links on the Bike Museum site? Chassis/engine numbers are listed for many of the machines. Best of luck.
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Thanks Steve

I am having problems accessing the Museum web site at the moment it seems to be down and I am still waiting for the moderator at the Yahoo site to let me join

Do I take it from the above that parts are hard to find?

I saw your post re the well polished Norton. I think I may know the guy He told me at Popham last year if I spent a week with wet and dry and various polishes I could get some marks out of the Primary chain case on my Interceptor. I rode there and needless to say his went on a trailer

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Thanks Steve

I am having problems accessing the Museum web site at the moment it seems to be down and I am still waiting for the moderator at the Yahoo site to let me join

Do I take it from the above that parts are hard to find?

I saw your post re the well polished Norton. I think I may know the guy He told me at Popham last year if I spent a week with wet and dry and various polishes I could get some marks out of the Primary chain case on my Interceptor. I rode there and needless to say his went on a trailer

Dave
Try this link Dave; it's just worked for me http://thebikemuseum.com/


When the original Agusta factory closed in late 1979, the UK Owners' Club bought all the remaining stock. So far as I'm aware, they still have around four tons of spares stashed away (..for members' purchase only, of course!) Dorian is involved with the spares scheme, so he'll probably be able to tell you better what they have.

As to finding spares anywhere else: With the advent of eBay, it's become possible if you're prepared to do some on-line searching. I've bought one or two items from eBay Italy. Prices can, er.. fluctuate!

With regard to the show scene.. The one I mention is the first I've entered, and to be honest I did so only to allow those around my neighbourhood to see an old MV up close. In all the years I've ridden around the North East of England, I've never before seen one on the road. Neither have I seen one in any dealership within a 200ml radius. Most of the people I talk to think MV Agusta was founded fairly recently . This being the case, I've started my own personal crusade to enlighten the masses. Lol! So, bring on the next show and I'll be content to spread the word. As they say, it's not the winning but the taking part which counts!

Steve


ps. Here's a snap of the old girl 'posing' mid show. It was taken by one of the spectators. Right click for the original.. http://www.flickr.com/photos/dieseldeltic/4827684124/
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