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A PERFECT Ending .....

So..... B.Harris and I are out at Buttonwillow Raceway yesterday having some fun, and I notice a BRAND SPANKING NEW MV 1000R arriving. I figure that I'll go say "Hi" and introduce myself and let the rider know about this forum.

I met Milt and his son, Dylan. Both were really nice guys, and they said that they had heard of mvagusta.net. So, I asked Milt how he liked his 1000R, and he replied "it's only got 1 mile on it...". Sure enough, a quick glance at the tires confirmed that they were virgin. Milt was busy taping off his mirrors and getting ready to get on the track, so I told him I'd check with him later in the day and went back to my pit to prepare for the day.

Around lunch time, I wandered over to see how Milt was getting on with his new bike. As I approached, he was now in his leathers, as was Dylan. There was something vaguely familiar about these two, but I had a hard time figuring out how I might have known them..... and THEN it hit me.....these were those 2 guys that did the video piece for the Discovery Channel... the 2 guys that had gone all the way to Varese and viewed the factory ..... the 2 guys that had actually gotten themselves into CRC for an interview with Massimo Tamburini !!!! Milt and Dylan from "Twist the Throttle"! (click here for the video: http://turbo.discovery.com/beyond/?p...eId=1454865183)

So I told them that I had seen thier video piece on the MV factory, and Milt's face lit up. I told him that I remember him saying in the video piece how impressed he was of the MV factory, and how passionate every worker in the factory was for the MV marque, and that I had also remembered them saying that they too, wanted to someday own an MV themselves..... and here they were with an MV! This fact by itself would have been a great ending to the story ..... but it didn't stop there.

Milt told me that this was the only motorcycle he's ever had that made him cry when he looked at it.....and then he took a deep breath, and told me that his son, Dylan, had purchased the bike for him as a gift. I actually got a tear in my eye, as I realized that this father and son had a very special bond, a bond that is rare in these times. A bond that I had missed out on myself with my dad. Milt must be an amazing father.... and Dylan, a very special son.

Milt has soooo much to tell about the MV factory and the time he spent there. He told me a few stories of things that never made it to the video. He gave me his e-mail address, and said, "let's keep in touch". I told him that I wanted to take a picture of him, his MV, and his son to place up on MV.net, and they obliged. I think I'll e-mail him a link to this site, to this post specifically ..... and invite him to join us in our passion for MV's. I think Milt would make a great member (Dylan, too), and he has CERTAINLY paid his dues. I would love to hear more of his stories about his travels to the MV facility. THANKS MILT AND DYLAN FOR MAKING MY DAY!

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Let's get them to join and post up more thoughts/impressions!
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Wow thats a great story thanks for sharing!
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Dylan has been on the site and posted in response to our praise for the show!


His words:

"fwiw I'll add one last thought on MV, which is from the top of the company to the guys on the assembly line, it's hard to miss or ignore the level of commitment, dedication and passion that flows inside those walls. Truly a special place with wonderful folks - dare I say, it's a very moto-romantic atmosphere - and imho a unique blend of design, performance and craftsmanship. And while I personally always appreciated the bikes, I find myself now lusting after them. Again fwiw..."


Must say- congrats on your F4!!!

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Excellent post.

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Very, very cool Gregg. I regret now not going down and talking to them with you!
How cool is it that his son bought him that bike?!...Awesome!
And how cool is it that he road it for the first time on the track?!

What a great day! It was a pleasure meeting yourself and Mark. I had a awesome time. Albeit a bit hot, but it was worth it! We will have to do it again sometime soon. Maybe with a few more from the site.

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Wow that is an awesome story you have there! Very very cool!

I believe she is the Devil in a candy wrapper.
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Wow, great write up Gregg!

welcome to our .net family, Milt and Dylan!


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One of the truely great things that come with having and MV and being a member on this forum

Great postings

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post #10 of 46 (permalink) Old 07-09-2008, 07:54 AM
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Hi Gregg and everyone else who has been kind enough to post a comment. I have joined the forum. Gregg's welcome at Buttonwillow could not have been kinder. Been around motorcycles a long time and while talking to Gregg it was clear the MV community is special not only because of the machines but because the folks who love the Marque are uniquely warm and friendly.

I know this won't come as news to any of you but the F4 is remarkable. Short-shifted most of the day to keep the revs within reason because while I think breaking in the engine on a track is a great way to get to know a new bike (Dylan did the same thing at Buttonwillow last July with his 1098S) and it still was amazing in terms of how quickly it would get up to speed and shoot out a corner. This is a motorcycle that makes me a better rider. It does everything so well. And selfishly, I just love it. First bike where there's nothing I want to change (at least not yet).

Short funny story. On the way home we stopped along I-5. A guy with a CBR1000 comes over and says, "Man, that's one trick exhaust. Never seen four pipes before. Where did you get it?" He kept asking how he could get a set for his CBR. It took me a good ten minutes to make him understand it wasn't an after market trick set of pipes but how the bike comes from the factory.

Everyone it seems who sees the bike loves it. And now, thanks to Dylan's wonderful surprise gift, I get to ride one. It doesn't get better than that.

So thanks again for the warm welcome. Its a fantastic feeling and I look forward to meeting more of you in person or chatting on the message board.

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