Proton sold due to the fact *they* were in trouble and needed to bail out from under all the debt they were carrying, not just the responsibility/cost of running MV. The buyer got it for 1 Euro because they picked up all the MV debt and took that liability off of Proton's back.
As James points out, that deal was a long time ago - almost a year ago - and since then, MV has manufactured thousands of bikes, they've introduced many new models including several at this week's show, they've raced (very successfully) in European Super Stock and have just announced they will be racing in AMA Superbike with none other than the legend himself Erraldo Ferracci running the show. I'd love to be in that kind of shape.
Fine means it's much, much better than it was before when MV was in bankruptcy (2002-2003). Incidentally, at that time, I contacted Cagiva USA regarding parts issues. They responded stating they have a large supply of consumable parts in their USA warehouse.
MV's appears to be able to sell more bike (Brutales and F4s) in 2005 and 2006 than they did F4 750s in 2002 and 2003. They've also added two new dealers (that I know of) -one in Northern California and the other in Scottsdale Arizona. So, in terms of products and brand image, MV Agusta is a more desirable company to purchase now than they have every been.
In regards to the Proton sale, I believe one of the motivating forces was the slip of market position of Proton in the Asia market. The sale was also an move to realign their efforts to concentrate on their home market.
So at this point in time, I won't worry about MV closing it's door and part supplies dwindling. They're generating a lot of industry news with the new F4R, land speed records, $100K euro F4CC, and U.S. super bike effort. That's not a sign of a company that's closing it's doors. I have a feeling MV Agusta will be perceive as a more upscale motorcycle since Ducati has lower the price of it's base super bike. All of these factors make MV Agusta too desirable of a company to fade into history.
Regardless of price, I think it's really a decision of do you want a 910 or a MV 750. Bear in mind the 750 needs to be rev'ed while the 910 has got the torque. Also, 0'5 and '06 F41000S are being discounted and MAYBE you can find one for $18K since the F41000R is out.
I rode a Tuono, then a Brutale. The Brutale was much better in all areas I thought, although, admittedly, they weren't long rides....Decided on the Brutale 910s, but the 2k savings on the 750 intrigued me. Heard the 750's have electrical issues though...
I cannot locate 10/60 anywhere near me, would 10/40 or 10/50 be good enough would you say? I also saw 5/40 for sale today.
If it's a top quality oil of course, not cheap stuff.
Which would you go with if you couldn't find 10/60?
Currently fixing up my Brutale. I have scored a secondhand dash but i am having issues programming the keys to the dash. I have the key card and have tried following the manual with entering the 5 digit code on the scratch off section but it continually comes up with invalid code. Ive...
last mod on my 1090RR
the distance between the 2 spacer is 1,7mm bigger than the old one so it's necessary to make new spacer.
90 g lighter, more beautifful than the new one, and easier to make ride height setting
My 2nd gear has been hopping between 2nd and neutral right after shifting and applying heavy load. I took it apart and the shift fork has rub marks from the gear. So, it's probably bent. Also, the dogs on the gear are rounded off as well as the mating surface of the gear to which the dog...