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I know that the motorcycling community worships MV and we on this forum love MV more than our better halves, atleast a few of us. :king: (I took the mono F4, so that no body else gets to sit on the bike but me).

Other than a few lucky countries,which countries or inhabitants have not heard of the MV marque?? I know a lot of people in South Asia who have not even heard of a Ducati. For the bike fans in India the Hayabusa is the emperor of racebikes and the Yamaha R1, Kawasaki ZX 10 R, and the gixxer are the gods. They cannot comprehend the fact that someone can pay twenty something grand for a motorcycle when one could have probably 2 and a quarter of Japanese bikes for the same amount. Not a single MV Agusta exists in India, even though many of the Bollywood movie stars are self proclaimed bike lovers. (Side note - there was a super hit movie in India about bank robbers using sportsbikes to rob banks. The movie further fuelled the superbike craze).

Anybody else know of any countries or met people who are clueless about the MV brand. I bet members of this forum would have some interesting stories to tell. :blah: :blah: :blah: :popcorn:
 

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One of the messenger guys in my office looked at the F4 and asked me if it was the new Ducati 1098.

I preached him about MV and converted him into a MVian
 

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Only people that ride know what an MV is. Everyone else always says its beautiful but they have never heard of it. They always ask, "It's Italian like a Ducati right?" and I say yes. Then I explain that this bike is faster, more fun, more beautiful, more exclusive... and handmade. Nobody really cares except riders and chicks who want to ride you... if you know what I mean :D
 

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Before buying my F4 I never saw an MV of any type outside of a showroom..ever! Outside of people at the dealer and at Cycle Gear nobody I've talked to has ever even heard of MV. My favorite is when they ask me "so what kind of bike is it?" and I tell them it's an MV Agusta and they say "oh..and who actually makes those?". Poor souls.

But all agree that it's beautiful.
 

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I can't imagine that somebody in Africa (except south africa), the Middle East (except Dubai, Bahrain, Saudi etc.), Asia (here I talk about mainland China, Bangaldesh, Vietnam, Cambodia etc.) or in South America knows the Brand MV Agusta at all. As others wrote already, the average Cage Driver in our own Countries don't even know Ducati's. I had an MH900e in GA and PA for almost two Years. Were I told the Fellows that this is a Ducati, they replied constantly: "Fine a Ducati, and who builds it ?" Further I must admit that I personally met only two MV's on the Road (outside Italy, here You see'em quite frequently). So don't expect than the 5 Billion People in the World know anything about MV Agusta. There are large Parts of the World which have never seen a Motorcycle Race, or a Motorcycle above 125 cc at all.
 

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heheh :stickpoke i know a girl :hitit: (and her dad ..shame on you, :flamethro leo) who lives in rimini which is a stones throw away from san marino and of course crc who doesn t know about mv agusta.or bimota for that reason(their hq are in her city for f**ks sake).but she s a nice girl so i am not going to say anything bad about that.in general i noticed that mostly motorcycle people know about mv agusta and you should feel pretty flattered if someone recognises your mv.this is a good thing in my view because part of mv s charm is that it is not a bike for the masses.
 

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ps she says that everyone rides scooters and drives smart's and citroen's there and she doesn t care about noisy motorcycles :))
 

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You know its kinda funny, when i was originally considering buying an MV i thought hey, living here in germany i would just go down to italy buy one and ride it back to germany for the break in period.
WRONG........It would have ended up costing me an extra 4-5 thousand dollars for the bike.....Euro exchange and higher prices.
I know the bikes are expensive in the states, but actually cost more in europe not just because of the exchange.
The laws in europe are pretty strict on motorcycles so they intentionally raise the prices and make motorcycles with lots of horse power and good handling out of reach for the un experienced rider.
a good example is, a new r6 is 11,400 euro $15,000.00..........for a friggin R6.
So i can see why alot of people dont know about the bikes......They are out of reach for alot of people around the world.
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Only motorcyclists know what an MV is. Everybody else is like "what kinda bike is that?" When I tell them MV Agusta, they still dunno what I'm talkin about.
 

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When I bought mine I tried to get it insured at 'specialist bike insurance companies' and their 'specialists' had never heard of MV and wouldn't quote. This happened at about 5 companies in fact I started to worry that I would not be able to insure it. In the end I found one that knew about it and would charge me a lot of money. The second year I got a quote from one of the companies that did not know about MV for about half the price.

Should have said here in the UK!!
 

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When I bought mine I tried to get it insured at 'specialist bike insurance companies' and their 'specialists' had never heard of MV and wouldn't quote. This happened at about 5 companies in fact I started to worry that I would not be able to insure it.
Oh, don't worry, I've seen "better" performances here.
While in Milan at bikes exposition I asked to an insurance company which had its own stand in EICMA and claimed to be "specialist" in bikes to contact me for an estimate, since it's mandatory trying to save some money having 1 car and 4 bikes (actually almost 5, 910R incoming! :) ).
Well, I was contacted by phone a couples of days after by a man from that "specialized" company who told besides he was a bikers himself.
I had to repeat 3 times "R1" then twice the complete "Yamaha YZF-R1" before he was able to realize (or better, find in his list, I guess) what kind of bike it was. Then he insisted trying to convince me that Kawasaki ER-6n doesn't exist, there's only the ER-6f and displacement is 600cc instead of 650cc (no matter remembering him I had one parked right then under my office windows). No apparent problems about Suzuki SV1000 but again MV F4 1000 R did not exist: "Are you sure it's not a Brutale R? As MV F4 I only have 1000 S and 1000 S 1+1, Brutale is the only 'R' I have." :wtf:

At last he sent me via e-mail an estimate for a Kawasaki KLE 650 and MV 1000 S; useless to say that the contract for incoming 910R will be signed with usual current company...
 

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john348 said:
When I bought mine I tried to get it insured at 'specialist bike insurance companies' and their 'specialists' had never heard of MV and wouldn't quote. This happened at about 5 companies in fact I started to worry that I would not be able to insure it. In the end I found one that knew about it and would charge me a lot of money. The second year I got a quote from one of the companies that did not know about MV for about half the price.

Should have said here in the UK!!
My insurance company had never heard of MV either, so they quoted me as a "generic 750cc motorcycle", which means I pay $150 LESS than my stolen ZX-7R cost me! I stressed to them "THIS IS AN EXOTIC MOTORCYCLE", but they don't care.

Lucky for us!
 

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@gl 21 .i encountered the same problems when i was looking for a motorbike from italy.because the market is so huge there prices are low and you are more likely to find a bike that has been well taken care of.but they don t allow temporary license plates so you have to crate your bike and freight it to your country.it doesn t matter if you are from the eu or not.i don t know about other taxes and commisions but i wouldn t be surprised.the cool thing about buiyng a bike from the eu is the fact that i only pay vat on a standardised value which is set accordingly to engine size and year of manufacture.so for a 1000r i would probably pay a total of 2000 $ in vat and taxes.which is okkkkkkkkk :)

ps:what euro exchange?don t you have euro s in germany?
 
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