arrival to our hotel room in the town of Varese we happen to glance
out the window to see this spectacular view of the Lake Varese below
and the town was situated on. We were staying at the Palace Hotel.
It was built upon the top of a hill over looking the town and lake
below. Built over 100 years ago the structure was magnificent, and
also happens to be owned by Claudio Castiglioni the president of
Cagiva and MV Agusta. There was MV Agusta Oro in the lobby along
with a Cagiva 500 GP motorcycle. There was definitely no doubt as
to who the owner of the hotel was.
in the day after we rested and ate, a driver picked us up and took
us to the factory to meet with Barbara Merli the personal assistant
to Claudio Castiglioni. She completely arranged our two day visit
with the president and the rest of personnel at the factory and
her thoroughness and professionalism was consummate. MV Agusta is
a national symbol of motorcycling prestige and technology, and it
represents the ultimate in terms of engineering and design choices
transferred to production models. These concepts and the knowledge
of having to offer a modern product that is consistent with an aristocratic
past, have led to the production of vehicles of extraordinary beauty,
capable of establishing new limits in the sports motorcycles market.
arriving at he factory the first thing you notice is that it is
sitting on the edge of Lake Varese and has a stunning view of the
entire lake. Upon entering Mr. Castiglioni's office you see the
same spectacular view but from a elevated second floor position.
As we walked through the headquarters the walls are adorned with
Cagiva racing posters from a bygone era, and also a number of F4
Oro posters. Upstairs in the presidents office and conference room
were a large number of trophies and awards.
meetings were arranged for me to meet with various personnel of
the MV Agusta project team to discuss performance enhancements for
racing, and future plans for the enhancement of the motorcycle.
I met with Andrea Googi first, the engine project leader. We probably
spent the most time together discussing every conceivable part of
the motor and the enhancements of the 2002 motor over the 2001 model.
He was very knowledgeable and we discussed all of the racing enhancements
for the "SPR" motor in great detail and when this would
be available. After meeting with several other individuals we called
it a day.
The next started bright and early. The driver pick us up at 9:00
am and whisked us back to the headquarters. We met with Daniele
Torresan of the Press Office who was our factory guide for the majority
of the day. As we walked into the site, Daniele explained a little
about the history of the company and the site.
We entered the engine-assembly room first. It was a big open-plan
hangar with a number modern CNC machining tools. The factory works
an 8-hour day. One end of the room worked aluminum (crankcases and
cylinder heads) and the other iron (cranks, camshafts and valve
guides). The two sections were further divided between the 2-stork
motors of Husqvarna and the 4-stroke motors of MV Agusta. We saw
all the stages of work, from rough castings to the finished objects,
but only took selected photos.Next we went through to a small engine
test area where the engines are run to ensure reliability before
final assembly into the chassis. Then through to two further assembly
lines where the major chassis and engine components met up. By the
end of this hall, the bikes were complete but for the fairings,
which waited in another hall and are added after the rolling-road
This must be one of the most satisfying lines to work on, as components
came in one end and motorcycles go out the other. Frame, engine,
wheels, swingarm, shock, chain, exhaust system, fuel system, electric's
- everything is assembled on this fifty-foot line.The of the tour
ended with me taking a ride on the prototype 1000cc F5 motorcycle.
The new model was fantastic and is slated to be the fastest
production based open class motorcycle when it's finally released.
click link to see photos from our CRC Visit.
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