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One Italian pays tribute to another, and the whole world ogles

One Italian pays tribute to another, and the whole world ogles

Snapshot: MV Agusta unveils F3 800 AGO - A limited-edition tribute to Giacomo Agostini

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I really have started believing the fact that Italians make motorcycles not to make money, but to make people jealous. The list that includes legends like Benelli, Moto Guzzi, Cagiva, Ducati, MV Agusta, Bimota garners more respect than the motorcycles from rest of the world taken together.

MV Agusta is the latest in this list to make heads turn once again with its limited-edition F3 800 AGO - a tribute to one of the most legendary MotoGP racers, Giacomo Agostini. It was the same bike manufacturer that made Agostini a legend helping him win 13 of his 15 world championships between 1965 and 1977.

Dressed in red, white and green with gold accents, the F3 800 AGO features upgrades such as carbon fiber front and rear fenders and a Bosch 9MP ABS system. It also comes with lightweight, forged wheels and solid aluminum alloy foot-pegs.

The AGO’s 798cc, inline three cylinder engine has been designed to match the torque of a V-Twin and the performance of an inline four. The engine produces 88 Nm of torque at 10,600 rpm, and 148 bhp at 13,000 rpm, which is 20 more than its younger sibling, the F3 675.

Only 300 AGO models will be produced, and a silver plaque attached to the steering yolk will adorn the production number. Also, each bike (please pay attention here) will be personally signed by Agostini.

“These bikes made Giacomo Agostini a motorcycling legend and have now re-emerged from the past. Thanks to the most faithful replica ever - the F3 800 AGO, packed with unsurpassed technology that provides jaw-dropping performance and unparalleled riding pleasure,” MV Agusta says.

Each bike will also arrive with a special certificate signed by Agostini, “providing additional proof of the uniqueness and originality of this latest MV Agusta legend.”

The F3 800 AGO will go on sale from the beginning of May 2014 with a price tag of € 23,990 (Rs. 19.98 lakhs). Price may vary depending on the market and local import duties and taxes.

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