13 Aug 2011

MV Agusta 350-4

Following a special request from one of my most faithful readers, Luc Charlier, who must have noticed my comment on this, the noisiest (and one of the fastest) bikes at the recent Coyote Days classic bike meeting in France, here are a couple of pics and and access to sound bites of this fabulous machine, ridden by all kinds of great riders, including naturally Agostini, but also John Surtees, Mike (the bike) Hailwood, Gary Hocking and several others.

The first picture is by me and from this meeting (see two posts back on this blog).

I have tried to copy here some sound clips of the MV4 (or 3) but it doesn't seem to work. But if you want to hear them, here is the place to go. Look for the Surtees, Hocking or Agostini entries in particular, with the MV Agusta. Lots of other joyful sounds here too.
And here are a couple more pictures of one of these machines (a more recent one judging by the disc brakes on the front and the wheels), this time by Phil Aynsley, and one of them with Giacomo Agostini on board.


  1. I can be mistaken, but I think your display was still a twin (the “S” model, dating back to the early ’70 ies). It is thinner and one doesn’t see that many exhaust tubes. Of, course, Mino’s is a four cylinder.
    Than you for the sound effort. It can only be equalled by the Sound of Silence or the Sound of Jura.

  2. The options on these bikes are, in my opinion, 3 or 4 cylinders. Those twin exhausts on the left hand side cannot be from a twin. Will any MV expert out there help us out here?

  3. Second look: I clicked on the picture and – my monitor is still an old cathodic tube, aged over 12 years ...- enlarged it: definitely twin exhausts, you are right. I failed to spot this. So, for the experts in the crowd, we are looking for a 4 cylinder MV, capacity 350 cc, with twin-cam ventilated drum brakes at the front and very elementary-looking springs on the rear shock-absorbers.

  4. Judging by an article in Wikipedia, it is a 350 3 or 4 cylinder with these nicely curved exhausts. The 500 usually had straight axhaust pipes.