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Bike Bits: Merc-MV Augusta offspring; Yamaha clothing, 2016 Triumph Speed Triple in action

MOTORCYLE enthusiasts have been waiting eagerly to see what offspring the marriage between Mercedes-Benz and legendary Italian brand MV Augusta would produce.

It’s resulted in a bike called the F3 ‘Solar Beam’ – in the same yellow as the Mercedes AMG GT – and it will go into production this year, the Italian firm said yesterday.

The AMG-liveried F3 was unveiled as a concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September to celebrate the partnership between the two firms.

It’s to become a limited-edition production model and will be one of six new MVs this year, three of them nakeds and three sports bikes, MV Auguste president Giovanni Castiglioni said at the launch this week of the Brutale 800, which uses the engine from Turismo Veloce.

He said the F3 Solar Beam would be the ‘first production bike that will link the two brands together’. Castiglioni said there were also plans to display MV Agusta motorcycles at 127 AMG dealerships across the UK and Europe.

Among the other six new MVs will be updated versions of the Brutale 675 and Dragster 800, with similar revisions to those made to the Brutale 800, including more advanced electronics and engine modifications aimed at improving mid-range torque and meeting Euro4 emission limits.


YAMAHA says it will bring out a “Faster Sons” collection of casual clothing, inspired by its past and the stunning array of Yamaha Yard Built projects that have emerged from behind the doors of some of the World’s finest custom bike builders.

The Faster Sons clothing collection ranges from leather riding jackets, with quilted panels and period styling, to mesh trucker caps and keyrings.

With design and production input from bike wear makers such as Dainese and Deus, Yamaha guarantees style and quality throughout the Faster Sons range.

TRIUMPH has released a promotional video for the 2016 Speed Triple showing some of the finer details of the new bike, along with some footage of it action.


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