MV Agusta Magni 861

Arturo Magni joined MV Agusta in 1950, and as the eventual manager of the company’s race program he had a big hand in racking up 75 world championships and winning more than 3,000 races before MV pulled the plug on its race program in 1976—two years before shuttering the company completely.


But Magni wasn’t done. He opened his own shop and began applying a proprietary treatment to customers’ MVs, and later to engines left over from the end of MV production. Hallmarks of a Magni MV include a larger, 861cc capacity engine, an MV race-style frame, a Magni dry clutch and a Magni chain-drive conversion.

When the supply of surplus engines finally expired Magni applied his formula to BMW, Honda, Moto Guzzi and Suzuki donors.

Before his death in 2015 Arturo Magni’s name graced more than 2,000 bikes—a tradition his son Giovanni carries on to this day. But given Arturo’s experience running the MV race program that saw so many wins, the Magni MVs are some of the most highly valued bikes he ever put his name on.

MV Agusta Magni


Start Here: Intro 70s Italian Superbikes

The Ducati Story
Ducati 350 Mark 3-D (1968-1972)
Ducati 350 Desmo (1971-1972)
Ducati 750S (1972-1974)
Ducati 750SS (1973-1974)
Ducati 900SS (1975-1982)
Ducati Darmah (1977-1982)
Ducati MHR (1979-1984) 

The Laverda Story
Laverda 750S (1969-1970)
Laverda SF (1970-1976)
Laverda SFC (1971-1976)
Laverda Jota (1976-1983)
Laverda Montjuic (1979-1981)

The Moto Guzzi Story
Moto Guzzi V7 Telaio Rosso (1971)
Moto Guzzi V7 Sport (1971-1974)
Moto Guzzi 750S (1974-1975)
Moto Guzzi Lemans 850 (1976-1978)

The MV Agusta Story
MV Agusta 750S (1971-1974)
MV Agusta 750 America (1975-1977)
MV Agusta Magni 861

BonusThe Benelli 750 Sei

Illustrations: Martin Squires
Studio photography: David Genat
Bike owner: Stuart Parr, The Stuart Parr Collection