Here comes the second day of the NetBikers visiting motorcycle companies present at Eicma. Today a group of motorcyclists, friends from abroad, had the chance to tour the show and we took them to MV Agusta, where we met the Technical Director of the R&D department and the Design Director. Two interviews that tell us a lot about the soul of the bikes that are born in the province of Varese
“We worked on integrating electronics with mechanics, to give the bike better drivability even under extreme conditions. We particularly worked on the integration of the electronic management of a mechanical clutch like the Rekluse, to decide how and when to let it slip progressively”.
This is one of the things that Brian Gillen, MV Agusta R&D Technical Director, told us at the Stand of the Italian company when we went to visit him along with some NetBikers from abroad.
Sitting in the closed to the public reception area, the Director of the Research and Development Department agreed to give us an interview in the form of a collective chat, with questions coming straight from our friends.
Thus the chat covered many topics, from production bikes to those used in competitions. From the short-term need to comply with Euro 5 regulations, to why a house like MV has decided to participate in the Moto2 World Championship, where they will be racing – as we feel to need to remind you – with Triumph engines. He then talked about the laboratory tests, in order to contain the engine noise, and the research prompted by the most modern technologies, which allow identifying the sources of noise inside a motor operating at the bench.
After the interview with Gillen, MV organized a meeting with Adrian Morton, the Design Director: that is to say, the person in charge of the aesthetic development of the Italian motorbikes.
A remarkably nice person, who has told us in a captivating way about his passion for motorcycles and the happiness of being able to create what he considers to be the most beautiful motorcycles in the world. But there was also room for the difficulty of maintaining a high level of quality, having inherited the responsibility of the design of a house that has always been considered sitting on the top in terms of styling.
You’ll get it, by now, that in the end, we spent the entire afternoon at MV Agusta, taken by the pleasure of the conversation and the interest of the topics covered.
We will publish the complete interviews in a few days. In the meantime, we are just too busy at Eicma, with all the wonderful things to see about our beloved motorcycle world. Actually, we have a little anticipation for you: tomorrow morning we scheduled a meeting and an interview with Giuseppe Andreani, the super-guru of the Ohlins suspensions.