2. MV Agusta F4


Tamburini credits the MV Agusta F4 as his most satisfying motorcycle. Working with a blank sheet on which to revive MV Agusta from scratch, Tamburini became so ill during the early stages of the F4’s design he required hospitalization. As such, he worked frantically, constantly sketching in his notepad as he was worried he might not wake up on the other side of surgery. Of course, he came out the other side just fine, and with newfound vigor, the F4 became his obsession. When it came out in 1997, the F4 dropped jaws. The sharp lines, smooth curves, and distinctive quad exhaust pipes were simply stunning. So much so that even current MV Agusta F4s (and even the F3) are just evolutions of Tamburini’s original design. Because, as the saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

  • Matt Maddalena

    I was all set to argue the placing of the Brutale, F4, and the Bimota HB1, but then I realized you wrote an article about the most “Significant” designs, not the most beautiful. In that case your listing makes perfect sense, but I still rate those 3 above even the 916 for aesthetics. Good article, a fitting tribute to a man’s who’s impact will be FOREVER felt… Ciao, Mr Tamburini. Until we can ride together in Heaven.

  • JMDonald

    Genius in design shows itself as true art and can only be developed over time. Tamburini’s influence will be felt for many years no doubt.

  • Great story Troy! Really good reading.

  • Billy Jack

    Adrian Morton designed the MV Agusta F3, not Tamburini. To not even mention Morton’s name – and to call the F3 a “fitting send-off for the legendary designer (Tamburini)” – is way, WAY off base. In interviews I’ve read with Morton, he actually had to defend his design against the input of both Tamburini and Castiglioni, both of whom desired that it look more like the F4. Whatever minimal (and largely unknown) influence he may have had on the F3, by way of critique, it certainly doesn’t belong on a list of “…Motorcycles Designed by Massimo Tamburini”.