5. MV Agusta F3 675


The last design Tamburini had any influence on, the MV Agusta F3 675, is a landmark motorcycle of sorts for the Varese company. Marking its entry into the middleweight sportbike category, it was clear that cues from the F4 transitioned to its little brother, and yet the F3 has its own distinct personality. From its tight, compact stance, to its distinctive triple exhaust pipes, after such heavyweights like the Ducati 916 and MV Agusta F4, the lightweight-in-comparison F3 seems a rather fitting sign-off for the legendary designer.

  • 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”.