3. MV Agusta Brutale

MV Agusta Brutale 750

A naked bike, by definition, doesn’t consist of very many components, requiring only the bare minimum amount of panels. With this design parameter in place, how in the world did Tamburini design a motorcycle as sexy as the Brutale? The answer is by stylizing every single component from front to back. Sure, the main section looks like a stripped F4, but the angles of the headlight (which has been copied many times over by other OEMs), combined with the curvature of the frame, the dual exhausts, even the single-sided swingarm, all make for beautiful pieces on their own. Put them together and the Brutale is one of the most visually pleasing motorcycles around.

  • 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”.