2015-11-23 10_47_57-Lewis Hamilton Introducing his limited edition MV Agusta Dragster - YouTube

In this video Lewis Hamilton talks about creating his limited edition 800cc MV Agusta dragster with their design team.

The Dragster RR LH 44 features an Alcantara quilt pattern saddle, numerous parts made from Ergal (brake lever, handlebars, fuel filler cap, brake pump cover) and a special anodised red finish on the logos, frame, footpegs and spoked wheels. Other features of the bike include adjustable clip-on bars finished in matt black like the side stand, frame and footpeg plates (see below for comments from Lewis and the full details of the bike).


Here’s the video:


Here are comments from Lewis and the official details from MV Agusta:


Lewis said: “I have a huge passion for bikes so the opportunity to work with MV Agusta on my own Dragster RR LH Limited Edition has been a great experience.  I have really enjoyed the creative design process with the MV Agusta team, it looks amazing; really aggressive with fantastic attention to detail, I am truly proud of the result.  I love riding this bike, it is so much fun, I hope its new owners love it as much as I do.”

Speaking about the collaboration MVA’s CEO Giovanni Castiglioni said: “We’re proud to have created a bike together with Lewis Hamilton. I think this is great news for us and for those around the world who love MV Agusta.”

Like an Formula One car, most of the bodywork on the LH44 is made from carbon fibre with a matt 3K finish. This highly expensive, exotic material was used to make the front and rear mudguards, the screen, air box and side covers, exhaust heat shields, gear box and swingarm covers andsprocket guard.  The similarities with Formula One extend to the front of the bike, which is dominated by the race number 44 (incorporated into the limited edition ID plate on the 244 bikes) as well as the panther and Hamilton’s signature.


The Dragster RR is propelled by the famous three-cylinder 800cc engine with counter-rotating crankshaft which puts out 140 HP at 13,100 rpm, The engine derives directly from the WSS F3. Weighing just 52 kg, with much less bulk than an average engine of this size, this engine is one of the most evolved three-cylinder units in the world.  Fed by six electronically controlled injectors, the power output is linear at low revs and explosive at high revs. The onslaught of power stops only when the rev limiter kicks in at 13,200 rpm. The bike’s mechanical sophistication is further underlined by its extractable gearbox with electronic quick-shift command, its slipper clutch and its MVICS engine management system which includes Full Ride by Wire throttle control with multi-map and integrated traction control with 8 settings.

As regards the frame, the Dragster RR is ultra-compact with a wheelbase of just 1380 mm and a 95 mm trail. The ALS steel tubular trellis frame is strengthened by light aluminium alloy plates in the area behind the swingarm pivot point. The stanchions on the inverted 43mm aluminium Marzocchi forks have been DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) treated and are simply spectacular with their red anodised finish. Wheel travel is 125 mm, the same as at the rear,where a Sachs damper controls the single-sided swingarm. The Brembo brakes include two front four-caliper 320mm floating discs, with a two-caliper 220mm disc at the rear. ABS rounds off the braking system and ensures safety on slippery or wet surfaces. The cross section of the 200/50 Pirelli Diablo Rosso rear tyre is hard to believe and highlights the spectacular spoked wheels on the Dragster RR LH44.

Video: Lewis Hamilton’s limited edition MV Agusta Dragster


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