This teaser video of an MV Agusta Progetto Memento Strato street tracker concept seems to show MV on a model offensive with four race replicas also unveiled in the past couple of weeks.
At the moment it’s being referred to as Progetto Memento which suggests it’s just a project or concept, rather than a production-ready model.
However, the video also refers to the trademarked name “Strato” which is Italian for layers and at the end it points to a strato-lab website which also features the video.
Strato sounds more like a production motorcycle name to us.
We checked that trademark name and found several references for sail boards, Heinz products, floor tiles and a measuring apparatus for use in locating three-dimensional positions of objects!
No reference to motorcycles or MV Agusta.
The teaser video tries to disguise the Strato (if that’s what it is to be called), but actually shows a fair bit.
It looks a little like Ducati’s Scrambler with its “bent” compact shape, MX-style rider stance and separate rear fender. That would make a lot of sense since Scrambler is now their Italian cousin’s most popular model.
However, the Strato is more of a street tracker thanks to the vulnerable bar-end mirrors and street rubber on Kineo wired wheels.
It’s certainly one stunning stripped-down street tracker. Features include an upswept Arrow exhaust pipe, Rizoma bar-end mirrors, wide MX-style bars, curvaceous solo seat, gorgeous skeletal frame, LED taillight and hallmark vertical “stadium” LED headlight with halo.
We also think we can make out four header pipes so it is likely a four-cylinder, rather than tree-cylinder model.
All will be revealed on November 8 at the EICMA Motorcycle show in Milan.
This comes as MV Agusta has unveiled its fourth race replica in little over a week.
The new gorgeous limited edition Dragster 800 RC joins the 2017 updated F3 and F4 RC models as well as the upcoming Turismo Veloce 800 RC.
It kind of does and doesn’t fit into the new business plans for the Italian brand which has battled liquidity problems this past year.
In financial recovery documents tabled in an Italian court this week, MV Agusta is alleged to be scaling back production, cutting the workforce and freezing its debts.
Rather than following fellow Europeans Ducati, BMW and Triumph on the path of adding more models in more niches, the documents are believed to indicate MV Agusta will concentrate on producing more of their most-profitable core models.
That seems at odds with the new Strato street tracker.
Anyway, the immediate future of MV Agusta will be much clearer next week when they display their 2017 models and street tracker concept at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan.