TimHuber

92 months ago

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The Ago TT by Deus Ex Machina Customs

Compton, California, United States

The Ago TT

The Ago TT

As this summer came to an end, legendary custom bike shop "Deus Ex Machina Customs" unveiled their sporty "Ago TT" one-off motorcycle. The world famous bike shop started in Australia and by 2006 had built a reputable name for itself, having since expanded to open other shops around the world. This particular build was commissioned by MV Agusta to pay tribute to arguably the greatest motorcycle racer in history, Giacommo "Ago" Agostini, and the era during the 60's and 70's when he dominated GP racing. In particular the Isle of Man TT. (Hence the name "Ago TT").

Rizoma rear-set

Rizoma rear-set

The tank and rear section tie it all together

The tank and rear section tie it all together

This superb build was built from the ground up to be a racing machine, as Deus Ex puts it, "No headlight, no turn signals, no license plate, no nonsense." The mission was to create something new and modern, while still using iconic style elements that were unmistakably vintage MV. The unorthodox but beautiful shape of the custom tank and rear cowl give the bike a racey and aggressive look, making the bike look like something between a retro cafe racer and a modern naked. All the modern electronics MV has to offer have been integrated and housed in the bike's new tail section, a fantastic use of limited space.

Vintage style and attention to detail

Vintage style and attention to detail

Ago TT's dash

Ago TT's dash

There was a great deal of time and effort poured into the creation of this bike and it really shows. The gas tank's shell is constructed from 7 different pieces of aluminum, a very impressive feat. "This was the most difficult tank I’ve ever made due to the negative curve from the top to the back, Getting aluminum to shape this way without it creasing is a tricky process." said Michael Woolaway, motorcycle design director at Deus Ex.

Deus Ex's marriage of old and new

Deus Ex's marriage of old and new

The Ago's badass rear section

The Ago's badass rear section

The use of modern components such as Ohlins suspension, Marzocchi fork, Rizoma levers and rearset, and Beringer brakes (and full electronics package) enable the red beast to not just look the part, but to be a true track-purposed race machine. This bike started its life as an MV Agusta Brutale 800RR and retains its original frame, although a custom subframe was fabricated and implemented during its transformation. The attention to detail and minor touches such as the use of a vintage "Monza Vented" gas cap on the custom tank, and Roland Sands Deisgns exhaust baffles may be subtle but are a major part of what makes this bike (and builder) so special. In both form and function, this bike is epic.

The Ago TT

The Ago TT

"The goal was to reference old race history while maintaining the modern precision that MV Agusta is known for today. We may be biased, but we think it turned out Super OK!," said Woolaway, and this does a good job of summing up the build. I don't think anyone will debate Mr. Woolaway on this as the bike truly is "Super Ok" to say the least. Below is a promo video for the bike and a complete part list……..

Specs:
-Custom chromoly subframe
-Handmade aluminum tank with vintage Monza vented gas cap
-Handmade aluminium tail section housing the electronics
-520 final drive conversion
-Scitsu tach
-Hand made triple clamps by Durelle Racing
-Modified Cone Engineering exhaust with SPD tubing
-Roland Sands Designs exhaust baffles
-Öhlins USA rear shock custom made for this bike
 -Pirelli slicks 
 -Full Beringer hand controls and brake system with cast iron rotors
-Rizoma rear brake reservoir
-LSL clip on bars from Spiegler 
 -Rizoma rear sets

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marina

92 months ago

Excellent! Great post and beautiful photos. Thanks for posting!