Harley-Davidson In Advanced Talks To Buy MV Agusta

Italian newspaper Messaggero reported (without mentioning sources) that Harley-Davidson is in negotiation to buy most of the debts from motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta. We know for sure that the Italian company has around 200 million euros (about 320 million US dollars) of debt and that businessman Claudio Castiglioni owns 29.6% of the shares. MV Agusta.

20 Responses to “Harley-Davidson In Advanced Talks To Buy MV Agusta”

  1. 1 Greg Hammer Jun 5th, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Would be nice to have HD getting involved with sport bikes using the experience of an Italian manufacturer.

  2. 2 jspfc Jun 5th, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Sounds like a good move for Harley considering they cant build a sport bike of their own. Lets just hope they dont screw up a beautiful bike.

  3. 3 rodent Jun 6th, 2008 at 9:32 am

    jspfc, Amen to that

  4. 4 J Jun 6th, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Ahh- explains why Harley just sold $1B of paper. Woo hoo! Debt financing- the ’80’s are back!

    Hmm- Harley buying an italian scooter biz- haven’t we seen this before?

    Wonder how long before the AMF buyout? heheheh…..

  5. 5 Michael Schacht Jun 6th, 2008 at 11:34 am

    With all that has gone on in the motorcycle industry lately, nothing should surprise us. If Harley was looking for a great sport bike company/brand to purchase, they found it!

  6. 6 m galluzzi Jun 7th, 2008 at 4:31 am

    back to the future?!?! Harley needs new thinking, not the same strategies of the past!!

  7. 7 Buzz Kanter Jun 9th, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    Something doesn’t sound right about this. We’ll see if it pans out, but I’d be quite surprised if this is the case.

  8. 8 Jeff & Robbie Jun 9th, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    …not a marriage made in heaven!

  9. 9 Blue Jun 11th, 2008 at 7:57 am

    MV Agusta – NOT Augusta!!

  10. 10 Blue Jun 11th, 2008 at 9:38 am

    LOL – Cyril, I doff my hat to you. You’re a damn sight more efficient than I am! 🙂

  11. 11 stephen Jun 11th, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    umm last i checked HD did have a sportbike division…its called Buell….

  12. 12 Jim Vincenti Jun 19th, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Hey everyone loves Italian food, women, and those sexy red/black motorcycles……yeah baby!!

  13. 13 Arie Jun 20th, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    Buell Motorcycles has developed a very nice bike in the 1125R. I think it needs a bit more refinement. But, it is very close to competing with the metric litre-bikes offered by the “big three” as well as Ducati. I think that Harley should give this focus (and $$$) to Erik…

  14. 14 Conrad Nicklus Jun 22nd, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    OH GOD…..wtf are they thinking now? Laying people off, showing losses and NOW looking to spend some 320 million dollars?

  15. 15 Nicker Jun 27th, 2008 at 12:36 am


    “…wtf are they thinking now? …”

    That’s exactly the issue…..
    May be thay aren’t….. [thinking, that is…]….???


  16. 16 Brian Christner Nov 10th, 2008 at 11:24 am

    I can already imagine a Harley-Davidson twin nestled into an MV Agusta frame. Cannot wait to see if this deal goes through and the new models to follow on both sides of the fence.

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