Marzocchi Will Supply Suspensions for MV Agusta Until April 2016

MV Agusta will be able to keep a steady flow of motorcycles equipped with Marzocchi suspensions through April 2016, Varese sources report. Even after this date, MV Agusta will still manage to service the bikes that need suspension repairs, as Marzocchi will also supply spare parts to ensure buffer stocks until the transition to other suppliers.
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While this may come as a reassuring piece of news for MV Agusta future customers and current owners, it means that, in the not-so-distant future, both Agusta and the customers will have to get used to new parts.

As we reported earlier, Marzocchi's parent company Tenneco decided to pull the plug this spring. The move did not come as a surprise for anyone because Tenneco wanted to make it years ago but met strong and organized opposition from the employees.

Concessions had been made back then, with mid-2015 being established as the new deadline when Marzocchi would be shut down. In August, Tenneco declared they were starting the liquidation process, with around $27 million (€23.7 mil) to be spent in this direction, in severance, asset impairment and other procedures involved in the closure.
MV Agusta has Kayaba, Showa and Sachs in their sights
Bikes like the Brutale 800 RR and Dragster 800 RR will still be delivered with Marzocchi USD forks while part stocks last, but the future models will have new suspensions.

MV Agusta is not by far the only manufacturer that uses Marzocchi forks extensively, so multiple other brands will be affected by the liquidation of the Italian suspension maker. Ducati has also enjoyed equipping most of its bikes with Marzocchi components and is now forced to look elsewhere for forks.

Daniele Torresan of MV Agusta says that the house of Schiranna has already started to look for a new fork supplier from the very moment they learned about the grim future Marzocchi had. The Italian motorcycle maker is pondering on future collaborations with Kayaba, Sachs and Showa.

If you are wondering why a brand such as MV Agusta is not going for Ohlins or WP, here's Schiranna's answer: Ohlins are too expensive, as they only produce high-end suspensions, and WP is very hard to get into a deal with other brands than KTM and Husqvarna, because they are KTM's company. We're trying to find out more on this from MV Agusta themselves at EICMA, so stay put.


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