I have a huge passion for bikes, so the opportunity to work with MV Agusta on my own Dragster RR LH44 Limited Edition has been a great experience. I have really enjoyed the creative design process with the MV Agusta team; the bike looks amazing - really aggressive and 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.
Three-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton today announces his collaboration with Italian super-bike manufacturer MV AGUSTA. The bike, named the Dragster RR LH44, has been co-designed by Lewis, with a limited run of only 244 bikes, each one signed by Lewis.
Much of Hamilton’s character is embodied within the Dragster RR concept; they are both bold and exuberant in style, obsessive about quality and technology and relentless in the pursuit of performance. The two brands share the same burning desire to win and stand out from the crowd. Together, they create an irresistible force which can be summed up in just a few letters Dragster RR LH44.
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.”
Never before has a Formula 1 World Champion participated directly in the creation of a new motorbike. MV Agusta’s racing heritage, application of technology to producehigh quality bikes, combined with unique beautiful designs, make this a true alignment of ideals and philosophies. The intrinsic value of a hand-built, hand-signed Dragster RR, featuring a Limited Edition ID plate, special parts and finishes, will now surely be on every collector's wish list.
The new Dragster RR LH44 is on the MV Agusta display at EICMA (Pavillon 24 – stand M51) until Sunday then will be showing from 28 November at Motorcycle Live in Birmingham. Book Now
The bike is now available to purchase through MVA’s dealer locator website.
Hamilton worked closely with the Castiglioni Research Centre for several months as they chose details, finishes and exclusive accessories. The graphics are a good example: the pearl white colour scheme and panther logo are taken from his helmet, while Candy Apple Red 44 is his race number, which decorates the front and side of the bike, not to mention the ignition key.
The bike features countless examples of true craftsmanship, ranging from the Alcantara quilt pattern saddle to numerous parts made from Ergal (brake lever, handlebars, fuel filler cap, brake pump cover) with a special anodised red finish on the logos, frame, footpegs and spectacular spoked wheels. Other features of the Dragster RR LH44 include adjustable clip-on bars finished in matt black like the side stand, frame and footpeg plates.
Like a Formula 1 car, most of the bodywork on the Dragster RR 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 and sprocket guard. The similarities with Formula 1 cars 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 Logo and Lewis’ 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.
With regards to 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. View Official Video here.