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Old 12-03-2015, 05:50 PM   #1
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Image Gallery: MV Agusta Dragster RR LH44

MV Agusta has teamed up with three-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton to create the Dragster RR LH44, a hand-built version of the Dragster RR featuring special parts and finishes and designed with input from Hamilton. The bike's styling is based on Hamilton's helmet and race number, and functionally the LH44 Dragster incorporates adjustable clip-ons, carbon fiber bodywork and many Ergal parts. Each of the 244 produced will have a limited edition ID plate as well as Hamilton's signature. Scroll through the gallery above to see more images of the Dragster RR LH44

The text of MV Agusta's press material follows:

MV Agustas have always been the most loved motorbikes in the F1 paddock. Over the years, champions like Berger, Irvine, Montoya and Damon Hill have all been clients and friends of the Schiranna manufacturers who even dedicated two special series F4s to Ayrton Senna: the F4750 in 2002 and the F41000 in 2006. This tale now repeats itself with the three times world champion, Lewis Hamilton.

Lewis Hamilton and the Dragster RR have much in common. They are both radical and extreme as regards style, are obsessive about detail, exuberant, bold and fear no rivals. They share the same winning nature and desire for the absolute. Together, they form an irresistible force which, summed up in just a few letters, will become legendary: Dragster RR LH 44.

The intrinsic value of a hand-built Dragster RR featuring special parts and finishes will now be even higher as a collector's item. Never before has an F1 champion participated directly in the creation of a new motorbike, and the fact that it was an MV Agusta speaks volumes.

Lewis Hamilton was in very close contact with Castiglioni Research Centre for several months as they chose details, finishes and very exclusive accessories. The graphics are a good example: the pearl white colour scheme and panther logo are taken from his helmet, while 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 an F1 car, most of the bodywork on the 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 F1 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 and Hamilton's signature.

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