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Carbon Copy: 2006 MV Agusta F4CC

We already know the MV Agusta lineup is a pretty exclusive affair. Originally conceived as a 750cc model to re-launch the historic brand, the F4 eventually grew to 1,000cc and spawned many "Limited Edition" models. From the original 750cc Oro (like this one here), through the Neiman Marcus Edition, the Ayrton Senna tribute (both the 750 as well as the 1000), The Ago tribute, the Tamburini tribute, the Veltro Strada and Veltro Pista, The R and RR models and the 312, MV Agusta leveraged the F4 lineup with special editions of varying performance and exclusivity. The Big Daddy of them all, however, was reserved as a tribute to Claudio Castiglioni, the driving force behind the rebirth of MV Agusta. The F4CC (Claudio's initials), was the uber-rare of the street-going F4 set (although not quite as limited as the Veltro Pista racer), and the most hot-rodded of all of the factory models (including the 312). It also had the highest price tag. When new this F4CC had a MSRP sticker of $120k(!).

2006 MV Agusta F4CC for sale on eBay

Utilizing the same basic architecture of the rest of the F4 1000 lineup, the CC model had some special - and significant - touches. Power was way up from base models, nearing 200 HP (and matched only by the later RR model) thanks to a bump in displacement to nearly 1,100cc, and trick titanium engine parts that include rods, valves and crank. Titanium was also used on external engine parts such as the complete exhaust; other magic metals such as magnesium were utilized for items such as engine cases and ancillary covers. This technology not only added to the HP, but detracted from the total weight of the bike. At 413 pounds, the F4CC is a lightweight beast, undercutting the entire history of the F4 lineup with the exception of the 750 Oro. Much of the light weight that is not related to the engine is due to carbon fiber; the entirety of the fairings are made of this aerospace material. The frame begins as an off the shelf F4 1000 unit, although the massive swingarm is magnesium (rather than aluminum for base models). With only 100 models in existence, the F4 performs as good as it looks - and costs as much too.

From the seller:
The 2006 MV Agusta F4CC #76 is the Enzo of motorcycles, you can't pull your eyes away, every inch of her draws you in with growing curiosity.

With only 750 miles , expect near new condition on the F4CC. The howl of the inline four through the beautiful, sculpted, titanium organ pipes is intoxicating! Winner Greenwich Concours D'Elegance

The bike comes with a cover, a full titanium racing exhaust is installed and spare stock exhaust, a Corse rear wheel stand, a matching #76 Girard-Perregaux Evo3 Laureato watch ($10,000 value), Trussardi F4CC leather jacket ($4000 value) certificate of Authenticity. The F4CC is the bike that MV Agusta President Claudio Castiglioni built for himself.

The F4CC had an MSRP of $120k, making it the most expensive production bike at the time. Only 100 F4CCs have been built with less than 20 making it stateside, and 90% of the components are made as one-off items including the fork feet, the upper steering plate, the steering damper, the brake and clutch fluid reservoir, the gear change and brake levers, the foot pegs and the side stand were all machined and hand-assembled by MV's top artisans.

There is no doubt that MV Agusta has made - and continues to make a huge statement. It's great to see them survive and thrive, and their involvement in WSBK is a aural, ear-splitting treat. Like their Italian brother, Ducati, it seems that so many of the MV Agusta Limited Edition models are fancy marketing schemes. With the F4CC, you are getting something truly special and unique to the lineup. Besides, it is hard not to fall in love the Darth Vadar blacked-out look of the bike; welcome to the dark side my friends.

This particular CC appears to be in the loving hands of a collector (given the Oro and Senna editions that share the parking area). This bike is fanatically clean, and obviously very loved. Included in the sale are both a to-die-for, numbers matching Girard-Perregaux timepiece, as well as a F4CC leather jacket. The cover for this bike is form fitting, and includes a reproduction of Claudio's freaking signature (matching the sparse paintwork on the bike). From the CNC-machined controls that are exclusive to this model to the tiny details of the cockpit, the F4CC oozes with the sort of one-upmanship that Ducati cannot deliver, save for the Desmosidici RR (almost). This is a price-is-no-object exercise that results in a glorious bit of artwork with a ferocious bark (and bite). Keep in mind that your $120k, irreplaceable, numbered-edition rocket ship comes with nearly no rider aids - if you get yourself into trouble on the F4CC, Claudio expects you to get yourself out of trouble too. Best to utilize your superior judgement lest you find yourself relying on talent alone when the bike costs the equivalent of a decent home in some parts of the country.

The problem with Limited Edition models is that they try to emulate what natural selection has done for us in the past. By artificially limiting production, the laws of supply and demand are quasi-circumvented; the payday is immediate for the manufacturer, but these models do not necessarily appreciate in the short term in the same manner for follow-on owners. These may be good investments to hold onto for a bit longer, but for now this looks to be a lot of bike and a lot of additional stuff for a pretty steep discount compared to new. Depreciation is an evil mistress, making this sub-1,000 mile missile $45k less than when parked in the showroom. Check it out here, and and then jump back to the comments and let us know your favorite MV Agusta model. Good Luck!!

MI

8 Comments

  • Its a magnificent machine, but you point out its issue – too many limited editions, and it is always going to play second fiddle, at best to the more sought after Serie Oro.

  • I just have zero interest in these high $ “throw as much carbon and magnesium as we can at an otherwise just so-so modern supersport bike and make it a limited edition so the Jay Lenos of the world are sure to buy them” machines. A Gixxer 1000 of the same vintage will be similar in performance. A modern R1 will leave it for dead in any competition of speed. And its not old enough yet to appreciate, and I wonder if in fact it ever will? So its in that no-man’s land – yeah if I were in the market for an F4 I’d pay extra for this but not 8X the cost. I’ve always liked the modern MV 750/1000 platform, they are the sexy supermodels of motorcycling and I could stare at one for hours, but you get 95% of the visual appeal of this limited model from a “standard issue” F4. Perhaps what turns me off the most about these type of bikes is that no one is going to ride it the way it should be ridden…
    Honestly I’d enjoy a standard F4 a lot more – if you crash it because you were riding it as Claudio intended, no big deal. And who looks at a “standard” F4 and says “Meh, its just ok. Needs more carbon and mag…” But wait there’s more! As an added bonus, that “standard” F4 also has all of the nut-crunching ergos of this limited model! Seriously – have you ever ridden one of these? Why some designers feel like the seat should slant you into the tank so you end up with crunched nuts on every bump is a mystery to me. This one “feature” totally drove me away from a Brutale I test rode. Great machine otherwise, but even after 20 miles, I wanted off the thing. And no, my R6, R1, Gixxers and other recent sportbikes I’ve owned don’t have this in common so its not just that I’m a curmudgeon and don’t like modern sportbikes.

  • The laddie doth protest too much, methinks. Gorgeous bike.

  • Damn, I was all set to buy this one but the jacket wasn’t my size!

    But really, it’s maybe inappropriate to consider these, or to compare them to, actual sportbikes. To prospective buyers these are more like art or jewelry. And some of these buyers couldn’t care less if the object of their desire appreciates in value or not. I’m glad there are motorcycles, but really don’t care about these exercises in style. Bikes like this would be great if there was only one of them.

  • Personally, I think it’s gorgeous but torn on the whole collector / numbered bike thing. If you have large amounts of $ then I suppose I’d rather have motorcycle Art any day over a painting on the wall. I’ve always wanted an Bimota so watching out for one forever! Finally have it and it’s so damn clean I can’t get myself to put miles on it or God forbid, a ding of some sort.. I just don’t know how collectors do it….Just realized I was never meant to be a collector, I can’t just look at something and not ride it! This MV would be worse…you’d never find a fairing if you needed it!

  • Of course it’s a nice bike but I’m on the side of it is nothing but a piece of artwork in your house or garage. I tried this with a car and a Hayden Ducati and it was fun for a while but yeah let’s use it so that is the Dilemma but if you got the money cool is cool. On a side note I saw some Asian kid dump and nr750 I think it’s on YouTube but that’s big bucks to ever think of repairing

  • Beautiful bike, but not meant to be ridden. One tip over and you are gonna be out 20-30K trying to get parts made. F4 are beautiful bikes, I’d take a standard and ride the snot out of it. Someone will buy and put it on display, were it belongs. It’s a beautiful, functional piece of art

  • BillyB – FYI I have a 2005 (ex AMA) Gixxer and 2006 F4; the F4 destroys the gixxer on performance.

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