Posts by Category: MV Agusta

MV Agusta December 7, 2016 posted by

Legendary – 2007 MV Agusta F4 1000 Senna #109/300

A now-legendary presence at any formula car race, Ayrton Senna won three F1 championships but succumbed to injuries sustained in a 1994 crash at Imola.  The Senna edition of the MV Agusta F4 1000 is a tribute and benefitted a charity formed in his honor, and has some significant improvements in the numbered edition of 300.

2007 MV Agusta F4 1000 Senna #109 for sale on eBay

  

Using the 998cc engine Agusta had recently re-designed from their F4 750, revised Marelli fuel injection put the Senna well into a new power category with 174hp.  The red trellis upper frame used alloy frame connectors and held 50mm Marzocchi forks and Sachs monoshock.  Brembo gold-line 6-puck calipers are radially mounted and squeeze 310mm front rotors with 210mm rear.  The fairing design uses shades of carbon, black, gray, and the red frame and Alcantara seat to elegant advantage.

  

Nicely photographed by a Miami specialty dealer, this F4 1000 has but 1,700 miles and appears flawless.  With its excellent sub-systems, and priced around $30K when new, no owner upgrades are required or expected.  Along with a video showcasing the exotic sound - here - , the owner comments in the eBay auction:

This is the excellence of MV Agusta, in honor of Ayrton Senna, the legend. Senna has graced the F4 1000 with exclusive characteristics such as:
State of the art engine making 174 HP, 998 CC liquid cooled, fuel injected, four Cylinder inline engine with 6 speed manual transmission. A new injection system, the Weber Marelli 5SM, for better power control. The most advanced Brembo four-caliper radial brakes available. Carbon fiber fairings. Quad Titanium racing exhaust. Bike runs extremely well and is like new! Always garage kept.

  

Despite seeming to need a special edition for every season, the MV Agusta cycles were very well designed with help from friends like Ferrari and beautifully made.  The performance was at least equivalent to the superlative materials.  With the new ( and used ) prices requiring a singular rider, an F4 1000 sighting would be notable.  Seeing a Senna edition - with its understated design and exclusive components, even among MV's - that would be an occasion...

-donn

Legendary – 2007 MV Agusta F4 1000 Senna #109/300
MV Agusta November 29, 2016 posted by

Later Bet – 2008 MV Agusta R312 1+1

Later in the long run of F4 1000's, MV Agusta made a play for the Italian SuperStock race series, and it breathed new life into the model.  This R312 carbon edition is a great example.

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2008 MV Agusta R312 1+1 for sale on eBay

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Engine architecture unchanged, the titanium intake valves, new exhaust system, and revised electronic engine controls deliver the ludicrous 183hp while meeting Euro 3 emissions.  The steel trellis frame is also a legacy, but with 50mm Marzocchi forks and Sachs monoshock adjustable for high and low-speed damping, it's become cutting edge.  As are the Brembo radially mounted calipers over 320mm rotors.  Subtly rounded knife edges on the nose, tank, and lowers are complemented by the seat fairing with pillion above and exhaust calliope below.

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Presented in a winning carbon / red / white scheme, this R312 shows just over 9,000 miles and looks excellent, though a trip to spa is in order.  MV has used redline wheels elsewhere, and the forged Brembos here help the red accents on the seats and seat fairing.  The factory took care of all the carbon bling, and the bike otherwise appears stock.  No maintenance or history is offered in the comments from the eBay auction:

The F4 was created by motorcycle designer Massimo Tamburini at CRC (Cagiva Research Center) and only 150 were imported into the US. 

The F4 has a four pipe undertail exhaust, single-sided swingarm, large front forks (49 or 50 mm diameter) and one of the few production superbikes to have a hemispherical chamber 4 valves per cylinder engine.

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A perrenial takeover or bankruptcy candidate, MV Agusta has somehow continued to produce exotic and inspiring machines.  The R312 reviewed as a slightly overweight powerhouse, with finicky electronics and handling that was great when dialed in.  With base models breathtakingly priced, one can only guess what the carbon edition might have cost.  Impossible for an amateur to photograph, the carbon fairings are a great addition to a fine model year, sure to cause a tip of the sunglasses at any coffee stop...

-donn

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Later Bet – 2008 MV Agusta R312 1+1
MV Agusta November 28, 2016 posted by

Brutally Handsome: 2007 MV Agusta Brutale 910R for Sale

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MV Agusta's Brutale represents the sane and reasonable option compared to their take-no-prisoners F4. Limited development budget meant the bike shared plenty of the fully faired machine's DNA and it used a similar, if not identical frame, single-sided swingarm and wheels, along with a slightly detuned version of the radial-valved inline four. But the Brutale used a less ass-roasting shotgun exhaust set up, and dropped the gorgeous, Tamburini-designed fairings and clipons for a sleek headlamp and a tapered handlebar. Considering the brutal ergonomics of the F4, this is a good thing if you want to ride your exotic Italian, instead of just display it.

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The original 750 was considered by many to be a bit underpowered, although I suspect many of those people are size queens: the early Brutale was still plenty fast, considering the upright riding position and lack of wind protection... The later bikes like the 1078RR and 1090RR really might have been a bit too much, leaving the 910R like this one as the "just right" middle ground. Handling is excellent, with quality suspension at both ends, and the 136 claimed horses of the 910R will keep you very entertained.

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The Buy It Now price is listed at $6,700 for this example, which is on the high side for a Brutale but, considering the low miles and claimed condition, seems reasonable. If you're looking for a good deal on a truly exotic nameplate, the Brutale represents a very good deal at the moment, at 2/3 the price of a comparable F4 but with ergonomics that will let you actually ride the thing without murdering your back or crushing your fingers against the fairing when you try to maneuver it at low speeds.

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From the original eBay listing: 2007 MV Agusta Brutale 910R for Sale

In like new condition under 4,600 original miles. The bike does not have one scratch, chip, dent or scratch, adult owned garaged and covered all its life, comes with a bit of carbon fiber, (solo rear seat cover and rear tire hugger) has frame sliders, battery tender lead, new tires Avon 3D super sport front and rear....also included is the single sided rear stand, stainless steal rear wheel nut and front axle nut removal socket, two keys, factory manual and tool kit, clear title on hand... you will not find a nicer or cleaner Brutale, won't be disappointed.

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Like a great many Italian machines, these are beautifully designed but sometimes indifferently assembled. Get a good one, and you'll be looking at a champagne motorcycle on a beer budget. Get a bad one and it will eat you alive, trying to keep it running, and with MV being in-and-out of solvency over the past decade or two, parts availability can be spotty. If something's not in stock at your local dealer, assuming you have a local dealer, the wait for parts to ship from Varese could be long. Especially if you happen to need something during August, when the factory is likely to be closed...

-tad

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Brutally Handsome: 2007 MV Agusta Brutale 910R for Sale
MV Agusta November 22, 2016 posted by

Limited Edition: 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini for Sale

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MV Agusta certainly got the basic components right when they introduced their exotic and achingly-beautiful F4 750, but it was down on power and a member of the suddenly superfluous 750 class. Luckily, they were easily able to bump their displacement to play in the liter-bike class, although the new MV Agusta F4 1000 was obviously much more expensive and no faster than bikes like the Suzuki GSX-R1000. It's tough for small manufacturers to keep pace with the rapid development of companies like Suzuki, so while the big Gixxer went through four different iterations between 2005 and 2008, the F4 soldiered on with very little in the way of fundamental updates. So how to stimulate interest in the same old [blindingly fast, exotic, Italian] thing? Take the fundamentally good chassis and engine, swathe it in lightweight bodywork and distinctive paint, and call it a "numbered, limited edition." In this case, the bike in question is named after the father of this machine and one of the most talented motorcycle designers of all time: Massimo Tamburini.

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Well, they also added a few cool gizmos to the engine, in addition to all that shiny carbon and paint. Interestingly, MV Agusta's Torque Shift System and Engine Brake System are intended to improve rideability, not peak horsepower. Which makes sense since 174 claimed horsepower is really skirting the edge of controllable power anyway, for a bike lacking modern traction control systems. The Torque Shift System uses variable length intake runners to boost midrange power and keep the bike's screaming top end. The Engine Brake System takes the place of a slipper clutch, basically leaking fuel and air into the engine on closed throttle to provide engine braking without locking the rear tire. Surprisingly, the system works very well.

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The result is a very fast motorcycle with stunning looks that still look modern more than fifteen years later. This particular Tamburini looks basically perfect. As it should be, considering the asking price and the low miles. These listed at a stunning $43,000 new, so today's example could be thought of as something of a bargain...

From the original eBay listing: 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini #85 of 300 for Sale

"My Dream, My Bike" - Massimo Tamburini

One of the most exotic motorcycles ever built. The MV F4 was limited to only 300 made, only 59 brought in to the USA. The plaque on the triple clamp shows #85 of 300. Very rare indeed. Few would argue its beauty. And even if you never ride the Tamburini, looking at it might be enough. Gold-toned mesh covers the fairing vent holes, while forged aluminum wheels are gold anodized to continue the theme, just as with the 6 piston billet Nissin front brake calipers. The low-friction titanium-nitride coating on the 50mm Marzocchi inverted fork sliders jives nicely with the gold anodized uppers.

Aside from the fuel tank which is steel, the Tamburini's bodywork is nearly all carbon fiber, finished to a very high standard. A nice touch is the F4 and CRC logo work on the fairing sides that lets the c-f weave “peek” through the high-gloss paint. Who needs decals when the underlying material itself is so nice you simply leave paint off? Sensual shapes and exotic materials set the Tamburini apart. Front axle carriers and brake calipers are machined from billet for maximum rigidity, while lower triple-clamp, frame sideplates and gorgeous single-sided swingarm are lightweight magnesium. And check out the carbon-fiber weave on the fairing panels!

Only 4,159 miles, adult owned and fully serviced. 

Arrow pipes and all booklets, plaque authenticating serial number, etc.

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Low-mileage, low-production run F4s show up for sale pretty regularly,  owing to the fact that they're often bought as display pieces and objects of lust more often than they are as functional motorcycles. Which makes sense, considering how awkward and uncomfortable they can be to actually ride on the street... They obviously offer handling and straight-line performance on par with the rest of the class, but their outright expense, crippling ergonomics, and high maintenance costs mean these are best left as occasional weekend or track-day toys: you masochists out there using your F4s as daily transportation have my respect. Obviously, if you want the gorgeous lines and don't have the $35,000 the seller is asking for this Tamburini, a more common F4 can be had for less than a third of the price and is just as stunning, if not ultimately as valuable.

Hell, I prefer the very stylish five-spoke wheels on the original F4 anyway...

-tad

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Limited Edition: 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini for Sale
MV Agusta September 16, 2016 posted by

Jet Fighter Replica: 2006 MV Agusta F4 1000 Veltro Strada for Sale

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To stimulate interest in their flagship F4 that saw only occasional updates, MV Agusta trotted out a seemingly endless series of special-edition bikes with the usual collectors-only price tags, wild horsepower claims, and extremely limited production numbers. Certainly, today’s F4 1000 Veltro Strada counts as rare: just 99 were built, along with 23 of the track-only Pista version. The Strada included carbon fairings, tail piece, airbox, fenders, air-ducts and so on. The frame side plates are magnesium instead of aluminum. The Pista version also included a lighter frame, oversized radiator, a carbon-fiber fuel tank, and a magnesium triple clamp and swingarm. It was powered by MV’s 998cc, radial-valved, inline-four that, in this version, produced a claimed 174hp, or 185 with the “race-only” titanium exhaust fitted. The Veltro Strada was, to my knowledge, never imported to the USA: this one is for sale in the UK.

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Interestingly, “Gruppo 23” isn’t a race team, as you might expect. It’s an Italian fighter jet squadron that was based in northern Italy. Their mascot was a greyhound, as can be seen in the graphic on the fairing. Unfortunately, at a glance the greyhound silhouette does look a bit like those awful tribal flame graphics that were popular during the early 2000s…

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Considering these went for around $72,000 new, the approximately $80,050 USD asking price might sound reasonable for such a rare, exotic machine at first, until you consider that even very limited-edition MVs are going for relative peanuts right now here in the USA. If you’re a collector, this kind of thing might make sense. For the rest of us? The “regular” F4 1000 offers up the same exotic looks for 1/7th the money, with the only penalty being a few more pounds and a couple less horses you probably weren’t using anyway.

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From the original eBay listing: 2006 MV Agusta F4 1000 Veltro Strada for Sale

This is an exciting and rare opportunity to acquire a mint condition MV Agusta F4 1000 Veltro Strada Sports Bike - 1 of only 99 ever produced worldwide!!

This super bike is in 'As New' condition with only 175km/ 100 miles approximately on the clock, and is being sold complete with MV Agusta unused titanium exhaust system, MV Agusta race fairing and MV Agusta race helmet.

This collectors superbike would not look out of place being displayed within your home or as part of a vehicle/bike collection.

The Veltro Strada motorbike is the road legal version of the Veltro Pista, and only 99 of this model were every manufactured making it an excellent collectors item. The Strada features carbon fibre bodywork and fixtures, machined aluminium steering head and foot rests, Brembo superlight wheels and unique matt black paintwork/graphics in the style of a WWII Italian fighter plane.

It's top speed is listed as 190+ mph and features 185hp @ 12,000rpm.

Viewings are more than welcome on this rare motorcycle from serious purchasers. Vehicle location is within the London area, United Kingdom.

Asking price for sale is £54,995 GBP

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It's a shame for all those speculators who purchased what they thought would be blue-chip collectibles, but great for the rest of us: these things really should be ridden, not hoarded anyway. If you like the F4 and can't stretch to one of the various ultra-collectible versions, a "regular" F4 1000 offers up the same exotic looks for $10,000 or less and, in most parts of the country, you’ll still likely be the only person on one at your local bike-hangout. Obviously, that same money would buy an equally fast Japanese literbike that would be infinitely more practical, but if you want a bedroom-poster machine in your garage, and have a spare bike to ride while you're waiting for parts to arrive from Italy during August when the MV factory is completely shut down for the entire month…

-tad

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Jet Fighter Replica: 2006 MV Agusta F4 1000 Veltro Strada for Sale
MV Agusta September 14, 2016 posted by

Et tu – 2008 MV Agusta Brutale 910S

After Cagiva's purchase of MV Agusta's storied name in 1999, the company decided to enter the boutique naked-sport market and developed the Brutale 750.  The model has been the subject of several limited production factory customs, and further evolution brought the Brutale 910S.  Though it will never have the utility or daily ridership of a Monster or SV, the Brutale is one of the very sportiest of naked sports.

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2008 MV Agusta Brutale 910S

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The 910S is powered by an inline four with MV Agusta's excellent four-valve heads, pretty high compression at 13:1 and making 134 hp.  The rather sculptural trellis frame surrounds the engine and terminates in large cast swingarm connectors.  The front suspension is a pair of rather massive 50mm inverted Marzocchi forks, and a Sachs-damped single-sided swingarm is found under the seat.  Nissin supplies the 6-piston front calipers over 310mm rotors, with a single 210mm rear brake.  It's unfaired except for the radiator shroud, though the double parabolic headlight looks aerodynamic enough.  Behind the teardrop instrument binnacle, a split level seat and low European handlebars complete the cockpit.

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This Colorado Brutale has less than 2,000 miles, and looks excellent.  Apparently the only mod, the HP Corsa exhaust is a lot shorter and likely quite a bit lighter than the factory dual mufflers.  From the eBay auction:

This bike only has 2,000 miles on it.  It runs and looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor. It only has one small crack in the paint in the tank, which is very difficult to see in the light.  I used a flashlight to take a picture and make it more visible for the ad.  You won't find a nicer, lower mileage 2008 Brutale anywhere.  This bike has a custom exhaust that gives it an awesome look.

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The 910S reviewed as a nice handling standard with ergonomics favoring the smaller rider.  The low bars and nearly rear-set pegs make for an aggressive posture, the narrow seat helping the rider move around a bit.  The trademark star alloys identify it as an MV Agusta, and the fuel tank's wings give you almost another gallon.  A distinctive and thoroughly modern take on the naked sport, the Brutale 910S uses Agusta's potent transverse four, but otherwise makes its own road...

-donn

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Et tu – 2008 MV Agusta  Brutale 910S