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MV Agusta December 8, 2015 posted by

Matte Tamburini: 2004 MV Agusta 750 SPR

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I know some people think of the MV Agusta as "the-Ferrari-of-motorcycles", in large part due to the fact that the engine was derived from the 1990–1992 Ferrari Formula One engine.  While it is true that early in the design process Ferrari engineers assisted in the development of the engine, MV deviated from the Ferrari design pretty early in the 750 design.  MV Agusta did keep one important feature; the radial valves.  To my knowledge the MV Agusta 750/1000 lineup is the only radial-valved street legal motorcycle currently in production.

Personally I think the MV 750 and subsequent 1000cc model are more like an Aston Martin than a Ferrari in that the basic layout and look hasn't changed much since the 750cc model was introduced in 1999 as the first of the relaunched MV Agusta model.  The F4 750 SPR was released in 2004 as the final evolution on the F4 750 platform.

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2004 MV Agusta 750 SPR for sale on eBay

While the layout of the 750/1000cc has remained pretty much constant, the F4 SPR did have some improvements over its earlier brethren. The SPR included a bump in horsepower up to 146 hp which gave the bike a top speed of 180+ mph.  This increase was due in large part due to its new cylinder head, new inlet ducts, and a redesigned the combustion chamber.  The SPR also came with Marzzochi 50mm forks and everything was wrapped up in matte grey bodywork, special silver start wheels and some carbon fiber bodywork (front fender, chain guards, air ducts covers).  Only 300 SPR units were produced so it definitely meets the Raresportbike criteria.

A review of the SPR can be found here.

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This particular SPR has no real info posted about it from the seller but looks to be in excellent shape.   Mileage is 2,832 so its not crate new and I do think I can see a few small scuffs on the bodywork near the gearchange lever and the rear mudguard/hugger, but otherwise it looks pretty good.

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What is this SPR worth?  Well its a 300 unit all Italian sportbike so its not going to be bargain basement.  At the same time its not the most desirable of the relaunched MV Agusta 750 configurations for collectors (that honor belongs to uber rare SP-01 which carries the signature of Mr. Tamburini on each).   Prices on the SPR hovered around $10,000 USD for the last few years but now seem to be slowly rising so the Buy-It-Now prices for this SPR is $12,500 USD is actually right in line.

The SPR  may not ever reach RC30/RC45 type prices (sorry Ian) but its still an all Italian sportbike that looks great and would be a fine representative of the reborn MV Agusta in any collection.

-Martin/Dallaslavowner

Matte Tamburini:  2004 MV Agusta 750 SPR
MV Agusta August 10, 2015 posted by

Sterling Silver – 2002 MV Agusta F4 750

Rarely seen outside of the factory red with silver lowers, the MV Agusta F4 750 is a true exotic, a technological wonder in a beautiful package.  From its introduction in 1997 until it was succeeded by the 1000 cc model in 2004, the F4 750 enjoyed a few special models and updates but kept the winning design penned by Massimo Tamburini.

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2002 MV Agusta F4 750

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With design assistance from Ferrari, the F4 was given hemispheric combustion chambers and radially arrayed valves ( 4 per cylinder ), complicated but achieving 126 hp.  Complementing the power output are 49mm diameter Showa forks and 310mm front disks squeezed by 6-piston calipers.  More-is-more extends to the 4-into-4 exhaust system and Ohlins steering damper.

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Not super-light at just over 400 lbs, the reviews show the F4 750 to be a fast, stable platform.  Controls at the handlebars and footpegs are adjustable, as are the suspension and ride height.  Nice carbon fiber touches at the front fender, airbox, and side covers.

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Offered by a dealer on the back east, this F4 750 looks excellent, substantially stock with a nice tail tidy.  Though there's no bidding or offering, the buy-it-now looks reasonable.  From the eBay auction:

Rare All Silver OEM Color!
6000 miles
Excellent condition
Well maintained
Carbon Fiber air box, side covers, air tube covers,
tank protector and key guard
Beautiful Merlotti plate re-locator
Integrated turn signals / tail light

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MV Agusta's history includes many championships and countless wins, mostly long past, though they returned to some racing since 2000.  After several years of a few hundred bikes per year, the F4's distinctive design and top-shelf components helped the company turn a corner to the new machines.

-donn

Sterling Silver – 2002 MV Agusta F4 750
MV Agusta June 12, 2015 posted by

Nearly-New: 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 AGO for Sale With 40 Miles!

2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 AGO R SideThe MV Agusta F4 1000 pretty much represents the bargain of the decade, with nice examples of the very sleek, and genuinely very fast F4 trading for right around $10,000.

Which is about what a nice 2013 GSX-R600 will set you back. 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 AGO DashFor commuting or track days, that Gixxer is very likely the better choice: parts are everywhere, so you can scrounge up a new clip-on or shift lever if things go wrong in the morning and get back on track that afternoon. The GSX-R600 is an excellent bike, but almost as vanilla as it's possible for a sportbike to be. But if you want a motorcycle that makes you weak in the knees every time you go out to the garage to grab a beer, you really can't beat an F4, and the AGO is just that much more sparkly. 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 AGO L FairingPowered by a 998cc, radial-valve four-cylinder with one of the prettiest stock exhaust systems in recent memory, the bike had the power, if maybe not the refinement, to go head-to-head with literbikes from Japan. The AGO isn't quite so affordable as the regular F4, but still represents a stunning value, especially when you consider what people likely paid for them new... 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 AGO Rear SprocketThe AGO is named for famous rider Giacomo Agostini, considered to be one of the greatest motorcycle racers of all time. Only 300 of these were produced, although they were basically just standard F4's with numbered plaques, along with some spiffier wheels and suspension bits. 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 AGO RearsetInterestingly, with the Isle of Man TT in the news recently, Agostini was actually one of the track's most outspoken opponents, boycotting the venue after a friend was killed at the 1972 race and by 1977, the race was removed from the Grand Prix calendar.

From the original eBay listing: 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 AGO

MV Agusta's legendary F4 1000 AGO, designed by the master of motorcycle designs, Mr.Tamburini. It is one of 65 units imported to North America. Extremely rare, collectible and next to impossible to find with such low miles. A letter from MV Agusta Italy, signed by Mr. Castiglioni to show it's authenticity and rarity! It comes with all the papers, brand new in box exhaust system + chip- which was supplied with this bike from factory when delivered, rear stand. 

In the future, this bike will further appreciate in value. It's not only a rolling art, but also an appreciating investment. These type of bikes are not repeatable again.

The extras are the CF exhaust, heel guards and the rear hugger which are all factory supplied. The fuel tank has been coated internally to prevent any rust or damages to the fuel system.

2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 AGO Rear SuspensionI think that the seller is correct that "this bike will further appreciate in value." But the question is: when? When these limited edition bike get released, speculators eagerly snap them up, expecting to turn a quick profit. But considering the AGO cost over £20,000 new, the bike still represents a pretty serious bargain at the moment. So buy this to enjoy it and hope that, one day, you can sell it to help fund your retirement. If not, it'll at least look damn good in the lobby of your retirement home.

-tad

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Nearly-New: 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 AGO for Sale With 40 Miles!
MV Agusta May 9, 2015 posted by

Blue Chip Investment Italian: 1978 MV Agusta 750S America

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Like Ferrari, MV Agusta was a company that lived for racing. Road Ferraris, traditionally, were sold simply to subsidize their on-track efforts. But MV Agusta took things a step further: when they finally deigned to produce a roadgoing model, it was hobbled by hideous looks and power-sapping shaft drive. The later 750 looked good, but still featured that driveshaft that made it more suited to touring than track duty. This was supposedly to discourage privateers from buying a street MV and competing against the factory bikes. Italian bike specialist Magni makes a chain-drive conversion, so if you happen to own one of these, have access to a time machine, and possess the skills to go racing against Giacomo Agostini and Mike Hailwood, it's something to keep in mind.

1978 MV Agusta 750S America L Fairing Detail

Until the Japanese Big Four flooded the market with cheap, reliable machines, inline four motorcycles were very exotic and considered the height of sophistication. And MV's four was no Honda knock-off, with gear-driven cams and an overall width less than that of a CB400. A closer look reveals beautiful, sand-cast parts and quality construction not found on most machines of the period. Even the clumsy shaft drive features a beautiful, finned housing.

1978 MV Agusta 750S America Dash

The America upped the game with 787cc and 75hp, moving the gearshift to the left side of the bike to cater to a wider audience. While it was a competent handler, it was heavy and expensive, a bike better suited to showing off your peerless good taste than actually carving canyons.

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From the original eBay listing: 1977 MV Agusta 750S America for Sale

ONLY 1,112 Miles, original paint, excellent condition and VERY RARE. 

Last owner had this since early 1980s-I have a picture of this title.

Included with this sale:

- 2 fairings      

- 3 sets of exhaust pipes

- Original tool kit

- New battery

- Spare New Marzocchi Shocks

- Riders manual, shop manual, MV Agusta Super profile book & various related literature

- Street & Race Air Cleaners

- Brembo & OE front calipers

- Bike runs EXCELLENT. However, it is currently on display in my home, therefore, there are no fluids in the bike.

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Honestly, it's pretty amazing that all those extra parts are included: bought separately, they'd probably add up to the cost of a second bike! The 750S is, quite literally, one of the most collectible bikes of the modern era, the bike that all the folks snapping up limited-edition F4's are hoping their purchases will turn out to be. But this is the real deal, a proven blue-chip collectible bike whose value turns on heritage and rarity, not outright performance.

-tad

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Blue Chip Investment Italian: 1978 MV Agusta 750S America
MV Agusta April 23, 2015 posted by

Race bred – MV Agusta F4 750 S EVO3

A dynasty like no other, MV Agusta won 63 world championships from 1948 through 1980, in all classes of Moto GP.  After the death of the founder's son Count Domenico Agusta in 1971, the drifting trademark was revived by Cagiva in 1991, which re-introduced MV Agusta cycles in 1997.  Now-legendary designer Massimo Tamburini had recently completed the Ducati 916 and leg the Cagiva Research Center in their efforts, consulting with Ferrari on the new design, especially the hemispherical combustion chamber.

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2003 MV Agusta F4 750 S EVO3 for sale on eBay

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A true exotic, the F4 was built in very low numbers of around 300 per year, and generally cost more than double what more popular machines could ask.  The radial array of 4 valve per cylinder is derived from the Ferrari Formula 1 engine, generating 137hp at 12,500 rpm.  The bodywork, which was carbon on the 1998 show bike, is mostly fiberglass, as the magnesium parts of the original F4 are now generally aluminum.  Brakes can only be considered extreme with 6-piston calipers gripping 310mm front disks.  The often-copied underseat exhaust has 4 small mufflers.  A lovely and light package, capable of 170 mph.

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This MV has 9,500 miles and upgrades include carbon bits and wheels, and lower profile rear lighting.  From the eBay auction:

Solo seat version.
Excellent condition!!!

 
Upgrades include: 
Carbon fiber fenders, exhaust guards, ignition guard, etc.  
Marchesini wheels.  
Aftermarket rear lights / turn signals
Also included:
Extra Pirelli Diablo tires ( 2 front, 1 rear)
bike cover.
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Factory improvements to the F4 750 were mostly cosmetic in 2003, as MV Agusta prepared the 1000cc model for introduction.  The one has some nice improvements, and is looking to be in excellent shape, with spare tires and matching leathers ( if you're 5'10" and 155 lbs. ).
-donn
Race bred – MV Agusta F4 750 S EVO3
MV Agusta April 10, 2015 posted by

Hand-Built Masterpiece: 2006 MV Agusta F4CC for Sale

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The MV Agusta F4CC might at first look to be something along the lines of Ducati's endless, blinged-up "S" versions that slap on some carbon, slightly up-spec suspension, and call it a day. But the F4 "Claudio Castiglioni" is far from a paint-and-tape special edition. It is, without question, the ultimate incarnation of the first-generation F4 and incorporates the very best parts, cost no object.

It's basically what you'd do to your own F4, given an unlimited budget.

2006 MV Agusta F4CC L Side Rear

Priced at a shocking $120,000 new in 2006, the bike looks basically the same as a stock F4, but 90% of the parts are handmade and constructed from better, lighter material wherever possible: the gearbox housing is magnesium, as are the frame sideplates and swingarm. Everything that can be made from carbon fiber is made from carbon fiber. Even the little vent mesh inserts are made from titanium instead of steel. All that attention to detail, while it will be overlooked by 99.9% of riders, costs money. Lots and lots of money.

2006 MV Agusta F4CC Rear Suspension

Inside, the engine featured a slipper clutch unique to this model that replaced MV's unconventional system that held open valves on one cylinder to keep the rear wheel from hopping across the pavement on corner entry. Boosted to 1078cc and making 163.7rwhp the wailing inline-four is likely very close to the 200hp claimed by MV at the crank.

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From the original eBay listing: 2006 MV Agusta F4CC for Sale

This is a collector grade vehicle in stunning condition which can be enjoyed in the saddle or on a pedestal, it's up to you to decide, but rest assured, at this highly depreciated cost, the value can only head one direction.

With only 198 miles , expect near  new condition on the F4CC. The howl of the inline four through the beautiful, sculpted, titanium organ pipes is intoxicating!

The bike comes with a cover, a  full titanium racing exhaust is installed and spare stock exhaust, a Corse rear wheel stand, disassembled shipping crate and 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.

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The increased displacement makes it ineligible for most forms of racing, but you probably wouldn't want to track this anyway: even if you can afford to buy a $120,000 motorcycle, insurance generally doesn't cover on-track mishaps, so you're on your own if you take a tumble. "If you can't afford to crash it, you can't afford to track it."

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So most of these have simply become collectors items, a true shame considering the potential contained in the bike. While the CC certainly commands a premium on the used market, they aren't selling anywhere near the $120,000 list price. They do come up from time-to-time, with asking prices in the $50-$60k range, so this seems in line with current values. A lot of money for a bike, but maybe a small price to pay for one of the most beautiful, and beautifully detailed motorcycles of modern times.

-tad

2006 MV Agusta F4CC R Side

Hand-Built Masterpiece: 2006 MV Agusta F4CC for Sale