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MV Agusta May 9, 2015 posted by

Blue Chip Investment Italian: 1978 MV Agusta 750S America

1978 MV Agusta 750S America R Front

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.

1978 MV Agusta 750S America R Upper Fairing

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.

1978 MV Agusta 750S America R Side Rear

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

1978 MV Agusta 750S America L Side

 

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.

20150421 2003 mv agusta f4 750 s evo3 right lever  20150421 2003 mv agusta f4 750 s evo3 front

20150421 2003 mv agusta f4 750 s evo3 rear  20150421 2003 mv agusta f4 750 s evo3 left lever

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.
20150421 2003 mv agusta f4 750 s evo3 right rear wheel  20150421 2003 mv agusta f4 750 s evo3 left rear wheel
20150421 2003 mv agusta f4 750 s evo3 right front  20150421 2003 mv agusta f4 750 s evo3 cockpit
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

2006 MV Agusta F4CC R Side Front2

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.

2006 MV Agusta F4CC Seat

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.

2006 MV Agusta F4CC L Side

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."

2006 MV Agusta F4CC Footpeg

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
MV Agusta March 13, 2015 posted by

Sexy Senna – Art For Your Garage

2002 MV AUGUSTA F4 SENNA for sale on eBay!

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When Massimo Tamburini passed away last year, the world lost perhaps it's most gifted motorcycle designer. Whenever there is a conversation about the most beautiful motorcycles of all time, the Ducati 916 and the MV Augusta F4 are always favorites. Tamburini gave us both of them. Many of the signature elements of the Ducati 916, such as the single sided swingarm, undertail exhaust and the trellis frame are present here and they are gorgeous.

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The "Senna" edition was mostly a cosmetic package with a unique paint scheme and some carbon bits. It was outfitted with the next generation Evo2 engine which made approximately 135hp. Production of the Senna edition was limited to 300 units with only 50 of those making their way to the U.S. It looks like the seller is shooting for the moon on the price, but given the undeniable design, the low mileage and the very limited numbers of the special edition, it might be just right for somebody.
From the seller's eBay ad seen here: 2002 MV Agusta F4 Senna on eBay

THIS F4 SENNA IS COMPLETE WITH STOCK EXHAUST, STOCK E-PROM, EXTRA SPROCKETS, COVER, SMALL TOOL KIT & BAG & INSTRUCTIONS IN ORIGINAL MV BOX.

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This particular example is another with low, low mileage... showing just 188 miles on the clocks. So what you do with it is up to you. Personally, I think anything with Senna's name adorned upon it deserves to be thrashed to redline as often as possible. He wouldn't want it any other way.

Mike M.

Sexy Senna – Art For Your Garage
MV Agusta March 12, 2015 posted by

Your Own Pet Shark: 2009 MV Agusta F4 1078 RR 312 for Sale

2009 MV Agusta F4 312RR L Side

Given how few F4's have actually been built, they're over-represented on eBay. They're the kind of motorcycle that people buy as investments or just to admire, then sell without putting many miles on them. And it's easy to see why: they're gorgeous but uncomfortable, uncompromising, and basically terrifying. Most reviews talk about the fact that they require real commitment to obtain the best performance.

They're basically the opposite of something like the GSX-R1000, which is basically the friendly Labrador Retriever of literbikes. The 312RR, on the other hand, was one of the great-white-shark-iest version of an already terrifying bike...

2009 MV Agusta F4 312RR R Fairing

Originally introduced in 750cc form and sporting perhaps the most beautiful sportbike bodywork of the last 20 years, performance from the radial-valved four cylinder was a bit underwhelming compared to bikes half the cost. So when MV started building their F4 1000, they decided to erase all doubts and no such criticisms regarding power are leveled at the bigger version.

2009 MV Agusta F4 312RR Dash

Displacing, surprise, surprise, exactly 1078cc's, the 1078 312RR was introduced in 2008 and produced until 2009. The RR's displacement bump meant the bike was ineligible for any racing series, but was anyone actually racing the 998cc version anyway? The "312" was also a bit of truth-in-advertising and referred to "KPH." As in "approximately 194mph."

2009 MV Agusta F4 312RR Seat Detail

With a claimed 190hp and no traction aids other than a slipper clutch, no one is likely to call the RR underpowered... Yes, of course you can have similar performance for many thousands yes, but anyone saying that is really missing the point here. A GSX-R1000 with tons of mods thrown at it to get it to 190hp is still just a tool. A very, very fast tool, but still just a tool. This is art.

And, like much functional art, the F4 1000 tends to get displayed as much as ridden. As the seller freely admits, people buy these as aspirational objects of lust, since pushing a bike like this to the limit takes guts, skill, and deep pockets if you happen to take things a little bit too far...

2009 MV Agusta F4 312RR Peg

From the original eBay listing: 2009 MV Agusta F4 1078 RR 312

2009 F4 that I purchased new from Pro Italia in Glendale CA  . As you see from the 2881 miles on the odometer that I spent more time waxing than riding.

Long list of mods and upgrades include:

BST carbon fiber wheels

Motocorse full titanium exhaust ($6K)

Fast by Ferracci ECU

FBF clipons

Brembo RCS master cylinders

Extensive use of carbon fiber throughout

Extensive use of titanium fasteners including the wheel nuts, suspension pivots, and motor mounts

Extensive use of ano and powder paint

Shori LiFe battery

DID 520 chain kit

Study the pics and you will see that no bolt was left unturned !

Included is the factory red stand, battery charger, and all the papers and manuals.  Thanks for looking !!

The first two pictures were taken when prototyping the Luimoto seat about two years ago. The rest are current photos that show the powder coated engine cases, triple clamp, and clipons.

I love these, and more common F4 1000's go for sometimes shockingly low prices. Getting parts can be a pain: my buddy waited months for a clutch to ship from Italy for his Brutale because the factory had supposedly shut down for summer holidays... But the detailing on these is incredible, and I'd assume you have a nice GSX-R lying around to ride while you're waiting for those parts, those beautiful, finely-crafted parts to arrive in the mail...

2009 MV Agusta F4 312RR Swingarm

Those BST carbon fiber wheels are especially tasty, although I prefer the company's five-spoke model to these, and the rest of the motorsport bling on this bike is of similarly high quality. That's actually one of the best thing about shopping for Italian exotica: many owners have babied the hell out of them and festooned them with the best bits money can buy.

With a $14,000 Buy It Now price, it's hard to argue that you're getting a serious piece of exotica for the price of a brand new GSX-R1000. Just be careful you don't get bitten.

-tad

2009 MV Agusta F4 312RR R Side

Your Own Pet Shark: 2009 MV Agusta F4 1078 RR 312 for Sale
MV Agusta February 6, 2015 posted by

Bargain Exotic: 2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910 for Sale

2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910 L Side

This entry may reignite the endless "what exactly is a sportbike" debate, but I'd argue that the MV Agusta Brutale is far more of a legitimate sportbike than a Ducati Monster or some other built-to-a-price bike designed to trade on an exotic name with parts-bin engineering. The Brutale is a full-on sportbike, fairing removed. It's far less extreme than the F4 on which it is based in terms of ergonomics, but isn't watered-down much at all.

It was almost unavoidable, really: in the same way that Triumph's Street Triple ended up being far more aggressive than competitors from Japan simply because Hinkley's budget was too small to create an entirely new bike. Triumph and MV Agusta simply did what you or I might have done with a crashed Daytona or F4 and pulled the shattered fairing, fitted comfortable bars, moved rearsets to a less punishing position, and called it done.

2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910 Front

The suspension could perhaps have been tuned a bit better for the new weight distribution, but is undoubtedly high quality, with almost ridiculously beefy 50mm front forks. There isn't much room to move around on the bike: the seat sort of wants you to stay where you are and won't let you slide forwards or backwards much and the ride is stiff, but feels very well controlled at all times.

And, because of its exotic name and initially high costs, many have been absolutely babied, making them an excellent buy on the second-hand market.

From the original eBay listing: 2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910 for Sale

Here is an extremely clean and original Brutale for your consideration. 

3200 miles with light use by an older gent owner. Sensible modifications include CQ mid pipe (Cat removal), removal of license plate hanging apparatus and large turn signals (bike has LED taillight with integrated indicators) 

Ferracci adjustable billet rearsets. 

Light custom accents include: Suede seat, Tommaselli grips, powder coated and machined heel guards and frame guards, custom plate holder, Carbon fiber passenger seat cover. Omission of passenger pegs - all original parts available. 

Bike had recent spark plugs, correct AGIP oil and filter service, brake pads, front & rear, complete injector removal and service. 

Bike is in excellent condition, paint on body panels, trim, frame, wheels is all excellent. 

This is a blisteringly fast (135hp) bike that has a comfortable upright seating and handlebar position...fantastic for weekend rides or commuting. It's not uncommon to find Brutale owners with 20k - even 30k + miles on these bikes. 

2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910 Rearset

Unfortunately, if you're a fan of "moar noise" I've yet to see an end-can choice that really replicates the slash-cut style of the stock pipes, although a cat-delete mid-pipe like the one on this bike will free up a very expensive-sounding snarl from the radial-valved four. But you really don't need to do much of anything to these: they're pretty great right out of the box, with quality components, and plenty fast. Deleting the hideous stock mirrors is a great start, and even though it's probably a little bit gauche, I actually like the suede seat. It might impede side-to-side movement if you like hanging off in corners, but I'm sure you could find a second-hand stock seat for days when you want to corner-carve instead of pose...

And this will definitely do both. It makes plenty of power for a naked bike and the suspension has the chops to keep it under control.

Brutales are available for a song right now and are virtually indistinguishable from new bikes to the average onlooker. They're beautifully engineered and very well finished bikes: up close, the details impress. The hard parts are very robust, although some details can require attention: headlight lenses can, um... fall out, and you should make sure the rear hub has been updated, since earlier examples did sometimes fail.

So this may not make a great everyday bike, and you should plan to spend some money on upkeep, but when properly maintained, these are pretty spectacular bikes and should be able to embarrass more than a few sportbikes on road, track, or anywhere top speed isn't an issue.

-tad

2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910 Dash

Bargain Exotic: 2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910 for Sale