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MV Agusta August 28, 2016 posted by

Uncompromising – 2000 MV Agusta F4 750S

Claudio Castiglioni was a young man when the venerable MV Agusta motorcycle brand was mothballed in 1980, and the company concentrated on their helicopter business.  Several years and many successes later, Castiglioni, as a principle of Cagiva, bought the rights to the name, and set to work reviving the brand.  The brilliantly performing F4 750S was the new company's first design, penned by Massimo Tamburini, with engineering help from Ferrari.  This example is basically unused with only 294 miles.

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2000 MV Agusta F4 750S for sale on eBay

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Central to the F4 750's performance is the radial valve arrangement, Ferrari's chief contribution to the bike.  Fuel injection is courtesy of a Weber / Marelli partnership.  A middleweight with 126 hp, the 750S has a steel trellis frame but uses cast connectors at the attachment points for the single-sided swingarm.  The front suspension is Showa 49mm inverted forks, triple adjustable.  Brakes are bespoke Nissin 6-piston calipers over 310mm disks, and 210mm rear.  The sound system is 4-1-2-4,  foreshadowing a hallmark for the brand.

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The owner must have taken care with how the bike was stored, it's immaculate and seems to be without fault.  From the eBay auction:

You are bidding on a basically brand new 2000 MV 750 F4. It has 294 miles but is still on it's MSO from MV as it has never been titled. It has a new battery and metal fuel disconnects other than that it is exactly as it arrived from MV. It was stored with aviation fuel so there were never any stale fuel issues. It starts, runs and works just as  it should.
It comes with it's original manuals, tools and paperwork.

I've had many questions regarding the title. As I said in the ad the bike is still on it Manufacturers Statement of Origin meaning the same document that the dealer gives to the DMV in any state. There should be no other taxes or penalties (other than what your state charges for registration) The bike was never registered because it was really never used except for the 294 miles that were put on when still new in 2000.

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Tested as thrilling ride and beautifully built, the new MV made a cameo appearance in the 2004 film i, Robot, and plenty of dreams.  The exotic price and racey riding position has ensured they are rarely seen with lots of miles.  Also hard to fully exercise on the street since 80 mph arrives in 2nd gear.  Not many corners were cut in design and construction of the F4 750S, and the new owner will have an uncompromising example as well.

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-donn

Uncompromising – 2000 MV Agusta F4 750S
MV Agusta May 28, 2016 posted by

Track Day Exotic: 2005 MV Agusta F41000 for Sale

2005 MV Agusta F41000 R Side

Normally, the goal here on RSBFS is to feature rare, unusual, or quirky sport motorcycles and we generally try to stick to machines in good, stock condition or bikes that have been tastefully modified. But today’s MV Agusta F4-1000 track bike is exactly the kind of thing I’d love to put together myself, if I had money and was feeling particularly brave. In this case, a perfectly good piece of nearly useless motorcycle jewelry appears to have been built to tackle the tarmac as an expensive and very fast trackday bauble. Honestly, I’m not sure which racing classes it’d be eligible to compete in and an F4 would obviously be far more costly to campaign than a GSX-R1000 without offering any real performance advantage, but that doesn’t mean someone shouldn’t take the plunge.

2005 MV Agusta F41000 L Side Engine

The adulation that surrounded the original F4’s introduction faded to polite applause once riders got to test it back-to-back against competing machines costing half as much: during the development of the exotic, radial-valved 750cc machine, the world lost interest in the class and literbikes had taken center stage, leaving MV hopelessly outclassed. Those bikes were much faster than the F4, at least in a straight line, weighed the same, handled almost as well, and cost less. MV Agusta left the beautiful looks alone, but addressed the lack of performance in stunning form when the F4-1000 was introduced a few years later. It was still more expensive than the Japanese literbikes and wasn’t really any faster, but at least those bullies couldn’t kick sand in its face anymore and it offered up a rawer, more committed experience for experienced riders.

Basically, the perfect choice for a track day monster!

2005 MV Agusta F41000 Clocks

From the original eBay listing: MV Agusta F4-1000 Track Bike

I am second owner, first owner is US servicemen, he bought this bike brand new from Pro-Italia and used for couple track days then deployed out of US, so he have to sale to me, this bike never register in DMV, I have all the papers word will including on this sale.

  • Please pick Option 1 or 2 only after you win my auction
  • 1:Red Marchesini Forged $2000 with Dunlop Ntec 211 tires cost $325 set
  • 2: Silver Marchesini Forged cost $2000 with Dunlop Ntet 212 tires cost $375 set
All the parts below will come with the bike:
  • Marzocchi 2009 RR312 Fork $850
  • Brembo M50 Calipers $550
  • Brembo clutch and 17mm brake master including both Reservoir $400
  • Ohlins TTX rear shock $1000
  • STM Slipper Clutch $1200
  • upgrade to shorai battery $190
  • upgrade Eprom $50
  • FBF rearset $375
  • FBF Exhaust $850
  • Power Commander PC3 $375
  • Power Commander Quick Shifter $275
  • Power Commander LCD $ 250
  • Arrow mid Exhaust $345
  • X-bike Fairing stay $325
  • Catalyst Composites track fairing $900 painted Professional $350
  • Brembo Rotors $300
  • Carbon Swingarm cover $250
  • Carbon hugger $175
  • 520 DID Chain front and rear sprocket covert $375
  • Set of Muzzy Aluminum Fan $160
  • Fresh Engine Ice Coolant
  • Top and Bottom Radiator guard $120
  • Quick Release Gas Cap SSR brand $120
  • Just Oil Change Motul 300v 15w50
  • Zero gravity clear painted red $90

Total parts I paid over $11k, I am sure missing couple more items.

While I do appreciate the seller listing all of the parts that went into the build, it always does seem a bit tacky to include the pricing. With that $8,500 starting bid, I’m sure he’s hoping to make a good chunk of that back, but he’s missing that important lesson discussed here on the site and in the comments section ad nauseam: throwing $11,000 in parts at a motorcycle will have very little impact on its value, other than to possibly make it more likely to sell than another machine in similar condition. And as these bikes become more and more collectible, all those expensive custom parts can actually make it less likely to sell… That’s certainly becoming true for early 916s.

2005 MV Agusta F41000 R Side Engine

Here’s the other thing: aside from actual, professionally-prepped racebikes, track day motorcycles generally sell for a good bit less than their road-legal counterparts. The reasons are pretty simple: the market for track-only bikes is much smaller, they’re  guaranteed to have been thrashed, since that’s basically the whole point of the exercise, and quite possibly have been crashed a few times. Track day junkies are expecting to crash at some point, and crashes mean repairs. A simple low-side in a slow corner doesn’t necessarily mean an end your day or weekend, assuming you can throw a new clutch or brake lever and clip-on bar onto the bike, or borrow a spare rearset peg or shift lever. A bag full of spares and a package of zip ties can quickly get you back on track, once you clean all the grass out from behind your fairings…

2005 MV Agusta F41000 Swingarm

And in spite of the obvious quality of the parts and preparation that have gone into this motorcycle, the reality is that you can buy a decent, road-legal F4 for what he likely wants for this, and the bits on those aren’t exactly of poor quality to begin with. This is obviously a very high-quality motorcycle, but I think the seller may have a hard time finding a buyer at that price.

-tad

2005 MV Agusta F41000 R Side Naked

Track Day Exotic: 2005 MV Agusta F41000 for Sale
MV Agusta April 6, 2016 posted by

Perfectly Collectible: 2009 MV Agusta F4 RR312 1078

2009 MV Agusta 312 RR R Side

With so many "paint and tape" special editions, it sometimes seems like there were very few standard MV Agusta F4s actually built... But the 1078 RR312 is more than just some flat-black paint with a famous name slapped on it. The RR312 throws any pretense at race-eligibility out the window with a big-bore motor and near 200mph performance. In a rare instance of honest alpha-numeric labeling, it packs a full 1078cc unit good for a claimed 190hp and a top speed of 312kph or over 190mph.

2009 MV Agusta 312 RR R Side Front

Introduced in 1998 as a 750, the exotic, radial-valved F4 found itself being compared to Japanese literbikes that blew it out of the water in terms of outright performance. The updated F4 1000 that followed addressed that perceived lack of power spectacularly. The F4 may offer minimal on-paper performance advantages over other literbikes, but the character is entirely different. Where bikes like the GSX-R1000 are famous for their near sport-touring versatility and flexible power, the F4 1078 is another animal, a highly-strung monster with handling that rewards commitment.

2009 MV Agusta 312 RR Tank

And so many F4s have been admired more than they've been ridden, but this RR312 one-ups other F4s in that regard as well: just 36 miles have rolled under the wheels from new.

From the original eBay listing: 2009 MV AGUSTA F4 RR312 for Sale

36 MILES FROM NEW

This 2009 MV AGUSTA F4 312RR 1078 was the most advanced MV to come out of the factory up to that point.  It has since held on to the title of one of the fastest and best handling motorcycles in the world.

The condition of this machine is virtually brand new.  There isn't much more you can say besides this bike is in showroom condition.  Everything on it is basically as it was when it left the dealer in 2009. Please note this bike comes in with a clear title.  It has been in 2 private collections since new, is started on a regular basis, and ridden very short distances occasionally.

Don't ask if there are any scratches on the bike.  There aren't.  If you see something that looks like a scratch, it's the light reflecting off the fairings.  The bike was purchased new and obviously ridden very sparingly since acquisition.  All of the major engine, transmission, and braking components have been recently checked for safety, and anything needing attention was serviced.  NOTHING needs to be done to the bike to ride it!

The tires on the front and rear are new. They are the original tires delivered with the bike.The paint is on the gas tank and fairings is original and again, in flawless condition, with no chips or scratches or scuffs evident anywhere on the machine. The battery was just replaced, and everything on the bike is working as it should.  The brakes were also checked to make sure they functioned perfectly as well.

I also have the ORIGINAL AND CORRECT rear stand for the bike as well as the original owner's manual and spare parts catalog. Again, there is absolutely NOTHING that needs to be done to this machine to ride it occasionally and enjoy it as a showpiece.

2009 MV Agusta 312 RR L Side Fairing

It's hard to imagine how someone could own a bike with this much performance and only ride it as far as my daily round-trip to the office... Of course, there are definitely concerns if you plan to add to those 36 miles: cars and bikes that sit definitely deteriorate in expensive ways. Seals and gaskets dry out and fail, rubber cracks and falls apart, meaning some of these low-mileage dream bikes can turn out to be more expensive than they look if you plan to do more than display them. Luckily, this one is still new enough that's not likely to be much of a problem.

2009 MV Agusta 312 RR Clocks

Bidding is very active and up to almost $9,000 with several days left on the auction and the Reserve Not Met. If it stays anywhere near that price, you're looking at pretty tremendous bang for your buck to go with those stunning, exotic looks. Obviously maintenance is a whole different story for an MV Agusta but I can't imagine anyone using one as a daily rider, especially one with such low miles...

-tad

2009 MV Agusta 312 RR L Side

Perfectly Collectible: 2009 MV Agusta F4 RR312 1078
MV Agusta January 14, 2016 posted by

2000 MV Agusta F4 750 with Just 1,000 Miles

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While the iconic Ducati 916 is the most celebrated Massimo Tamburini design, the F4 was also some of his best work of the period. This 2000 MV Agusta F4 750 has just 1,000 miles and is advertised as being displayed indoors most of it's life. With a $12k buy-it-now, the seller notes shipping is free for qualified buyers -- which I interpret as a full asking price purchase. There isn't much additional information about the bike for sale but at that price I hope it's recently serviced and ready to ride.

dc

2000 MV Agusta F4 for sale on eBay

2000 MV Agusta F4 750 with Just 1,000 Miles
MV Agusta January 11, 2016 posted by

MV Agusta 3, Robots 1 – 2004 MV Agusta F4 SPR

Featured in the 2004 film i,ROBOT, the MV Agusta F4 SPR tumbles in an early action sequence and give its all to take out a few wayward automatons.  Unlikely more than a few moviegoers knew of MV Augusta's recent revival with Cagiva backing, still less knew what a bike Hollywood had just sacrificed for the film.  The Special Production Racing limited edition was a very special 750, lighter and more powerful than most larger displacement sportbikes.

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2004 MV Agusta F4 SPR for sale on eBay

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The F4 750 was the inaugural MV Agusta after Cagiva purchased the trademark, and outside help was enlisted to ensure success.  The 749cc transverse inline 4 was derived from the early 1990's Ferrari F1 engine, and the F4 continues to use the radial valve layout today, in the 1000cc engine.  Thanks to 12:1 compression and an updated cylinder head, power is spectacular for a middleweight - 146 hp at 13,000 rpm.  The grey steel trellis frame connects to massive 50mm upside-down front forks from Marzocchi, with nitride hardening.  Rear suspension is a single-sided swingarm sprung by a Sachs damper.  Bespoke Nissin brakes are 310mm in front with 6-piston calipers, and 210mm rear.   Exhaust is updated for the SPR, and the factory offered three optional rear sprockets to adjust gearing.  The satin black bodywork is set off by silver graphics, and carbon front fender, intake covers with CRC ( Castiglioni Research Center ) emblem, and swingarm guards.

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A speed-oriented exotic requires exercise and maintenance, and this SPR has had both.  It looks pretty flawless with 6,800 miles.  Just a couple of clear lenses and an HID headlight have been added.  From the eBay auction:

I am the second owner and purchased this bike in the summer of 2005. The previous owner only put approximately 3000 miles on the odometer before selling it to me to purchase another toy. Since the bike has been in my care I have only put an additional 3700 miles on the odometer through occasional weekend rides. The bike has never been taken to the track or abused. I have always stored the bike with a dust cover inside my garage hooked up to a battery tender. The bike is currently housed at my office. The bike is completely stock except for the clear turn signal lenses and HID headlight. All the carbon fiber pieces are OEM. The bike starts every time and runs perfectly. All functions work on the bike as well.

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I recently performed the following maintenance items at approximately 6500 miles:
-Oil and filter change with AMSOIL synthetic
-Coolant flush
-Brake fluid flush (Front and Rear)
-New fuel filter
-New fuel pump
-New fuel hoses
-Professional Fuel Injector Cleaning by RC Engineering
-New NGK Platinum Spark Plugs
-I also performed a valve check on the bike at about 5000 miles and found all of them to be within factory tolerances with no adjustments needed.

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Reviewed as a chore in town and a dream on the open road, the SPR isn't super light at just over 400 lbs, but the power comes on strong around 7,000 rpm pulling strong right to the nearly 14,000 rpm redline.  A sweet handler with Ohlins adjustable steering damper, the F4 SPR can make quick work of straights and turns.  For this level of performance and in such fine shape, even the buy-it-now seems reasonable.  Shame if even one real F4 SPR was sacrificed making the movie...

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-donn

MV Agusta December 24, 2015 posted by

Charitable Donation: 2007 MV Agusta F4 Senna #168/300

2007 MV Agusta F4 Senna R Front

"Wait," you're thinking. "Aryton Senna raced cars, didn't he?" Well, unlike most race-replicas, the MV Agusta F4 Senna was built to help support the charity named after the famous driver, instead of being built to commemorate his race successes.

2007 MV Agusta F4 Senna Front

Largely unchanged from the "regular" F4 of the time, the Senna came with a 174hp 998cc four-cylinder that had the usual exotic specifications and included very subtle grey-and-red paint along with a really snazzy alcantara seat. Of course, while there is a theoretical air-flow advantage to the bike's much-touted radial valves, I think they're probably a lot like Ducati's Desmo heads: largely a great way to differentiate yourself in a crowded marketplace, rather than something that grants any sort of significant performance advantage.

2007 MV Agusta F4 Senna Snazzy Seat

It really doesn't matter: while it was far more expensive than competing bikes from Japan and generally harder to ride, er... hard, it was certainly fast enough to keep pace, even if it was a bit more likely to break itself or the rider. It's also one of the best-sounding four-cylinder motorcycles of all time.

2007 MV Agusta F4 Senna Clutch

The original listing is basically pointless, a cut-and-paste of the bike's specifications, including gear ratios and speeds in each and information about the bike's charging system, possibly the most useless information ever to anyone purchasing this motorcycle. There's basically no information at all about this specific bike or its history, aside from the not-broken-in-yet mileage: 2,200. Luckily, the seller at least includes a number of nice pictures for us to look at.

Seriously, from the original eBay listing: 2007 MV Agusta F4 Senna #168/300

First gear: Speed 13/38 78.5 mph at 13000 r.p.m.
Second gear: Speed 16/34 108.1 mph at 13000 r.p.m.
Third gear: Speed 18/32 129.2 mph at 13000 r.p.m.
Fourth gear: Speed 20/30 153.1 mph at 13000 r.p.m.
Fifth gear: Speed 22/29 174.2 mph at 13000 r.p.m.
Sixth gear: Speed 21/25 187.0 mph at 13000 r.p.m.
Final velocity ratio: 15x40
...

And so on.

With just 300 made, the Senna sold new for $29,995 in 2007. A very princely sum, but at least you can be glad that a portion of your thirty large went to the Instituto Aryton Senna to aid underprivileged children in his home country of Brasil.

2007 MV Agusta F4 Senna Plaque

Eight years later, this example is selling for a cool $18,495, significantly less but still a pretty big chunk of change. Considering a very nice F4 of the non-Senna variety can be had for half that amount, this one is mostly of interest to collectors, waiting for the day these finally begin to appreciate. I'm sure they will but, for the time being all of the F4s represent a pretty serious bargain. Electronics aside, the F4 can compete with most modern machines and will look far better doing it.

-tad

2007 MV Agusta F4 Senna L Side

Charitable Donation: 2007 MV Agusta F4 Senna #168/300