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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.


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.


2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910 Dash

Bargain Exotic: 2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910 for Sale
Aprilia January 1, 2015 posted by 2014 Year in Review

2014 Year in Review

Happy New Year from all of us at RSBFS! We enjoyed a great 2014 setting many new records. Nearly 750k visitors stopped by, we're well past 53k fans on our Facebook page, and 2.6m pages were viewed. To the best of our knowledge, 101 bikes were sold to RSBFS readers, 78 on eBay and another 23 that sold via our Featured Listing service!

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MV Agusta November 6, 2014 posted by

Seriously Pretty Rare: New 2004 MV Agusta F4 SPR


Intended to be the T-Rex of the grand comeback of the storied MV Agusta brand, the 2004 F4 750cc SPR had the very best bits that were offered on the F4 model (save the magnesium of the initial Oro model). With the most potent power plant in the lineup (estimates place it at 145-150 HP), carbon bits scattered throughout (although, sadly, not the main body panels), upgraded suspension in the form of a 50mm Marzocchi inverted front fork, special silver star wheels and limited, matte black livery, the SPR is a model you do NOT see every day. We have seen a couple pass through the RSBFS offices over the years, but I can count those on one hand and still have enough digits left over to make rude gestures. Limited to 300 units worldwide, this SPR is number 98, has a claimed zero miles, and resides in the land down under. Yes, that would be Australia. You didn't just expect to find a super rare zero mile MV Agusta in your neighbor's backyard, did you??


2004 MV Agusta SPR for sale in Australia


From the seller:
2004 MV Agusta F4 SPR LIMITED EDITION 98 of 300.


Prices on these models seems to be on the rise. These once used to be closer to the $10k USD mark, although a zero mile unit can certainly demand a premium. RSBFS staffer Ian once predicted these SPR models would go the way of the RC30/RC45. While we have not seen that sort of appetite quite yet, SPRs seem to be collecting a thicker stack of Benjamins than in years previous. This zero mile, nearly brand new example is on the market with a BIN of $28k USD. The seller is open to offers, so check it out and share your thoughts. Good Luck!



Seriously Pretty Rare:  New 2004 MV Agusta F4 SPR
MV Agusta October 23, 2014 posted by

Super Rare? 2004 MV Agusta F4 750 SR


The rebirth of MV Agusta started in 1997 under the Cagiva banner, and was seemingly created with the notion that all models would be limited editions. The concept is not surprising considering Cagiva was the parent company of Ducati, long famed for marketing unlimited numbered and special edition variants. The MV Agusta F4 was the smash hit everyone was hoping for; in addition to the original Oro, the F4 was offered as the mass produced model S, the Neiman Marcus Edition (an S with a special triple tree tag), the Senna (to benefit the children's charity he started), the SPR (the ultimate statement of the F4, with uprated engine, suspension and bodywork) and finally the SR model. The SR was a bit of a parts house special: the S chassis with the SPR engine. Sporting silver wheels, Arrow exhaust, a white tach (with Ago's signature across the face) and the requisite bronze plaque on top of the trees, the SR was limited to 300 units worldwide.


2004 MV Agusta F4 750 SR for sale on eBay


From the seller:
This is a Super Clean and Very Rare MV Agusta F4 SR. This is a real SR that is a 750 CC. I am told it is the only 750cc registered in the United States. Bike is Very Fast and Fun and runs and drives amazing!


With 300 units produced, it would seem unlikely that this is the only F4 SR model in the US at this time - but it is possible. With no way to verify that fact, RSBFS once again recommends prospective buyers do the research. Certainly the SR variant is a rarity in the F4 world, even if it is not the highest spec of the model lineup. With low miles and what looks to be a very clean presentation, this MV Agusta could make a nice addition to a collection.


Super Rare? 2004 MV Agusta F4 750 SR
MV Agusta October 8, 2014 posted by

More Miles Wanted: 2006 MV Agusta F4 CC with 72 miles


Somewhere in Florida, a '06 MV Agusta F4 CC is crying silently on a showroom floor. Like a greyhound in a crate, a F1 car in LA traffic jam, a or dolphin in a goldfish bowl, this is just wrong. Sure it is pretty to look at...but it was made to MOVE! Unfortunately, with the rarity and expense of the CC model, it is likely to be purchased as a work of art and simply parked once again. The "CC" in the naming stands for Claudio Castiglioni, who was running the rebirth of MV Agusta (having already saved Cagiva/Ducati, Husqvarna, and a solid attempt with Moto Morini). Sadly, Claudio passed in 2011, which might elevate the value of these models even further. The CC model F4 is based on the R spec engine, and was produced to a grand total of 100 units. These are coveted bikes and represent the very best in motorcycle design, manufacture, and marketing. The CC was also frightfully expensive, topping the MV range and prompting the New York Times to proclaim it "a motorcycle for moguls." It was so exclusive it came with a Girard-Perregaux watch included as part of the purchase. Consider this your 'half off' sale opportunity!


2006 MV Agusta F4CC with 72 miles!


From the seller:
06 MV Agusta F4 CC # 93/100



More Miles Wanted:  2006 MV Agusta F4 CC with 72 miles