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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
MV Agusta September 29, 2014 posted by

Rebirth, Italian Style: 2000 MV Agusta 750 Carbon/PROTOTYPE

What is art?   For a long time the belief was that a motorcycle could not be art because "art can never have any other purpose than itself".  But the folks at the Guggenheim museum in New York thought differently and their 1998 display the Art of the Motorcycle was the most popular event at the museum in decades.  Of course the fact that they had a Ducati 916 front and center probably helped.  The 916 was designed by Masimo Tamburini and probably did more to transform Ducati from little known Italian motorcycle manufacturer to high end luxury item than any other bike in their history.

While for a lot of people the 916 would have been a career defining moment, Cagiva design house chief Massimo Taburini went on to design yet another jaw dropping blend of art and function and thereby relaunch an epic manufacturer into the new century.  I am referring of course to the MV Agusta 750 F4.

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Its hard now to explain the impact the new MV Agusta 750 F4 had when it was introduced. Bike design had become focused on blending function and weight (or as Colin Chapman is known for saying, "simplify, then add lightness").  The Honda Fireblade/CBR900 was the standard bearer of this philosophy and while bikes like the Fireblade were a technological tour-de-force, they inspired appreciation but not lust.

Into this setting came the rebirth of MV Agusta with the 750 F4, a drop dead, sexy red, narrow bodied bit of Italian exotica that didn't have the eye gouging 90's-style graphics packages. Plus it came with a rear end that was unlike anything else out there.

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2000 MV Agusta 750 ORO for sale on eBay

The first generation of the F4 model released to the public was the F4 750 Serie Oro and only 300 examples were produced, with only 60 being brought into the US.   A few seem to pop up on RSBFS repeatedly but this is not one of the previously listed bikes.

The Oro was significantly different from the standard 750 F4 models which followed it.   Many parts such as the swingarm, frame side plates and wheels were made from magnesium and were anodized gold for consistency with the name 'Oro' (which is Italian for gold).   All painted parts, such as fairings, seat cover, front mud guard and even the fuel tank and air box are made of carbon.  Also the Showa fork has fast detach axle clamps and according to the seller, the engine casing is different as well.

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So what's it worth?   Well on the plus side it has ultra low mileage, looks pristine and is 1 of the 60 series Oro bikes in the US with all the upgrades listed above.  But on the minus side MV Agusta went down the same road Ducati did, offering multiple "limited editions" of the bike which kind of diluted the appeal (I'm referring to you, Nieman Marcus edition) so it won't blow them away at bike night.  Also, the 1000cc engined bike introduced in 2005 is a more popular option with a lot of riders.  Lastly, a standard MV Agusta 750 seems to go for around 9k, so the asking price of 32k on this one seems a bit high but perhaps this bike will appeal to a collectors of 1st edition and zero mile bikes.  One thing is for sure, Tamburini knew how to "artfully" blend form and function.


Rebirth, Italian Style: 2000 MV Agusta 750 Carbon/PROTOTYPE
MV Agusta August 15, 2014 posted by

Hedge Fund Toy: 2002 MV Agusta Senna with 188 miles

When it comes to Rare Sporbikes, I think RSBFS author Mike said it well when he wrote the following:

Bikes become collectable in a few ways: They can be iconic motorcycles that have simply survived the ravages of time and modification, they can be homologation machines built in limited numbers and destined for the racetrack, or they can be born into collectability, with a flashy name and fashionable limited number plate."

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2002 MV Agusta Senna for sale on eBay

This is an MV Agusta 750 Senna edition.  The Senna edition was built to commemorate the life of Formula 1 driver and motorsport legend Ayrton Senna.   Only 300 Senna editions were produced, although Ducati did do a Senna edition of their 748 too.

The Senna edition has the MV Agusta 750cc model as its basis.  The 750 was the model that re-launched the MV Agusta brand back in the late 90's and was designed by Tamburini, the same man responsible for the Ducati 916.  When the MV 750 was launched it was considered by many to be the most beautiful bike in production, with the 4 pipes exiting under the rear fairing being particularly lust inspiring. Spec, build quality and handling were excellent, only the engine was a bit of a letdown.  The basic design endures today in the MV Agusta 1000 and three cylinder models but the F4 750 was the 1st.

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So the bike is beautiful, good mechanically and rare to boot.  An yet I have to be honest and say I hesitated before posting this bike.  Even with the good looks and limited production numbers, I just can't think of it as a "true" rare sport bike.  I guess its just a personal preference but I don't like bikes where the only difference is paint and a perhaps a number plate on the top yokes and then they want to charge a lot more money for it.  Then again, the MV Agusta Senna edition bikes have appeared here on RSBFS a couple of times before and always seem to draw interest so I decided perhaps its just me and here it is.

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This one appears to be owned by a collector (or possible hedge fund employee given its location) and is certainly one of the nicest we have seen.    Prices for these typically range between 12-15k, and with the low miles on this one I would expect the reserve to be close to the upper part of the range.  So if you are a Senna fan and have been looking for an uber low mileage way to commemorate his life, this may be for you.


Hedge Fund Toy:  2002 MV Agusta Senna with 188 miles
MV Agusta June 23, 2014 posted by

Painfully Beautiful: 2000 MV Agusta F4 750 for Sale

Okay, so the MV Agusta F4 is on my short list of “must own” bikes. The 1000’s are fairly common, but somehow I’m paranoid those extra 250cc’s will be the death of me. When they were released the 750’s were a bit disappointing, with performance on-par with Suzuki’s GSX-R 750 and a much higher price tag.

But these days, prices for F4’s are shockingly affordable, assuming you stay away from any that have “Oro,” “Senna,” or “Tamburini” in the name. Notice I'm not saying anything about maintenance costs: I had a buddy with a 750 Brutale that was, shall we say, "less than reliable..." And with dealers sometimes thin on the ground and some parts shipping from Italy, things can get dicey if you actually want to, you know: ride your motorcycle.

But with a bit of luck, these days you can get yourself a gen-u-wine Italian exotic for under $10k.

2000 MV Agusta F4 750 L Side

Reportedly developed with input from Ferrari, the F4's engine mostly follows standard superbike specifications, with four cylinders, four valves per actuated by dual overhead cams, hemispherical combustion chambers [see listing] Then it gets weird: Radial valves.

Radial valves are simple enough in theory, with clear on-paper performance advantages. But making those work in practice isn’t quite so easy, which may explain why basically nobody else uses them. With no measurable performance advantage over traditional parallel valves, and some very real downsides in terms of complexity, these sound cool, but fall into the same category as Desmo valves: probably not worth the trouble, except as a marketing tool.

So the F4 is more complicated than a GSX-R, much more expensive to maintain, and not likely to be faster on road or track. So why buy one? Well just freaking look at it:

2000 MV Agusta F4 750 Front Rear

Rumors have swirled that this was originally penned to be Ducati’s 916 replacement before designer Tamburini left the company. Regardless of the truth of that, this is a truly gorgeous motorcycle, even ten years on. The tail’s a bit chunky, but otherwise what would you possibly change?

And it's not like it isn't a fast motorcycle, it's just not appreciably faster than more mundane alternatives. It'll still blow your hair back just fine, and the 1000 version will pull it out by the roots... Figuratively: of course you're wearing a helmet.

From the original eBay listing: 2000 MV Agusta F4 750 for Sale 

The F4 was created by famous motorcycle designer Massimo Tamburini at CRC (Cagiva Research Center), following his work on the Ducati 916. The F4 is unique with its four pipe undertail exhaust, single-sided swingarm, large front forks (49 or 50 mm diameter) and traditional MV Agusta red and silver livery. The F4 is also one of the few production superbikes to have hemispherical chamber 4 valves per cylinder engine.

The F4 engine is a liquid cooled inline four cylinder (4-stroke) with two overhead camshafts (DOHC), 16 radial valves, electronic multipoint injection, induction discharge electronic ignition.

Be ready to turn some heads with this one of a kind motorcycle. This is a rolling piece of art. All hand built in conjunction with the engineers of Ferrari.

Other nice feature of the 750s is that nice yellow-faced tach. I’m big on interesting tachs: I figure you’ll probably spend a good bit of time with it stuck in your face on the road, might as well be looking at something cool, and I can't name another bike, except maybe modern Benelli, that has a yellow-faced tach.

The seller may not be an expert, but the bike looks very clean, with low miles. And $8,900 seems like an awfully fair price. Miles wouldn't stay very low for long if I bought it.


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Painfully Beautiful: 2000 MV Agusta F4 750 for Sale
MV Agusta May 27, 2014 posted by

Peter Fonda’s MV Agusta F4CC #21 available in California

2006 MV Agusta F4CC for sale

The ultimate iteration of the F4 at the time, the F4CC was created to be a rolling piece of motorcycle artwork (it even says so on the decals). The CC stands for the father of this machine, Claudio Castiglioni, when he was managing director at MV Agusta. "I decided to put my name to this bike as I originally dreamed of it for myself" is how he described his vision. While it's roots can be traced to the F4R, it is completely retooled with custom, hand made parts from the racing division including a massaged motor, carbon fiber bodywork, and beautifully made pegs, levers, other fixtures. With a MSRP when new of $120k, this one has an opening bid of $65k with no takers as of this writing. Hat tip to Daren for the spot!


2006 MV Agusta F4CC for sale on eBay


from the seller:

2006 MV Agusta F4 CC miles. Number 21 of 100 built. This one was purchased and ridden by iconic American actor and motorcyclist Peter Fonda. 2202 miles with presentation book, certificate of authenticity, rear stand, cover, standard and Corse exhaust. New these motorcycles carried a price of $120,000. Created by Claudio Castiglione as a response to the 1500 production run Ducati D16RR, no expense was spared in materials or craftsmanship. Details like using titanium for screens in the fairing openings abound.

Includes the Limited Edition MV Agusta F4-CC Laureato Chronograph by Girard Perregaux #21 of 100. Estimated value of time piece alone is $18,000

Though he's known to motorcyclists for riding a Harley chopper in "Easy Rider" and in the process making millions of guys want to buy bikes and ride across America, Peter has always been a European motorcycle fan having owned several MVs and BMWs over the years.

His CC was purchased from Pro Italia Motors with the assistance of the distributor of MV in America Larry and Eraldo Ferraci. This particular bike, #21, was featured at the Art of the Motorcycle Show at Quail Lodge in 2006 and ridden by Peter, Phil Read, Giacomo Agostini, and other notable riders on a trip from Los Angeles to Monterey.

Peter shares this about his love of MV motorcycles and the company.

"I had been aware of MV Agusta's 37 World Championships for a long time, so, when I found out they were back in the game, I bought an F4 1000, immediately. I loved that bike and rode it all around the coast and savanna of tropical Queensland, Australia. When I had wrapped the film I was shooting, down under, I auctioned the bike to support the neo-natal wing of the children's hospital in Melbourne and ordered a new one to be shipped to my ranch in Montana. Eventually, I brought the bike down to Los Angeles. However, as soon as I rode the F4 CC from LA to Half Moon Bay, near San Francisco, I knew I had to have that bike. The F4 CC was the finest motorcycle I had ever ridden, and I was able to buy that same bike. I met Claudio Castiglioni in Stressa, Italy, in 2009, and saw where the bikes were built. I met Giacomo Agostini (the number one champion rider in the world until the mid 2000's) who had also ridden that same bike. What a fantastic dance card on my CC!"

Peter Fonda’s MV Agusta F4CC #21 available in California
MV Agusta May 7, 2014 posted by

2005 MV Agusta F4 Ago #288/300 with just 40 Miles available in California

5.7.2014: This Ago was sold but the buyer backed out. It's back on eBay now and with pictures of the bike. If you have questions, the owner is participating in the comments. Pictures added, links updated. -dc

2005 MV Agusta Ago for sale

The Ago edition of the MV Agusta F4 kicked off the revised model with 1000cc. It is named after Giacomo Agostini, an Italian road racer who won 15 world championships between 1964 and 1977, many of which aboard an MV Agusta. The F4 Ago was limited to just 300 units worldwide and the seller states that only 40 made it to the U.S. With just 40 miles, it's ready for your living room or museum! Unfortunately the seller has not provided pictures of the actual bike but rather press photos and other collected from the web. With a buy-it-now of $26k, I'd want to see a few snapshots before pulling the trigger!


2005 MV Agusta F4 Ago for sale on eBay


from the seller:

As with any AGO edition, it comes with a set of brand new in box "RG3" slip on performance exhaust with specially anodized tips in Platinum color for this model only, including the performance chip. Books, factory tools, factory MV grip covers, MV factory Red paddock stand.

There are a few extras in addition to what came with the bike: Ordered from MV Performance parts catalog are the carbon rear hugger carbon exhaust shield, carbon rearset-heel guards and a carbon batter box. A brand new in box, factory supplied cat-less racing mid-pipe is also going with the bike. The current raerset heel-guards and the heat shield on the bike are the factory carbon fiber ones, which were just mentioned. I no longer have the metal parts. It also has clear fuel tank side protectors.

Bike has been regularly started to maintain the healthy internals and to prevent gaskets from drying out. It also has a new battery which is on trickle charger. Oil had been refreshed as well, even though bike was sitting.

2005 MV Agusta F4 Ago #288/300 with just 40 Miles available in California