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MV Agusta September 4, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1999 MV Agusta F4 Serie Oro

9/4/2017 Update: Significant price decrease and a live auction now underway! Links updated. -MI

The rebirth of MV Agusta in 1998 was a storied affair, a huge investment, and was centered around the introduction of the F4. The F4 was a single model that represented the direction of the new company, encompassing both style and substance. The style came from the Cagiva Research Center with legendary designer Massimo Tamburini (co-founder of Bimota and designer of the Ducati 916 series). The substance was a powerful one-two punch of history and performance. The result was phenomenal, beautiful, and utterly exclusive.

The first 300 F4s that were released worldwide were Serie Oro machines. The term "Oro" refers to the golden color of the components. But this was not mere paintwork or some marketing ploy. Instead, MV Agusta took the old-fashioned route and sculpted a bike out of unobtainium. The metal components that might be aluminum on other bikes were created in magnesium on the Oro. Magnesium is a magic material that is lighter in weight than aluminum, just as strong (or stronger in some cases), but more difficult to work with. It is an expensive, labor-intensive method to lose weight, and shows the extent of the craftsmanship that went into the launch of the F4. Components created in magnesium on the Oro include the striking wheels, frame side plates and the huge swingarm.

Exotic materials did not end with the metals. Carbon fiber usage is extensive on the Oro, including all of the painted and unpainted bodywork, the tail section and the entire gas tank. Today carbon fiber is ubiquitous - seen nearly everywhere. In 1999, this was still aerospace and F1 material, and the labor to produce these pieces was far higher than other mass production methods, including injection molded plastics (ABS) seen on many bikes of the era. The overall silhouette of the bike is familiar, yet unique. The F4 has earned many accolades as one of the most beautiful motorcycles ever produced, and it is easy to see why. It is the culmination of where Tamburini started with the Ducati 916; more aggressive in some places, yet rounder and softer in others. The MV Agusta colors of red and silver highlight the proportions wonderfully.

All was not simply style, however. For motivation, MV Agusta created an all-new 750cc powerplant. It is a 750cc inline four with DOHC, but there is much more here as well. Engaging with the engineering genius of the Ferrari F1 team, MV Agusta created a cylinder head with the valves arranged in a radial pattern for maximum airflow and combustion efficiency. To this they added electronic wizardry in the form of multipoint fuel injection and an induction discharge electronic ignition to complete the package. The organ pipe exhaust system (4-2-1-2-4) serves both as a powerful visual focal point at the back of the bike while also routing the exhaust plumbing up high out of the way, aiding in cornering clearance. The noise of an F4 at full song is beautiful music indeed.

On the chassis side, the six piston front calipers and the master cylinder were development updates from the Cagiva-Nissan partnership in 500cc GP racing. Both Pirelli and Michelin - at the behest of Tamburini - created special tires to suit the F4 model specifically. Suspension features include a MV Agusta-spec front fork built by Showa that includes quick release front axle clamps - yet another bit of attention to detail that shows the agonizing efforts MV Agusta went through to create the Oro.

From the seller:
1999 MV Agusta F4 Serie Oro
No 279/300
VIN ZCGF400AAXV000279
Mileage: 7800mi
Fantastic condition and ridden regularly. The only blemishes are a 3/16” scratch on the left side fairing (see close up fairing image) and there are some rock chips on the wheels that have been touched up (see wheel images).

7500mi service (including valve adjustment) recently completed and the rear wheel bearings were replaced as a pre-emptive measure at the same time (these are the two major maintenance items to watch out for on the early F4s).

Includes tool kit, owners manual, factory rear stand, both "gold” keys

I encourage prospective buyers to view the F4 in person if possible or ask any questions they may have via e-mail:

Contact: mvagustaf4oro@gmail.com

Price: Asking $36,000 OBO $32,000 Buy It Now or LIVE eBay auction

MV Agusta was determined to return to the sport of motorcycling where they once dominated with an effort worthy of the name. In the Oro, they succeeded in building both a very special motorcycle and one that works exceptionally well. That takes time, and tremendous finances. The rumor is that the Cagiva 500cc GP program was killed to help fund the F4 development, freeing up both cash reserves and engineering staff. That's how serious the rebirth of MV Agusta was in 1998, and that is how much effort went into creating the Oro model.

The MV Agusta Serie Oro is a rare and special machine. These bikes were frightfully expensive when new, and this immaculate example looks to be priced right in the range for a well-loved Oro today. With extremely limited numbers in the US (estimated at approximately 60), each individually numbered bike has the identification that makes it exclusive and distinctive. Looking good while going fast will never be a problem on this F4; your exclusivity is virtually guaranteed. And thanks to bikes like this Serie Oro, the legend of MV Agusta lives on. Contact mvagustaf4oro@gmail.com for more details.

MI

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 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 27, 2013 posted by

Housebroken Artwork: 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000

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I just love it when we see pictures like this. Anyone who parks their bike inside the house doesn't just consider it a work of art, they consider it family. I guess when this seller indicates that the bike was stored in a temperature controlled environment you can understand what he is saying. I don't even care if it was done as a stunt for the pictures - it just looks awesome! Pity that the boss doesn't allow us to park our bikes inside the ultra-plush RSBFS offices, but between the elevator ride and the shag carpeting I'm sure it is for the best.

2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 for sale on eBay

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The MV Agusta F4 lineup was designed by legendary moto-artist Massimo Tamburini - you might remember him from his startup company Bimota (he was the "Ta"), or the Ducati 916/996/998 series of rolling artwork. Everything this guy touches ends up looking fantastic, and the F4 series of bikes was no exception. Throw in some cylinder head design work provided courtesy of the Ferrari race engineering team, and you have a gorgeous superbike with serious potential.

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From the seller:
2005 MV Agusta F4 100s
Absolutely MINT condition!
NON NICER!
This bike has been pampered and garaged its whole life!
It runs and feel brand new!
The F4 is one of the most beautiful motorcycles in the world. A true pleasure to ride!
6414 Miles
Includes all manuals and tool kit.
Spare key
New tires at 4700 miles. Professionally maintained.
Seat an backrest have been custom covered by Classic restorations. Beautiful work! see pictures
Shorai light weight lithium ion sealed battery
Shorai battery charger
Clear bra to protect paint.
Upgraded MV Agusta Hi Flo water pump
Upgraged Aluminum radiator fans (comes with originals as well)
Arrow mid pipe (comes with original as well)
Pro bolt grey Dzus fastners ( come with originals as well)
This bike needs nothing!
A fraction of the original cost, this bike is truly a bargain !

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This beautiful F4 is located in Colorado with a starting bid of $8,900. There have been no takers thus far, although there are a few days remaining on the auction. Check the bike out here and let us know what you think. Is the F4 on your bucket list, and would you let it sleep inside the house? After all, it appears to be housebroken. Good Luck!

MI

Housebroken Artwork: 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000
MV Agusta May 9, 2012 posted by

Going for the Gold: 2000 MV Agusta F4 750 Serie Oro

For Sale: 2000 MV Agusta F4 750 Serie Oro

Now here is a bike befitting of RSBFS attention: A ZERO mile, never started, Series ORO model F4 750. This bike was coveted and rare 12 years ago when it was introduced. To find one in this supreme condition today is really a find. If you are interested, bring your bank account. For the rest of us, page down and drool on!

So what is the big deal about the F4 Oro? There is both a simple and a complex answer. The simple part: The F4 was the bike that launched the resurrection of MV Agusta. The complex part: The bike was styled by Massimo Tamburini (think Ducati 916), the engine had design help from the engineering brain trust at Ferrari, everything that looks like fiberglass or plastic is actually carbon fiber, everything that looks like anodized aluminum is actually magnesium, and only 300 bikes were made in a sequential, numbered order. This bike was an instant collectable, and an instant sellout despite the $50k+ pricetag.

Fast forward a dozen years, and this bike still looks cutting edge, modern and full of purpose. While contemporary rivals may have a pricing advantage, this "old" bike gives away nothing in terms of looks or performance.

From the seller:
This F4 750 Oro (#145/300) has been in a private Seattle collection underneath a dust cover from day 1. It has never been started or operated. The battery terminals have never been connected. It has only been sat upon a few times. The bike is "as-new" in every way.

Comes with both factory keys, paddock stand, warranty/service booklet, toolkit, etc. Also included is a set of factory workshop manuals.

We have seen a few Oro series machines on the pages of RSBFS - such as #279 and #286. We have also seen at least one "replica" Oro. However we have never seen a zero mile example such as this. For collectors, this is a premium catch.

When these bikes were first released to a rabid audience, you would have thought that they were made of gold given the price. Those prices have come down a long way since then, but these bikes are still not cheap. This particular example with zero miles, all documentation, stand and cover is just like it would have been like on the showroom floor in 2000.

This auction started out with a $1 opening ask. The current bid is only up to $51, and as you can imagine the reserve has not yet been met. The BIN is set at $35,000, which appears to be somewhat reasonable considering the original MSRP and the fact that used bikes with mileage are in the mid $20k range. After all, it is only new once. For your chance to strike gold Italian style, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck!

MI

MV Agusta February 6, 2012 posted by

2002 MV Agusta F4 Senna 750 #172 of 300

Update 2.6.2012: Back on eBay, now with a $14,500 buy-it-now. Links updated. -dd

Already featured on our site is this other Senna 750, #175. It has just 1800 miles and has a very reasonable $16500 asking price. The bike featured in this post is #172 and it has only 350 miles!

Most reading this know that the original 750 F4 was designed by Tamburini and sported a motor designed in association with Ferrari utilizing radial valves. While no one can argue with the styling, the motor fell short of benchmarks set during the period by the GSX-R750. Wikipedia notes that the Senna adds the 136 hp (101 kW) engine of the Evo 02 but with a higher redline of 13900 rpm, and top speed estimated at 175 mph (282 km/h) @ 12750 rpm . The Senna also had some suspension upgrades and some carbon fiber bodywork.

2002 MV Agusta F4 Senna 750 #172 for sale on eBay

quote from seller's listing:

In celebration of the release of the new film Senna, we have up for auction an immaculate 2002 MV Agusta F4 Senna 750 #172 of 300. This motorcycle is in showroom condition with only 350 miles!

Take one Claudio Castiglioni, President of MV Agusta and close personal friend of Ayrton Senna (regarded by many as the finest Formula 1 driver of the modern era), add noted designer Massimo Tamburini to the mix (you might remember him as the guy that created the Ducati 916), stir in a Ferrari designed in-line four cylinder engine, wrap it up in carbon fiber bodywork and perch the whole package on stunning composite alloy wheels. This, my friends, is the numbered and rare MV Agusta F4 750 Senna Edition.

When the Senna Edition was released in 2002, it retailed for $24,995. All 300 bikes were sold with the proceeds going directly to the Instituto Ayrton Senna – a charity benefitting Brazillian children – set up after the racer’s death. Sharp looks with performance and handling to match, the MV F4 continues to be a desirable motorcycle. These limited edition models only enhance the value of the bike.

This bike has the Arrow Race Exhaust installed and power commander with custom mapping.

NOTE; this motorcycle is not California legal so California buyers will need to make alternative arrangements for registration.

The bolded section above was lifted from the entry noted above that Mike wrote on #175. Imitation (or basic copy and paste) is the sincerest form of flattery I suppose 🙂

Currently bidding is stalled at just shy of $12k with 2 days to go as of Sunday afternoon. Surely this and #175 are worth more than that. The only other examples I could find online were priced north of $15k, including this one Doug posted in January of 2010 for $16900. Good luck to both sellers!

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