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MV Agusta November 25, 2017 posted by

Private Dancer – 2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910S

Suppose you managed a specialty motorcycle shop and were smitten with particular exotic high-performance model ? Easy access to aftermarket enhancements and ready hands might result in a farkle-fest like this 2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910S.

2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910S for sale on eBay

 

MV Agusta's brilliant in-line four was an natural fit into the trellis frame for the boutique naked bike, the 908cc hemi providing 139 hp.  The Brutale came with a great deal of the performance and technology of the F4, but in a less showy and easier ergonomic package for use around town.  The 50mm Marzocchi forks and single-sided swingarm look right at home on the 910S, though making the plumbing look good on the fuel-injected, water-cooled standard must've been a challenge.

 

The Vegas-based owner of Bellissimoto hasn't had much time to ride this MV, but evidently bought it with a few updates, and made a bunch more.  Just to gauge the level of detail, the 6,000-mile bike is shown parked on a full-length mirror, and pictured on the cover of The Robb Report magazine.  Looking like a " what-if ? " wish list, here's the rundown from the eBay auction-

Carbon Fiber Upgrades:

Tail - Intake ducts - Upper frame covers - Key guard - Radiator guards - Underseat side panels - Front subframe/headlight bracket - Exhaust guards - Heel guards - Front fender (both pieces) - Rear fender - Upper and lower chain guards - Lower radiator surround

Hard Part Upgrades:

Scotts Steering Damper - Rizoma Handlebars - Rizoma Rearsets - Oberon Bar End Indicators w/ mirror mounts - CRG Arrow Bar End Mirrors - Domino XM2 Race Throttle with cables - MotoCorse Reservoir Covers - MotoCorse Adjustable Folding Levers - MotoCorse Billet Fender Eliminator - MotoCorse Turn Signals - MotoCorse Frame Plugs (complete kit) - LuiMoto Team Italia Seat Cover - Custom Headlight Fairing and Aluminum Mount with ZG Windscreen and custom paint - Full Titanium MV Agusta Racing Exhaust - Marchesini Forged Magnesium Wheels

 

The Brutale can seem smaller in person than it looks it pictures, and reviewed as a versatile canyon carver with great handling, that only needs a backpack since it's hard to strap anything on.  The auction shows a teaser starting bid, not even covering the upgrades - but as any shop owner will tell you, modifications are really an investment in the riding experience and won't return dollar for dollar.  This should be a great high-end rider, and the auction offers to mount new rubber at a discount for the new owner.  In this case, the most exotic naked bike has been fitted with highest-end updates, lightly used and practically a show bike.  Hardly what comes to mind when you say, " used motorcycle "...

-donn

MV Agusta October 25, 2017 posted by

The One – 2000 MV Agusta 750 F4 Oro with 1606 miles!

Cagiva bought the rights to the shuttered MV Agusta in 1991, and in 1998 introduced their first new motorcycle in fifteen or so years.  Designed and built to set the world on its ear, the F4 750 had many race-derived components and a pricetag to match.  This Oro is number 227 of 300 and has lived out its adolescence in careful hands and still has the factory original Pirelli Dragon tires.

2000 MV Agusta F4 750 Oro for sale on eBay

 

Designed by Massimo Tamburini, the F4 is striking from every angle and the specs read like an exotic motorcycle laundry list.  Ferrari helped design the radial-array four valve heads for the inline-4, and Tamburini himself had a hand in the 4-2-1-2-4 exhaust.  On the Oro, bodywork and fuel tank are carbon fiber, and magnesium wheels, frame connectors, and swingarm are anodized gold.  49mm Showa forks have quick release axle clamps, and the monoshock linkage allows ride height changes without changing shock settings.

 

Evidently on display since just after its first oil change, this F4 750 Oro's picture is next to "magnificent" in Webster's.  The gold magnesium just glows in the right light.  Pictures with Mr. F from FBF are icing on the cake.  The owner's comments from the eBay auction:

It is one of 60 imported into the USA by Eraldo Ferracci, the USA distributor for the MV Agusta, and number 227 of the 300 built  for worldwide distribution. Purchased in July 2000 from Fast By Ferracci, Willow Grove, Pa. and pictured on delivery with Eraldo at Budds Creek Motocross Track back when Elrado's Team Husqvarna raced there. 
 
Eraldo is pictured setting up the bike to my specifications. Some of the history and specifications of the F4 750 ORO are below. 1600 miles on this bike since its purchase, and it has always been stored in a climate-controlled environment. The bike is in perfect condition and comes with all original manuals. I think this bike will be a very good long-term investment and a great bike to have in any collection.

 

The Castiglioni brothers saw their vision for MV Agusta through and the F4 brought a few regional superbike wins back to the marque, but a factory race team wasn't in the cards.  The F4 engine proved to be the foundation of the revitalized MV, and though the model was more sensibly produced starting in 1999 with aluminum castings and plastic fairings, an Oro is worth pursuing.  This one appears to have the white-glove treatment and provenance to justify going wherever the bidding will take it...

-donn

The One – 2000 MV Agusta 750 F4 Oro with 1606 miles!
BMW February 24, 2017 posted by

Brains and Brawn: 2009 BMW HP2 Sport for Sale

Before the introduction of their conventional, but devastatingly effective S1000RR, BMW was known for their durable, quirky motorcycles and "old man in a Roadcrafter suit" image. But in the lead-up to the introduction of the RR, BMW attempted to revive their forgotten, but very legitimate sporting image with the limited-production HP2 Sport. BMW already had an inline-four engine that would, on the surface, have seemed like a more likely candidate for sportbike-ification, but BMW instead chose to base their sportbike on their iconic 180° flat-twin configuration. Did they choose the twin to clearly separate the planned inline-four superbike from their previous offerings? Or was the existing, longitudinally-mounted "brick" simply too heavy for sportbike duty? I'm not sure, but the resulting HP2 ended up being much more "nerd Ducati" and less "Teutonic Gixxer."

In terms of specification, the HP2 is surprisingly close to Ducati's L-twin-powered superbikes of the period: two cylinders, 128hp near the 9,500 rpm redline, and a claimed 392lbs dry weight is probably closer to the older 999 than the 1198, but the HP2 is still in the ballpark. That low weight looks especially impressive when you realize power reaches the rear wheel via a heavy driveshaft, and the BMW comes with a raft of high-performance parts to turn what might otherwise have been a bit of a sow's ear into the proverbial silk purse: dual overhead cam heads, radial valves, titanium connecting rods, adjustable ergonomics, and even a self-supporting carbon-fiber subframe. The lack of a slipper clutch is unfortunate, considering the rotational mass of the powertrain, but one is available if you have the time or money to drop the engine and install one.

The sometimes vague feeling often criticized by reviewers of BMW's "alternatively suspended" bikes is happily missing in the HP2, and handling is considered a high point, while Brembo monoblock calipers offer impressive stopping power well in excess of what might be required to rein in those 128 horses. The heads sticking out in the breeze do ultimately limit cornering clearance, but you'll need to be on a race track before it becomes anything more than an academic issue. Luckily, it comes fitted with plastic sliders... A bit of rear ride height helps, but dragging an elbow in corners might ultimately be impossible if you lack simian proportions.

From the original eBay listing: 2009 BMW HP2 Sport for Sale

Original adult owner purchased from Lone Star BMW in Austin Texas.  Carbon fiber body panels, forged aluminum rims, brembo antilock brakes, clutchless upshift, and ohlines suspension.  All warranty work done and service completed.  Replaced the fuel pump with a ethanol compatible unit. Never dropped, raced or crashed.  There is a blemish on the right lower fairing from a stone.  This is the ultimate boxer. With only approximately 115 ever imported to the US, you don't have to wait for this to become a rare classic - it already is!  Clear Texas title.  2016 miles.

Keep in mind that there's a price to be paid for all that exclusivity and high-performance technology: these weren't meant for casual owners and, when new, were priced north of $20,000. Maintenance costs are appropriate for a low-production exotic as well, and BMW recommends the titanium connecting rods get replaced at 30,000 miles, so start saving now. Hey, at least valve-adjustments should be a snap!

-tad

Brains and Brawn: 2009 BMW HP2 Sport for Sale
MV Agusta September 16, 2016 posted by

Jet Fighter Replica: 2006 MV Agusta F4 1000 Veltro Strada for Sale

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To stimulate interest in their flagship F4 that saw only occasional updates, MV Agusta trotted out a seemingly endless series of special-edition bikes with the usual collectors-only price tags, wild horsepower claims, and extremely limited production numbers. Certainly, today’s F4 1000 Veltro Strada counts as rare: just 99 were built, along with 23 of the track-only Pista version. The Strada included carbon fairings, tail piece, airbox, fenders, air-ducts and so on. The frame side plates are magnesium instead of aluminum. The Pista version also included a lighter frame, oversized radiator, a carbon-fiber fuel tank, and a magnesium triple clamp and swingarm. It was powered by MV’s 998cc, radial-valved, inline-four that, in this version, produced a claimed 174hp, or 185 with the “race-only” titanium exhaust fitted. The Veltro Strada was, to my knowledge, never imported to the USA: this one is for sale in the UK.

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Interestingly, “Gruppo 23” isn’t a race team, as you might expect. It’s an Italian fighter jet squadron that was based in northern Italy. Their mascot was a greyhound, as can be seen in the graphic on the fairing. Unfortunately, at a glance the greyhound silhouette does look a bit like those awful tribal flame graphics that were popular during the early 2000s…

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Considering these went for around $72,000 new, the approximately $80,050 USD asking price might sound reasonable for such a rare, exotic machine at first, until you consider that even very limited-edition MVs are going for relative peanuts right now here in the USA. If you’re a collector, this kind of thing might make sense. For the rest of us? The “regular” F4 1000 offers up the same exotic looks for 1/7th the money, with the only penalty being a few more pounds and a couple less horses you probably weren’t using anyway.

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From the original eBay listing: 2006 MV Agusta F4 1000 Veltro Strada for Sale

This is an exciting and rare opportunity to acquire a mint condition MV Agusta F4 1000 Veltro Strada Sports Bike - 1 of only 99 ever produced worldwide!!

This super bike is in 'As New' condition with only 175km/ 100 miles approximately on the clock, and is being sold complete with MV Agusta unused titanium exhaust system, MV Agusta race fairing and MV Agusta race helmet.

This collectors superbike would not look out of place being displayed within your home or as part of a vehicle/bike collection.

The Veltro Strada motorbike is the road legal version of the Veltro Pista, and only 99 of this model were every manufactured making it an excellent collectors item. The Strada features carbon fibre bodywork and fixtures, machined aluminium steering head and foot rests, Brembo superlight wheels and unique matt black paintwork/graphics in the style of a WWII Italian fighter plane.

It's top speed is listed as 190+ mph and features 185hp @ 12,000rpm.

Viewings are more than welcome on this rare motorcycle from serious purchasers. Vehicle location is within the London area, United Kingdom.

Asking price for sale is £54,995 GBP

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It's a shame for all those speculators who purchased what they thought would be blue-chip collectibles, but great for the rest of us: these things really should be ridden, not hoarded anyway. If you like the F4 and can't stretch to one of the various ultra-collectible versions, a "regular" F4 1000 offers up the same exotic looks for $10,000 or less and, in most parts of the country, you’ll still likely be the only person on one at your local bike-hangout. Obviously, that same money would buy an equally fast Japanese literbike that would be infinitely more practical, but if you want a bedroom-poster machine in your garage, and have a spare bike to ride while you're waiting for parts to arrive from Italy during August when the MV factory is completely shut down for the entire month…

-tad

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Jet Fighter Replica: 2006 MV Agusta F4 1000 Veltro Strada for Sale
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 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.

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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:

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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.

-tad

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Painfully Beautiful: 2000 MV Agusta F4 750 for Sale