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Featured Listing August 10, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: No Reserve 2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R for Sale!

It’s still amazing to me that bikes like this MV Agusta F4 1000R can be had for so little money. Sure, modern bikes blow them into the weeds, especially in terms of their usability: a 200hp motorcycle would have been considered terrifying and nearly unridable not too long ago. Today, it’s pretty much par for the course. But the F4 still offers something special and the bike has no rider aids whatsoever, so the experience is pretty visceral and raw.

2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R for Sale on eBay

After the release of the extremely limited-production F4 750 Serie Oro that was dripping in exotic materials, MV Agusta beat the odds and managed to get their stunning superbike into series production. Unfortunately the production 750 was, unfortunately, outclassed by much more affordable 750s that cost half as much. Then the whole 750 class was made basically redundant by the burgeoning 1000cc superbike class. Enter the MV Agusta F4 1000S designed to compete on level playing field with bikes like the GSX-R1000. The F4 1000S was followed by the 1000R in 2007 and it included a few tasty upgrades. Today’s example is one of the best you’re likely to find.

The R included a revised frame, new Brembo wheels that updated the style a bit, and Brembo Monobloc calipers, although the Nissin brake and cluth master cylinders were retained. A fully-adjustable Marzocchi fork and a Sachs shock out back gave the bike incredibly stable handling. Most notably, it included an improved version of the radial-valved, 998cc inline four that produced a claimed 174hp. The F4 wasn’t as agile, lightweight, or as user-friendly as inline-four competitors from Japan, but that boost in power was enough to push the bike to 180mph.

From the Seller: 2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R for Sale

I am selling my rather immaculate 2007 F4R. It has less than 1000 miles on the clock, completely original and has been with me for the last five years. “As new” is an understatement – the previous owner had a Ferrari dealership in Scottsdale and put the bike from new sitting on a plinth in the dealership entrance. He also threw the OEM carbon fiber options book at it. The only thing I have changed is the battery. Unfortunately it is time to sell as I have spent more time polishing than riding it!

Overall, the F4 1000R offered evolutionary improvements to MV’s flagship superbike. It wasn’t as exclusive as the extremely limited-production CC or Tamburini, but no version of the F4 is actually very common, and they never fail to draw a crowd when parked up. The seller is offering this basically perfect bike at NO RESERVE. You can find an F4 for less money, but if you’re a collector looking for a pristine example, this one deserves your consideration.

-tad

Featured Listing: No Reserve 2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R for Sale!
MV Agusta August 7, 2020 posted by

Subdued Sportbike: 2005 MV Agusta Brutale 750S for Sale

If you’re looking to sample MV’s four-cylinder wail but can’t contort yourself into the cramped riding position required of the utterly gorgeous F4, the Brutale 750S manages to pack most of that bike’s thrills into a much less painful package. Somehow, there are people out there who don’t like these, but I love the looks. It’s a testament to the design of the four-cylinder Brutale that it manages to look good in such bland colors. And stock exhausts generally look terrible, but aftermarket components have yet to better these elegant, slash-cut cans.

MV’s 749cc radial-valved inline four motivates the 750S, detuned slightly to a claimed 127hp. The same steel trellis that frames the F4 is reused here, although suspension isn’t quite as plush, with a 49mm Showa fork that still looks impossibly beefy today, mated to a Sachs shock, and the entire package weighs in at just over 400lbs dry.

Personally, the 750S is the Brutale I’d personally want to own: its 127 horses are plenty in such a nimble, unfaired motorcycle. This example isn’t in pristine condition: the Northeast weather has taken a bit of a toll on some of the surfaces, and it has its share of nicks and scratches. In the plus column, it comes with a veritable smorgasbord of upgrade parts and other bike-related stuff. It might almost be worth it to pick the whole lot up to use as spares for your own Brutale…

From the original eBay listing: 2005 MV Agusta Brutale 750S for Sale

For sale is a well ridden 2005 MV Agusta Brutale 750S with a clear NY State Title. I purchased the bike from its original owner in 2012 with just over 2000 miles on the clock and have lovingly cared for and ridden it since. There are currently just over 15k miles on the clock and several tasteful upgrades. Please note the dash was replaced a few years ago, so the new odometer does not reflect the original 5000 miles from the previous unit.

The Bike Includes:
Marzocchi 50mm front forks with Radial Mounts
Brembo M4 Monobloc Calipers
Brembo T Drive 320mm Rotors (Less than 1000 Miles)
EBC Sintered Brake Pads (Less than 1000 Miles)
Custom Braided Steel Brake Lines
Brembo RCS Brake and Clutch Master Cylinders
Decat Mid Pipe
Re-flashed ECU with custom fuel map by Eraldo Ferracci himself
Oberon Clutch Slave Cylinder
Oberon Rider Foot Pegs and Shift/Brake lever eccentrics
Upgraded Water Pump Impeller
Aluminum Fan 
New Pirelli Diablo Rosso 3 Tires (Less than 1000 Miles)
Dash Replaced 10k miles ago
New Headlight Assembly 
Rizoma Sport Handlebar
CRG Blindspot Mirrors
Motovation Bar End Weights/Sliders
Motovation Frame Sliders
Motovation Front Axle Sliders
Motovation Rear Axle Sliders
Rizoma Action Turn Signals
Custom Tail Tidy/Integrated Rear Turn Signals
Union Garage Plate Puller

Sale Will Also Include:
Original Front End
Original Braking System (Rotors/Calipers/Master Cylinders)
Original Front Axle
Original Owners Manual
2 Original Keys

Rear Stand
2 Quarts Motul 10W60 Oil
New Tech Spec Tank Grips
Full Service Records and receipts for the last 8 years
Whatever extra parts I have laying around..
This Bike was my daily ride for several years, and reflects the bumps and bruises of owning and riding a bike in NYC (including being knocked over while parked..). This bike has been meticulously cared for and maintained by Tyler Lunceford (Moto Pistole/North Motorcycle), Kerry Sano (Moto Velocita), Rockwell Cycles and Fast By Ferracci prior to their closure.

It’s nice that the seller includes the original front end and braking set up, but I’d be happy to keep the Marzocchis with those powerful Brembo calipers and matching radial master, thanks. Not that there’s anything wrong with the stock parts… Bidding is up just over $3,000 with about 24 hours left on the auction. I still think these are screaming deals, considering you get most of the looks and rarity of Tamburini’s F4 in a package that allows you to more fully use the available performance. Wind blast on the freeway sort of sucks, but these are a ton of fun everywhere else, and you won’t find a cooler bike for the money.

-tad
Subdued Sportbike: 2005 MV Agusta Brutale 750S for Sale
MV Agusta May 28, 2020 posted by

Trouble in Paradise – 2008 MV Agusta F4 1000R Corse

The Corse was MV’s first limited edition of the F4 1000R, and a pretty big investment.  This San Jose example has some interesting details, very low miles, and one ‘oh darn*’ in its past.


2008 MV Agusta F4 1000R Corse

MV Agusta cut their teeth on special editions of the F4 750 and first gen F4 1000, and in the Corse’s case only 300 were made.  The second generation F4 1000 had been substantially re-designed, with 174hp on tap and a new chassis under the carbon fairings.   Marzocchi forks have carbon nitriding on the legs, and the Sachs monoshock has adjustments in high and low speed ranges.  Brembo supplied their new monoblock 6-piston brakes, and a special Corse exhaust was fitted.

Most Corse’s are built as single seaters, but this one has a pillion ( best suited for a thoroughbred jockey ).  Also most references show the Corse wheel set as a silver 5-V spoke, but these are the usual and lovely MV stars, finished in gold.  A numbered badge would be expected on the top tree, but it’s not pictured.  An apparent tip-over victim, the handlebar end and crank sensor cover should be easy replacements.  Just 890 miles, but the original tires will require replacement if the bike is to be ridden much.  The second owner did re-new the fluids and make the bike ready, as they state in the eBay auction:

– Brake fluid flushed
– Upgraded the water pump 
– Flushed the coolant and changed to engine ice 
– Flushed the fuel system 
– Changed every fuel pipe and all connectors 
– Upgraded and changed the fuel connectors from plastic to metal 
– Changed the fuel filters 
– Changed the oil and filter 
– Changed the fork oil
– Changed and upgraded to a BMC High Performance Air Filter
– New Battery
– Battery Tender is also fitted

While not exactly the museum piece this seller states, it shouldn’t be forgotten how far off the charts the Corse is.  It’s got great potential and could be a substantial savings over a perfect specimen.

-donn

Trouble in Paradise – 2008 MV Agusta F4 1000R Corse
MV Agusta May 5, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R

Update 5.18.2020: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

One could argue that naming a sportbike after its designed top speed is unfair. Kinda like naming a kid after Ayrton Senna or John Surtees. It’s a nice honor, but it takes a special person to leave the shadow of a lofty name. In the case of the 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R, being named after its top speed was no issue. With 183 horsepower from a slightly revised version of the regular F4’s radial-valve inline four, the bike had no problem outrunning its long shadow.

The 312R hit three years after the first-gen F4 1000s were introduced, wearing revised 50mm Marzocchi forks and a fully-adjustable Sachs rear shock. Brembo Monoblocs bring everything back into the stratosphere when the road curves or the rider’s nerves give out.

This 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R has been with our buddy Scott since new, and has covered just 2,200 miles in that time. Aside from a custom ECU tune to calm down the famously snatchy stock fueling, the bike is original down to the tires. It has had a recent oil pan gasket and a new battery, but those tires should probably be shelved if you’re going to ride it.

 

From the seller:

Over time I find my track time increasing so I’m continuing to thin my motorcycle herd due to a lack of street riding. You are looking at a mint 2008 MV Augusta F4 312R with 2200 miles on it. I bought it new, never been down or abused. I fell in love with the looks of it, the power and handling just added to it. The riding position is very similar to the Ducati 916 family. It just had the oil pan gasket replaced due to a slight leak along with the oil and the battery replaced. It’s ready to ride however; I’d consider new tires given the set on it is original so getting up there in age. The bike is stock and shows like new. If you know this model it was the fastest thing out there at the time but its fueling was terrible. Read any F4 MV test back then and fueling was always a sore spot. The throttle was like an on-off switch which made the power band almost two-stroke like, a little unnerving with this much grunt. Not this bike, it was gone through by fuel injection guru Doug Laughlin who came out to work on a few MV’s at Robb’s Dyno is Massachusetts. Essentially what he did was to re-write the entire map code to smooth out the power band. Think of it as a performance ECU upgrade, the bike is so much more enjoyable to ride now. Still scary fast but only when you want it to be. I’m a collector who properly maintains and describes my motorcycles. I’ve sold a few bikes over the years, my feedback is I under promise and over deliver. The new owner of a Ducati 999 I just sold sent me an email telling me I misrepresented the bike, never a good start to an email. However, he said my description did not do the bike justice given once he saw it, he was very impressed. No trades or lowball offer please. Shipping is the buyer’s responsibility however I’m happy to work with your shipper.

Price: $9,500

The first-generation MV Agusta F4s are gorgeous, iconic and scarce. To have the opportunity to get the even rarer F4 312R in beautiful condition and a well-documented issue sorted out is unreal. Scott is asking just $9,500 for this gem, which is bananas when you consider how little new motorcycle that figure will buy you. The days are getting longer, don’t sleep on this chance.

Featured Listing: 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R
MV Agusta January 9, 2020 posted by

Down but not out: 2004 MV Agusta F4 750 SPR

When MV Agusta dropped the F4 to an adoring public, they made a significant splash. This was important, as the F4 was the rebirth of the legendary brand. Penned by designer Massimo Tamburini, the F4 was a spiritual successor to the Ducati 916 line. Featuring a timeless silhouette coupled with an all-new inline four cylinder 750cc power plant, the MV Agusta simply oozed quality and exclusivity. Eventually the 750 grew into a 1,000cc variant, and each of the two capacity lines spawned numerous special editions. In total there were nine different 750 variants offered, along with a dozen different 1,000cc limited offerings. Today’s F4 SPR was the pinnacle of the 750 line and intended for racetrack use. Both the SPR and the later SR (intended as a reimagined ORO edition) utilized a power unit derived from the Senna edition, itself a more powerful engine derived from the 750 Evo 2 (which was originally intended as a SPR model), which itself was an upgraded motor based on the standard 750 S unit. All clear?

To build an SPR required new engine internals to improve power and engine characteristics befitting a race bike. More power (146 HP @ 13,000 RPM) improved straight line performance when fitted with the race exhaust and eprom. The transmission was altered to a close ratio gearbox with a new clutch assembly. The chassis remained standard across the full 750 family, but suspension was upgraded for racetrack use. The SPR utilizes a larger fork with nitride treatment to reduce stiction. A race-spec rear shock sourced from Sachs was a step up from previous models. Weight was reduced through the use of carbon fiber body panels. As with all special F4s, a limited edition numbering scheme was created and a plate was attached to the headstock. The seller has included some great information about the F4 SPR, so I will let him pick up the story:

From the seller:
This is a very limited production MV Agusta F4 750 SPR #268 out of total 300 SPR production. At 146 hp the F4 SPR is the most powerful F4 750 produced. It was built only for 6 short months (June-December of 2003) to culminate the end of the F4 750 series production. There was only one color availabe, the flat black.

This is not a gussied up F4 but a distinct model within the series, produced by MV primarily for track use. SPR engine was equiped with a new cylinder head with re-designed combustion chambers, improved intake and exhaust manifolds, hotter cams, Mahle pistons with oil jet cooling, lightweight crankshaft. This resulted in 146 hp at 13,000 rpm. To improve performance on the track, SPR is equipped with a close ration gearbox. Depending on the final drive used, SPR’s top speed ranged from 170 mph to 183 mph – not bad for a 750cc motorcycle!

Suspension upfront are massive 49 mm Marzocchi forks with titanium nitride treatment. Sachs Racing damper is in the rear and has a dual compression adjustment for high and low speed. Front brakes are dual 6 piston calipers with a single 4 piston caliper in the rear.

More from the seller:
#268 is a strong runner. It does not overheat, leak or smoke. It comes with a full service history with most work done at Pro Italia. It just had a $650 service performed which included new battery, fuel pump, starter solenoid and chain lube. The stand switch was intermittent and was disconnected which results in the N green light to remain on constant. Tires are ok but would recommend replacing if you will be riding this SPR in anger.

It comes with an Ohlins steering damper, factory tool kit, owner manual, service records and one key. It has a clean California title and registration that is good until 12.18.2020

This SPR is not a garage queen. It was down earlier in its life and with the exception of the the slight damage to the rear brake pedal and a cosmetic (no punctures or leaks) dent in the radiator (see pics for both). The rest is cosmetic, primarily the right side fairings are scratched and the front fairing has two small cracks – one just above the headlight and the other below the mirror which I found only after cleaning the bike. The windscreen has a small crack on the top. I have included pictures with the fairings off for better inspection as well as the pictures of the damages. Please feel free to ask any questions.

MV Agusta F4 SPR models are rare. 300 unit count rare. They are some of the most capable 750s on the planet, exclusive as all get out, and expensive on the used market. Expect to part with $15K+ for an impeccable example of the breed. Which brings us to the downside of this particular example: it has been down. Purists will tell you to run – not walk – away from this one. But purists may have the cash a spic-n-span example will bring (even a lovingly used SPR is over $10k these days) And purists are more likely to collect than ride. If you are seeking an awesome bike that you want to use – possibly even on track days – do you really want a museum piece? The pictures show some bodywork damage, but some deeper inspection might be warranted to ensure the rest of the components are straight and serviceable. If they are, this could be a cheaper way to ease yourself into a rare and coveted SPR.

Today’s bike has a Buy It Now asking price of $6,600, with the seller open to offers. While that is not a bad deal for a rare SPR model, potential buyers will have to trade off between cost and value. Part of the bargain here is the in the unknown – damage which is beyond cosmetic. The seller has done a good job of describing and showing the effects of the impact, so that should help. If there are no hidden issues lurking, then all the better. But don’t discount the cosmetic either; those carbon skins do not come cheaply, if they can still be had at all (I don’t know about SPR parts availability – knowledgeable readers feel free to chime in). At the end of the day, you could have a rare rocket for fun, but not likely to be on the same level as a collector bike. Check it out here and then make your choice: are you willing to trade sweat equity for status, or do you buy only the best? Good Luck!!

MI

Down but not out: 2004 MV Agusta F4 750 SPR
MV Agusta January 4, 2020 posted by

Senior Service – 2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R

Often the peak in disposable income arrives after the tire-tearing and footpeg scraping has already been accomplished, and the experienced rider can appreciate a very special model without resorting to the whip, preserving it for the next owner.  This initial-year F4 1000R appears carefully ridden and maintained, with a handful of choice upgrades.

2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R for sale on eBay

MV made mostly internal upgrades to their initial 1000S, with evolutionary tweaks to the chrom-moly chassis.  The 998cc four is a new layout with a focus on heat dissipation ( i.e. durability ), while increasing power to 174 hp.  Marelli fuel injection incorporates their “engine brake system” which acts as a slipper clutch for the rider.  50mm forks by Marzocchi and Sachs monoshock are simply the best of either world, and an Öhlins steering damper is also included.  Brembo monobloc calipers are radially mounted to 320mm discs.

Most often seen in MV’s red and silver race livery or just black, this 1000R shows beautifully in the pearl white with black lowers and red accents.  The wallet-lightening full titanium calliope is also a nice weight savings over the factory exhaust.  An optional factory pillion is installed, thankfully without accompanying footpegs.  Cleanliness is not only skin deep, as the unfaired pictures show.  From the eBay auction:

It presently has 6694 certified original miles. It starts, idles, runs, shifts, brakes and performs like new.  It could pass for a six month old bike. It doesn’t have a scratch on it, I provided many detailed closeup photos to show this. The original owner was 63 years old and I am 72. It has a gorgeous sounding $4000 titanium exhaust system. The tires are excellent with about 1200 easy miles on them. I felt that it was geared too low and replaced the sprockets to 16/38. This gives it 70 mph at 4200 rpm and 80 mph at 4900 rpm. I had a Speedo Healer installed so that the speedometer is accurate. I also installed a new DID X chain.

Since winning a bevy of “bike of the year” awards in 1999, the F4 750 looked longingly at liter-bike power, and MV did their homework racing 900 and 1000cc variants in the early 2000’s.  The 1000R is one of the few non-special models from MV, though it’s only missing a paint scheme and decal or two.  The previous owners, as astronaut Frank Borman might have said, used their superior judgement to avoid situations requiring their superior riding skills, and though it can’t be called inexpensive, it might be a very good buy.

-donn

Senior Service – 2007 MV Agusta F4 1000R
MV Agusta December 23, 2019 posted by

Furious Four: 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R

The 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R came dancing across the water in pretty short supply, but was still aimed at being something of a halo bike for those whose incomes don’t equal the GDP of an Eastern bloc nation. When this thing was new, it was meant for superbike competition, but didn’t carry the eye-watering $128k sticker of the F4CC dream machine.

2008 MV Agusta F4 312R for sale on eBay

Thanks to higher lift and longer duration cams, punched out throttle bodies and titanium valves, the F4 312R was good for 183 horsepower at 12,400 RPM — or 9 horsepower and 500 RPM above the standard F4. It had a fully adjustable Marzocchi front end, backed up by a similarly tweakable Sachs shock. The whole package weighed just 425 pounds without fuel. Even by today’s insane standards, it’s a fast machine. But in 2008, absolutely nothing stood in its way.

This 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R has been ridden and enjoyed, and it shows, but the bike is still in really nice, well-taken-care-of condition. With more than 10,000 miles on the dial, it’s on the upper end of the scale. To compensate, the seller says it has recently had a full service, which included Engine Ice coolant, Motul oil and new tires. It got a valve adjustment and new valve cover gasket at the same time.

From the eBay listing:

BIKE INFO;
THIS MV AGUSTA F4 312R IS AND HAS BEEN TAKING CARE OF WITH PASSION. ALL SERVICES AND MAINTENANCE IS DONE ON SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE TIME BY PROFESSIONAL MECHANIC AND MOTORCYCLE SHOP OWNER.

IT’S RIDDEN ON REGULAR BASES STREET,HIGHWAY,TWISTIES, FOR WEEKEND FUN.
NEVER RACED ON TRACK OR BEEN IN ANY SORT OF ACCIDENT OR TIPPED OVER.

ALL FLUIDS ARE CHANGED(PREMIUM OILS AND FLUIDS,MOTUL OIL & BRAKE FLUID,CLUTCH FLUID,ENGINE ICE COOLANT).
DNA’ PERFORMANCE AIR FILTER WASHED AND LUBED.
NEW SPARK PLUGS. VALVES CHECKED/ADJUSTED/NEW VALVE COVER GASKET ADDED.
ABSOLUTELY NO NEED FOR ANY MAINTENANCE FOR THE NEXT 7,500 MILES AT LEAST,JUST RIDE.
NEW PIRELLI SUPERCORSA TIRES,150 MILES ON TIRES ONLY DONE,SINCE NEW.

BIKE HAS LIGHT SMOKE SCREEN,INTEGRATED TURN SIGNALS IN REAR,SUEDE NON SLIP RIDER SEAT,MIDDLE EXHAUST PIPE WRAP TO KEEP HEAT AWAY FROM RIDER.

THERE IS 3RD FAN MOTOR INSTALLED ON THE RADIATOR WITH 2 SPEED IF NEEDED TO KEEP IT COOL IN THE TRAFFIC JAM.
UPGRADED VERSION ORIGINAL WATER PUMP INSTALLED FROM MV AGUSTA.
LOJACK INSTALLED FOR SECURITY./CAN BE TRANSFERRED TO THE NEW OWNER./ 0 COST
LITHIUM BATTERY INSTALLED. PASSENGER FOOT PEGS AVAILABLE TOO.

AS THE OWNER I AM VERY ATTACHED TO THE BIKE , DON’T WANT SEE IT GONE, BUT, AT THE END I HAVE REALISED THAT I AM NOT RIDING THIS FANTASTIC BIKE AS MUCH AS I SHOULD + I HAVE MORE BIKES TO LOOK AFTER.
MV-F4 MOSTLY SITTING PRETTY IN GARAGE.
I AM SURE THAT MANY OF YOU OUT THERE KNOW VALUE AND CAPABILITY OF THIS MOTORCYCLE,SO I WON’T POST BIKE SPECIFICATIONS HERE AS ALL! THIS CAN BE FOUND ON NET AND SEARCHED UNDER 2008 MV AGUSTA F4 312R 1+1

PLEASE NOTE;
I WILL HAVE OPEN BIDDING WITH MINIMUM PRICE AND NO RESERVE PRICE ADDED.-WOW
NO “BUY IT NOW PRICE”- ALSO.! JUST BIDDING AS IT SHOULD BE.
I AM DETERMINED TO SELL BIKE AND ONE OF YOU WILL CAPITALISE ON THIS DEAL SOON.
BID WITH CONFIDENCE.
LOCAL BUYERS IN CALIFORNIA(SAN DIEGO) ARE WELCOME TO STOP BUY AND LOOK BIKE UP CLOSE. LOCAL PICK UP, ALWAYS AVAILABLE AS OPTION.
MOTORCYCLE IS OFFERED FOR LOCAL SALE AS WELL.HOLDING RIGHTS TO CLOSE AUCTION BEFORE ENDS, IF NEEDED.
IF MOTORCYCLE IS PURCHASED ON EBAY, BUYER MUST PAY EVERYTHING IN TIME THAT HAS BEEN SCHEDULED.
“NO EXCUSES”

BUYER TAKES CARE OF ALL FEES,AND PLANNING REGARDING SHIPPING TO DIFFERENT STATES.
FROM LOCAL DEALER I FOUND THAT RATES FOR SHIPPING BIKE ARE $600 3-4 WEEKS, OR $780 IN 10 DAYS.
NOW YOU ALL HAVE SOME REFERENCE POINT ON SHIPPING COST.
2KEYS,2 LOJACK KEY FOB, TITLE, BILL OF SALE,MANUAL,EXTRA BIKE STUFF WILL BE MAILED SEPARATE FROM THE BIKE.

There’s no reserve on this beast, which means highest bidder takes it home. There’s scant few of these around, so we’ll be curious to see where the bids end up.

Furious Four: 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R
MV Agusta November 21, 2019 posted by

Femme Fatale: 2009 MV Agusta F4 1078RR 312 for Sale

A very sexy bike with a very un-sexy name, “MV Agusta F4 1078RR 312” is at least descriptive. It tells you that it’s a premier Italian superbike displacing 1078cc and capable of 312kph, or nearly 194mph. “RR” generally stands for “race replica” in the motorcycling world and frequently adorns homologation machines, but the nearly 1100cc would make the 1078RR ineligible for most production racing series, so it’s probably here just to signify the bike’s uncompromising nature. High quality components litter the bike: Sachs shock and steering damper, Brembo Monoblock brakes, a Marzocchi fork, and MV’s EBS engine-brake system that works with the slipper clutch to improve rear grip during rapid downshifts.

These bikes are not easy. They aren’t especially light by modern standards. They run hot, and vent scalding air at your inner thighs in traffic. The riding position is cripplingly uncomfortable. The mirrors are useless, unless you’re tucked in with your head behind the screen, and barely adjust at all. The throttle is wickedly crisp, especially with a properly-tuned aftermarket ECU. Have you ridden an Aprilia RSV4? The F4 is basically the complete opposite of that: where an RSV4 is friendly and confidence-inspiring, the F4 is intimidating. One bike flatters you, the other highlights your inadequacies. As a rider, and possibly as a human being. The RSV4 is your partner, an ally that helps you look like a hero. The F4 a femme fatale in a slinky black dress with a stiletto strapped to her thigh that will make you feel like you’re not worthy. Or stab you. Or both. The MV Agusta F4 does not suffer fools gladly.

That’s not to say that the 1078RR isn’t fast, or that it doesn’t handle. It’s just that it takes hard work and commitment to get the best out of an F4. There’s a reason so many of these bikes are barely broken in: everyone lusts after them, but they work much better as garage art than as bikes to actually ride, unless you’re a masochist or are willing to risk one on track. The 190 horsepower may seem to barely qualify it for a place among today’s superbikes, but the increased displacement gives it massive torque [91.5lb-ft!] to go with the high-rpm power, making it a beastly motive force.

Honestly, unless you’re chasing lap times, any F4 is plenty challenging and entertaining on road or track. Even better: nice ones are usually shockingly affordable. A GSX-R1000 is still a better bike by every quantifiable performance metric, but these days you can buy an F4 for the same price. And as a bonus the F4 is one of the best-looking motorcycles ever designed. This particular example is not shockingly affordable, although it is very, very nice and features some very choice updates that should improve both performance and reliability.

From the original, colorful eBay listing: 2009 MV Agusta F4 1078RR 312 for Sale

1 of 6: red/silver Monoposto 1078 312RR sent to USA

This auction is for the following 2009 MV Agusta F4 1078 312RR (pictured)

Only 60 of the 1078 312RR were sent to the USA. They offered them in 3 color combinations. And also offered them in Monoposto and 1+1. This bike is 1 of only 6 RED/SILVER Monoposto bikes out of the total 60.

This bike has the following UPGRADES added:

  • Magnesium oro swingarm that has been finished in a brilliant titanium color
  • Marzocchi front forks
  • Bitubo rear shock
  • Ohlins steering damper
  • Titanium rear sprocket flange with upgraded cush lugs
  • DID chain
  • Titanium rearsets/levers
  • Full titanium BODIS exhaust
  • Microtec ECU (dyno tuned)
  • OZ forged aluminum wheels
  • NEW tires
  • 320mm full floating Brembo T-drive rotors with titanium bolts
  • Titanium caliper bolts
  • Brembo Z04 pads
  • Stainless brake and clutch lines (blue)
  • Titanium Staubli Quick Disconnects on front brake line
  • High temp silicone hose kit
  • High flow water pump conversion
  • Oberon quick fuel cap
  • Various carbon parts
  • Suede seat
  • Titanium Dzus fasteners for body

Bought NEW in 2009 ($25,000)

Adult owned, never tracked, never raced, never crashed

Serviced by MV dealer at all intervals

Over $30,000 in aftermarket parts added

Selling to make room for another project… It’s been a great bike!

Okay, so the $37,500 asking price is pretty eye-watering, and the seller seems to make the whole “the aftermarket parts and labor add to the value” mistake that afflicts so many people. The 1078RR is a very rare MV, but honestly all MVs are pretty rare, even the the ones that aren’t part of some limited edition. The aftermarket bits seen here appear to be of the highest quality, and the dyno-tuned Microtec ECU is a very nice bonus: it should make this F4 the bike it always should have been, at least in terms of the power and response. Combined with the Bodis exhaust, this MV really should be the quite an event to ride. Unfortunately, that same money would buy you a clean Tamburini, a bike that will probably be even more collectible. Or you could pick up a clean 1078RR for around a quarter of the price and get it properly tuned…

-tad

Femme Fatale: 2009 MV Agusta F4 1078RR 312 for Sale