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MV Agusta June 1, 2019 posted by

More Art: 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R

It seems like we are seeing quite a few newer generation MV Agusta models crossing the block as of late. This sets up an interesting study of values and comparisons. It also highlights the feast/famine nature of the rare sport bike segment. The market is currently flooded with a variety of F4 machines, so if you are interested in an example from the storied MV Agusta brand you have a good opportunity to find a clean, low mileage bike across a number of price ranges – such as this 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R.

2008 MV Agusta F4 312R for sale on eBay

The F4 1000 lineup – comprising several different models – essentially all share the same engine configuration and primary chassis. That is a seriously stout foundation for any bike, as seen in the 166 HP base model F4 S. But the 312R is more. Much more, in fact. The 312R is two performance steps above the base S model, given that it is built upon the F4 R – which itself has a bump in HP to 174, and improved brakes and suspension. Take that F4 R, add another 9 ponies and special graphics, and you come to the 312R. Named after the bike’s target top speed of 312 kph (approximately 190 mph), the original 1000cc 312R was a limited edition offering. Today its performance is eclipsed by several more modern bikes – and it may get lost in all of the “Limited Edition this and Limited Edition that” MV Agusta noise, but is still a beautiful and respectable powerhouse with some real cachet.

From the seller:
Time to sell my beautiful 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R. Second owner. I bought this MV to use as a piece of ‘art’ in my man cave. I have never ridden it. The bike has never been down. The original owner rode it for a year, then displayed it in his house until my purchase in 2016. I am moving into a smaller house and will not have the space to show the bike, hence the reason for its sale. It has 2881 miles on the odometer. All fluids, except the brake and clutch, were drained in preparation for display. The battery was also removed. The prior owner upgraded the front Brembo calipers to a better spec Brembo caliper, he also upgraded the Brembo brake and clutch levers, added Rizoma grips and swapped the plastic trim pieces for OEM MV Agusta carbon fiber ones. The bike comes with all the goodies supplied by MV for the 312 owner, including the bike cover, tool kit and owner’s manual.

Created by the father of both Bimota and the Ducati 916 (and 996/998), it is hard to call the F4 anything other than gorgeous. The seller obviously thinks so, as this bike has adorned his man cave since purchased and has not turned a wheel since. I can’t tell if Count Giovanni Agusta – original founder of MV Agusta way back in 1923 – would be rolling in his grave, or proud that his humble motorcycles have transcended the plane of mere transportation. Either way, one cannot help but admit that a bike of this caliber would look stunning in any room of the house, provided that one’s spouse were on board with the concept. Prepped for the indoor motorcycle mannequin gig, this bike was drained of fluids and the battery has been removed. As a result, there are no “powered on” shots of the odometer – but the ad states the original owner put 2,881 miles on the bike before it was acquired by the seller.

The 312R was a homologation machine in the US with a mere 150 units imported to meet AMA regs. And while I doubt that the first owner ran that slick for 2,800+ miles, it does wear racing rubber properly and proudly. This is a rare sub model of a relatively rare machine; MV Agusta did not produce many bikes in the early years of the comeback, and they all carried a premium over peer bikes of the time. Thus, even a base F4 is a sight not often seen, and the other LE models even less so. The 312R is probably not the most rare – nor the most pricey – but stands out as one of the rarer examples of the MV Agusta offering set. That has not helped it out much at the checkout stand as of late; this beautiful example is being offered for a relatively scant $12,500. That is right in the money for other 312R models on the market, but well below the original MSRP. That could be a good thing, as predictive analytics indicate that the bike could be reaching the bottom of the curve. Nearly all bikes that are collector status today were available for less $$ at some point in their lives; nearly everything goes through a dip. The 190 mph question is if this is such a bike. The 312R is rare enough, and this example is in clean enough condition to ride that wave should it develop. Check it out here, and then check your crystal ball. Good Luck!!

MI

More Art: 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R
MV Agusta May 29, 2019 posted by

F1 Dreams: 2018 MV Agusta F4 LH44

How do you take a very exclusive motorcycle and push it over into the mega-dollars collector category? Star power always works. Just like Ducati with exclusive models based around Mike Hailwood (two of them!), Troy Bayliss, Ben Bostrom, Carl Fogarty and Ayrton Senna, Italian art dealer MV Agusta has celebrated Claudio Castiglioni, Giacomo Agostini and Ayrton Senna. Both the Ducati and MV Agusta Senna tribute bikes were used to raise funding for Senna’s foundation to care for poor children in his native Brazil. And while other F1 racers have indulged in a bit of two-wheeled motor sports, Lewis Hamilton is – to my memory – the only current driver with a bespoke motorcycle model to his name. Behold, in all its glory, the #41 of 44 Lewis Hamilton MV Agusta F4.

2018 MV Agusta F4 LH44 for sale on eBay

Reportedly built with direct input, only 44 units of this rare bike were built (Hamilton races the #44). The engine and control unit are straight from the top-spec RC (Reparto Corse) model, pulling 212 ponies in all – but for non street use only. If you abide by the rules and don’t run the superbike spec ECU or exhaust (with Hamilton’s logo and number, no less), you limit yourself to only 205 ponies. Throttle is fly by wire (no push-pull cables), which runs straight through the MV Agusta MVICS system to provide for multiple engine maps and traction control. The electronic transmission features a quick shifter as well as a slipper unit. The radial mount Brembos are also wired to a brain and offers full-race ABS and anti rear wheel lift for maximum braking capability. Tires are special Pirelli builds with a red line around the sidewall and the “LH44” logo. Slippery carbon bodywork offers Lewis Hamilton graphics, including the #44. The top speed of this 386 pound missle is listed as 302 KPH (~188 mph).

From the seller:
A very rare opportunity to purchase what is probably the only Lewis Hamilton F4 still in its crate in existence today.

This bike is number 41 of 44 units built, with Lewis himself taking three units for him and his family leaving just 41 of these incredible machines available to the worlds market.

All units were immediately snapped up, however we are particularly pleased to offer this machine for sale on behalf of our client.

NOTE: – Free Shipping via International Sea freight.

The LH44 model F4 is RARE. This is RSBFS-worthy rare, but it may not tick all the right boxes for everybody. First off, this is a pricey piece of kit – with MSRP in the $72,000 range. That is Desmosidicci D16RR territory, and you will recall that those bikes all sold quite quickly (and they continue to trade relatively strongly today). But the collector that picks a zero mile $70k+ motorcycle tends to be far different than those that covet other desirable models to ride (i.e. RC30, MHe, etc). After all, the whole purpose of this bike is to show off the LH44 branding; otherwise save yourself the $25k and pony up for the F4 RC and ride the wheels off of it. It won’t be as rare, but is every bit the LH44 equal in terms of street (or on track) performance. But if you are collecting to fill an indoor, climate controlled, hermetically sealed parking spot, this might be your bike!

With only 44 pieces available world wide and Lewis being a glutton and claiming 3 units, there are really only 41 bikes still remaining in this very exclusive collection. Today’s example is purported to still be in a crate according to the advert, and is located way down under in Christchurch, New Zealand. That is a long way to go for a US buyer, however with such rarity I’m sure prospective buyers are simply happy to find one on the open market. Asking price is $67,905 USD. It’s not often that one would think an asking price of that amount is reasonable, but its not often you can score a rare and collectible bike still new in the box at lower than MSRP. Are you looking for a bargain? International shipping is INCLUDED, and the seller is open to offers. I’d prefer more pics of the actual bike rather than MV Agusta promo shots, but there is enough there to indicate this bike is legit. Check it out here, as you won’t likely be seeing very many of these around. Good Luck!!

MI

F1 Dreams: 2018 MV Agusta F4 LH44
MV Agusta May 25, 2019 posted by

Beautiful Boy: 2000 MV Agusta F4 750

There are fast motorcycles, there are unique motorcycles, there are iconic motorcycles and there are truly beautiful motorcycles. The re-introduction of the fabled MV Agusta brand in 1999 seemingly achieved all those goals thanks to the vision of Massimo Tamburini and the might and wealth of the Cagiva Research Center.

2000 MV Agusta F4 750 for sale on eBay

Following the well-trodden path to sport bike glory, the MV Agusta F4 utilizes an in-line four cylinder engine with four-valve heads, fuel injection, and novel variable length intake runners to help control engine power across the rev range. Dubbed Torque Shift System (or TSS for short), that intake wizardry is one of two Formula 1 technologies utilized by the F4. The second is the oft-hyped hemispherical head chamber with 4-valves per cylinder. And while the hemi head and radially splayed four valves definitely maximize the airflow and flame front during combustion, neither are particularly new in terms of technology. All told the 750cc power plant was good for a stout 126 HP.

From the seller:
This motorcycle looks like is brand new…..it’s a model year 2000. 750 cc engine. sounds fantastic… bought it from the original owner who use to keep it in his own room…..always garaged and covered. it only has 3,900 original miles on it, it has good tires and all the fluids have been exchange recently. runs beautifully. it has quite a few carbon fiber pieces and the previous owner did some polishing on the engine cover, chain cover and foot pegs along with the rims… . too many things to list here. Look at the pictures and give me your thoughts about it. This one of a kind has to go to a good home. If you are looking for a unique, head-turner, clean bike, blast to ride, this is it….check what is available in the market!

In addition to the F1 technology, the F4 borrowed heavily from the fertile past of designer Tamburini. Both the single sided swing arm and the under seat exhaust are derivations of the Ducati 916 (which Tamburini also designed). The exhaust pokes out of the underside of the seat in a not-so-subtle fan out of four separate pipes, and sounds glorious. The rest of the bike relies upon yards of aluminum for the frame, beefy front forks (Showa), and a fair bit of carbon fiber flair.

The introduction of the F4 was a massive investment into technology, and the resultant bikes were as beautiful as they were fast. Limited production and high prices kept them to the exclusive territory of well-heeled riders or even better heeled collectors. Today they are available on the used bike market at more realistic prices – but still not cheap. This particular example is an early model with few miles (<4,000) and what appears to be a great deal of care bestowed upon it. With a Buy It Now price of $7,500, this bike is asking strong, but not outrageous money. The seller is open to offers, so there may be an opportunity to pull this down somewhat. With bikes of this caliber, prospective buyers would do well to find the cleanest, best example possible. I could do with less of the polished bits, but this 2000 MV Agusta F4 750 looks to be better than most we have seen in some time and is worth checking out. The full details are here. Good luck!!

MI

Beautiful Boy: 2000 MV Agusta F4 750
MV Agusta May 24, 2019 posted by

Et Tu, Bruté – 2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910

Displayed in a corner with no view to the tarmac, this 2007 Brutale 910 is nicely farkled and has just 1,211 miles.  A smashing MV roadster for a fan without the need for a fairing, or maybe with that base already covered.

2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910 for sale on eBay

Agusta joined the naked party in 2001, starting with their 3-cylinder supersport models, and presented the naked superbike in 2005.  The 908cc engine is derived from the F4 1000cc mill, sharing the radially arrayed valves and Weber-Marelli fuel injection.  Power is superbike level at 139hp, with good torque numbers at 71 ft.-lbs.  The frame is courtesy of the original Brutale, with whopping 50mm Marzocchi forks which are multi-adjustable along with the monoshock.  The package is surprisingly nimble, and accommodating to larger and smaller riders.

Too busy, the only explanation for a nice one owner bike, some sweet mods, and then hardly even break-in miles over the 12 years.  A few moments with the dealer’s option book, but not many for riding afterward.  Presumably the rear sprocket has two less teeth, with the effect of a higher gear ratio.  From the eBay auction:

It has only 1211 miles.  Yes, it’s no mistake, only 1211.  I bought it new in 2007 and have title in hand.  It has $3000 in accessories including a Arrow slip on and catalyzer tube replacement, front and rear fender, Matris steering damper, handlebar end mirrors, fairings from Germany, specially made windshield which is removable, rear pinion with two less teeth, better front brake pads and a special handlebar mounted on rubber to damp vibration.  All this was installed at buying, and I have all the original parts.  Not one scratch.

The Brutale is still on MV’s card, though it has ridden the displacement spectrum up and back down to an 800, of which there are several Special Editions.  More of statement than a practical ride – it’s spendy, just not the thing for a longer ride, a little finicky, but a real looker.

-donn

Et Tu, Bruté – 2006 MV Agusta Brutale 910
MV Agusta April 20, 2019 posted by

Hypothesis: 1976 MV Agusta 350 Ipotesi

In the way cool archives of rare bikes there are undoubtedly some weird and wonderful ones. There are always surprises and bikes not many people have heard of, and there are always some real gems hiding behind the uber popular homologation crowd. Today’s find, a 1976 MV Agusta 350 is the perfect of example of the weird and wonderful. Looking a bit like a single (it’s a twin), a bit like a two stroke (it’s a 4-cycle) and a bit like a much larger bike, it is clear that this MV Agusta is all Italian by the “nothing extra is needed here” style.

1976 MV Agusta 350 Ipotesi for sale on eBay

The Ipotesi is a small scale parallel twin. It has an overhead cam (only one) to operate the two valves per cylinder. A pair of small Dellortos handle the intake side of things, while a pair of chrome pipes take care of the exhaust. At 350cc this is hardly a powerhouse. but with air cooling and appropriately sized components, it is hardly a heavyweight. With 30-ish HP on tap (comparing reasonably to the current crop of small-bore bikes), the little 350cc engine is pushing only 350 pounds of bike. Brakes look tiny (those are 220mm rotors all around), but with less weight and speed comes less need for larger, heavier hardware. Clip ons are low and tight; perfect to practice that aerodynamic tuck!

From the seller:
This 1976 MV Agusta 350 Ipotesi was purchased by me from the original owner in the U.K. in the late 1990’s. It has about 6,500 km on it but not long ago I had the speedometer repaired and it was reset to zero km. The current speedometer reading of 394 km is from my riding of the bike after the repaired speedometer was returned to me. This motorcycle has a California title and current California registration. The bike is an easy kick starter and I ride it frequently around San Francisco and the Bay Area. The bike is fully sorted and needs nothing: you can get on it and ride it and enjoy it! The motorcycle is entirely correct and original and unrestored. There are some minor paint touch up areas on the tail section behind the seat. The most noticeable paint flaw is the touched-up area on the rear edge of the front fender, shown in one of the photos. I wanted to keep all of the paint on this motorcycle original, so I did not repaint the entire front fender. Some of the paint on the instrument panel is worn, but I wanted to keep that paint original and have not touched it up. There is a photo attached of the instruments and the surrounding panel. Other than these paint issues, the bike is in extremely good original condition. The Heidenau tires are nearly new, but they are the correct size per original. You won’t find a better Ipotesi for sale in the US or another Ipotesi for sale in the US: MV Agusta 350 Ipotesi motorcycles were never officially imported to the U.S. so any here now would have been privately imported. Therefore, there are very few here. Of the few MV Agusta 350 Ipotesi motorcycles in the US, I doubt too many are fully sorted and have current registration and are being ridden such as this one is.

We don’t see many pre-F4 MV Agustas in the States, much less anything that displaces less than 500cc. This Ipotesi is a fantastic looking motorcycle. It seems impossibly narrow, yet retains the classic proportions of a much larger bike. The paintwork shines in the sun, and the odd elements of what make up this little 350 blend together to make something special. It’s far from museum perfect, but it still looks great anyway. Value? Too rare in the US to really put a number on it; we simply have no historical data on which to base an assumption. The seller is asking for $11k OBO – that might seem high for a 350 scoot, but not a lot of dosh for a very unique MV Agusta. Check it out here, and then jump to the Comments section and share your thoughts on this cool little bike. Good Luck!!

MI

Hypothesis:  1976 MV Agusta 350 Ipotesi
MV Agusta April 3, 2019 posted by

Meccanica Verghera: 2009 MV Agusta F4 1078 312RR

Originally conceived as an aviation company, famed motorcycle marque MV Augusta turned to the two-wheeled world after World War II in a move to survive European post war economics. With transportation being a key element and need, the firm began at the small end of the spectrum and only grew from there. From transportation to bikes with more sporting intent to reaching the very pinnacle of the racing scene, MV Agusta has long been a powerhouse in the motorcycling community. And it is a community; many of the early employees of MV Agusta were from the family aviation business. And let’s not forget Claudio Castiglioni’s involvement in the firm, having been at the helm during more than one of the corporate turnarounds. It is the latter incarnations of the company that produced the F4 (the world’s most beautiful motorcycle according to some) and from that F4 spawned many special models. One such rarity was the hyper 312RR.

2009 MV Agusta F4 1078 312RR for sale on eBay

If speed is king, the MV Agusta F4 312RR set out to become the ruler of the land. The name of the bike – 312 – refers to the top speed in kilometers per hour. That equates to about 194 MPH in Americanese. The 312RR started life out as a F4 1000 R model, and MV-A engineers played with internals to pile on the horsepower. The original 312R (2007 – only a single R) offered a stout 9 HP increase over the already-over-the-top standard R bike. The second generation model (2009 – two Rs in the name) offered the 1078cc engine and 190 horses – another 7+ over the previous gen. By 2010 the top speed party was all over, the final version of the bike being mechanically the same Gen II machine, but with “312 RR Edizione Finale” graphics and exclusivity generated by only 30 units total.

From the seller:
Very Rare 2009 Mv Agusta F4 1078 312RR in perfect condition, Priced to sell fast as im moving, only 1799 miles, bike is from North Carolina Dealership and has a North Carolina title and the bill of sale, bike is hand made in Italy engine was made by Ferrari 190 hp fast is a understatement best handling bike ever. I didn’t like the original seat so a changed it to red black and silver suede and leather , looks great and feels better. Too much to say I’m selling my baby and a few others in my collection New tires on it and just serviced needs nothing and in Brand new condition never in rain.. Serious buyers please, questions please ask. bike will sell. The bike comes with the stand all keys books, alarm, gps, charger and cover. Can arrange shipping for a extra fee. Bike is located in Miami Florida. North Carolina Clear Title.

The 312RR is undoubtedly rare-ish out in the real world. Part of this is due to the low volume production of MV Agusta, and the limited number of units bestowed upon the various editions. The other part if it is that these were simply horrendously expensive motorcycles to begin with. Often branded as the Ferrari or Lamborghini of motorcycles, F4 Limited Edition models had sticker prices 4x or more when compared to the more readily available (and serviceable) Japanese cutting-edge sport bikes. That kept ownership numbers low, and exclusivity high. The downside is that several MV Agusta models have not really translated that exclusivity into resale dollars. While stronger than contemporary Japanese peers on the resale side, the ratio has certainly dropped. This is true for the base F4 models as well as some of the lesser special editions – although the Senna, CC, and Claudio continue to hold value (or appreciate).

This particular 312RR looks very, very good. Mileage is low, and at least from the pictures there are no major red flags. The opening bid is a very fair (low?) $8k, which means that you could be riding away on an iconic Italian machine for a song. Sure, the 312RR will be eclipsed by more modern machinery (time has a way of putting everything in its place), but this is still a damn fine motorcycle that will exceed the limits of most riders – and looks 200 MPH even when sitting still. We will ignore the controversy regarding the actual top speed of the bike given the majority of our readers are in the US where limits are much, much lower. Check it out here, and then jump back to the comments and share your thoughts on the F4. Any 312R or RR owners out there? Share your stories. Good Luck!!

MI

Meccanica Verghera: 2009 MV Agusta F4 1078 312RR
MV Agusta February 25, 2019 posted by

Legendary: 2002 MV Agusta F4 Senna 750

An MV Agusta F4 Senna 750 is enough by itself to justify a modifier like “legendary,” but this one carries around a couple extra big names to back it up. Not only does it bear the name of The Man Himself, the bike wears 10-time GP World Champion Giacomo Agostini’s signature and was first owned by NHL legend Sergei Fedorov.

2002 MV Agusta F4 Senna for sale on eBay

If you’re not a fan of the Detroit Red Wings, or you don’t remember the early 1990s, Fedorov’s name likely doesn’t mean much to you. But the dude won three Stanley Cups with the ‘Wings, after a gutsy defection to the United States after an international game. Look him up.

Setting aside the signatures and ownership of famous men, the 2002 MV Agusta Senna 750 is a force to be reckoned with. The 750cc inline four was designed with the help of Ferrari, and in the Senna managed about 140 horsepower. They’re serious machines, but there are a raft of cheaper bikes that went faster. The Senna is one you buy, because, well, look at it.

This is number 192 of a worldwide production run of 300, and it looks to be in very good shape, commensurate with its scant 3,500 miles. The pictures don’t tell us much, and the description doesn’t go into huge detail either.

From the eBay listing:

Extremely rare and beautiful. Part of a small collection of bikes purchased new by NHL Hall of Famer Sergei Fedorov. Bike has been personally signed by legendary MV Agusta rider/ champion Giacomo Agostini! This bike is number 192 of 300 built for worldwide production. MV reported that only 50 of these bikes were imported to North America. Inline 4 cylinder engine designed with cooperation from Ferrari produces 136hp at 13900 rpms. 0 – 60mph in 2.9 seconds. Quarter mile in 10.7 at 136mph. Lightweight and extremely fast. These bikes are legendary not only for performance and handling but for design and collectability!

This bike is in excellent cosmetic, running and riding condition at 3500 miles. The sale includes original owner’s manual, spare key, spark plug tool, and factory red rear wheel bike stand.

This bike is currently for sale locally as well.

With a starting bid of ten grand, and no word on the reserve, we’ll be interested to see where this one will go. Will the whiff of fame and provenance drive the value above similar bikes? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Legendary: 2002 MV Agusta F4 Senna 750
MV Agusta February 4, 2019 posted by

Distinguished – 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R

MV’s 312R was introduced midway through the F4’s lifespan when top speed, rather than 0-60 or a 1/4-mile was the goal.  In its alternative (not red and silver) livery, this Scottsdale example looks cared for with just 4,500 miles.

2008 MV Agusta F4 312R for sale on eBay

The F4 were built around the powerplant, and the 312R had revised heads with 30mm titanium intake valves, 48mm throttle bodies and longer intake horns to help make 183 hp at a lofty 12,400 rpm.  In the shiney-side-up department, 50mm Marzocchi forks are nitrided with carbon to reduce stiction, and the Sachs rear monoshock has low and high-speed adjustments.  312 kmh eventually has to end, and the Brembo P4/34 brakes are some of their finest.  The bodywork is at once trim, complex, and aggressive, and the stuff dreams are made of.

Not much to tell about a minty example with low miles, but there has been a sprocket change, maybe an additional tooth out back to trade a little top speed for sub-sonic convenience.  Pearlescent white over carbon looks so classy a tux might be good riding gear.  The owner relates recent maintenance in the eBay auction:

If you know sport bikes, you know MV Augusta is Motorcycle Art! This 200 mph F4 is in mint condition; stored for years as part of an MV collection. Beautiful paint, 2 tone pearl white and pearl black. This bike is completely stock, except for sprockets upgrade. New Metzler M5 tires. Recent oil service and coolant service…

The 312R was MV’s pinnacle for a bit, superceded by the RR and then very special Castiglioni tributes.  The air slips over this veritable work of art, with premium appointments adding up to a $30K MSRP, making the current ask seem almost reasonable.  The same folks who said you’d be just as quick and a lot more sensible on any of the Pacific flagships are still on duty, but now saving you just a few thousand instead of the huge when-new dollars.  In this case the big step to a real exotic isn’t such a leap !

-donn

Distinguished – 2008 MV Agusta F4 312R