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.
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.