Posts by tag: Massimo Tamburini

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
Ducati December 12, 2019 posted by

Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget: 2001 Ducati 996 Biposto for Sale

Ducati’s instantly recognizable 916 series of superbikes remain surprisingly affordable, considering their pedigree and perceived rarity. But the same basic design was in production from 1994 to 2004 and Ducati made a shedload of them. Sure, the SPS and R bikes are extremely rare, but regular production bikes like this 996 Biposto aren’t too hard to find in good shape, although most have accumulated way more mileage than seen here…

The 996 debuted in 1999 as an evolution of the 916. It might look virtually identical, but featured a host of subtle upgrades to the original bike, including changes to the frame, fuel injection and, most notably, the engine. The original 916 cases started to fail under racing conditions when punched out beyond 955cc, a disadvantage when World Superbike rules allowed twins up to 1000cc. The revised engine was first seen in the 916SPS and the 996 used the same cases, although the rest of the engine was in a lower state of tune, with milder cams and injection tuning to match.

It was followed by the 998 in 2002 that saw the introduction of the “Testastretta” or “narrow-head” engine that offered significantly improved power, making the 998 the fastest version of the bike, although a torque-rich 112 horses meant that the 996 was considered to be plenty fast. An Öhlins shock is matched to a set of quality Showa forks, and I much prefer these later five-spoke wheels to the original 916’s three-spoke design.

Right now, it seems like the 996 is the value proposition of the group. The 916 is the original and desirable for that reason, and the 998 the most powerful and well-developed. It’s not the fastest, or the rarest, but if you want a 916-style bike, this 996 Biposto offers a blend of handling and power, along with marginal passenger accommodations if your significant other is both petite and brave. And yellow bodywork

From the original eBay listing: 2001 Ducati 996 Biposto for Sale

Yes, this bike only has 1806 original miles! Collect it or ride it? You choose. Sharp looking yellow 996 that GP Motorcycles just changed all the fluids on and just replaced the timing belts. Bike still has original tires so you would want to change those if you are going to ride the bike but other than that, this thing is ready to go. Don’t miss out on this classic Ducati Superbike.

GP Motorcycles down in San Diego is offering this very clean, very low-mileage 996 for $6,999.00. Aside from the corroded paint on the brake fluid cap and the fogged headlight lenses, it’s very clean and comes with a set of Arrow slip-ons that were a popular choice when the bike was new. They aren’t my favorite in terms of exhaust note, but easy to change if you don’t like them. If you’re looking for a very sharp collectible and can’t spring for one of the more exotic Ducatis, this would be a pretty low-priced way to pick up a pretty pristine example of Tamburini’s iconic superbike. Assuming you’re okay with yellow, instead of classic Ducati red.

-tad

Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget: 2001 Ducati 996 Biposto for Sale
Ducati November 12, 2019 posted by

Appreciating Icon: 2001 Ducati 996 for Sale

Values of Ducati’s wasp-waisted superbike have been shockingly low, considering their status as one of the most important, and most beautiful superbikes of the modern era. Sure, an SPS or 998R might pull decent money, but examples of the garden-variety 916 and especially the more refined Ducati 996 were available for as low as $4,500 pretty recently. And that wasn’t necessarily for clapped-out ex-race bikes either: solid, well-maintained bikes could be had for that sum. No, a 996 won’t keep up with new machines in a straight line, the braking ability of the current crop of superbikes is superior, and they lack modern electronic rider aids, but this iconic superbike still has impressive handling, even by modern standards. And the low prices won’t last forever…

Clean, low-mile 916s have already started to climb in value, and 998s that represent the final evolution of Tamburini’s superbike never really dipped that much. But the middle-child 996 still represents great value, especially if you’re looking for a bike to ride, as it featured more power and many subtle updates to the 916. It was introduced in 1999, after the 916 engine had hit its developmental limits.

World Superbike displacement for v-twins increased to allow 1000cc twins, but the original 916 cases started to experience failure when the displacement was enlarged to anything beyond 955cc. It might look like a 916 with some stylistic tweaks, but the 996 featured a heavily-revised 996 version of the engine that was introduced in the 916SPS, along with tweaks to the frame and fuel injection to improve handling and drivability.

This example features an updated Öhlins shock matched to a set of Showa forks, suggesting that it could be a 996S, although it lacks the numbered plaque generally seen on the triple. Some questionable stylistic flourishes have been added, but the seller claims the the original bits are all there, if you’re not a fan, and the other upgrades are very functional and intended to improve the usability and reliability of this classic Italian superbike, along with a set of aluminum Termignoni cans to liberate some classic Italian thunder.

From the original eBay listing: 2001 Ducati 996 for Sale

For your consideration is a 2001 Ducati 996 with 4,982 original miles on the clock. This bike is all original. It’s been ridden and well cared for. It’s in excellent condition, not just for the year, but for any year. I’m selling it because it’s impractical for long distances, and because I’m more interested in two-up riding these days. Bike has:

  • A Scotts reusable oil filter to improve cooling and filtering capacity
  • A Pipercross race filter. Chosen for lack of side effects on throttle response, noise, and engine longevity.
  • A Power Commander III. Currently, the bike is running and older version of the PCIII.  A newer USB PCIII is included with the bike.  I’ve just procrastinated on installing it.
  • An Afam quick change sprocket carrier and JT sprocket swap. The Afam carrier prevents cush drives from backing out and makes sprocket changes a lot easier. The current sprockets have less than 100 miles on them.  circlip is not in photos, but has been installed and safety wired.
  • I replaced the fuel quick disconnects and fuel sending unit nut with metal pieces. The OEM units are nylon/plastic and prone to breaking. Not anymore.
  • I installed a Cox Racing Case Saver. This item protects the precious engine case in case of an accidental chain break If you take care of your chain like I do, it’s not an issue, but stuff happens.
  • Replaced the US light switch with a European one, which allows you to turn off the headlight on startup. Less drain on the battery at startup means easier starting. Works like a charm.
  • I replaced the OEM fan with an aluminum unit that runs off a switch that allows you to run the fan anytime the temp gets too high for your liking. This bike has never overheated, but the stock temps are too high for my taste, so I installed a fan kit.
  • Swiftech, made in Germany, carbon hugger. Keeps debris off your suspension and tailpiece. Buyer also gets a Ducati performance lower hugger which is not installed.
  • Cox racing radiator and oil cooler guards to keep debris from damaging those two crucial components.  The radiator and oil cooler are in excellent condition (pictured) and I plan on them staying that way. Last, I’m including a carbon tank shield. It’s not installed because I wanted to show the excellent condition of the tank.
  • I have replaced all the seals on clutch master cylinder and on the clutch shaft within the last 100 miles. Buyer gets a Yoyodyne slave cylinder with the bike and has the option to install it or keep it as a spare.

This bike is in excellent condition. It is not a restoration. All parts are original to the bike, save for the mufflers. I also installed a billet clutch plate and housing. All body panels are original to the bike and undamaged/unrepaired. It’s all Ducati, no aftermarket. There are no cracks, repairs, or damage anywhere on the body, apart from light scratches here and there.  the paint is original everywhere, including on the underside of the seat. There is no rust whatsoever in the tank and only minor surface corrosion on some fasteners around the bike. There are no dents anywhere. This bike has never seen rain under my ownership.

The timing belts are brand new, properly installed (new Fuji nuts) and tensioned. The proof of the pudding is in the tasting, and this bike runs very smoothly and strong. The valves are not due for another 1000 miles. I inspected them and they look good. All rubber and soft parts are in good to excellent condition, down to the little bleed screw rubber caps. Only a couple of electrical plug sleeves have shown cracking despite my best efforts. Those (and I think it is literally a couple) have been mitigated and have no effect on function or reliability.

I replaced all coolant hoses with new Ducati parts in the last year. No leaks. Not coolant, not oil, not brake fluid. Gold DID chain has less than 100 miles. NGK Iridium plugs. Battery is less than a year old and wired for battery tender, which also comes with the bike. New Continental tires.

I kept all the OEM parts I replaced. Buyer also gets the excellent Baxley chock pictured. I always keep bike on chock at home. Sale includes a few special tools required for routine maintenance. 4 excellent manuals including Ducati shop manual.

I will be happy to send more pictures on request. Thank you for looking.

Considering the thoughtful upgrades and the 4,986 miles on it, I have a feeling it won’t be long before the $8,100 asking price will seem like a bargain. I’d expect this is one of the lowest-mile non-display bikes around, and with much less mileage I’d be concerned it would need significant maintenance before being ready to ride! Low-mileage bikes can seem more desirable, but mothballed Ducatis can cost a fortune in servicing to make roadworthy if they’ve been sitting for extended periods, and the attention lavished on this example make it worth a premium: as they say, “There’s nothing more expensive than a cheap Ducati…”

-tad

Appreciating Icon: 2001 Ducati 996 for Sale
MV Agusta September 7, 2019 posted by

Fargo: 2000 MV Agusta F4

The MV Agusta F4 750S was the mass production model of the ultra rare Oro Edition – the model that re-launched MV Agusta into the mainstream market. Designed by Massimo Tamburini and the CRC design center, the F4 was – in many ways – what the Ducati 999 should have been. It is an evolution of the very successful 916/996/998 design language that set the world alight way back in 1994, and has been incrementally improving ever since. With the single sided swing arm, distinctive under seat shotgun exhaust and star-spoke wheels, the F4 is truly distinctive in the MV Agusta colors of silver and red.

2000 MV Agusta F4 for sale on eBay

Patterned after the Oro, the 750 Strada (street) model shared the same inline, four cylinder power plant. With technology adopted from Ferrari Formula 1 engineers, the F4 utilized radially splayed valves for the ideal combustion chamber shape. Intake trumpets were variable length to help spread the torque curve over more of the power band (rather than just up at the top of the range), with horsepower peaking at 126. Whereas the Oro (gold in Italian) was produced utilizing anodized magnesium, the standard model made due with aluminum. This not only brought the cost of materials down, but also the cost of manufacturing. With plastics in place of carbon fiber for the body, the 750S model is slightly heavier than the Oro, but otherwise looks identical.

From the seller:
2000 MV Agusta F4 750 for sale with 6200 miles (still riding so may go up). Great condition, adult owned, and includes extras. The bike is mechanically perfect and is in excellent working condition. Rear tire is at 50-60% and front is at 75%. Bike comes with carbon fiber Silmoto exhaust($1000) and also the currently mounted stock Arrow exhaust that was fitted for display in a recent motorcycle show(Both exhausts pictured). Bike has been professionally dyno’d and tuned and runs very cool. As you can see by the vin this is a very early bike and was only the 18th MV F4s to come out of the factory. Also included is the factory rear stand, service manual, and all paperwork passed along from previous owner.

MV Agusta relaunched to great fanfare in 1999. Bikes were initially very exclusive, and they were also very expensive. The Oro was nearly $40,000 USD, and all 300 sold out. The standard Strada model was cheaper, but far from cheap at $18,999. Today, these bikes are trading for much, much less. The rarest of the models are sure to appreciate, with the more mass produced examples following slowly behind. That is a good thing, as it makes fantastic bikes like this F4 750S affordable to us mere mortals. This is a bike that you can ride today and decades later it will still look fresh and purposeful. Located in Fargo, North Dakota and offered with a starting bid of just $5,300, this one still has a few days to go on eBay. Check it out here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Fargo:  2000 MV Agusta F4
MV Agusta August 8, 2019 posted by

Brussels Sprout: 2006 MV Agusta F4 1000 Senna Edition

Located in Belgium, today’s find is the second of the MV Agusta Senna tribute bikes (the first being based on the original 750cc F4). The first thing to know about Senna tribute models is that part of the original proceeds went to Senna’s favorite charity – caring for needy children in his home country of Brazil. The second thing to know is that these are reasonably rare; each of the MV Agusta Senna tribute models are serialized and limited to only 300 units world wide. This particular example currently calls Belgium home.

2006 MV Agusta F4 1000 Senna Edition for sale on eBay

The basis of the Senna edition was the very capable F4 1000 R model. Well known for the radial valve technology (a development from the Ferrari Formula 1 technical team) and variable length intake runners, the 998cc engine was good for 174 HP. Stylistically, the 1000cc edition followed with the same livery as the earlier 750 Senna machine, with subtle differences in accent color. The wheels, for example, were special Marchesini units in silver – rather than the red star pattern offered on the 750. Front brakes were exclusive to the model; calipers were Brembo Racing “Serie Oro” gold four piston radial units. Other minor cosmetic changes included the front forks (black titanium nitride coated), and a special seat was fitted. The Senna could be considered a R+ model with star power.

From the seller:
Very special engine (limited serie 300 pieces)Has traces of use that you can expect from a second-hand.But in very nice condition

(Translated via Google)
Am the first owner
I added a lot of options.
RG3 Exhaust, Titanium Collector and Custom Ignition Board
MV Agusta Veltro footrest and selectors (only 99 pieces manufactured)
Color wheels Champange (Marchesini)
Dark windshield
Xenon headlight (all)
Integrated indicators on the back
A duo seat, but always the mono and seated frame (see photo) in reserve.
Foldable Handles
Metal fans
I still spared it, brake levers, etc., are included
a lot of carbon
The engine is 43,000 km long and has always been done by an authorized dealer.

The bit that should jump out at you here is that this special edition, collectible model MV Agusta has been used. A lot. 43,000 KM equates to nearly 27,000 miles. Bravo to the seller for enjoying such a magnificent motorcycle! This must surely be the highest mileage Senna edition we have seen on these pages. And yet the bike shows well. There does appear to be some hazing or spiderweb cracking in places on the bodywork (i.e. where the kickstand tucks in), but overall you would be hard pressed to guess at the number of miles this bike has traveled based on first look. It is also a testament to MG Agusta and modern engineering & manufacturing practices – while a hyper superbike, these remain resilient and reliable rides.

Price wise, the Senna model has held up pretty well over the years. We have seen some wild swings in asking price depending upon condition and mileage, including a nearly never been run example offered at $29k. More reasonable examples have been trading in the $15-18k range as of late, with exceptional specimens a bit higher. This one is being offered for $15,000, with the seller open to other offers. Look through the pictures, and then check out all of the details here. This might be a great find for RSBFS readers on the continent. Good Luck!!

MI

Brussels Sprout: 2006 MV Agusta F4 1000 Senna Edition
Ducati June 5, 2019 posted by

Maryland Missle: 1995 Ducati 916

If you are looking for a collector category bike and figured the first generation Ducati 916 might have hit rock bottom, you are (unfortunately) already too late. Early year 916s have stepped onto the valuation escalator, and are already going places. They are still relatively affordable, but you will be parting with a fair number of ducets if you want an early model in clean condition. The Varese models will still top the dollar range, but any nice 916 will set you back some coin. It is with that in mind that we present you with this 5,000 mile, beautiful first-generation 1995 Ducati 916 located in Maryland.

1995 Ducati 916 for sale on eBay

As oral tradition dictates, the story has been told often around the warm, flickering glow of computer monitor screens – a story about a man named Massimo Tamburini and his desire to conquer the world with a motorcycle design the likes having never before been seen. Jump to the chase and one might believe he did just that. The Ducati 916 was a stunning design of sharp angles and flowing streamlines, of extreme compactness, yet dense with power. Of single sided swing arms and raucous pipes poking out beneath the seat. The four valve desmoquattro engine featured liquid cooling and fuel injection, and rev’ed higher than any twin in recent memory. Handling was redefined, and the bar was raised. Trophies stacked up; both those won racing in WSBK as well as those awards won at design competitions and motorcycle shows.

From the seller:
Up for sale is a beautiul 1995 Ducati 916 sport bike with 5196 original miles. Bike has been well maintained and not only looks great but still runs great as well. All maintenance records have been kept for this bike and can be emailed if needed. Only modifications to the bike are Termignoni carbon exhaust pipes and integrated turn signals. If you have any questions or would like more pictures or information, please send me a message. Thanks for looking!

Now celebrating its 25th birthday (originally released in 1994), the 916 has reached that classic collector status. It is old enough to be able to re-emerge into the spotlight as a yesteryear machine, yet new enough to give relatively modern machinery a good run for that collector money. The iconic good looks remain fresh and vibrant, even as they have been re-interpreted, copied and evolved in models such as the Ducati 1098/1198, the Panigale, and the MV Agusta F4. This bike still looks modern, and if you can live without the electronic nannies such as traction control, wheelie control, ABS and bang-shift electronic gearboxes you will find that this bike still IS modern. The V-twin lights with a roar, and remains usable and tractable around town. But it is in the canyons where the 916 really shines, allowing a rider to make the most of the strong (at the time) Brembos and sublime Ohlins suspension, and really delve into the 114 HP as the tach swings past 9,000 RPM. The soundtrack is glorious.

Stepping back onto the sidewalk of reality, the stewardship of a Ducati 916 is a little bit different than owning your average UJM. Desmo valve adjustments, for example, require specific shims and are more frequent and more involved than what you might be used to. Cam belts need to be replaced at regular intervals. Skip either of these steps, and ownership becomes an exponentially more expensive prospect. Aside from more frequent maintenance, these hyperactive twins are surprisingly robust. Mileage is rarely a factor in 916 ownership provided services are completed on schedule. The rest is riding, smiling, rinsing and repeating. This particular example looks very clean, and has obviously been well loved. It sports a few extra bits – such as the Termi exhaust cans, the carbon fiber mud guard, chain guard and front sprocket cover, uprated brake lines, and the rear turn signals have been re-positioned. There also appears to be a pigtail for either a battery tender or electric vest. With low miles, a clean presentation and a complete set of service records, this 916 looks to be a fantastic find – and the asking price reflects the condition. Check it out here, and then fire up your inner Carl Fogarty. Good Luck!!

MI

Maryland Missle: 1995 Ducati 916
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 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