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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 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 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
MV Agusta November 16, 2019 posted by

A Touch Too Much? 2014 MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR for Sale

Modern supercars and superbikes have too much power. There, I said it. The only thing keeping 95% of owners from launching themselves into the scenery are the sophisticated traction control systems that do their best to interpret your inputs and give you what you think you want, instead of what you’ve actually just asked for. Purely analog superbikes with more than 160hp or so are a pretty serious handful for anyone without a racing license. That doesn’t mean they aren’t plenty of fun though, and sometimes “too much” is just enough: insane bikes like the MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR are the kind of excessively-endowed exotica that make motorcycling so enjoyable.

What do I mean by “excessively-endowed”? The Brutale’s upright position hangs the rider’s upper torso out in the wind with nothing to hide behind unless your chin is flat on the tank, making even 80mph freeway blasts a bit exhausting, unless you’ve got steel cables for neck muscles. And the 165mph top speed is frankly ridiculous, unless you plan to use high-speed runs as some sort of core isometric workout…

Powered by an evolution of the F4’s radial-valved inline four and cassette-style gearbox, the 1090’s designation helps differentiate it from the F4, although it shares the 1078cc displacement. The 1090RR’s 158 claimed horsepower is down a bit on the previous version, although the Brutale is “tuned for more midrange” so it’s probably the torque we should be looking at, and the bike’s 83lb-ft is pretty significant for an inline four. That is at least a nod towards practicality and should make this a monster on the road, although it’s actually very suited to the track as well.

Brembo Monoblock calipers are mounted to the bottom of MV’s typically beefy 50mm Marzocchi forks and matched to a Sachs rear shock provide a good foundation, while 8-level traction control and RLM “rear-lift mitigation” and a hydraulic slipper-clutch function let you exploit those powerful brakes. If you’re lacking serious threshold-braking skills, available ABS will help you make good use of the available stoppers, and offer peace-of-mind if you live in places where it rains things other than fire and ash…

Other improvements compared to the earlier Brutale include a longer swingarm and wheelbase to help tame the bike’s brutal character, along with a larger fuel tank looks pretty much identical, but has additional capacity and offers better ergonomics for track and canyon cornering histronics. The original Brutales did suffer from somewhat primitive ECUs, but this updated version had better fueling from the start, combined with the aforementioned electronic trickery.

Personally, I prefer the earlier gauge cluster, but time marches on and the additional electronic aids available on this model more than make up for a small area of the bike you likely won’t spend much time looking at anyway when you’re desperately trying to keep this thing from flipping over backwards and laughing your head off. Yes, the F4 is prettier, but it’s hard to argue that the original Brutale isn’t one of the best-looking unfaired bikes of all time. The asking price for this one is $8,850, which is a lot of exotic motorcycle and raw performance for the money. I’m constantly surprised that they don’t command higher values, but that just means that riders of ordinary means can actually afford to buy them, although I wouldn’t recommend owning one as your daily ride if you’re not prepared.

From the original eBay listing: 2014 MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR for Sale

Here is my pristine MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR up for sale.

This bike is almost like new and had all the factory services and an oil service every 3000 miles.

This beauty gets attention everywhere and it’s a blast to ride it. The handling, power and sound are outstanding.

Upgrades are:

  1. Header from Arrow (Sound makes you addicted)
  2. Beautiful Mufflers from a 2012 Model. (I have the pristine stock ones)
  3. MV-Agusta Corse Seats. (I have the new stock seats)
  4. Heated Grips
  5. Rizoma Mirrors (I have the stock Mirrors)
  6. Rizoma Bar End Turn Signals.
  7. New Brembo Mono Block Calipers in Black. ( I have the stock calipers)
  8. R&G Fender Eliminator with beautiful LED Turn Signals. (I have all the stock parts)
  9. Garmin Zumo GPS
  10. LSL Superbike Handle Bar with Rox Risers. ( A lot more comfortable and better handling. I have the stock parts.)
  11. LED Head Light. (Very Bright)

This bike is ready to go everywhere without any issues.

I didn’t washed this beauty for the pictures, so you can see some mosquitos but there are no scratches.

Please don’t send me low ball offers because I will ignore them. This is almost a collector Bike and hard to find in this color combination and conditions..

The stock parts are not included in this price.

Questions? Text 864-607-5845

The red/white/blue “America” colors aren’t my favorite, but they look good here, owing to the careful choice of individual colors and the fact that they’re draped across an MV Agusta. Overall, the bike is very clean, with just a shade under 11,000 miles on the odometer. It might seem disappointing that the bike doesn’t include aftermarket mufflers, but the gorgeous titanium Arrow headers and link pipe that deletes the catalytic converter should liberate all the noise you’ll need, and there are very few aftermarket setups that effectively duplicate the slash-cut shotgun-style originals that look so good, excepting the tiny openings themselves. These are sexy, sexy bikes and continue to be available at rock-bottom prices and, although they can be more troublesome than your average Japanese bike, are relatively straightforward to maintain and pretty durable when properly maintained. Just don’t drop that headlight unit…

-tad

A Touch Too Much? 2014 MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR for Sale
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
MV Agusta September 26, 2018 posted by

Teppista – 2012 MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR

Naked-sports wouldn’t want to be left out of the absurd-power sweepstakes, and MV Agusta showed how it’s done with the Brutale 1090RR.  While the theoretical top speed is more fun to discuss, the torque available from the big four is what makes it a joy on the road.  This example is nicely accessorized and offered by Miami’s MV Agusta dealer.

2012 MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR for sale on eBay

 

While it is the largest engine in the MV Agusta range, the 1090 is actually a 1078cc, with the company’s usual ( but amazing ) radial valve arrangement.  Plumbing is more evident on the near side, with the coolant and headers vying for room under the chro-moly trellis frame.  Appointments are outstanding, with 50mm Öhlins forks, Sachs monoshock with high and low speed damping adjustments, and Brembo’s monobloc brakes which have four-piston calipers front and rear.  With 158hp you’ll want nanny along, in the form of eight-level traction control.  Radiator shrouds are integrated into the design, making the RR more of a superbike with very small fairings.

 

Having logged but 666 miles, it’s not your average used bike.  The suede parts of the seat look to have had the worst time over the years, with just a smudge here and there.  Otherwise the paint and metals are pretty mint, with the normally black wheels having been brightened at the powder-coating shop.  Notes from the eBay classified:

Features:
CRG ARROW BAR END MIRRORS
RIZOMA TURN SIGNALS
AFTERMARKET REARSET
SILVER RESERVOIR CAPS
CARBON FIBER UPPER CHAIN GUARD
CARBON FIBER KEY GUARD
CARBON FIBER REAR HUGGER
SILVER POWDER COATED RIMS
EVOTECH TAIL ELIMINATOR
MV AGUSTA RACE HEADERS WITH STOCK MUFFLERS

 

Seeming to have found the secret to paying the rent on sales of an exclusive line of sportbikes, MV Agusta’s closely-held parent company bought back their outstanding shares at the end of last year.  They are even planning to return to MotoGP in the 600cc Moto2 class next season.  Offerings from Varese are regularly reviewed as a singular experience, the avant-garde design and premium build speaking to MV’s long history on two wheels.  The 1090RR is on Agusta’s un-faired pinnacle, though peculiarly the model no longer appears on the Euro-side website.  The eBay offering is a classified without the distraction of an auction or make offer button, and seems to be a nice bargain at just over half the MSRP…

-donn

 

Teppista – 2012 MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR
BMW July 11, 2018 posted by

One for the Road: 2009 BMW HP2 Sport for Sale

These days, when someone says “BMW sportbike,” two things happen. First, the squinty, asymmetrical S1000RR immediately springs to mind. Second, you don’t immediately burst into a fit of laughing: not long ago, “BMW sportbike” would have been something of an oxymoron. But people forget that, sandwiched in between the sporty-toury R1100S and the game-changing S1000RR, BMW introduced the very trick, limited-production HP2 Sport.

It was really intended to set the stage for the S1000RR, to show that BMW could be taken seriously as a sportbike manufacturer, that they had the technological chops to make a world-class machine. Of course, in the case of the HP2 Sport, they were applying that technology to a platform that would seem to be the anti-sportbike at first. It uses the same basic layout as the R1100S: horizontally-opposed twin with a longitudinal crankshaft, shaft drive, and BMW’s Telelever front end that used a traditional shock and A-arm set up, along with some fork tubes that aren’t actually fork tubes.

That setup has some advantages over a conventional fork, but is generally heavier and more complicated. It also makes the location of a radiator difficult, something that’s not such an issue here, since the flat-twin is oil and air-cooled. Speaking of that classic BMW engine: in the HP2, a whole catalog of exotic parts have been thrown at it to increase performance. New dual overhead cam heads, radial valves, and titanium connecting rods all add up to a claimed 128hp, and a 9,500rpm redline you could chase with the very first-ever, factory-equipped quickshifter.

In an R1100S, that power might not be much to shout about, but the HP2 has added lightness: carbon-fiber panels, a self-supporting carbon-fiber subframe, and a generally Lotus-like attention to detail meant a claimed dry weight of 392lbs. Not especially impressive in the sportbike world, but the package was sufficiently light to legitimately compete in terms of handling. And that was another surprise: the BMW Telelever system doesn’t always “feel like it should” and is sometimes criticized for offering vague front-end feedback, but a sportier front shock from Öhlins seems to have cured that. Unlikely layout aside, the HP2 was an excellent handler, and the Brembo monoblock calipers provide ferocious retardation for the lightweight machine.

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

For auction is my 2009 BMW HP2 Sport. It is in very good condition with 20,532 miles on the clock. It is a great running machine and has been maintained well. It has no known mechanical defects and needs nothing. It has been ridden as it was meant to be, but never abused or track ridden, but has not been stored in a living room. If you want a museum piece with zero mileage then this particular bike isn’t likely for you. If you do however wish to own and ride the ultimate BMW boxer sport bike then this bike is for you and at about half the price of new or some recently posted here on eBay. This machine is serial number 79 as seen in the photos. No one really seems to know for sure how many HP2 sports were produced for the world market, much less the USA market, but it seems about 250 or so. This is the last of my collection of seven BMW motorcycles that I have decided to sell. I have accepted a new job in another state and so all but one of my bikes and cars are going to be sold in the next two months. I work a lot of hours and weekends as well so I don’t have time to ride any of them. These bikes need to be ridden, as opposed to sitting here on a trickle charger gathering dust. I have been on eBay for many years and have great feedback and represent things as they are. Thanks for the interest and I will try to respond to questions as quickly as possible.

There are actually several HP2s up for sale at the moment, but while most are treated like museum pieces, this one has been ridden extensively, although mileage is still low for a BMW twin. Keep in mind that the service schedule calls for those titanium connecting rods to be replaced at 30,000 miles, but at least engine access is easy and you’re only looking at a pair of them… There isn’t much time left on the auction, and bidding is up to about half what HP2s usually go for. It looks like it’s in excellent condition and would be a great choice for a BMW fan looking to ride the ultimate twin in the way it was really intended.

-tad

One for the Road: 2009 BMW HP2 Sport for Sale
MV Agusta June 27, 2018 posted by

From the Racing Department: 2016 MV Agusta F4RC for Sale

The second generation of MV Agusta’s superbike as exemplified by this F4RC was more sophisticated, more refined, but no less dangerous. It’s not really a question of power: there are obviously plenty of other literbikes with similar [or better] power-to-weight ratios. It’s the general sense of wildness, an absolute willingness to murder you if you get too familiar with it. I was speaking with a husband and wife over the weekend about one, describing how it just feels far more serious than something like an Aprilia RSV4 that makes similar power and weighs about the same. At the end, she said, “It has no pity.” Which I think pretty much perfectly sums up the MV Agusta F4: it does not suffer fools gladly.

The team working on the second generation of the F4 faced a big challenge: how do you update a motorcycle that is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful designs of all time? How to you revise it so that it looks noticeably more modern, yet still maintains clear visual links to the earlier bike? I do prefer the original Tamburini bike, but it’s hard to argue that MV didn’t knock it out of the park: it’s a bit more angular, a bit more technical, but still retains the overall shape and proportions that made the previous design so iconic.

Perhaps most importantly, the electronics are far more sophisticated and a huge leap forward for the bike, with 8-level traction control and multiple engine power maps for throttle sensitivity, torque, engine braking, and response. Your ego might make you think you need whatever the equivalent of “RACE” mode is, but for most riding, I’m sure a less-aggressive map would help the bike’s tendency to wheelie and generally try to kill you. Honestly, with the kind of power this thing makes, it will always feel fast. Power was up significantly: even the “entry level” F4R made a claimed 195hp at the crank, and this 2016 F4RC was supposedly good for an outrageous 212hp. From cold, it still has the distinctive loping idle and a hard-edged, exotic wail when revved, but overall it feels far more refined than the earlier bike.

Ergonomics were improved as well, although that really isn’t saying much and the bike is still pretty uncomfortable for anything like regular riding. Unfortunately, heat is still a significant problem and the F4 will still roast your thighs and try to boil over if you get caught in traffic. Keeping an eye on the temp gauge is difficult though: the updated LCD gauge cluster and blue lighting looks very sophisticated, but is difficult to read at a glance.

Interestingly, the bike wasn’t even all that expensive when it was introduced in 2010, comparatively speaking. Sure, there was a premium to be paid for owning and Italian exotic, but the new F4 was priced just a few thousand dollars higher than a Yamaha R1, and while performance was similar, there’s no comparison in terms of the bikes’ styles. These days you can pick up a nice, low-mileage F4R for $12,000 and people will still think you’re riding a bike worth ten times that. Seriously: I’ve overheard those conversations. Unfortunately, this particular F4RC is much closer to what the hoi polloi might be expecting, and the bike’s asking price is a cool $35,995 although maybe those are Canadian dollars…

I’m generally not a fan of race-replica graphics, especially on a premium Italian motorcycle, but I think the RC red-white-green looks pretty sharp. The biggest draw for me is that stunning Termignoni exhaust that addresses the only real design element of the second generation F4 that I find disappointing. The organ-pipe setup on the first generation bike is terrific, but the revised design tried to maintain the four undertail pipes with an updated style that used squared-off tips, and generally looked like it was trying too hard. The twin Termignoni cans suit the bike well and sound amazing.

From the original eBay listing: 2016 MV Agusta F4RC Reparto Corsa for Sale

Used like new, very rare motorcycle MV Agusta, F4 RC Reparto Corsa AMG, 2016, 237 miles (380km), must see.

WSBK Ready, 212 Hp, Only 250 built around the world in 2016. Limited warranty available, not included, call us for details.

Price based on local pick-up, shipping available worldwide.

Contact us to check the shipping and/or customs fees according to your location.

Applicable sales tax.

Race ready motorcycle, it is up to the buyer to take the information according to his locality for the possibility of road registration.

We are not partners with Uship and do not confirm the accuracy of their quotation, call us for a more accurate price.

http://www.motosillimitees.com/fr/powersports/occasion/mv-agusta-f4-rc-reparto-corsa-amg-212-hp-2016/10766748/

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Well this is obviously being offered by a dealer and there isn’t much information about the bike’s history. But as usual with a bike that has so few miles, there probably isn’t much to tell. If you want a nice F4, you certainly don’t need to pay this kind of money, although it’s pretty comparable to top-shelf Ducati Panigales and a bargain, compared to the Superleggera. Modern MV Agustas don’t get much more collectible than this.

-tad

From the Racing Department: 2016 MV Agusta F4RC for Sale