Posts by tag: SPR

MV Agusta April 14, 2018 posted by

Evolution: 2002 MV Agusta F4 750 SPR for Sale

The MV Agusta F4 750 is so often referred to as "one of the most beautiful motorcycles ever created" that it's easy to forget it's actually a pretty good motorcycle as well. Sure, it's brutally uncomfortable and a little bit heavier than the competition, but the engineering is sound and it's an impressively refined piece, considering this was the company's first modern superbike, built from the ground up to compete against the very best sportbikes in the world. It fell a bit short of the mark, but not so far short you could consider it an actual failure, considering the bike's longevity.

The orignal F4 750 was introduced in 1999 and the later 1000cc version that followed in 2005 was basically the 750 with more displacement and some refinements, and every four-cylinder machine produced by the company was based on the same engine and frame, up until the complete redesign of the F4 for 2010. So you're looking at a pretty long-serving package, considering the normally rapid pace of sportbike development, and that second generation F4 introduced in 2010 is still used as the foundation for a mid-pack WSBK contender!

So what was wrong with the F4? Well basically, in a class where power-to-weight ratios are critical, the bike had just average power and about 50lbs too much weight. In any other motorcycle category, that would be pretty meaningless, but in the hyper-competitive sportbike world, it meant everything, especially when you consider the somewhat shocking cost of the F4. Ultimately, the F4 was just a step behind the leaders in a class that was now obsolete, as literbikes were suddenly the top dogs of the sportbike world. MV Agusta solved the power problems with their updated F4 1000 but the damage to their rep was done, and the bikes never really offered any performance advantage over a ZX-10 or GSX-R1000, with less reliability and a whole lot more cost.

The seller claims this is an SPR, but I was under the impression the SPR was introduced in 2004, the ultimate evolution of the F4 750 and is most commonly seen in flat black colors. Whether or not this is an SPR or an S, it's a later version of the bike and should be more refined and reliable than the first-generation examples. The included Power Commander is a nice touch: fueling on stock F4s is pretty terrible from the factory, lean through most of the rev range and then artificially rich at the top. It's especially noticeable on the 1000 but both versions benefit hugely in terms of usability from a fueling module and some dyno time. I've ridden a stock 1000 and a properly tuned example nearly back-to-back, and the difference is pronounced. The stock bike seems to almost bog when you whack the throttle open in the midrange, where as the tuned version pulls as you'd expect: like a freight train.

From the original eBay listing: 2002 MV Agusta F4 750 SPR for Sale

Need garage space, so newer bikes must go! This 2002 MV F4 SPR was one of two California-legal MVs, purchased from Grand Prix Motors, San Diego. Original owner was importer for MV Agusta in 1970s, Commerce Overseas Corporation. Designer of the MV750S America: pictured in the foreground with this F4. The bike comes with a ton of MV Agusta history accumulated by Commerce Overseas, including racing photos from MV glory days! With only 8,000 miles, this F4 SPR is in "as-new" condition. Equipped with rare MV factory racing exhaust, bike is tuned with a Power Commander. New tires, recent service. Stunning example of the F4 that was produced in SPR form after initial hiccups with early models.

The bike has 8,250 miles on it and there are no takers yet at the $10,000 starting bid. For the most part, it's pretty commonly accepted that the later 1000 is a better bike overall and that the 750 is underpowered and slightly overweight. It is the original though, and rarer, and should prove to be the better investment over time. Plus, an MV is still an MV, and none of them are actually slow. Try to think of them more as... mature, with just a little bit of middle-aged paunch over an athlete's build. Put it this way: if you're riding an F4 and someone is faster than you are on track or down a given stretch of back road, the problem probably isn't the extra 50lbs the F4 carries over a GSX-R... The problem is probably you.


MV Agusta January 11, 2016 posted by

MV Agusta 3, Robots 1 – 2004 MV Agusta F4 SPR

Featured in the 2004 film i,ROBOT, the MV Agusta F4 SPR tumbles in an early action sequence and give its all to take out a few wayward automatons.  Unlikely more than a few moviegoers knew of MV Augusta's recent revival with Cagiva backing, still less knew what a bike Hollywood had just sacrificed for the film.  The Special Production Racing limited edition was a very special 750, lighter and more powerful than most larger displacement sportbikes.

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2004 MV Agusta F4 SPR for sale on eBay

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The F4 750 was the inaugural MV Agusta after Cagiva purchased the trademark, and outside help was enlisted to ensure success.  The 749cc transverse inline 4 was derived from the early 1990's Ferrari F1 engine, and the F4 continues to use the radial valve layout today, in the 1000cc engine.  Thanks to 12:1 compression and an updated cylinder head, power is spectacular for a middleweight - 146 hp at 13,000 rpm.  The grey steel trellis frame connects to massive 50mm upside-down front forks from Marzocchi, with nitride hardening.  Rear suspension is a single-sided swingarm sprung by a Sachs damper.  Bespoke Nissin brakes are 310mm in front with 6-piston calipers, and 210mm rear.   Exhaust is updated for the SPR, and the factory offered three optional rear sprockets to adjust gearing.  The satin black bodywork is set off by silver graphics, and carbon front fender, intake covers with CRC ( Castiglioni Research Center ) emblem, and swingarm guards.

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A speed-oriented exotic requires exercise and maintenance, and this SPR has had both.  It looks pretty flawless with 6,800 miles.  Just a couple of clear lenses and an HID headlight have been added.  From the eBay auction:

I am the second owner and purchased this bike in the summer of 2005. The previous owner only put approximately 3000 miles on the odometer before selling it to me to purchase another toy. Since the bike has been in my care I have only put an additional 3700 miles on the odometer through occasional weekend rides. The bike has never been taken to the track or abused. I have always stored the bike with a dust cover inside my garage hooked up to a battery tender. The bike is currently housed at my office. The bike is completely stock except for the clear turn signal lenses and HID headlight. All the carbon fiber pieces are OEM. The bike starts every time and runs perfectly. All functions work on the bike as well.

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I recently performed the following maintenance items at approximately 6500 miles:
-Oil and filter change with AMSOIL synthetic
-Coolant flush
-Brake fluid flush (Front and Rear)
-New fuel filter
-New fuel pump
-New fuel hoses
-Professional Fuel Injector Cleaning by RC Engineering
-New NGK Platinum Spark Plugs
-I also performed a valve check on the bike at about 5000 miles and found all of them to be within factory tolerances with no adjustments needed.

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Reviewed as a chore in town and a dream on the open road, the SPR isn't super light at just over 400 lbs, but the power comes on strong around 7,000 rpm pulling strong right to the nearly 14,000 rpm redline.  A sweet handler with Ohlins adjustable steering damper, the F4 SPR can make quick work of straights and turns.  For this level of performance and in such fine shape, even the buy-it-now seems reasonable.  Shame if even one real F4 SPR was sacrificed making the movie...

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MV Agusta December 8, 2015 posted by

Matte Tamburini: 2004 MV Agusta 750 SPR


I know some people think of the MV Agusta as "the-Ferrari-of-motorcycles", in large part due to the fact that the engine was derived from the 1990–1992 Ferrari Formula One engine.  While it is true that early in the design process Ferrari engineers assisted in the development of the engine, MV deviated from the Ferrari design pretty early in the 750 design.  MV Agusta did keep one important feature; the radial valves.  To my knowledge the MV Agusta 750/1000 lineup is the only radial-valved street legal motorcycle currently in production.

Personally I think the MV 750 and subsequent 1000cc model are more like an Aston Martin than a Ferrari in that the basic layout and look hasn't changed much since the 750cc model was introduced in 1999 as the first of the relaunched MV Agusta model.  The F4 750 SPR was released in 2004 as the final evolution on the F4 750 platform.


2004 MV Agusta 750 SPR for sale on eBay

While the layout of the 750/1000cc has remained pretty much constant, the F4 SPR did have some improvements over its earlier brethren. The SPR included a bump in horsepower up to 146 hp which gave the bike a top speed of 180+ mph.  This increase was due in large part due to its new cylinder head, new inlet ducts, and a redesigned the combustion chamber.  The SPR also came with Marzzochi 50mm forks and everything was wrapped up in matte grey bodywork, special silver start wheels and some carbon fiber bodywork (front fender, chain guards, air ducts covers).  Only 300 SPR units were produced so it definitely meets the Raresportbike criteria.

A review of the SPR can be found here.


This particular SPR has no real info posted about it from the seller but looks to be in excellent shape.   Mileage is 2,832 so its not crate new and I do think I can see a few small scuffs on the bodywork near the gearchange lever and the rear mudguard/hugger, but otherwise it looks pretty good.


What is this SPR worth?  Well its a 300 unit all Italian sportbike so its not going to be bargain basement.  At the same time its not the most desirable of the relaunched MV Agusta 750 configurations for collectors (that honor belongs to uber rare SP-01 which carries the signature of Mr. Tamburini on each).   Prices on the SPR hovered around $10,000 USD for the last few years but now seem to be slowly rising so the Buy-It-Now prices for this SPR is $12,500 USD is actually right in line.

The SPR  may not ever reach RC30/RC45 type prices (sorry Ian) but its still an all Italian sportbike that looks great and would be a fine representative of the reborn MV Agusta in any collection.


Matte Tamburini:  2004 MV Agusta 750 SPR
MV Agusta November 6, 2014 posted by

Seriously Pretty Rare: New 2004 MV Agusta F4 SPR


Intended to be the T-Rex of the grand comeback of the storied MV Agusta brand, the 2004 F4 750cc SPR had the very best bits that were offered on the F4 model (save the magnesium of the initial Oro model). With the most potent power plant in the lineup (estimates place it at 145-150 HP), carbon bits scattered throughout (although, sadly, not the main body panels), upgraded suspension in the form of a 50mm Marzocchi inverted front fork, special silver star wheels and limited, matte black livery, the SPR is a model you do NOT see every day. We have seen a couple pass through the RSBFS offices over the years, but I can count those on one hand and still have enough digits left over to make rude gestures. Limited to 300 units worldwide, this SPR is number 98, has a claimed zero miles, and resides in the land down under. Yes, that would be Australia. You didn't just expect to find a super rare zero mile MV Agusta in your neighbor's backyard, did you??


2004 MV Agusta SPR for sale in Australia


From the seller:
2004 MV Agusta F4 SPR LIMITED EDITION 98 of 300.


Prices on these models seems to be on the rise. These once used to be closer to the $10k USD mark, although a zero mile unit can certainly demand a premium. RSBFS staffer Ian once predicted these SPR models would go the way of the RC30/RC45. While we have not seen that sort of appetite quite yet, SPRs seem to be collecting a thicker stack of Benjamins than in years previous. This zero mile, nearly brand new example is on the market with a BIN of $28k USD. The seller is open to offers, so check it out and share your thoughts. Good Luck!



Seriously Pretty Rare:  New 2004 MV Agusta F4 SPR
MV Agusta April 23, 2013 posted by

I Was Wrong: 2004 MV Agusta F4 SPR

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Back in 2004 I thought this bike was going to be the MV Agusta equivalent of a Honda RC30/45.  I was just a wee  bit off on my prediction.  I did not foresee two things.  First,  there was no serious racing effort made with the SPR.  Second, MV Agusta decided to seemingly build as many limited edition bikes as they did standard bikes; diluting their appeal.  The ole SPR is still my favorite though.  It was the highest spec F4 in 750 trim produced and that matte black is still kick ass.

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An MV Agusta with carbon fiber you say?  Do bears crap in the woods.spr right 
The bike has a $13,000 price tag on it and that is  in line with what I've seen other SPR's listed for. What did they sell for?   Well I'd like to know that too.  The dealership is also open to offers.  Not that I have $13,000 burning a hole in a pocket but that seems like a decent price for a high spec, limited edition, Italian motorcycle. 

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Just some MV Agusta SPR eye candy for hump day.

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Click it for the classified on Ebay.


MV Agusta November 2, 2010 posted by

Aliens And MV’s: 2004 MV Agusta F4-750 SPR In Roswell, NM

Aliens And MV's:  2004 MV Agusta F4-750 SPR In Roswell, NM

This bike just proves that the military isn't the only one running "black projects" in the deserts of New Mexico.  Unless I'm missing something this SPR seems to be a heck of a deal.  Let's see, a limited and modded version of MV Agusta's F4, just over 3,500 miles and a buy it now price of $9,995.  Am I that far off  in thinking that someone should have scooped this thing up by now?  I my mind (granted it doesn't always work properly), I always considered the SPR the most desirable of the limited edition F4's (excluding the Oro of course).  Maybe I'm just a sucker for that  matte grey, preseason look.


I like them lines!  If by chance aliens had abducted you for the past few years and the SPR is news to you, the SPR was supposed to be the culmination of the F4 750 line.  They were a limited run of 300 bikes and featured improved performance,  larger 50mm Marzzochi forks, some carbon fiber sprinkled in and the matte grey finish.  Check out the specifics here.


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If you are curious, the original MSRP was $22,695.  That price and what buyers actually paid are two different things but I'm assuming  it was in that range.  What am I missing here?  Is under $10,000 not a decent deal for a bike like this?  Unfortunately the seller provided absolutely no info on the bike in the auction.  Instead they just copied and pasted some press material from the MV Agusta website.  Another pet peeve of mine: people,  put a little effort into your ad.  The first thing that comes to mind is maybe some title issues.  The auction does state a clear title though.  If interested,  I'd sure ask some questions.  If everything comes up roses I still say it is a nice deal. .