2010 MV Agusta F4: less power, more weight, same looks

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Oops, didn’t do my math right the first time. Turns out that, like the 2010 MV Agusta Brutale, the 2010 MV Agusta F4 is heavier and less powerful than the model it replaces. Also like that new Brutale, it looks nearly identical to the previous generation too. What the fuck?

According to MV Agusta, the 2008 F4 1078 RR 312 made 190bhp at 12,200rpm and 91.5lb/ft of torque at 8,200rpm. That bike weighed 192kg/423.3lbs (dry). Official data for the new model states that it makes 186bhp at 12,900rpm and 84lb/ft at 9,500rpm. This new bike weighs 192.5kg/424.4lbs (dry). Not a huge difference, but that’s hardly the kind of progress we’d expect from a megabuck exotic. Official spiel below. >

Improving excellence: the new MV Agusta F4 was born with
this objective, extreme briefness of sportsmanship, performances and
design. The most beautiful supersports bike of the world is even
prettier, more performing and more effective.

MV F4

MOVING ART

Can perfection be improved? This question will find its reply in the
new MV Agusta F4, a motorcycle that has always been judged as the most
beautiful motorcycle in the world, that is now redefining the meaning
of beauty. The new F4 is not representing an evolution of the previous
motorcycle, but it is a new project that has been studied down to the
last nut and bolt, from the first to the last curve of the bodywork. No
mass -produced street motorcycle can boast many acknowledgements as MV
Agusta F4, daughter of the Italian genius which has been the absolute
reference over the years for performance, speed and incomparable
beauty. It is a supersports motorcycle with pedigree, thanks to the
absolute absence of compromises in the design, the technique and in the
choice of the materials, even today the F4 is considered to be a pure
two-wheeled work of art .

Improving the already legendary F4
has been a dream, until today. MV Agusta has chosen to once again to
move the limits of performance and driving pleasure with the new F4. In
short, MV Agusta has decided to improve on perfection.

The new
F4 builds on the heritage of the previous model, however improving all
technical and performance characteristics by increasing the already
vast quantity of technical content. When the new F4 was designed, MV
engineers had a single objective: to be the best supersport motorcycle
on the market. F4 should no longer be only the most beautiful
motorcycle in the world or the fastest, it should also be the most
effective motorcycle on circuit, the lightest and the most
technologically advanced motorcycle. The result is the new F4, no doubt
an MV, but even more beautiful, more stable when pushing the limit,
faster and more effective.

The engine, the chassis and the
swingarm are new. The general lay-out which has led us to a motorcycle
that is 4-cm narrower, has a chassis that is more rigid while at the
same time reducing the overall weight by 10 kg..

The F4 is
therefore the absolute reference for the sport motorcycle category due
to the advanced technical solutions and its extraordinary performance.

Every single component has been studied down to the finest detail and
has been redesigned and/or reallocated with the aim of gaining an
ultra-solid and light weight motorcycle.

The ergonomics is
completely new, cured in a maniacal way , with a single objective: to
help the rider utilize the increased performance when riding at the
limit.

While the performance has been increased, it is now
physically and mentally easier push your riding limits safely with the
help of the Traction Control MK II, which has eight levels of
adjustability as well as the twin-map ECU.

The new F4
represents the new reference for the street supersports motorcycles.
Find below a brief list of the technical details:

Weight only 192,5 Kg dry

New hyperlight chassis and bodywork

New in line 998cc 4-cylinder engine

Power supply with TSS variable length intake system

TC MK II traction control system, adjustable on 8 levels

Two injectors per cylinder

Slipper clutch

New electronic injection system with 49-mm throttle bodies

New Magneti Marelli 7 SM ECU

New 4-1 exhaust system with valve

New reduced and lightened chassis

New single sided swingarm

It is an exclusive, refined motorcycle, that has cured in every single
detail, and with a absolutely unmistakable look. The new MV Agusta F4
represents excellence in terms of quality, technology, components and
finishings, exactly what you would expect of a motorcycle branded with
the prestigious name portrayed with pride on its fuel tank.

The chassis, which has been completely redesigned, optimized and
incredibly lightened improves the dynamic characteristics of the
motorcycle in every situation, allowing a more effective ride on
circuit as well as on the road. All of this was naturally matched with
components of the highest level, selected to give the enthusiasts a
supersports motorcycle able to satisfy even the most demanding customer.

DESIGN

When effectiveness becomes beauty. The design of the F4 is a
revolution. It is shorter, more solid and more aggressive, but it
always has an unmistakable look.

With the new MV Agusta F4,
shape and function melt to create a pure moving work of art. The
maniacal care of every detail, the most demanding choice of materials,
the accuracy in the allocation of every technical element has resulted
in an incredibly narrow motorcycle. No in line 4-cylinder motorcycle in
the world can boast such a reduced frontal area, comparable with the
frontal area of a twin-cylinder motorcycle. The extended surfaces of
the fairings (which have always characterised the F4) have tapered,
have new air outlets that improve the evacuation of warm air, the
aerodynamic efficiency and still let you get a glimpse of the red vale
cover of the radial-valve 4-cylinder engine. Even the mirrors
contribute to the aerodynamic efficiency with a new shape and two small
aerodynamic appendices that eliminate turbulance and help to protect
the rider’s shoulders. The tail section is even more slender, the
windscreen is even penetrating and sharper, the size of the seat has
been, the tank is more solid and shorter, the handlebars are wider and
have been raised for an incredible drive control and comfort. The
consequence is a more compact motorcycle but at the same time more
comfortable, more effective and a motorcycle which communicates even
more with the rider. The F4, just like every MV Agusta, adheres to the
principle that design follows the necessity of function.

The
research of the best possible breathing for the engine with radial
valves has required an optimization of the dynamic intake tract that is
wider under the new fairing where dynamic pressure is at its highest. A
fundamental element for the performance of the motorcycle becomes
therefore also a fundamental element for the design. The part below the
fairing has been redesigned to better channel the air towards the
radiator and to better isolate the rider from the heat.

The
front optical group is similar in shape to the unforgettable one of the
first F4, but it is even more compact and effective, an innovative
first in sports motorcycles. In fact, for the first time on a
motorcycle a poli-elliptical monoelement light with xenon bulb serves a
double function of main headlights and running lights and is used to
the best advantage of the compactness and the lightness of the optical
group itself. The parking light uses Led technology, as well as the
rear light and the indicators. The advantages of this technology are by
now well known: higher visibility, less weight.

ENGINE

The new 4-cylinder engine with radial valves retains only the values of
bore and stroke with its predecessor: 76 x55 mm, but it takes advantage
of all the experience developed in races and the most modern technology
in order to be again a point of reference for this class. It represents
an evolution of the previous engine, but the contributions are such and
many that it can be considered a completely new engine. The profound
updating that it was subject to ensures exceptional performance as well
as a perfect marriage of the throttle and the rear wheel. To this
purpose the crankshaft has been redesigned which has an inertia
increased by 50% compared to the previous engine. Also the connecting
rods have been completely redesigned, they are lighter and at the same
time stronger than the previous connecting rods. The intake tracts have
been shortened substantially to obtain the best efficiency and the best
performances at high speed. To “fill in” the torque curve and to
improve the fuel supply the new 49 mm Mikuni throttle bodies have been
employed, but especially the latest evolution of the TSS variable
intake system is a defining factor. For the first time on a mass
produced motorcycle, MV has integrated the new Marelli 7-SM ECU to
perfectly control all of the electronic systems of the F4.

This new ECU controls the 8 fuel injectors in the engine management
system, the variable length intake tracts as well as the exhaust
control valve, the gear selection switch and the new MK II Traction
Control along with the double EFI Sport and Rain maps.

The
system has been updated by new springs smaller and lighter intake
valves. The intake valves are made 30 mm titanium whereas the steel
exhaust valves have a diameter of 25 mm.

The crankcase has
been redesigned and optimized and is 600 grams lighter compared to the
previous one. Also the gear box is completely new and it allows now the
adoption of the sensor of the gear switch and allows the control unit
to adopt different EFI map depending on the gear used.

An
engine of very high performance like the 4-cylinder MV engine needs to
be cooled and lubricated to perfection. For this reason the oil circuit
has been completely redesigned in the internal passages of the cooling
system. The pump is more compact and more efficient, the water / oil
exchanger leaves space for a new radiator which keeps under control the
temperature of the lubricant, consequently reducing the working
temperature of the engine to the whole advantage of the performances
and the reliability.

The new oil pan – which is deeper to
ensure an optimal feeding even in the most extreme conditions -, hosts
a new ecological removable filter without removing any component and
therefore improving the mechanical accessibility for normal
maintenance. In this case, more efficiency meets with more practicality.

Also the water cooling circuit has been completely revised: the water
pump has been lightened by 60 grams, but thanks to the optimized
profile of the rotor it has a higher capacity which is 65% more at low
and medium speed. The circuit is characterized by a single flow
radiator with a very high thermal efficiency equipped with 2 cooling
fans and with a overflow tank.

Each element of the engine has
been rationalised and lightened. The new Mitsubishi generator, with
rare earth magnets is oil cooled and it gets in motion by a elastomer
torsional joint.The weight saving which this component contributes is:
1.600 grams.

Thanks to the re-placement of elements such as
expansion tank and voltage regulator precious space for the airbox was
cleared. The volume of the airbox was increased to the advantage of the
engine breathing.

The already excellent performance of the
4-cylinder MV have improved again from this new engine which supplies
the greatest power of 137 Kw (186,3 hp) at 12900 rpm.

The
other characteristics remain untouched which have made the 4-cylinder
MV over the years a point of reference in the field. The 4 valves for
each cylinder are placed as radial valves to the benefit of an optimal
structure of the combustion chamber. The gear box is extractable as in
the most valuable racing motorcycles. The new mechanical slipper clutch
ensures an optimal control of the engine brake when downshifting.

THE EXHAUST SYSTEM

The characteristic organ pipe exhaust system has always been a
distinctive element of the F4 and it will be such also in the new
version, which however optimizes the concept utilizing one scheme
4-in-1 tuned with the racing characteristics of the new engine. The 4
“outlets” under the tail section have been restyled and have a coating
offering also the possibility of being personalised. In order to have
the best possible efficiency the catalyzer has been brought near to
combustion chamber, remarkably shortening the heating time. A new
electronic valve in the exhaust system optimizes the performances and
contributes to the silencing of the engine, but also to maintain the
unmistakable sound of the 4-cylinder MV

THE CHASSIS

The chassis is one of the foundations which has made the MV Agusta F4
unique and unmistakable. An extremely rational and light structure,
characterised by the union of a lattice made of steel pipes with
aluminium plates by which everyone was inspired. The new F4 remains
naturally loyal to tradition and re-proposes the same type of structure
but it celebrates the characteristics of rigidity and lightness further
with a complete re-design which has concerned every component, from the
thickness of the pipes, to the new “crossings” among the pipes
themselves, to the shape of the side plates. The new chassis is
narrower, higher, shorter and lighter and has optimized stiffnesses.
The area of the steering stem has been completely revised and the side
plates are more advanced. This has allowed an optimal distribution of
the weights (52% front, 48% rear) and the re-positioning of the
juncture of the fork which in this way has been enabled to extend
improving the traction without increasing the wheelbase. The steering
stem offers also the possibility of regulating the inclination of the
steering by rotating the inner element. The standard inclination is of
23° 5′ for a nimble, modern and effective ride.

Every
component has been made compact and has been optimised to be adapted to
the new lay-out of the motorcycle. The leverages of the rear suspension
have been re-designed and have a fresh curve of progressiveness, the
rear sub frame has been completely revised and is compacter and lighter.

The single sided rear swingarm is a real engineering jewel, it has been
extended of 20 mm compared to the previous one, contributes naturally
to increase the traction optimizing also the chain torque reaction. The
planning optimization has enabled however to reduce drastically the
weight (-1,2 Kg) but leaving the torsional rigidity unchanged. The fork
of the new F4 reaches the weight of only 5 Kg, which is a record for an
element of this kind. Also the complete redesign of the hub of the rear
wheel contributes to the lightening and to the general optimization.

SUSPENSION

As every technical element of the motorcycle also the suspension
represent the best in the field. They have been produced on specific MV
motorcycles and offer ideal smoothness and the greatest ride feeling.
The upside down Marzocchi fork with a tube of 50 mm of diameter wants
to continue MV tradition. MV tradition has become famous for its
forecarriage stability. It was derived from racing motorcycles and it
is adjustable in the spring preload and in the hydraulics in extension
and in compression, the extralight forged axle carrier has also been
produced on purpose for F4. The axle carrier utilizes a system quick
release of the rear wheel, like those of Endurance motorcycles,
therefore recalling that of the first F4 of the history, the mythical
Serie Oro which utilized the same technical solution.

The
single rear shock supplied by Sachs is equipped with nitrogen tank
“piggy back” (separated and integrated in the body) and is adjustable
in extension, compression, and spring preload. The leverage link allows
to raise and lower the rear axle of the motorcycles subject to the
desired structure, of the preferences of the rider and of the other
regulations done.

BRAKES

The Brembo front system with
radial monobloc callipers is with no doubt the best system for
motorcycles currently on the market. On F4 it is joined to a Nissin
pump with integrated tank produced on purpose on specific MV
motorcycles.

The double floating steel disc of 320 mm of
diameter utilizes a flange extralightened and a reduced thickness to 5
mm in order to reduce at best the inertias and the non suspended masses.

The rear break system is a Nissin system but it was produced
exclusively for MV with an inoxidizable steel disc of 220 mm of
diameter and calipers with four small pistons.

THE COMPONENTS: EXCELLENCY IN EVERY COMPONENT

What characterizes and distinguishes particularly MV Agusta F4 is the
care and the attention paid to every single element and detail which
composes it. This care not only makes it unique and beautiful, but it
allows to increase performances and functionality, reducing the weight
and increasing remarkably the quality and the finishings of the product.

The optimization of the project has touched any element, also the most
significant which has been revised and if possible lightened. In some
cases the results have been evident. For example, the fuel tank
(shorter, low and tapered) has been produced in rotational nylon. It is
a specific choice which has allowed to reduce the weight of the tank
itself of 1,2 Kg.

The rims derived from fusion keep the
typical MV “star” design but the style is definitely more modern. They
have been optimized in the planning and are lighter of 1,2 Kg compared
to the previous rims.

The dashboard of the F4 is not simply a
display where data can be read, but it is a real terminal where the
rider interfaces himself with the motorcycle. The information
concerning the running of the engine join it through a CAN line which
not only allows to reduce the electric wiring to a minimum, but it also
contributes to the reduction of the general weight of the motorcycle.
Also in this case MV Agusta introduces a new standard to which others
will have to adapt. The dashboard, completely digital, joins the
technology digital matrix into the same tool to have a perfect
functionality and instant replies of the revolution counter. The
dashboard is very light, it offers a shocking lot of data, among which
speed, engine rpm, gear map, level of Traction Control and timer to
compete on the circuit.

The maniacal research of lightening
has led to the re-planning of all the superstructures. The result is a
lightening of 3 Kg on the whole fairing and of 300 grams only on
Plexiglas. The motorcycle has been improved therefore in every
component in order to be again the number 1.

The optimization
of the project has concerned also components apparently secondary like
the key system that has been completely revised, from the fuel cap to
the key on the ignition. The latter then is provided with electronic
immobilizer makes it difficult to start the motorcycle without the
owners key.

MV SPECIAL PARTS TO MAKE IT UNIQUE

The
technical and styling exclusivity is marked in the DNA of the new F4;
however better can be done, the motorcycle can be made more unique. The
list of the MV original special parts basically has no end, special
materials and technical components of the rising generation allow to
make the new F4 even more performing or to personalize it aesthetically.

Everyone can visit the website www.mvagusta.it and make “his own” F4
thanks to the special 3D configuration which allows to vision on
preview the personalized motorcycle.

The MV special parts are
an absolute quality guarantee for the customer. For these components in
fact the same greatest quality standards are valid that have
characterised the whole project of the motorcycle. Components produced
with precious materials and extralight such as magnesium, titanium,
carbon can make it even lighter. Racing exhaust systems and ECU can
release all of the anger of its 4-cylinder engine. Every smallest
aesthetical element can be personalized.

The accessories, like
MV Agusta clothing, previewed on the website www.mvagusta.it and many
articles can be directly purchased on-line
.

MV AGUSTA F4 1000 R MY 2010

ENGINE

Type Four cylinder, 4 stroke, 16 valve
Timing system “D.O.H.C”, radial valve
Total displacement 998 cm3 (60.9 cu. in.)
Compression ratio 13.1:1
Starting Electric
Bore x stroke 76 mm x 55 mm (3.0 in. x 2.2 in.)
Max. horse power – r.p.m. (at the crankshaft) Full power version: 137
kW (186 HP) at 12900 – Lim. 13500 r.p.m. / Restricted power version: 73
kW (100 HP) at 9200 – Lim. 10800 r.p.m.
Max. torque – r.p.m. Full
power version: 114 Nm (11.4 kgm) at 9500 r.p.m. / Restricted power
version: 90 Nm (9.0 kgm) at 5500 r.p.m.
Cooling system Cooling with separated liquid and oil radiators
Engine management system Magneti Marelli IAW 7BM ignition – injection
integrated system with Mikuni throttle body; induction discharge
electronic ignition;
Sequential timed “Multipoint” electronic injection ; Variable height intake ducts with Torque Shift System (TSS)
Clutch Wet, multi – disc
Gear Box Cassette gearbox; six speed, constant mesh
Primary drive 50/79
Gear ratio
First gear: Speed* 13/38 128,2 km/h (79.6 mph) a t 1 3 5 0 0 r. p . m .
Second gear: Speed* 16/34 176,4 km/h (109.5 mph) a t 1 3 5 0 0 r. p . m .
Third gear: Speed* 18/32 210,8 km/h (130.9 mph) at 1 3 5 0 0 r. p . m .
Fourth gear: Speed* 20/30 249,8 km/h (155.1 mph) at 1 3 5 0 0 r. p . m .
Fifth gear: Speed* 22/29 284,3 km/h (176.5 mph) a t 1 3 5 0 0 r. p . m .
Sixth gear: Speed* 19/23 305,0 km/h (189.4 mph) at 1 3 5 0 0 r. p . m .
Final velocity ratio 15×41

ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT
Voltage 12 V
Alternator 350 W at 5000 r. p . m .
Battery 12 V – 8,6 Ah
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
Wheelbase 1430 mm (56.27 in.)
Overall lenght 2100 mm (82.63 in.)
Overall width 750 mm (29.51 in.)
Saddle height 860 mm (33.84 in.)
Min. ground clearance 115 mm (4.52 in.)
Trail 100,4 mm (3.93 in.)
Dry weight 192 Kg (423 lbs.)
Fuel tank capacity 17 l (4.49 U.S. gal.)

PERFORMANCE
Maximum speed* Full power version: 305,0 km/h (189.4 mph) / Restricted power version: 249,0 km/h (154.6 mph)

FRAME
Type CrMo Steel tubular trellis (TIG welded)
Rear swing arm pivot plates: material Aluminium alloy

FRONT SUSPENSION
Type “UPSIDE – DOWN” telescopic hydraulic fork with rebound-compression
damping and spring preload external and separate adjustment
Rod dia. 50 mm (1.97 in.)
Travel on leg axis 120 mm (4.72 in.)

REAR SUSPENSION
Type Progressive, single shock absorber with rebound and compression
(High speed / Low speed) damping and spring preload adjustment
Single sided swing arm: material Aluminium alloy
Wheel travel 120 mm (4.72 in.)

BRAKE
Front brake Double floating disc with Ø 320 mm (Ø 12.6 in.) diameter, with steel braking band and aluminium flange
Front brake caliper Radial-type, single-piece with 4 pistons – Ø 34 mm (Ø 1.34 in.)
Rear brake Single steel disc with Ø 210 mm (Ø 8.27 in.) diameter
Rear brake caliper With 4 pistons – Ø 25,4 mm (Ø 1.00 in.)
RIM
Front: Material / size Aluminium alloy 3,50 ” x 17 ”
Rear: Material / size Aluminium alloy 6,00 ” x 17 ”
TYRES
Front 120/70 – ZR 17 M/C (58 W)
Rear 190/55 – ZR 17 M/C (75 W)
FAIRING
Material Thermoplastic

* = Top speed attained on closed course. Rev. 1 – 27/10/09
MV Agusta is committed to the constant improvement of our products.
Therefore the information and technical characteristics of the vehicles
are subject to change without notice
.

  • Charlie

    Have to respectively disagree. This looks like H-D’s (awful) handiwork. I think they’ve ruined an iconic design and this will generate zero enthusiasm, hampering any sale. I now have to believe that Tamburini left because H-D insisted on this refresher. What a disappointment. I guess there is always Bimota…

  • kawalaser

    Irony isn’t you thing, Charlie.

    • Charlie

      Normally it is, but I’m disappointed that the great marque is deteriorating. I’ve had several MV’s and still have a 750 Brutale. The dash and graphics on the new Brutale are awful. And all this F4 hype for uglier, derivative styling..and it’s heavier and less powerful.

  • Rob

    Last year’s 1100cc motor made 190 hp so it’s understandable for the power drop with a 100cc less in the 2010.

    The really disappointing bit is that motorcycling enthusiast look to companies like MV Agusta to bring the maximum sex to motoring. This “new” is hardly different than what launched 11 years ago.

  • http://muthalovin.com the_doctor

    “No mass-produced street motorcycle can boast many acknowledgements as MV Agusta F4, daughter of the Italian genius which has been the absolute reference over the years for performance, speed and incomparable beauty.”

    That daughter has put on some weight, dude.

  • Reality_Check

    Hey wes, what kind of journalist do you believe you are? I’d say a crap one. You have not seen this bike in person, let alone ridden it (or maybe any MV Agusta for that matter?)
    after reading this and then your tounge up the ass ducati piece it would seem you are on their payroll. Who are you to act like you can offer an informed opinion about this machine.

    What the fuck is right.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      The kind of journalist that can do math? The headline says it all; this bike looks virtually identical to the old one, weighs more and makes less power. Usually new bikes come with some sort of tangible unique selling point or at least model-to-model performance enhancements. Do you see something along those lines that I’m missing?

  • http://raresportbikesforsale.com RareSportBikesForSale

    Considering the hype surrounding this bike with the teasers and social media blitz, it’s very disappointing to find out this is what we were supposed to get hot and bothered about.

    dc

  • Reality_Check

    Yes, Missing something Wes. Quite a bit. I’m standing next to the new bike right now and suggest you see it in person and ride it before you begin to type your ‘opinion’. This is not a refresh and this will soon be apparent. There is no reason to malign a model unless you have some agenda. I’ll look for news and content elsewhere, thank you.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      May I suggest the milque toast aisle?

  • http://www.urbanrider.co.uk urban rider

    I like the cosmetic changes. Especially the exhausts. I don’t care if it’s heavier or less powerful, I’m not a good enough rider to notice, neither are most of the rich guys I see who own them. That’s why all the second hand ones have less than 10k miles on the clock.

    Still the best looking bike on the planet IMO.

  • DoctorNine

    Anyone who doesn’t think this bike is a sexy machine, deserves a night of unbridled physical passion with Roseanne Barr…

    I have a feeling that would change their outlook on the ‘sex’ thing.

  • Travis

    You dont buy an MV Agusta for the lightest weight most horsepower supermachine… If you want that you get a GSXR….

    People buy the MV for style… Why change what has been working for a decade?

    Haters gonna hate.

    Nice work MV!

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      If you’re just buying for style, than why not stick with the original?

      • http://www.urbanrider.co.uk urbanrider

        Fair point, I would normally completely agree and would cite my preference for a classic 911 over a recent model from a style point of view.

        But on close inspection of the pics, I think the modifications to the front end and exhaust are a stylistic improvement. The round exhusts look a tad ’90s’, the new design is in keeping but looks ’2010′ to me.

        The front end is sleeker and ‘pointier’ to my eye and somehow makes the bike look taller and slimmer. I think its lovely.

  • vic

    you can find a lot of detail hi rez pics on the mv.net forum..it looks cheaper and from the pics you can smell some of the useless farkle.the only good thing that may come out of this is that the older models(08 in particular..their best model) will become more affordable and maybe i can get one

    btw did you know that a couple of months ago HD employes had a chance to buy leftover 07 f4 for around 9 grand? :).astonishingly scary to ride but fuuun as hell.i don’t think that to many made the purchase.

  • deckard

    I remember Castiglioni ripping Ducati when they came out with the 999. When you have a classic like the 916 or F4, you roll with it an make incremental changes. You don’t tear it up and start fresh, especially when you are small like MV. They know what butters their bread.

    Wrt more weight, less performance I have no similar comment. As for build quality, the 1098 series has much cheaper build quality than the 999 series, so that’s the Italian superbike game right now.

  • Tomahawk

    The looks are not the same. Every design detail has been modified. Make a closer comparison and you will see.

  • charger

    I like her; i like more the older sister, mat she is sexy!

  • Fred

    I think the bike looks great. Like urbanrider said. MV has gone the route of the 911 and evolved the F4. You can’t bring a whole new bike and call it the F4 if it looks nothing like the original. And obviously you can’t leave the bike looking exactly it did 11 years ago.

    MV has done a fantastic job updating the F4 for the 21st century. Check out the press kit available on mvagusta.net. Many of the changes to the bike are internal such as variable length intakes (used in the older Tamburini, Veltro, and CC models), two injectors per cylinder, and new ECU with traction control. Standard fare on a Japanese superbike now on an MV.

    I love my F4 and the new one has the same Italian flair, instantly recognizable to bike enthusiasts.

    We may see a completely new bike with the baby MV F3 if they ever produce it.

  • http://www.hellforleather.com Jim

    Maybe I’m missing something, but MV Agusta’s website shows that the outgoing model has a dry weight exactly the same as the new model.

    So where did you guys hear it is heavier? Ironically MV Agusta USA put out a press release saying the new bike is 22lbs. less – I’m not sure where they are getting that either unless we’re talking weight with fluids.

    Either way, the headline wouldn’t be as dramatic without the weight factor. :)

  • Bill

    Utterly Lame Article

    1. The engine has less power because it is smaller (998 < 1078).
    2. The bike is not heavier.
    3. The looks are not the same, but retain the iconic F4 identity:
    – The front end is new.
    – The tank is new.
    – The seat unit is new.
    – The exhaust is new.
    – The wheels are new.
    – Swing are is longer
    – Overall proportions altered.
    – The dash is new.

    Oh, and shall we mention, this new F4 is certainly one of the nicest bikes available, as is the outgoing version.

    Clearly, the author of this article is an Idiot. A nasty idiot at that.

    B’ Bye, Hell for Leather.

  • http://stories774.vox.com/library/post/a-story-of-a-brother-and-sister.html Pete D.

    Not entirely what I was looking for nonetheless it was some good reading anyway, guess its a ok that I wasn’t capable of doing a search properly or I wouldn’t have found this.