17 extraordinary images of the MV Agusta F4 Serie Oro

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After the MV Agusta Brutale 675 spy shot turned up yesterday, we went browsing in the company’s media database to find out if, perhaps, it was one of those officially distributed “spy” shots that are all the rage right now. We couldn’t find any more images of that new bike, but our sleuthing did turn up an uncataloged photo cache on the original modern MV, the F4 Serie Oro. Here those images are, 2500px wide so you can save wallpapers.

Released in 1999 at a price of $57,000, the Serie Oro was the first product of a reborn MV. That price was justified not only by the limited production run of 300 units, but also by exotic materials that wouldn’t make their way to the regular production F4. The swingarm, pivot plates and wheels, for example, were made from lightweight magnesium and painted gold to reflect the “Oro” name. Every painted part, the fairing, seat unit, fender, etc, is carbon fiber. Brakes are massive six-piston Nissin calipers at the front and an unprecedented four-pistons at the rear.

The story goes that this design was originally penned by Massimo Tamburini as a successor to his epoch-defining Ducati 916, but when that company was sold to TPG, he then adapted this as the new look for MV Agusta. Producing only 126bhp at the crank, the 750cc exotic was matched in performance by the much cheaper Suzuki GSX-R750, an unflattering comparison that failed to take into account the sheer beauty and detailed craftsmanship of the Italian bike.

  • Edward

    Saw this interesting article on the F3, which is high on my list of new bikes:

    (this was a link to a work of fiction written by a thief)

    Since you’ve covered the F3 extensively here, any thoughts?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Yeah, Jensen’s a ***** ****** who ***** **** random ****** and ******* regularly rather than ****** original reporting. Don’t believe anything you read *****. (there, all fixed. -grant)

      • Edward

        So, no comment. Got it.

      • zipp4

        I can never remember the difference between libel and slander…

        • Archer

          I’m pretty sure I’ve read the article in question. Instead of slamming the source, why not address the very logical and real issues it brings up? Can MV really survive with no parts supply and no terms from vendors?

          • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

            It’s all fiction dude, nothing there worth addressing.

            • Archer

              OK, I personally hope you’re correct! Would love to see this bike (and some more MV dealers- please?)- on the streets.

              • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

                I personally hope you understand the difference between real journalism with sources and fact checking and some idiot making stuff up.

                • Archer


                  Forgive me for mentioning this but I do have a George Foster Peabody Award and a Major Armstrong Award hanging on the wall in my living room.

                  I know something about journalism.

                • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

                  Ah cool, we’ll have to geek out on the topic at some point.

                • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler
                • Archer

                  Sorry I even mentioned it, but your comment about “knowing the difference” slightly rankled me and I should have resisted the high handed retort… First time in almost 15 years I have ever mentioned those awards to anyone!

                • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

                  Ha, they’re good awards though. It’s frustrating how low the standards are in moto journalism, its something we’re trying to revive.

                • Archer

                  Certainly not a phenomenon restricted to Motorsports- pick up a gun magazine in the past thirty years? That must be the bottom of the integrity food chain. Sport Rider and Motorcyclist are The New Yorker by comparison.

  • T Diver

    I know little about this bike. Is any of the technology on the bike considered outdated?

    • Glenngineer


    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Not really. Radial valve engine is bang up to date, as is the trellis frame/cast swingarm pivot. Only thing “period” are the brakes and tires.

  • raphmay

    MV F4′s are cramped to ride, you jam your hands against the tank when doing a U-turn, the key is almost impossible to access with gloves on and they will have your fore-arms burning within a minute of riding the things. Yet I love them. They are beautiful, tempremental and fast. Everything a motor-bike should be. Hopefully the F3 is the same!

    • Archer

      No no no. You’re describing what women should be. No love for temperamental bikes (says he who runs two fast Hondas ;))

      I want an F4 for the art value. Not the riding experience.

    • http://www.postpixel.com.au mugget

      If anyone buys an MV F4 just to toddle around and pickup groceries then they deserve all the pain they get. Almost a crime to limit the machine to street duties – you gotta treat it right!

  • http://www.pedalgents.com holdingfast

    pure love

  • Charlie

    Amazing how the nicest F4 was the first one they sold. And perfect if it had the silver wheels. I think this is the last incarnation. Impossible to survive at that scale. Marque might bounce around but where’s their Polaris? Too bad the financial crisis spoiled the Harley experiment. At least that spawned the F3

  • http://www.postpixel.com.au mugget

    Sweet find!!!

    I’m gonna download them when I get home… that’s gotta be the best exhaust ever!

  • Erok

    57!? so the 312 in town is a steal

  • Ryan

    Hay-Zeus. Didn’t know sticker was 57k (1999 dollars)

  • Thom

    The ‘ Senna ‘ version is even more stunning !


    ( FYI ; this is definitely not a link to a work of fiction by a thief :o)

    • Edward

      wasn’t there a version that came with a watch? I seem to recall it was around $70k, so a real value-add.