Watch as the MV Agusta F3 enters production

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One of the most anticipated new motorcycles of 2012, at least among HFL staff, has finally entered production. The MV Agusta F3 isn’t exactly revolutionary, but it is bringing several new technologies to the sportsbike sector. It’ll be the first 600-ish bike to be equipped with performance-enhancing traction control and the first transverse engine production bike of any kind to come with a counter-rotating crankshaft. Watch as all 1,200 pieces are assembled in Varese, Italy.

MV says, “Each F3 is composed of about 1,200 pieces, checked one by one before, during and after installation to ensure the compliance of the quality, assembly accuracy and function. The engine, a 675 cc in-line three cylinder, utilizes the unique solution of a counter-rotating balance shaft. This innovation solution neutralizes the forces of inertia of the motorcycle, enhancing the handling by reducing the effort to change direction. During the assembly process it is subject to continuous tests which include, for example, the electronic verification of all of the tolerances. Each step is recorded so that all the dimensions remain under full control. At the end of the assembly line each of this unique three-cylinder engines are subjected to the tests on the test bench: hot firing cycle, warm-up period and then they are subject to tests of power and torque. Each engine is tested for thirty minutes. And only after the successful completion of this test can the engine be transferred to the vehicle assembly-line where it is mated with the beautiful trellis frame complete with side-plates fabricated from aluminum alloy.”

“The tightening torque of the nuts, screws and bolts are recorded by a data management system that stores and encodes the information of each item to allow the traceability of each F3 produced. Everything moves along the assembly line according to the principle of “just in time”, which becomes reality in the form of kits that are hooked–up to the same assembly line and providing all the necessary parts to the operators at just the right moment.”

  • Miles Prower [690 Duke, MTS 1200]

    Awesome! It looks just as beautiful in pieces as it does assembled.

    My wife and kids are watching the Super Bowl right now. Meanwhile, I’m watching this again.

  • oldblue

    Lovely bike. Shame that hideous exhaust made it into production.

    (Mind you, I think I may be the only person in the world who thinks the exhaust is hideous…)

    • Eric

      I’m with ya, blue.

    • SamuraiMark

      +1 on the exhaust. Wouldn’t stop me from buying one though.

    • Kevin

      I think the exhaust is badass. Reminds me of the exhaust on my Multi, only much better looking.

      • Edward

        I like it, but it reminds me strongly of something from HR Giger.

  • Derek

    Seeing this bike in person left me completely underwhelmed. The quality seemed… lacking. It didn’t seem like it had the polish of my run-of-the-mill Kawasaki. The triple clamp looks cheap as all hell and the highly held MV diamond front headlight design looks sort of odd; definitely not what I would call beautiful. I know this is their “cheap” bike but my first experience seeing and sitting on the mythical MV Agusta name wasn’t a great one. The Aprilia RSV-4 and EBR 1190RS were quite awesome, on the other hand.

    • Edward

      It’s funny that you mention the triple clamp. I thought exactly the same thing, but thought it was the one standout jarring note in what was otherwise a very handsome bike. That triple clamp though – really very low-rent seeming.

    • Raubert Van Harris

      Haha I can’t really get a good look at the triple clamp but I totally get what you’re saying about the rest of the bike. Compared to a Ducati, I think it looks like a korean attempt to make an “italian style” sportbike; it’s very busy with all those sharp angles and kinks …and that color is very Kia. None of this a is a deal breaker though, I bet it’s an incredible ride …but so is almost every other bike these days.

  • tears

    Has the US pricing been revealed yet?

    And on a side note, the bike actually looks better without the side farings covering up the engine. This bike would look good as a naked…

    • Edward

      $13,500 I believe. Pricey considering the alternatives.

      • tears

        Considering the cross-town competition (Ducati 848 EVO) it’s comparable, although down by 20hp or so. Otherwise I’ll agree with you.

        • Edward

          Also a few thousand (and a good percentage) more than Japanese supersports in the 600cc class. I wonder in terms of performance characteristics whether the F3 will be closer to the 600cc supersports or something like an 848 that’s not as peaky. By the sound of it (the F3 redlines over 15k I think), it seems like the F3 might be closer to the supersports. And of course, there’s always the consideration that it’s a brand new bike from a company with untested ownership, and may not (and probably will not) be as fully sorted as its Japanese and Italian competitors.

  • rohorn

    Counter rotating crankshaft? Meaning: The crank spins in the opposite direction of the wheels?

    • Slothrop

      Yes.

      • rohorn

        The old EX500 rotates “backwards” as well.

  • Johndo

    Some of the best looking/sounding bikes. But I went to a bike show this weekend and sat on a Brutal 1090…and if you’re tall (I’m 6’1″) forget about these bikes, like many models, they give you no place for your legs, you’re knees don’t fit in the tank. I was surprised even the huge v-max, had horrible orgonomics for the knees, just like the huge B-King that prevented me to shift gears properly because my knees were caught in the tank edges. They really need to keep this in mind when designing bikes that were not all 5’7″. We can change handlebars, seats, pegs, but the tank is one part that should be universal for everyone, and some are doing a great job at it.

    • Kevin

      This cracks me up. Have you noticed that with the exception of cruisers that most bikes have 32-34″ seat heights–or beyond? A guy who’s 5’7 is barely going to be able to get his feet down on a bike with a 33″ seat height or higher. Do you need both feet down to operate a bike? No. But try living in tippy-toe land (like this 5/7″ dude with a 29″ inseam) and you’ll realize it’s not a trivial issue. I have pretty much zero leverage on the bike, so backing up is done with great trepidity. Lots of times I’ve had to get off and push. I have to be exceptionally careful about where I drop the kickstand due to the lack of leg leverage. Getting on and off is no longer “swinging your leg over.”

      We’ve all got our sad songs. I’m just amazed that somebody 6’1 is complaining that bikes are made for guys my size because let me tell you-it ain’t so.

      • Coreyvwc

        Thank you Kevin.

      • jp182

        He has a point about the tanks though. I’ve ridden a few 600′s in my time and not all of them are long leg friendly. It’s great to be able to move your bike backwards but on long rides or on the track; it’s a hinderance.

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

      Told.

  • equ

    I sat on the f3 at the show. It was pretty and felt feather light…

  • Von Scotch

    Tail tidy…

  • ak

    Wait, 675R?

    • dux [87 CBR600, 95 XR600R]

      Triumph’s gotta be pissed

  • Charlie

    Tough crowd. I think this new triple is the coolest bike in years. Maybe the pics don’t tell the story. I didn’t like some of the features on the 1090R (dash, plastic, graphics) and thought the detailing on the 675′s was return to MV grace. Worth every bit of $13k to this rider.

  • Dan

    What do you think the acceptable variation in engine performance is during that initial dyno run? I’ve heard people talk about ‘faster’ and ‘slower’ bikes of the same model out of the crate – but are we talking 1-2hp or something more than that?

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

    Interesting – the ‘just in time’ production line stood out to me. That’s the same production method that Steve Jobs implemented in the Apple factories.

    • Scott-jay

      Naww, you’re thinking of the nets.

  • Ankur V

    I’m not a big fan of the goofy front headlight and dash on the Brutale so it’s a good thing that this bike looks just as good without the side fairings as it does fully clothed up!

  • Justin Edwards

    that video was awesome only problem it should have ended with someone actually ridding the bike.

    PS Dear MV i will happy to put your f3 thru its paces on video so that you can add it to your video.
    thanks for your time
    BLackball

  • Andres Freire

    I think this is my next bike.