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.”