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2010 MV Agusta F4 First Look

Monday, November 9, 2009
2010 MV Agusta F4
MV Agusta developed a new Inline Four engine for its latest incarnation of the F4 superbike, with a claimed 186 hp.
2010 MV Agusta F4
“Can perfection be improved upon?”

So asks the not-so-humble press release announcing the 2010 MV Agusta F4. Making its official debut at the 2009 EICMA Milan Bike Show, the new MV Agusta F4 boasts a complete redesign, with a new engine and chassis. The claimed results are a slimmer, 22-lb lighter, 186-hp superbike with production traction control, which MV hails as “a pure two-wheeled work of art.”

The 16 radial-valve DOHC Inline-Four sports a 76 x 55mm bore and stroke, with its 998cc displacement an 80cc drop from the 1078cc F4 312 sold here in the US. Beyond that the new engine boasts a hoard of performance upgrades. Intake and fueling have seen the most flux, with TSS (Torque Shift System) variable length intake tracts and eight fuel injectors (two per cylinder) controlled via the production debut of a Marelli 7BM ECU. The new ECU system also controls the MK II traction control system and its eight levels of adjustability, as well as the “double EFI Sport and Rain maps.”
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A redesigned crankshaft makes up more internal upgrades, along with lighter, stronger con rods. The crankcase has also been lightened by 1.32 lbs. Other changes include a more efficient oil- and water-cooling system, as well as a 3.5 lb-lighter generator.

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Styling changes include the new square-shaped caps to the four-pipe undertail exhaust,
as well as redesigned fairing. Meanwhile, top line Brembo monobloc calipers clamp
down on dual 320mm front rotors.

The new engine claims 186 crank hp at 12,900 rpm, which is a slight drop from the 190 hp of the 2009 F4 312 but a 12-hp gain over the previous 998cc F4 model (last seen on US shores as a 2007 model). The MV F4 retains its slipper clutch. Also back is the four-pipe undertail exhaust cans, though they now sport a square shape.

The new F4 carves its most weight in the new rolling chassis and bodywork. First, the 20mm longer single-sided swingarm is 2.65-lbs lighter. The new cast wheels shave 2.64 lbs, with a new nylon fuel tank (2.64 lbs) and fairing (6.61 lbs) also bringing down the weight to its dry 424-lb claim.

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Suspension comes in the form of a three-way adjustable inverted 50mm Marzocchi fork, with a Sachs shock also featuring adjustment for preload, compression and rebound. The rear shock linkage allows for raising or lowering the rear as well.

Braking duties are handled by radial-mount Brembo monobloc pinchers and 320mm rotors up front, with a rear Nissin four-piston 220mm rotor arrangement.

The overall styling cues don’t waver too far from the F4’s previous lines, which were almost uniformly regarded as lust worthy. No word yet on the MSRP, which stands to reason will eclipse the $24,995 mark of the 2009 F4 RR 312 1078 sold here in the states.

Then there is another spectacularly huge unknown. Who will actually profit or suffer from the new F4’s sales fate. Remember, Harley-Davidson is trying to pawn off the recently-acquired MV brand.

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2010 MV Agusta F4 Superbike Specs
2010 MV Agusta F4
Engine: 16-valve DOHC Inline Four
Displacement: 998 cc
Compression Ratio: 13.1:1
Bore x Stroke: 76 mm x 55 mm
Horsepower: 186 HP @ 12900 (claimed)
Maximum Speed: 189.4 mph (claimed)
ECU: Magneti Marelli 7BM
Clutch: Wet, multi - disc
Gear Box: Six-speed
Wheelbase: 56.27 in.
Seat Height: 33.84 in.
Trail: 3.93 in.
Dry Weight: 423 lbs.
Fuel Tank: 4.49 gal.
Front Suspension: 50mm Marzocchi fork, three-way adjustable.
Rear Suspension: Sachs shock, three-way adjustable.
Front Brake: Radial Brembo 4-piston monoblocs, dual 320mm discs
Rear Brake: 4 piston Nissin, 210mm steel disc
Tires: 120/70-17 front/190/55-17

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mekaela reyes -barbe  May 21, 2010 06:46 PM
nice dress &beutiful
Graeme lee -Quality bike 2010 mv f4 and 1098s owner  March 9, 2010 04:50 AM
To all who post negative comments before even riding one,get a grip this has got to be the best looking bike out there bar none, I was fortunate enough to own one in 2000 when they first came out, and a friend still has my old bike. It has not had any problems what so ever!! i since have had many ducati"s etc and still to date i have not been on anything better than the mv, Hence the new purchase of my 2010 model which is just a stunning bike,(read all the reviews) they are not wrong. japanese bikes just don"t have the kudos the italian bikes have,
PsyRex -Proud Owner of 2010 MV Agusta F4  March 8, 2010 12:29 PM
I've read all comments above and i'm stunned on how much certain people seem to know about a bike they don't own or even have seen i real instead of looking at some pics on internet.
IMO its just a matter of personal taste wheter you like the square pipes or prefer the round ones or wheter you love the looks overall or dislike it , but don't start spitting nonsens about technical failures or disadvantages if you have never had the chance to ride it and see it for yourself!
I've owned lotsa bikes myself ,... example ... Harley Davidson Heritage , Yamaha Thunderace , Yamaha R1 2007 , and many others ...
And there's 1 thing i'm really sure of => There's no brand of bikes that offers that much detailed perfection as the new MV Agusta !!!
Every single peace of it is made perfect ! Never Ever will you find a japanese bike with so much quality parts and eye for details.
The underseat exhaust is way better shielded than the one of the Yamaha R1 wich is imbareble hot , and the engine doesn't heat that much either on the new F4 . I remember driving my R1 2007 in cities and it heated so much (above 120°C) that i had to stop for a break more then once and i even called the mechanics from a well know shop/garage (was officially chosen to be the best Yamaha mechanic of the world) and they said it was normal (a known problem) with the 2007 model and they can't do anything about it.
This New MV Agusta F4 2010 is The first bike of wich i can say from the bottom of my heart ... I wanne keep it 4ever!
This is truly a peace of ART ! Not for the looks , but for the perfection it was made with !

JP -MY BIKE  February 26, 2010 11:57 AM
I currently own a 2008 mv agusta f4........ where do i start.....its a love hate thing with this bike. Ive had countless times where the bike spews coolant all over the road after i park, after doing some research,which i should have done better before i spent 20+ grand. i found out this is a common problem with this bike it gets REALLY HOT and i mean blinking temp overheat hot, REALLY. Ive changed the water impeller,coolant even added a third fan and all metal fan blades,checked for air in the line. Realizing what the problem is,1,mv has been using the same size shotty radiator for there 750's and 1000's. its ok at 80+ miles an hour or faster where this bike was built to shine,but at 10-15 around town with the header heat blazing 1/2 an inch from a radiator that was meant for a 750 doesnt make sense.Anyway i ran out of hot weather last summer to see if my current solution works,had exhaust and headers jet coated and headers wrapped,if this doesnt work the dealer will be sending this thing back to mv. SO IF YOUR LOOKING TO PURCHASE A BIKE GO ON GOOGLE AND DO YOUR HOMEWORK.
Frank -Response to Steel  February 26, 2010 09:17 AM
Steel, sounds like you cant afford one if you cant ride it and not worry about repair costs. Better stick to a bike in your price range, like the GSXR, and leave the exotic bikes to people that have money to spend!
Bert -Dream Euro 2010 Superbike Shootout  November 21, 2009 09:14 PM
MV F4 +
RSV4 +
1198 +
S 1000 RR +

Steel -How much?  November 17, 2009 08:57 PM
No thanks. I'm happy with my GSXR-1000. I actually know how to ride it. I'd be scared to push this MV due to the cost of repairs etc.
benroe -small bike??  November 17, 2009 06:58 PM
In photo 12 the bike appears to be almost as small as my 675. This thing might prove to be a beastie, as most literbikes are. The engines on these things are supposed to be bulletproof, and you get the exclusivity to boot. I like it, I like it alot!!
Rendell -Just noticed...  November 16, 2009 10:32 AM
Why does the headlight look like a web cam? They need to update that.
Rendell -I don't know yet..  November 16, 2009 10:29 AM
It's cool looking. I'm not into maintenance or looking cool at bike hangouts. I ride often, and I ride far. Japanese bikes do it all with unquestionable reliability. I think the 04-08 R1 was drop dead, gorgeous. I owned a 954RR (stolen), RC51 (sold to a punk), and now an '08 CBR 1000RR. That new ZX-10R is a space shuttle in terms of performance... Sometimes pictures don't do a bike justice. To each his own.
nick -looks good  November 11, 2009 06:07 PM
have been waiting for this to be released. a more pointy front looks ok. the square exhaust tips look horrible, hope the rg3 pipes can be put on. nice mirrors and the bigger holes in the fairings might let out the hot air better. the shape of the old fuel tank was better and could fit in more fuel. not sure if i will trade in my current f4???
Zimmerson -The Mysterious Smoking Man  November 11, 2009 10:34 AM
Yeah like riders don’t ever get killed riding bikes with less than 186 HP. Come to think of it people get killed in traffic accidents while driving scooters, SUVs, and just crossing the street. In my state alone, over 900 pedestrians get killed each year just crossing the street!!!

Either you don’t ride and are just a troll OR you don’t ride but wish someday you could ride but can’t accept the realities and responsibilities that are inherent with owning and riding a motorcycle.
The Mysterious Smoking Man -WOW, 186 HP....  November 11, 2009 08:12 AM
might as well come with a free custom made body bag.
edpix -World Superbike aspirations?  November 11, 2009 06:56 AM
The ONLY reason MV went to 998cc is they must have been planning to get into racing in World Superbike. The version shown here is only the base model too, I am sure there is a "R" version already together and ready to be introduced. The "R" would be lighter still from the use of the forged wheels they used in the past. It looks like they have gone in the right direction in regards to weight loss, weight distribution and ergonomics which should make this a pretty good bike as long as the injection is well sorted and the suspension is well calibrated. I would love to see MV be more competitive but more importantly they need to find a way to survive right now. Hopefully HD will be patient in regards to sale and not panic and pull the plug like they did to Buell! I do have to say that new 4 square tip exhaust is hideous, the old pipes looked much better. Luckily if you can afford an MV F4 the you will be able to afford swapping out that ugly exhaust system!
Tim B -UGH!  November 10, 2009 01:25 PM
EW! I just threw up in my mouth a little bit! The last generation F4 was bland looking in my opinion, but this is just ugly. I know I'm in a very small minority here, but it went from boring to FUGLY! At least Ducati and Aprilia still have that sexy Italian styling.

Another thing that cracks me up is that the press constantly rags on Yamaha, and to a lesser extent Ducati, about the underseat exhaust yet you guys love when MV Agusta does it. That never made sense to me. At least before the 4 pipes looked good, but this year the square exhaust looks cartoonish and out of place.
Jaymz -Wow. Just... just wow.  November 10, 2009 11:56 AM
The side profile shots on this bike are borderline erotic! Gorgeous! I love that they got rid of the awkward warped shape of the old headlight. It looks much sharper now. To those who deride the quad underseat exhaust, get bent. It's the iconic feature of the F4! I would love to see MV Agusta compete in major race leagues, and secure a future with a real performance manufacturing company. This bike is sensually beautiful. Great job updating a great bike. MCUSA, please put this in with the literbike shootout.
Kapper -MV  November 10, 2009 10:56 AM
This bike was great looking way back in the 1990s when it first came out. But now it looks rather stale, still good looking but stale. The 2004-2008 Yamaha R1 was as good looking as this bike if not better. I guess that is what happens when you settle for one design and keep producing it over and over…even Japanese bikes start to look “sexier”

As far as the mechanical updates who cares the big four update their bikes almost every year so a bike like this needs to stay ahead by virtue of its unique Italian style but it isn’t its style is actually starting to look dated and common place. Even Ducati knows this that’s why they changed the original 916 styling (not for the better at first (999)) and with this new styling and performance the new 1098/1198/848 have sold very well.
Pool -Cute  November 10, 2009 10:48 AM
That's a very sexy bike......like 1198
YZF Aaron -Under Heat  November 10, 2009 09:08 AM
What's the only thing dumber than dual under-seat exhaust? Quad under-seat exhaust. My buns are warming up just looking at it!
Vincent -Finally every part is pleasing to the eyes...  November 10, 2009 08:50 AM
Increase in performance aside, I'm glad they finally changed the exhaust. To me the old style ruined a totally beautiful moto. It was like a a girl with a hot body, but a butter face. Cheers MV, this is one sexy F4.
will parker -same bike, as always..  November 10, 2009 06:33 AM
this is like the same bike, that came out a decade ago...its time for something else...
Peter Stingray -How it could be a 12 hp gain ?  November 10, 2009 04:57 AM
It ain`t a 12 hp gain it is only a 3 hp gain,because his predecessor was the F4 312 R with 183 hp not the F4 1000 R,I don`t know if this 312R was ever sold in the US but here in Europe it was sold before the 312 RR 1078cc version with 190 hp came.
Jaybond -Stunning bike, as always  November 10, 2009 12:17 AM
Hopefully MV Agusta will found a new owner very soon, but one thing for sure, the new owner must be willing to fund MV to go World Superbike racing, because that's the only way the brand would gain more exposure and prosper. It has to carry on with its racing heritage into modern day racing. Just look at Ducati now, gone from strength to strength.
Prashant -2010 MV F4 in MOTOUSA Superbike shootout  November 9, 2009 08:40 PM
I hope to see this bike to be part of 2010 superbike shootout......