2005 MV Agusta F4 vs. Ducati 999R Motorcycle Comparision — Ultimate…

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MV Agusta F4 1000 R Scuderia Ferrari
MV Agusta F4 1000 R Scuderia Ferrari

2005 MV Agusta F4 vs. Ducati | Motorcycle Comparision

Two of the very highly pedigreed superbikes carefully by two very different manufacturers take the term to another level. These two are very much alike—though very different. Varied on a theme, these storied factories steeped in racing arrive at almost exactly the point, yet via very different

The lucky rider who gets to both machines will be spoiled for choice.

MV Agusta’s Agostini F4

MV Agusta dabbled in motorcycle manufacturing from the into the ’80s, but the company’s was always its road-racing machines. It was the force in the ’50s, ’60s and world championships, and in that MV Agusta motorcycles won an unprecedented 270 Prix that resulted in 37 riders’ championship titles. its dominant reign, Count Agusta’s factory machines some of the finest riders ever lived, including Hailwood, John Surtees, Hocking, Carlo Ubbiali, Read and Giacomo Agostini. was especially successful, alone an astounding total of 14 world titles for MV. (Click image to

With the second coming of the MV marque in 1997, the motorcycle immediately became a more place. That year, Tamburini artfully designed the significant motorcycle for the firm his departure from Ducati: The new F4 Serie Oro was a stunning study of both as machine and art form. But for the famed designer upped the with the long awaited F4, bringing more horsepower and to an already legendary engine. image to enlarge)

MV Agusta has Agostini’s considerable achievements a namesake limited edition. 300 of these signature “AGO” have been built, and 60 imported into the United

Easily distinguishable from the versions, each side of the lower fairing has a yellow plate emblazoned with the 1. Each machine carries an gold identification plate on its triple clamp and is delivered on a racing stand and protected by a red cover bearing large MV insignias. The package also a red MV mechanic’s jumpsuit should the decide to roll up his or her sleeves and dig into the spares kit.

At the of that is a special box containing a restrictive exhaust and a re-tuned chip. Validating the AGO F4 as a true piece is an accompanying framed of authenticity, hand-signed by Giacomo himself.

Keeping the AGO as an investor’s static however, is definitely out of the question. at the F4 logo-embossed red suede seat, the invites anyone with an to hop aboard, grab the bars and the MV dream. The bike’s stunning comes from the visual of its exquisite proportions and scale of the pieces.

MV Agusta’s fit, and attention to detail is breathtaking, and in a beyond the best of most motorcycles.

The hand-assembled four-cylinder engine generates 166 hp at 11,700 Equally impressive is the peak output of 80 ft lbs at 10,200 rpm. The new uses single-stage fuel each controlled by a Weber management system that 46mm throttle bodies. from its peers, MV Agusta the only manufacturer to use a Ferrari-designed valve layout in its cylinder design.

Positioning the valves in a pattern increases mixture and improves the combustion process. The 13:1 compression ratio a lofty standard, and while compression has obvious power conversely it can produce wheel hop deceleration. Generally, fitting a clutch remedies this but MV approached the problem electronically.

In an ECU-controlled system senses throttle opening and rate of deceleration, and then activates an air-valve circuit located in the tract of the number two cylinder. The on this cylinder then open, serving as a form of compression release.

The choice of chassis and running gear the classic trademarks of Tamburini: bodywork, tasteful carbon-fiber trellis frame, under-seat single-sided swingarm and forged Marchesini wheels. Both and rear suspensions are striking too. The front of the F4 carries a adjustable inverted Marzocchi with titanium nitride–coated diameter stanchions.

Retaining seriously stiff fork is a alloy lower triple its design shaped to reduce air around the twin radiators. An steering damper helps stability, and a fully adjustable rear shock controls the and wheel travel. Suspension and tuning is facilitated by a hydraulically spring preload, separate and low speed compression rates, and rebound damping. For rear changes, the F4 has an adjuster that a minimum of tools, alterations to height can be accomplished literally in (Click image to enlarge)

The AGO stops beautifully thanks to its braking components. Six-piston calipers match up with stainless rotors mounted to carriers. You might expect to see mounted calipers fit to the Marzocchi but MV’s use of the side-mounted Japanese pieces further demonstrates the determination to follow its own rules.

The use of components is just something manufacturers would not even fitting to a line-production machine.

MVSP one-piece

Gloves: Race Pro

Boots: Sidi Corsa. (Click image to

Both front and rear performed exceptionally well, but the front brake has an interesting The brake pads have a low amount of initial bite. is quite different from the brakes of Japanese bikes, have a high initial that can make the front feel “touchy” or intimidating to riders. The MV engineers clearly an intentional choice here to too much initial braking on public roads where conditions and traction often and braking feel is a critical

The F4 pilot can adjust almost aspect of the machine, tailoring the AGO to the physical comfort and machine The 1,000 improved upon the 750 in the department, with a slightly and pulled back bar set and reshaped with higher centerline. and pedals are adjustable via simple

Beyond history, legend and beyond blueprints, specifications and beyond glamour, style and beyond all this, there the MV’s greatest strength and its greatest reward: riding machine. Hugely powerful and sophisticated, the AGO F4 occupies some far distant from every most motorcyclists have experienced.

The engine revs an almost two-…-like response and abundant, seamless and vibration-free from as low as 3,000 rpm; at the end it is good for a claimed top speed of 187 During on-road testing, I was content up-shifting at 8,000 rpm on the little more was needed for real-world riding. If you can stand much reality, the MV can reduce surroundings to a fleeting blur—this of spellbinding power holds eyes wide open, your attention and leaves seasoned testers wondering they should giggle or for joy. This serious will appeal to many, but be fully by precious few. image to enlarge)

With the MV Agusta F4 AGO, of you’re buying into than legend, a signature and a famous nameplate. You’re into a modern combination of beauty and glory: an incredible motorcycle that can stand on its own as a high-performance machine, without provisos or excuses. Ducati’s 999R

For 2005, Ducati to make its most concerted effort on American soil Texan Doug Polen and Troy Corser each the top spots in 1993 and 1994 This year, England’s Hodgson will join Eric Bostrom in a program to regaining the AMA (American Motorcyclist Superbike Championship aboard the Ducati Corse 999R racers.

However, a rule proviso requires that any wishing to compete in AMA-sanctioned events must make at 300 machines—of a similar specification to racing—available to the general buying This homologation requirement factories from campaigning “one-off” machines that hopelessly outclass the other in the series. Consequently, the potent, R version joins the standard 999 and the updated S-models on showroom this year. (Click to enlarge)

The connoisseur/consumer is now provided an to purchase a racing-spec, road-legal that otherwise would be unobtainable. The Ducati 999R is the thing a mere mortal come to owning and riding the about to be proffered on the starting by Ducati Corse. Thanks to the AMA Series and Ducati’s uncompromising to racing, every 999R is arguably a winner by proxy.

The of the 999R is Ducati’s fabulous 90-degree Testastretta twin desmodromic valve operation. The 999 system is a far cry from Dr. Fabio original design in the ’50s and but the desmo concept—now so closely with Ducati—remains a linchpin of technology.

The R-model departs its 999 stable mates with a over-square high-revving engine: high-compression pistons run up and down on a …. The connecting rods are as are the valves. The engine breathes courtesy of the remarkably efficient fuel-injection system and dual throttle bodies.

We call it for several reasons. As for fuel we squeezed an astounding 61.87 mpg on the managing only 31.10 mpg more daring exercises. A 12.5:1 compression ratio the rapid engine response and helps the engine to produce its 150 hp with 80 lb ft of torque.  (Click to enlarge)

When experiencing the Testastretta’s its engine fills the air with a mix of music. The roaring induction, valve-train, clattering clutch and exhaust note all engulf the It’s just incredible, and not being aboard a 185 mph soundstage. The powerplant responds to the slightest and produces instantaneous revs and power.

Starting at 3,000 an on-demand power delivery with a seriously entertaining The awesome mid-range of the L-twin rewards smooth riding jet-like corner exits and gear changes. Typically, twins start their with a torque-rich thrust progressively tapers down as the reaches its redline.

With the the taper seemingly never the rider senses that the is accelerating at an ever-increasing rate—right up to rpm, where the rev-limiter off the power. When exploring the powerband of the R-model, one thing is clear: The rider becomes the subject, not the machine.

Ducati to refine its traditional, and very tubular steel trellis Structurally, this layout the frame to encompass the slender very tightly while affording accessibility. Compared to all its the 999R has by far the narrowest frame between the rider’s legs.

MV Agusta F4 1000 R Scuderia Ferrari

dimension, combined with the low seat height and a straight leg to the ground, permits even with short inseams to both feet while The riding position, though is far from prone, and in this the Ducati seems more and accessible than other sportbikes. A rider’s reach to the bar the low fuel tank and places the in an aggressive, yet somewhat flat

Therefore, the rider fits “in” the 999R than it, and this positioning results in a combined center of gravity man and machine, helping both to as one.

Helmet: Shoei Voltage

Leathers: Dainese one-piece

Gloves: Dainese Knuckles

Boots: Sidi Corsa. (Click image to

This Ducati has full bodywork and trim, and the bike fully adjustable production-grade suspension, both front and with the rear shock to a new lighter-yet-stronger swingarm that has optimized from Ducati’s experience in World Superbike Up front, an Öhlins steering is mounted horizontally just the front of the tank, and the full set of mounted cast Brembo are reassuringly powerful.

The calipers work on 320mm rotors; this combination a tremendous amount of initial bite that requires a two-fingertip pull at the brake The 999R runs on an exquisite set of forged aluminum wheels save nearly 7 pounds the ones found on the standard 999 Beauty is more than as—although undoubtedly beautiful to at—these lightweight wheels their worth when into and around corners, contributing to the light and wonderfully handling characteristics of the Ducati

For instrumentation, the R-model has a complete of programmable electronic displays, together with an analog and digital dashboard. Like the 999 bikes, the R has an encoded ignition key and for anti-theft protection. Lose the key and have a long and expensive back to your dealer.

The has enough adjustable features to and challenge its owner for some The seat and tank position, and aft, can be adjusted and tailored to riders, and so can the footpeg and pedal Furthermore, steering rake, ride height and wheelbase are all Finally, the frame is designed to the positioning of the swing-arm pivot.

The geometry selected by the factory represents a solid starting and has the 999R ready to ride minimal compromise, although the did respond well to an increase in spring and damping rates, as as a reduction in rear spring and compression damping.

Riding the capable Ducati 999R can new realms for its willing participant to and the Bologna twin does like few other highly production motorcycles. This comes to its new owner by way of the racetrack and own racing past. The intent of Corse for this race-bred is to excel on the track—the venue for this motorcycle was principally and purposely built. (Click to enlarge)

In a world of perfect the 999R is far too good to waste on the It belongs on the track. But wherever the 300 owners elect to use their they will soon a simple truth: The 999R is a that can better take the of its rider than the rider can the measure of the machine.

Although we think in generalities, we in details. And in that rare those few seconds of complete with the machine we ride—the rhythm and sheer elegance of a motorcycle as one—we forge a that will stay us forever. The responsiveness, power and handling from either of machines deliver this oneness with our environment, and it is exquisitely engineered details stir our souls even they are at rest. – Tom Coram

MV AGO courtesy of Kaming Ko. The Ducati on Track

At Laguna Seca, the 999R delivered not only V-twin low-end torque on exit, but also the seemingly power surge of an inline at the top of the rev-band. A disciplined throttle is needed, but the 999R’s deceptive became most apparent as I corners rushing up much than I had anticipated. The front were touchy at first, once accustomed to the minimal pressure necessary, braking and feel were truly (Click image to enlarge)

The is the slimmest sportbike I’ve ridden, translating into knee fatigue and therefore pain. After a hard day at the that alone is very for those of us in the older set.

The 999R’s astonishing power and demanded respect yet also a new level of confidence to be explored. The where most owners ride can only tease hints of the bike’s potential. it to the track.  —Jeff Buchanan

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