2007 MV Agusta F4CC Review – Full Review of the MV Agusta F4CC Motorcycle

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MV Agusta 125 S

When Reasonably Priced, Mass-Produced Superbikes Just Won’t Do

Stellar sportbikes like the Ducati 1098 and the Suzuki GSX-R1000 make this a golden age for relatively affordable performance motorcycles. Bucking the trend of accessible speed, MV Agusta has built 100 copies of their F4CC, a bike inspired by CEO Claudio Castiglioni’s personal one-off project. The MV Agusta F4CC is priced at an exotic car-like $120,000.

Boasting the best components money can buy, the F4CC is essentially a hand-built, factory custom sportbike with 90% tailor made components. Read on to learn more about this unique, stratospherically priced motorcycle.

The Brilliantly Bespoke Goods

The MV Agusta F4CC is based on MV’s F4 line, the previous iteration of which featured a 998cc inline-4 engine. The F4CC powerplant has been bored to 1,078cc and produces 200 horsepower at 12,200 rpm. The engine’s radially arranged titanium valves were designed in collaboration with Ferrari, and numerous tweaks include polished ports, new combustion chamber geometry, lighter pistons, and re-worked con-rod geometry.

Also featured is variable length intake ducts with the Torque Shift System (as seen on the $42,695 Tamburini model), and magnesium components which bring the overall engine weight loss to 8.8 lbs. Exhaust is routed through a titanium underseat system that resolves in organ pipe tips.

The engine is mated to a one-off mechanical slipper clutch and a cassette-style, 6-speed gearbox, all of which is housed in stunning carbon fiber bodywork clad with sharp details like titanium mesh inlets. Dual 320mm floating, radially mounted 4-piston Brembo monobloc brakes up front and single, 210mm 4-piston rear Brembos provide stopping power. The 50mm Marzocchi fork is treated with carbon nitride for reduced friction, and the rear Sachs monoshock can be adjusted six ways.

Though the F4CC’s major components are extremely capable, it’s the details that are truly unique. One-off pieces include the fork feet, foot pegs. upper steering column plate, hollowed out levers. and Sachs steering damper. and a single-sided magnesium swingarm shows off forged aluminum Marchesini wheels wrapped in 190/55 and 120/70 Pirelli Dragon Supercorsa Pro rubber.

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Throw a Leg (Carefully) Over

The F4CC’s forged aluminum Marchesini wheel, framed by a single-sided swingarm.

Photo © Basem Wasef

Just like its Italian superbike counterparts from Ducati or Aprilia, the MV Agusta F4CC feels narrow. relatively compact, and sleek. Reaching the handlebars requires a stretch over the low tank,and the view from the cockpit is simple: gauges feature a digital speedo and an analog tachometer—just the basics, nothing elaborate. The saddle is exquisitely finished in Alcantara. and better be for this price!

Special materials by CRC (Centro Ricerce Cagiva) finish off the F4CC’s sharp exterior, but the rider is rewarded with sights, sounds, and g-forces, not cosseting luxuries. The F4CC isn’t a masterpiece of ergonomics (and let’s face it, high strung Italians don’t tend to be), and its quirky imperfections separate it from supremely friendly and cooperative bikes like the Honda CBR1000RR. It feels a bit heavier than you might expect at rest (weighing in at 412 lbs without fuel), but the F4CC’s aggressive riding posture reveals its true intent: speed.

On The Road: Riding the MV Agusta F4CC

MV Agusta 125 S
MV Agusta 125 S

Fire up the 1,078cc engine the F4CC spits out a fantastically guttural and loud exhaust. Twist the throttle and that song becomes a scream, its roars emanating from the four titanium exhaust tips. The engine’s sounds are either inspiring or intimidating (depending on your level of speed-seeking dementia), but anybody with a pulse will be stirred by the sound of an F4CC revving.

Accelerate and the F4CC moves forward with urgency; the slightest increase in throttle produces thrust from low-end rpms that more akin to a big-bore V-twin’s, not an inline-4’s. The fatness of the torque curve continues throughout the powerband, thanks to the engine’s variable length intake runners and astronomic state of tune.

Ride quality can be dialed down to manageable levels, but even in full comfort mode the F4CC responds to input with sharp turn-in and easy mid-corner adjustments. Though its mass prevents it from competing in the twisties with its MotoGP-derived competitor, the $72,500 Ducati Desmosedici, it still feels agile and willing to turn thanks to its low unsprung weight and the finesse of its suspension components.

Shift action is light and positive, and the Brembo brakes offer excellent feel and stopping power– a welcome attribute, considering the F4CC’s dominant personality trait seems to be its inability to run at anything less than warp speed. Though ergonomic flaws range from narrow mirrors (prepare to tuck your arms in like a chicken) to heat from the underseat exhaust, those irregularities are but a speck on the heady experience of riding the F4CC.

In Conclusion: Why a $120,000 Motorcycle?

A rear view of the F4CC.

Photo © Basem Wasef

Why spend $120,000 on a motorcycle? If you’re looking for absolute speed or unqualified handling ability, the MV Agusta F4CC will not perform ten times better than a bike like the Honda CBR1000RR (though it costs ten times more.) If you’re only out for thrills, I’m not even sure the F4CC is ten times more exhilarating. Heck, it’s even subtle enough that you won’t really appreciate the attention to detail or the carbon fiber weave of the fairing unless you stop to take a close look at the body.

MV Agusta 125 S
MV Agusta 125 S
MV Agusta 125 S
MV Agusta 125 S

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