2010 MV Agusta F4 Review – Pictures and Riding Impressions of the 2010…

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MV Agusta F4 1000 S
MV Agusta F4 1000 S

The Bottom Line

Pros

Strikes a delicate balance between ability and usability

More aggressive pricing makes it a real world Ducati contender

Sweet sounds and sexy looks lend it a Ferrari-like personality

Cons

Still pricier than Japanese competition, despite a slashed MSRP

Pending sale of MV Agusta leaves the company’s future in question

Parts availability not as abundant as more mainstream offerings

Description

998cc, radial-valve inline-4 produces 186 horsepower at 13,500 rpm, 84 lb-ft of torque at 9,500 rpm

Engine incorporates variable length intake ducts, 8-mode Magnetti Marelli traction control

Six-speed cassette-style gearbox with slipper clutch

Four-into-one exhaust with electronic valve

50mm Marzocchi forks with preload and rebound adjustability

Sachs progressive rear monoshock with rebound, compression, and preload adjustability

Seat height: 33.84 inches, Fuel capacity: 4.49 gallons

Dual radial 320mm disc Brembo front brakes, single 210mm disc rear brake

MV Agusta F4 1000 S

Dry weight: 423 lbs

Price: $18,500

Guide Review – 2010 MV Agusta F4 Review

What a difference two years makes.

Shortly after Harley-Davidson’s MV Agusta purchase became official on 8/8/08, I deemed MV’s $28,000 F4 1078 not quite ready for primetime. Fast forward to 2010, and Harley has put the Italian sportbike brand on the block while divesting itself of their other sportbike interest, Buell. Yet based on my time aboard their new $18,500 F4, you’d be hard pressed to guess the marque is getting dumped: this redesigned superbike is surprisingly good.

The F4’s re-worked 998cc engine features improved variable length intake ducts, less reciprocating mass, better cooling, and a beefier crankshaft for greater smoothness. The engine has been moved forward for more balanced weight distribution, and on a non-functional note, the mill’s cylinder heads are a fiery red (which become visible when the side panels are removed using 7 Dzus fasteners.) One of the bike’s only aesthetic shortcomings are its squared off exhaust tips. which are arguably less sexy than the signature round organ pipes on the outgoing F4.

The bike’s overall proportions are narrower, with slightly taller and wider handlebars for enhanced control. Notably, the torsionally stiffer F4 also loses 22 pounds. Though its dry weight of 423 pounds is nothing to write home about, riding the F4 through the Angeles National Forest proves that spec sheets can’t convey how engine and chassis tuning can yield confidence-inspiring speed.

From its haunting exhaust note and deep power reserves to its supple ride and reassuringly stable handling, the F4’s on-road behavior reflects a finely modulated balance between outrageous velocity and manageability. Though not entirely as flickable as, say, Ducati’s Streetfighter. the F4’s behavior in turns yields progressive leans and sure-footed tracking.

Traction control operates virtually imperceptibly, and the bike’s ability to attack twisty roads inspire more shenanigans than most red-blooded riders can resist. The Brembo brakes are also appropriately powerful, should you want to scale back all that velocity.

Rich in soul and steeped in racing history. the 2010 MV Agusta F4 is a bike that— unlike its pricier antecedent— has the goods to fulfill a passionate, long-term relationship. Too bad the brand is on such unstable footing; if the new F4 is any indication, MV Agusta is now more than ever poised to take on Italian stalwarts like Ducati and Aprilia, not to mention the rest of the global superbike community.


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