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Neil Graham . in a Canadian is one of only a handful of worldwide to ride MV Agusta’s new F3. And he can’t to tell you the news.

I exit the open the throttle to the stop, and the next cog in the gearbox when the hits 13,500 rpm. doing my best to keep AMA racer Eric Bostrom in my when I enter a long topped out in fourth gear. It is one of corners that requires commitment. You need to feel about the bike beneath the fit of your underwear, and the adhesion of tires.

It is only when gaining on Bostrom that I alarmed my knee is on the ground at an speed and the ambient temperature, each time I pass the on the front straightaway, is 3.5 degrees. But the stick, the rider doesn’t do rash, and Bostrom, as I knew he would, picks up his pace and from my grasp.

MV’s teaser campaign for the F3 (of photographs and slyly shot was preceded by a long period of and speculation, so I feel obliged to cut the usual teasing and sly preamble to tale and cut to the chase: MV has made a little machine. So good, in that it’s arguably the MV since the resurrection of the nameplate buying for its function alone, and not because of the accumulated lore of and Hailwood and good old Count himself. In other words, not just a fashion accessory a very good motorcycle .

A sporting motorcycle of 675 cc displacement at first glance, to be a shameless of a formula devised by Triumph for its 675 And it is. Though in MV’s defense, raced triples back in the so the three-cylinder motorcycle is as justifiable-by-heritage to as it is to Triumph.

But that’s beside the Triumph’s Daytona is a sublime motorcycle, so kudos to MV for recognizing the among its peers and setting on their own interpretation on the theme.

On pit road at the Paul Ricard (once home to the Bol d’Or race) a group of predominantly hacks (along with Bostrom and Canadian Graham) feet and blows into It is a very un-south-of-France-ish three below zero when we arrive in the morning. Snow is up in the but more disconcertingly, ice is on the back where the racetrack is shadowed.

In English an instructor at the circuit that pylons will us from finding the ice. I he’s right. But then distracted by a sound or rather, The

The first-fired F3 puffs exhaust its trio of pipes like a engine and settles into a idle. Thirty seconds its throttle is blipped. What a raspy, growling, mechanically a little like the V6 in the 246 Dino I on the highway last summer. relieved, because if the sound those pipes had been the note from my father’s V6 Lumina it would have unforgivable.

This is an MV, after and these things matter. Morton, the bike’s designer, surely agree.

Morton, a barrel-chested Englishman who like a cross between a hooligan and a security guard, had the task of designing the F3. I say unenviable although designing Italian should be a dream gig for a designer, in the footsteps of Massimo Tamburini is

Tamburini designed Ducati’s 916 and F4 and then retired to a life of olive oil or balsamic vinaigrette or else cultured men of the arts do in when their working are done. The problem is that worked like an Old Master it five years, a cadre of servants, and a … goddess him with a palm leaf for him to each masterwork. Morton, on the hand, had a year to come up the F3, and if he wanted a cup of coffee, well, he just get it himself from the

In a recession-strapped world one year equate to five, because F3 is a mini-masterwork. It’s small, two-… 250 small, and there an angle from which it awkward. The right rear angle is its most distinctive, and the 30 prospective buyers in Canada that have plunked deposits have done so, guessing, based on that alone. (The F3 is due to arrive in in July, though supplies as the saying goes, be limited.) And it may be trite to focus on something as as the colour of a motorcycle, I encourage to ignore the all white or the two-tone and grey versions. In the words of Morton, “It really has to be red and doesn’t it?”

MV, for the F3, claims 126 crankshaft-measured horsepower, a of 1,380 mm, and a dry weight of 173 kg. That it, respectively, in the ballpark power-wise, the sportbike, and way lighter than Gold Wing. Surprisingly, it fits six-footers like me I may like a giant sitting on it, but I can in behind the windscreen, and side-to-side to allow for aggressive cornering are accommodated.

Given its dimensions, unsurprising that the mantra development was compactness. But the F3’s isn’t only from and component packaging. It’s the non-MotoGP bike to use a counter-rotating which counters the gyroscopic of the wheels’ rotation and makes it as as a unicycle.

A first for the middleweight sportbike is three preset (plus one engine maps to tailor delivery along with traction control. Due to limited time I leave the power on full but tweak the traction for each session. In its most setting, traction control in tire slipping, and at its least power slides can be coaxed exiting tight corners.

And on the topic of tight corners, while exiting the two first-gear on the circuit that the abruptness of the fueling can be sensed. I try using gear (it’s too tall) but find a compromise by running a line and by feeding throttle in progressively. Another glitch a perfect score (and upon by journalists over is the gearbox’s occasional reluctance to aggressive upshifts. (Buyers can the problem by fitting MV’s Electronically Assisted Shift which allows full-throttle upshifts. Half of the bikes at the are so equipped, and once tried, it as indispensable as air in the tires.)

I confess to the F3 a beguiling combination of a classic European sportbike crossed the unflappable competence of a Japanese The charismatic three-cylinder mill is of Triumph’s Daytona (though the power delivery seems vigorous than the Triumph’s low in the rev range and more stirring up but the agility and confidence-inspiring comportment of the is a hallmark of Japanese 600s. Add all up (to a total of $14,495) and you’re with a machine that certainly be one of this year’s or any most significant motorcycles.

MV Agusta F3
MV Agusta F3
MV Agusta F3
MV Agusta F3
MV Agusta F3

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