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Memorable Motorcycle: MV Agusta F4 750

Castiglioni — Cagiva Ducati savior and MV Agusta who introduced the F4 750 to the world.

Although I was to the launch of the MV Agusta F4, I had to reluctantly the offer because 15 years ago my was 101% concentrated on keeping our launched Thundersprint alive. As turned out, this was all to the because later I had the great of spending a day with Claudio who was the driving force behind the of the MV brand. Claudio and I got on really so much so that he later at the Thundersprint.

Claudio was a fascinating mix of kindness and a titanium hard brain. He was personally one of the most men I have ever met and was a gracious, host. In some ways he had as the son of a wealthy industrialist; born, as he into the family’s well-established and metal working business.

he was a dedicated man to the point of obsession, typically six and half days a and long days too!

driving back to his house for was an exhausting experience. He had four and one of these rang almost as he solved problems and did deals at a which left me spent and I was a passenger!

Claudio’s deal was legendary. He first built into a successful brand and bought Aermacchi from who owned the Italian manufacturer. the old Aermacchi seaplane factory on the of Lake Varese in Northern as a base he later saved from ruin; the Bologna being so near extinction they had been built at levels in a factory largely to making diesel engines for Romeo cars.

( Above ) Castiglioni became friends Frank Melling and rode at Here he is with Jim Redman in ( Below ) Claudio Castiglioni on a 500 MV Agusta at the Thundersprint.

Claudio loved Cagiva and also, to a lesser extent, Ducati, but the which drove him to the point of ecstasy was MV Agusta. The iconic MV at Gallarate was only 12 miles from Varese, tantalizingly to Claudio every single MV had long given up motorcycle to concentrate on their helicopter and this was an additional advantage to who was a keen helicopter fan.

So, through a heady mixture of an outstanding track record of broken Italian motorcycle and a passion for MV, Claudio got to own one of motorcycling’s brands.

Depending on your of view, a lesser or maybe businessman would have set re-building the marque, carefully and using Japanese experience as Triumph did. The very of walking the Triumph path have been unthinkable to He had the best motorcycle brand in the and therefore needed the best really, it was no more complex this.

Claudio also had an ace in his of cards and this was Massimo I have mixed feelings the great designer though is no doubt that he is one of giants of On the one hand, there is no greater in the world than Tamburini and is a strong case for arguing the F4 is his best design ever.

But a which you can’t turn is flawed and a riding position cripples the rider after an is not the apogee of practical engineering.

insiders also resented, some enthusiasm, Tamburini’s on always being right. Not 99% 99% of the time, but always knowing and, with Claudio as his always getting his way.

I when I wrote this paragraph because determined are always better at listening to own opinions than those of but Tamburini was in a class of his own when it to the F4.

The F4 is genius personified.

In Claudio’s nothing was too good for the F4 but in this for perfection he misunderstood the marketplace. I strongly that he always had his neighbor, Ferrari, in mind MV but in doing this he lost of his customers. Even wealthy are not in the same league as Ferrari who consider a $300,000 price tag as acceptable.

For sure, the great and the lined up to have free MVs Claudio, but the line is always for exotic presents which cost anything and don’t that the super-rich are any different us ordinary folk who beam we get a free T-shirt.

So, although each piston to have a matched set for the F4 engine was very and, yes, this did happen in the early days in of performance and reliability the MV engine was no than its Japanese contemporaries. In with screamingly high the F4 was arguably even worse the Japanese superbike opposition.

Claudio was very keen on editions of the F4 and probably the best are the Senna and Serie d’Oro. are superb, breathtaking, blinged-up of the F4 but they’re not Ferraris, Lamborghinis or Aston Martin supercars. the best, highest specification F4s not become motorcycling icons in the way Vincents and Brough Superiors appreciated, or even homologation such as Honda’s iconic and R45s.

Where I did get things in the original story was in predicting the F4 would become a cult bike. If you paid a lot of money for an F4 new, in the hope of making a 14 years later, then you are to be disappointed. However, the obverse of the coin is that anyone a love of sports bikes can now one of the world’s most beautiful for the price of a second-hand superbike.

this is what is going my mind. No one with a love of can fail to fall in love the F4 despite or maybe even of its flaws and failings. In truth is nothing more beautiful on two than the F4 and I still lust for

Here are my original impressions of the F4.

MV F4 750

What makes an MV Agusta F4 750 The chassis? The engine? Perhaps the No, all these are almost trivial compared to the soul of the bike.

the MV decals on the front of the fairing as an In the normal run of things, stickers are stuck on. That’s the role of in life to be stuck on things. But on the MV are visually perfect.

Move up, down, to one side or, for that change their size, and the of the fairing becomes unbalanced. mad? Well, it isn’t.

We about with the images of the MV on and sure enough, those need to be exactly and precisely they are.

( Above ) The MV F4 has plenty of power on tap, so so that it can only really be on track. ( Below ) The riding is extremely committed. Get down, in and everything’s fine. The handling is top class.

Not just good but full quality.

Insiders at Cagiva which owns the MV name, describe the F4’s designer Tamburini as “a genius”, “Italy’s greatest ever designer” and “completely obsessed detail.” That Sig. is MV Agusta is without question.

The might be made in the North of on the banks of Lake Varese, but the effort is done in Rimini, the seaside town which rarely leaves. Here, the help of 65 assistants and the fortune of MV enthusiast Claudio Castiglioni, who the MV Agusta brand, Tamburini his dream.

Viewed in the cold of top speeds and standing quarter times, the MV is not an outstanding motorcycle. The facts are that there are of Japanese machines which are than the MV and, many argue, handle just as too. But Japanese designers a huge advantage over They are merely expected to an outstanding motorcycle.

By contrast, had to conceive a new MV Agusta. How do you incorporate Ubbiali, Provini, Hailwood, and 75 world championships into a There’s only way you make it from the rest.

So, look an MV engine and you will see a DOHC, radial design with a sophisticated Weber Marelli injection system and cassette just like Grand bikes. MV claim 134 bhp at 12,500 rpm on the track, the bike certainly fast. In the wet and cold conditions of testing I didn’t have the for flat out runs and top whack in case is said to be in the region of 175 mph but you knock a bike into at 90 mph and it wheelies, then it can be fairly to be seriously quick.

Probably by the speed only comes a committed attitude on the part of the Below 6000 rpm, not a amount happens. Then the …, 73.8mm x 43.8mm, comes on the cam hard and it’s all exciting.

Best of all, the MV well, like an MV. The factory the noise issue very and describes the neatly tucked-in as an “organ pipe” system produces “highly personalized that have been on the basis of musically derived

You wouldn’t think it was possible to get a road bike to make a like a works racer 30 years ago and it isn’t. But what has done is to give the F4 a unique and desirable note. The shriek as the hits 10,000 rpm is sheer and for us wrinklies, who remember the old MV racers, a heavy-duty nostalgia trip. here’s Frank Melling on the MV. And he outside Redman on the Honda and wins the Senior TT”

Well, you know what I Even grown-ups can’t themselves pretending it’s an MV and lovely.

Away from the the motor is biddable but frustrating. it hard in second and you’re to lose your license and with another four in the ‘box. Fortunately, at an indicated 80 mph in the F4 is just in the working part of the and will drone along contentedly at this sort of

Content maybe but boring words.

On fast bends, you read a book and have a the MV is so stable.

The rest of the powerplant into the same category: you really feel the benefits on the The gearbox a quick-change cassette for those of you who fancy popping in a set of ratios during your run is as sweet as anything in production. upward changes are no problem and the operated clutch is feather-light and

MV Agusta 1100 Grand Prix

This is as good as it gets on a motorcycle.

The chassis follows the line as the engine. In short, far better on the track than it is on the First, to the technical bits. MV no less than ten patents on the covering everything from the polyellipsoidal lights to the brake and lever master cylinder.

The is a steel/aluminum hybrid. The front is steel trellis very with a single-sided swingarm in alloy even more Perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised Massimo Tamburini designed the Ducati 916.

Not that the MV is a Ducati. On the contrary, there has serious money put into project. Take the swingarm as an

Not only is it a clever piece of designed using the latest Element Modeling, but it looks the too. Stick one in a picture in a Guggenheim Exhibition and you would no problem with a $50,000

The riding position is extremely Get down, tuck in and everything’s The handling really is top class. Not good but full race

As the bike comes from the there is a lovely neutral and it peels into corners There’s just enough for it to tip into slow corners but nothing dramatic or threatening. On bends, you could read a and have a sandwich the MV is so stable.

I round a quick right-hander on our circuit with so much capacity to spare that I have a good long at the speedo registering a solid 100 On a dry, warm track it have been 25 mph faster. few riders will ever the limits of the F4 even on trackdays.

The F4 with specially designed front and rear suspension, and the calipers offer breathtaking power.

There are top quality everywhere. The front suspension is by specially manufactured for MV, as is the rear Both are supple and responsive and as as you would except on a very race bike.

The brakes, are exceptional. Not just good but MV claim that the six-pot are derived from the Cagiva GP bikes.

They grip two 310mm discs and require no to make the Pirelli Phantoms with anguish.

But then we to take the MV on the road and, more, it requires commitment commitment. Riding the F4 on the road me of taking my Seeley Suzuki to the line of a race. By the time you ridden the length of the paddock, aching to get on the track to have a lie and take the weight off your

I’m 5’10” and at this the pilot is squashed up on the MV like a on a cheap flight to Vegas. Put the on full lock and your get trapped against the fairing unless you are severely vertically you can forget seeing anything out of the

Not that you want to see the mirrors, or else for that matter. half an hour of having head bent backwards as it to find the horizontal from is effectively a prone position, is so much neck ache eye focus becomes impossible.

The position is far too radical for common or practicality, and 20 minutes of urban will convince anyone they ought to sell MV and buy a sensible motorcycle. Then you get to the F4 and everything changes, the “organ play their music and back to heaven.

That the F4 will be a future is beyond question. It was only on April 21, 1999 and it already has a following. It’s not hard to see Even production line MVs are hand-built with a care is pure Italian craftsmanship. engine is bench-tested right up to revs from brand-new.

component is individually measured for In every way, the F4 is a race prepared road bike.

But are not as straightforward as they seem. The MV is not the super-sports road bike on if all that you are buying is miles per or acceleration. In truth, it’s not of a road bike for anyone wants to go for much more a pose on a dry, warm run.

The large number of new MVs on sale shows clearly there have been a lot of customers who, I would have bought the bikes they are getting the world’s top machine.

You can buy an R1, and good dose of goodies, and have a bike will out run a standard MV in every way and still have $2000 in pocket.

The snag is that all you have is a tweaked R1: Fast, brakes, flawless handling but an R1.

Buy an MV and you really do get your own personal of the legend. If I had $18,000 to spare, I have an F4 instantly. An F4 to look at, to to admire Tamburini’s engineering and, once or twice a to ride for half an hour my wrists gave way and my neck through being bent

MV Agusta 1100 Grand Prix
MV Agusta 1100 Grand Prix
MV Agusta 1100 Grand Prix
MV Agusta 1100 Grand Prix
MV Agusta 1100 Grand Prix

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