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F4RC Pilota Project

Hi guys, I spent the better part of two years working to complete this project with permission from the Australian Air Force and support from the MV Agusta factory & MV Agusta Australia, in tandem with building a new dealership in Sydney, Australia (MV Agusta Parramatta). Short story about the project below and some pictures- the last picture was taken at Defence headquarters with the Australian Chief of Air Force and Italian Air Force General, enjoy



Project MV Agusta F4 Reparto Corse Pilota

In keeping with the aviation heritage of MV Agusta and following the tradition of motorcycles such as the MV Agusta F4 Veltro, Frecce Tricolore and Ecole de Chasse, which were created as a tribute to the Italian and French Air Forces, the F4RC Pilota was created as a tribute to the Royal Australian Air Force, wearing the colours and insignia of 3 Squadron, which recently celebrated its 100th anniversary alongside 1, 2 and 4 Squadrons.

Early in 2016, the F4RC Pilota arrived in Australia from MV Agusta's factory in Varese. With the help of MV Agusta Australia and permission granted from Defence Headquarters, the motorcycle was produced from factory with a special blue frame and valve cover to match the squadron colour of RAAF 3 Squadron, based in Williamtown. The bike wore a special production plate on the top triple clamp, numbered #251 of 250 with a matching certificate, to represent the extra one-off F4RC which will look unlike the other 250 produced.

Mechanically, the 212-horsepower F4 Reparto Corse was left unchanged, as the specifications of the homologation-special motorcycle already exceeds all reasonable performance criteria - with details such as titanium engine internals, carbon fibre bodywork, 11 magnesium covers, 333 titanium fasteners, Íhlins suspension and race-kit - comprised of race engine control unit and Termignoni titanium full exhaust system.

As the bodywork of the F4RC came as raw carbon fibre from the factory, the bike was initially painted in a prototype-style carbon/black livery and dubbed the "F4RC Pilota Prototipo". The running-in of all mechanical components occurred while the motorcycle was in this livery with some performance testing carried out in the Northern Territory.

The final bodywork and graphics were designed by David Song and applied by Peter Stamoulis from Cutting Edge Motorcycle Paint Shop, with the kind co-operation of PPG Automotive Refinish Australia. One of the achievements in completing the bodywork was that all the designs on the bodywork was painted on rather than applied using decals, which led to many hundreds of hours involved in its completion.

To add greater elements to the project, a matching helmet and one-piece race suit was designed by David Song. With the assistance of Moto National Accessories, Kabuto helmets Japan and Spidi in Italy agreed to contribute to the project by producing the helmet and suit from factory according to the supplied designs. Kabuto realised the design using their bespoke carbon fibre RT-33R helmet, whilst Spidi showcased their technology through the custom neck DPS airbag suit.

Once the motorcycle was completed, it was transported to Defence Headquarters in Canberra, where it was presented to the Chief of Air Force Air Marshall Leo Davies. He commented that "Mr Song has taken a magnificent Italian machine like the MV Agusta and, with some positive artwork, turned it into something that depicts what Air Force is about - perfection, modern technology and machinery that allow us to do our job better." (source: Royal Australian Air Force Newspaper Vol. 58).

On Friday 28 October, the MV Agusta F4RC Pilota was put on display at Williamtown Air Force Base alongside a 3 Squadron F/A18-A Hornet during the centenary celebrations.
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Simply stunning!

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Thanks for the images and all the information. Incredible job
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Incredible Job.
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That is stunningly beautiful.
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That is stunningly beautiful.
Are we talking about the bike or your avatar?

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This is absolutely gorgeous!

What a beast of a motorcycle!
It growls and rages and flies across the tarmac like a wild animal that has escaped the confinement of a cage and after merely waiting restlessly until the release, will not endure being locked up ever again.

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Flawless Execution - Amazing effort, fast planes, fast bike what a combination. Thank you.

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