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post #1 of 64 (permalink) Old 11-12-2009, 02:56 AM Thread Starter
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The new F4 looks stunning in the flesh!!!
Is it better looking than the old F4? No, but more contemporary and equally as beautiful. What's more, it is leaps and bounds better looking than any bikes from the competition.
I was skeptical about the square exhaust but it does work when you see it in the flesh. The black/flat black color scheme is my favorite.

Besides being a thing of beauty and certainly equal if not better attention to detail than before, the specs are impressive and I believe we may have a class leading bike here.

998cc
186 hp
20-25 lbs lighter than the perdecessor and MV is using honest weight claims.
variable intake stacks (a la Tamburini)
twin injection (1 low speed injector and 1 shower type injector)
2 maps (full power and reduced low-mid range power maps)
8 level traction control (unlike Ducati's TC it does not use wheel speed sensors but goes off crank speed. If there is a sudden increase in crank speed, power is reduced. So tire size does not matter)
Slipper clutch
All the bodywork is designed for maximum airflow. Spoilers in mirrors direct airflow over the rider's shoulders for increased comfort. Everyting on this bike is about airflow and they say that the bike runs a lot cooler.
Dash has a gear indicator.
Suspension is developed in house. MV is one of the very few bike manufacturers who have inhouse suspension development capabilities. Marzocchi and Sachs build the suspension components exactly to MV's specifications (i.e. valving, spring rates, etc.). Ducati for example buys off the shelf items from Ohlins.
Reach to the bars is shortened by 15mm, it is noticable.
Swing arm is longer
new frame geometry with steeper rake for quicker steering and increased trail to maintain the stability.
One engineer at the factory told me that their test rider at Misano was 5 seconds a lap faster than on the old bike - 5 seconds!!!

I am very excited about this bike and I think it will be a very competitive bike. Can't wait to get one.
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a couple more things:

the new F4 also has a lower seat height
it is 40mm narrower
it only comes as a 2-seater (like the Ducati 1198)
throttle bodies have a larger diameter
the bike overall appears smaller than the old
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ohh, last but not least,

US pricing is not released yet.
Production of the new F4 will start in January for Feb deliveries in Europe. US deliveries are estimated at March-April, depending how quickly they can get the homologation process done.
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..............you sell a very very convincing argument
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I knew you would cave pete........
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Thanks for the input.
That was great info.
But one thing stroke me as surprising.
Lower seat?
I thought it was supposed to be 860mm?
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The first report with brains...

Sounds very promising details..thank you for being quick and well informed!
ps. I like it

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I also don't get the weight.
They claim it's lighter, but then state the weight as being 192kg dry.

Oh, and one more thing.
The bike definitely looks more aerodynamic. And it has a few more ponies.
How come the claimed top speed comes down to 305km/h?

I think it looks great, btw!
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Good report, thanks
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Great post. Really. Excellent post indeed.
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