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Dammit! Dammit! Dammit!

Warming up the F4 for a ride today and it sounds like it's only hitting on three cylinders. Runs for a bit then dies.
Also noticed a fluid leak from the rear brake master cylinder.
Looks we'll be back at the dealer this week for more warranty work and another two-week wait for parts.
Thinking I need a second bike for the times the F4 is in the shop.

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Warming up the F4 for a ride today and it sounds like it's only hitting on three cylinders. Runs for a bit then dies.
Also noticed a fluid leak from the rear brake master cylinder.
Looks we'll be back at the dealer this week for more warranty work and another two-week wait for parts.
Thinking I need a second bike for the times the F4 is in the shop.
Your bike needs to visit Dr. Ed Eskew.

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Your bike needs to visit Dr. Ed Eskew.
OK, I'll bite. Who is Dr Ed Eskew? Or maybe I'm missing a punchline (it's been a long day).

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Dr Ed Eskew is a forum member 'esq'z me' a very talented mechanic
.......Who would never brag about his technical skill set. Ed is a wonderfully talented and gifted diagnostician.....whose politics lean decidedly to the left.

Ed's located in Peachtree City, GA......forty miles south of Atlanta.

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Since it's under warranty, I'll have to give the dealer first shot. Might be reaching out to Ed later, though. Thanks all.

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Great! so how did it work out? Did the dealer fix it or did you need to get it to Ed?


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Great! so how did it work out? Did the dealer fix it or did you need to get it to Ed?
Everything is being done by the dealer at no cost to me, but the parts won't be in until next week.

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It's stories like these that make me very nervous about pouring $20,000 into the MV Agusta coffers.
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It's stories like these that make me very nervous about pouring $20,000 into the MV Agusta coffers.
Steve;
then there are Ed and I, both with '08 910Rs, combined mileage ~45,000mi

I changed the rear hub courtesy of my friend Mitch

my bike has used 2 low beam bulbs, zero oil, zero coolant, one set of front pads

the chain has barely needed adjustment

it doesn't know what a battery tender is


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+1 to Noel.

Not including the hub which we know can fail, the #2 ignition coil is the first non-seal related (and non-self inflicted) issue I've had since I bought the F4 used over a year ago.

I cannot verify since I don't know the previous owner (I purchased from a non-MV dealer without a history), but I believe the bike sat for an extended period without occasionally starting and running to keep many of the seals from drying out.

So differentiating from seals that will dry out if not properly cared for, my MV has been mechanically very sound. The lessons I've learned are:

1) Know a bike's history before you buy.
2) If you're not buying new, get a good warranty if you can (so far, my repairs have cost me nothing but time).
3) Be prepared to wait for parts if you don't live in Varese.
4) Enjoy it and ride it like hell every chance you get!

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