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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-27-2007, 07:22 AM Thread Starter
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F4S from 2000 worth buying?

Having been a not so active reader of this eminent forum for a while, I stumbled upon a F4S today that I might consider investing in.

It's a 750 from 2000 with a few extras on it...

As I am still pretty new to the MV-world, I wonder if you could please give me some advise on what to think of and what to look for when checking out the bike tomorrow?

I understand that there has been a few updates of the engines over the years. Evo, EvoII etc. How do I spot the difference?

Also, what are the major faults and problems with the "early" models?

All advise is highly appreciated.
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If its in good condition with reasonable mileage you should not hesitate!

We have a 2000 model F4 with over 24,000 miles on the clock and its still going strong (feels as good as our 2002 750 with 5000 miles).

We have had no problems, the usual wear and tear items needed replacing, e.g. wheel bearings, chain/sprockets and regular servicing.

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I bought a 2000 F4S w/carbon kit and 12K miles last year for $9K. I consider it a steal.

The original F4S is still the best looking F4, in my opinion, but the decision should really be made based on your budget and performance expectations.

The F4S is fast, but its no GSX-R 750. Its still faster than modern 600's, but not by that much. It's enough for me, but a lot of people have horsepower fever and this bike won't do it for them.

So, if you want to save some cash, have a beautiful bike, and don't have hp envy, you'll be fine.
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Oh sorry, I forgot to answer your questions. The 2000 is a 126hp bike. It'll say EVO2 on the tail(?) if its the upgraded 136hp 2002 motor.

Things to look out for are warping of the belly pan from exhaust heat. Also exhaust leaks since the exhaust is now 7 years old. The early F4s also have crappy rear brakes that need to be bled a lot (the exhaust heat boils off the fluid).
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A 2000 model is definitely worth buying. I had the opportunity to sell my 2000 mono (#122) outright when I ordered my new Duc 1098 but instead decided to keep it. It isn't a daily driver, but it has been an exceptionally good bike....very little in the way of maintenance and no malfunctions that I didn't cause myself! HA! A beautiful machine and even better if it has been well maintained.
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I had a 2000 model for 5 Years and You could find some intersting upgrades and experiences in my Profile. After I sold it, I moved from Germany to US, I wanted and bought a 2001 F4S again. Which I still admire and enjoy. It is an aweful lot of fun to ride, it is reliable and it is even more fun as faster You go. By the Way an F4S in skilled hands can keep up with most of the 1000cc Guys.
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Just ask Thomas. He can pass me on his 600CBR, though I am usually stopped in the pit area as he goes by.

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If the 2000 model is in good condition without more than 15,000 kilometers then I think you'd be happy with it. I owned a 2000 F4 for two years and it was a fantastic bike. The only problem that you will notice compared to newer 750s is that it may feel week in power down low. I replaced the pipes with the RG3's and had a custom chip mapped and this made all of the difference in the world (ahh the sound...). All in all it was a great bike. Go for it.

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Alright! Thanks to all the quick and informative answers above, I went over and had a look at the bike and also a short testride...

The bike had some 10.000 Km's on the meter, a few carbon bits, crash-protectors etc.
Unfortunately only the original exhaust, but I suspect that the initial owner(this was the second owner) had had some kind of slipons on as there was a new chip instead of the original one...

The bike has some smaller cosmetic damages, but none that are worth to worry about. Normal usage kind of things...

Anyway, the testride made me pretty excited about the feeling of the bike and since a few hours I can call myself an "MV-owner"! :-)

Now I need to start looking at exhausts-systems etc!
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