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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-21-2017, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Depressed! Exhaust valve malfunction

So, I am still a newbie to MV Agusta. Had my F4 for a couple of weeks now. Done 2000kms on it. Absolutely love riding it, but already had 3 issues that have to be dealt with by the dealer under warranty.

1. Air/fuel mixture ratio was set too lean from factory; dealer mechanic made it richer to stop it running like a dog
2. Rear brake not working -- incorrect fluid (from factory!) in it. Dealer told me the factory puts second-rate fluid in the brake system because it has a longer shelf life. (Not sure whether I believe this). In any event, he changed the fluid and it works now.
3. Yesterday, riding home from work, I got a malfunction message about the exhaust valve.

Spoke to the dealer. He said he would have to order a valve in. May or may not be in the country. I could be off the road for weeks!

Really disappointed. For the record, I had my Honda Fireblade for 5 years, and had in that time only one issue that required it to go back to the dealer -- a failed fuel pump. MV Agusta doesn't stack up well against that impressive record -- 3 issues in 4 weeks. I am not saying I would ever go back to a Honda. Perhaps this is just the price I have to pay for choosing to own such a beautiful and magnificent bike????

You have no idea how much I hate commuting in a motor car in Sydney! My MV Agusta is what makes me want to get up and go to work!
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Felt your pain, and I can tell you don't sweat it, just get it fixed and move on. The joys of getting up with the bike to go to work and then having it there waiting for you to end your day from work is worth it, IMO. The exhaust valve is dangerous if it malfunctions while you are riding, puts it into dog mode all of the sudden. Must disable if its malfunctioning. I don't think your power issue was fuel mixture alone, could have been the valve all along. Rear brake must be refreshed multiple times a year if you ride regularly, no matter what fluid you use, IMO. Rear brake flush takes half hour at most so just put that maintenance into your routine and you will be fine. Honda CBR riding experience pales in comparison with the MV. It may be fuss free, but the excitement is nowhere close. hard to believe when you look at pictures of all the bikes, they all have two wheels, but only those who have ridden these know how truly special it is to hop on an F4. Don't sweat the small stuff. Ride safe!
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IS it possible, the valve is just a bit sticky? Wouldn't hurt to take a look to see if it functions freely without the cable attached.

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First, welcome to the madness that is MV.

Now, were I you, I would disconnect the operating cables for the exhaust the exhaust valve end. The valve should spring open and the motor that controls it won't know it's not connected. You can ride it like that for a long time with only a minor loss in performance. There are several sections in the sections of the forum that deal with this issue and resolutions.

A simple fix could just be to lubricate the valve in the exhaust and see if it is free to move.

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Thanks for these helpful replies. Because the bike is still under warranty, I feel I ought to take the bike back to the dealer and have the issue sorted out there. If it weren't under warranty, I definitely would disconnect the cables and try to sort it out myself first, before taking it back to the dealer. With regard to lubricating the valve, wouldn't any lubrication (unless perhaps some special kind of lubricant) be baked off from the heat in the exhaust within minutes?

A friend recommended that I take the bike back to the dealer, have the problem looked at, and if not repairable quickly, have the new valve ordered under warranty. Then I will tell the dealer that I need the bike as it is my only form of transport, and ask him if it is possible to disconnect the cables until the new valve arrives from the importer or from Italy or from wherever it has to come. This way I can at least have my bike on the road while waiting for it to be restored to pristine condition. However, whether the dealer will allow me to do this under warranty remains to be seen. The same friend, a former mechanic and veteran motorcyclist, told me he thought nothing of my three issues that I complained of with the MV Agusta. He called them mere minor running-in issues, and he said he still envied me my bike. I think he meant MVed me my bike. :-) That, together with some of the comments here, helped me put things into perspective. Can't wait to be back on the road.
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So I took it back to the dealer this week. Mechanic looked at the valve and played with it for a while. Reset the malfunction message but couldn't fix the valve. Determined valve was faulty and has ordered new one from Italy. In the meantime, he told me that he has removed the cables (not sure what he's done here, because the cables still look to me attached to the valve) and "tied back" the valve to the open position. He again reset the malfunction message but warned me it may come on again. Which it did after 5 mins riding on the bike. Downside is it's summer holidays in Italy, so I was told to add a month to my wait. All up, the dealer told me to expect to have to wait for 3 months for it to arrive in Australia! At least I still get to ride my beautiful bike! Couldn't imagine not riding the F4 for 3 months.
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did you try to unplug the connector and make sure the is no water/corrosion in there? Contact spray might come in handy as well! Maybe that would fix the issue as well...

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