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Why do you keep your MV Agusta

I sometimes think that a prospective MV buyer could visit this forum and be put off by some of the technical threads where we debate and mull over the " Achilles" areas of the bikes.
To be fair most motorcycles will have their idiosyncrasies and so a distorted picture can be presented to the incoming enthusiast. This may put a good number off..and that's not good.

For me MV ownership is like having a beautiful, intelligent Missis who lamentably cannot toast bread without burning it...Not a big issue given the full picture : )

I've owned MVs now for a few years and I keep her because when I ride the F4 there is a harmony between the bike and me that isn't there with other bikes..The bike becomes an extension of my nervous system. I have immense confidence in the cornering and braking abilities of the bike which I know when I am assessing will outstrip my abilities several times over.
The engine is like mechanical heaven to me..I like that I can hear it's magic and feel it.

To work on ..and I have : ) The MV is the most pleasurable bike to wrench/spanner that I have ever owned. It's a joy..

Then there is the jaw dropping beauty..r

Lets hear it for MV Agusta : )

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I sometimes think that a prospective MV buyer could visit this forum and be put off by some of the technical threads where we debate and mull over the " Achilles" areas of the bikes.
To be fair most motorcycles will have their idiosyncrasies and so a distorted picture can be presented to the incoming enthusiast. This may put a good number off..and that's not good.

For me MV ownership is like having a beautiful, intelligent Missis who lamentably cannot toast bread without burning it...Not a big issue given the full picture : )

I've owned MVs now for a few years and I keep her because when I ride the F4 there is a harmony between the bike and me that isn't there with other bikes..The bike becomes an extension of my nervous system. I have immense confidence in the cornering and braking abilities of the bike which I know when I am assessing will outstrip my abilities several times over.
The engine is like mechanical heaven to me..I like that I can hear it's magic and feel it.

To work on ..and I have : ) The MV is the most pleasurable bike to wrench/spanner that I have ever owned. It's a joy..

Then there is the jaw dropping beauty..r

Lets hear it for MV Agusta : )

joe
I concur...there is nothing more satisfying (except my wife) than going down to the garage and just tinkering with my Italian mistress...don't even really need to do anything, so long as I can ogle (unashamedly) my mistress...

I have had the pleasure of owning an F4 (for only 8 days admittedly) and my current Brutale. I love my Brutale, as you may already be aware from my countless posts, because it fits me like a glove and I can enjoy the 'mechanicals' of the Brutale which are far more visible than on the F4....


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I keep my MV for a number of reasons. Here come a few.

I like different things. Dislike the main stream and stereo typical stuff. ( I dont fit the mould nor do I try )

I like beautiful things , nature ,people ,art ,machines , and can see beauty almost everywhere.

I like to have what I want ( its in the shed because it fits the bill ) along with some other bling from the past.

I like power.

I like handling.

I like to be in my comfort zone in the knowledge that this bike will outperform me on most occasions.

I like it because it still , although now 10 years old ,is still modern relative to todays styling...and handling...!

I like it for many other reasons... none of which I can think of now so I,ll bugger off.

and I like you Joe cause you cared to ask....
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Thank you Glen. You are very kind : )
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I had this conversation a couple days ago with the owner of Eastern Cycles when I dropped off Cindy's Brutale for its initial service. I lament the day that I put the bikes away for the winter. That was Dec 2nd this year. I know that when I get on my F4 again in the spring, it will be, as Joe said, an extension of me. Of course, I park it up so that it is the first thing I see heading out the door and the last thing I see heading in....

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Great Post from gotojoe!!!! and well said.

Sadly, for reasons I do not understand discussion forums of all kinds seem to attract people who want to complain. I have a colleague who says they are populated by people who have their finger hovering over the "whinge" button Of course - that's not totally true - but sometimes it feels that way..

I first saw an F4 Senna - number 153 of 300 I think? - when I was working in Monaco about 9 years ago. It was in the showroom window of a British car dealer ( strange I know ) I could not believe it was possible to make a motorcycle look SO beautiful - like seeing Concorde and thinking that it looks good so it IS good. I had absolutely no idea whether it was any good or not - and didn't care. I felt like a schoolboy who presses his nose against the shop window. It was love and lust at first sight

Anyway, my time in Monaco turned out to be shorter than I anticipated but the seed was sown. Then an opportunity came up to return here again at the end of 2010. Within about 5 weeks I saw an F4 750 EVO3 for sale. I went to to look at it in Toulon and made the "mistake" of trying on the MV leathers that came with the purchase. Of course, they fitted and I was doomed

As you have said - nothing on 2 wheels comes close to the feeling that I get when I am riding it. Sometimes it feels like I am riding a turbine. I am surrounded by great countryside and mountain roads and it is like the machine is "home" The 180 degree hairpins around here can be a bit tricky with the limited steering lock but...hey, you have to be careful.

So, yes, I completely concur - enjoy this wonderful creation that looks like it was carved from pure passion and beauty and then somehow they also made it work.

The previous owner also talked about it being like a woman..

And when it has a problem - mine has not so far - then remember what you felt like when you first saw it..

The Japs have made some great machines but none of them have the charisma that comes with this fabulous bike.


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great thoughts. For me its about the pleasures that come in three very different phases. Getting my F4 a few months ago was a decade long process of lusting after this bike, choosing to sell off my 916, choosing not to get the 1098, RSV4, BMW1000RR, or waiting for the 1199. Now that I have the bike its the excitement that comes from personalizing my bike, and learning all the little quirky details that come through seat time that you will never get from forums, sales pitches, or even word of mouth - you just have to live it! Finally, there will come a time of "whats next?". Unlike what started this process - I'm not coveting my neighbor's mistress. I am centered - I am loving the present. Peace!

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Cannot find any other bike that has better looks.
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the brutale and this forum has it quirks,and no doubt its not the most reliable bike or the best bike for parts, etc, etc.. blah blah.

however, like others say, when the bike is leaned over and turning and you are accelerating out of a turn its amazing.
the sound of the engine at anything above 4k rpm is intoxicating.
the looks are great and you just don't get tired of it no matter what.
and let's be serious there is a certain allure to knowing that you have a bike that not everyone will ever want or even get, not that it really matters but for me its a forgotten tid bit that is stored in the back of my head at times.
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Because I open the garage door ... only to look
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