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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-15-2019, 06:38 AM Thread Starter
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Turning my F4 into a fulltime track bike.

After seating for a couple years, I decided to turn it into a full-time track bike. I am hopping to do 3-4 track days this year. I have ordered the body kit and a few other maintenance items (brake pads, Gas filter, air filter, spark plugs, oil filter, tires and Motol 300V oil). What else should a be looking at? The valves were checked 4k kms ago, at 12000kms. For those doing track-days on their MY10 bikes, any major reliability issues encountered? Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

Here is as she looks right now (I will post photos of my progress on this built)


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Hi Maser, You will be all right!

I had a slight issue with my 2012 F4RR which was worn valves and valve guides on cylinder 1 causing reduced power and if it went undetected could have resulted in a serious damage, but it didn't it was identified early! I had to change all original valve guides with a material better suiting the titanium valves (manganese bronze). This was probably brought on by a stuck cam chain tensioner, we do not really know. The issue was resolved and the bike is now as it should, but it has better valve guides fitted.

Yours being the R, has a thicker head gasket reducing the stresses a bit.
Keep an eye on your cam chain tensioner and also keep an eye on the compression but more importantly have a leak down test done at the end of every year. The lack of power in my case was not something you can spot while riding. The dyno picked up a power drop of 10bhp and we started investigating what caused it and it was the leak down test that showed the issue in cylinder number one.

For track days, you may want to get a cheap set of rearsets, clipons, levers as the original items are expensive to replace should you drop it.

Make sure you change the oil after every track day.

Have fun and keep us posted!

You are calling yourself Maser, do you have a Maserati? I used to have a Rosso with crema 2000 3200GT for a while...

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I run my 2013 F4RR alot more on the track now, I have not got to the stage of removing lights but very close, here are the main items I have done:

ECU Studio with full termi system
Blipper and QS enabled
ZO4 brake pads (world of difference)
Brembo billet master cylinder (lots more feel)
Valtermoto rearsets
Gripper seat, I was running MV Corse but now having custom made by raceseats.it (you slide around a lot)
Full carbon bodywork, left plain black
I run SC1's which I find last longer
And stomp grips....again, for me makes a world of difference.

If you have not serviced your suspension in a few years then i would do it, I do yearly, maybe overkill but better more than less

I drop the oil out after every track day.

No reliability issues so far, thankfully. Done around 4500km in one year.
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General track bike suggestions: Get a second hand fuel tank and airbox, and store your pristine stock ones away. Get some frame and axle sliders, and engine case protectors. If available, get a race fairing stay and store your headlight bucket away.
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Hi Maser, You will be all right!

You are calling yourself Maser, do you have a Maserati? I used to have a Rosso with crema 2000 3200GT for a while...

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thank you for your response. Something to look for when I get my mechanic to go over the bike before the 1st track day. Yes I owned a couple of Maserati in the mid 80's but that was at the same time I got into the bikes and the bikes won :-) -1st got a Biturbo and then a Spyder. Fun cars for the time.


@jhollis- I am not ready to drop that kind of cash into the bike year. It will be a return to the track after a 10 year break. I am going easy on the bike. Maybe next year if I don't run into any major issues.

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After the sliders, a quickshifter would be high on my list.
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thank you for your response. Something to look for when I get my mechanic to go over the bike before the 1st track day. Yes I owned a couple of Maserati in the mid 80's but that was at the same time I got into the bikes and the bikes won :-) -1st got a Biturbo and then a Spyder. Fun cars for the time.


@jhollis- I am not ready to drop that kind of cash into the bike year. It will be a return to the track after a 10 year break. I am going easy on the bike. Maybe next year if I don't run into any major issues.

thank you all
Sure, these mods didnt happen overnight, the more cost effective ones are still very realevant, I would say stomp grips and a gripper seat are two of the key ones to making it less tiring and having more control of the bike. Even though not so cheap, suspension service is a must if never been done for a few years.
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Sure, these mods didnt happen overnight, the more cost effective ones are still very realevant, I would say stomp grips and a gripper seat are two of the key ones to making it less tiring and having more control of the bike. Even though not so cheap, suspension service is a must if never been done for a few years.
Yes, I am getting the suspension redone.
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MV Agustas are like beautiful woman with a genius IQ . Both get judged on there looks not there abilities. So its great to see another MV out on the track showing that MV is a true Superbike not just something to show off at a motorcycle meet .
In response to track days. IMO no matter what brand suspension you are using a professional tune is worth every penny.
ITALIAS track day list is only missing 1 component ... cheap track day rearset knock offs from aliexpess.com or ebay . Why ruin 600$ Satos for example , I can get knock offs that are exactly the same as real Sato units for 99$ Again great to see MV out on the track you have my respect .
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MV Agustas are like beautiful woman with a genius IQ . Both get judged on there looks not there abilities. So its great to see another MV out on the track showing that MV is a true Superbike not just something to show off at a motorcycle meet .
In response to track days. IMO no matter what brand suspension you are using a professional tune is worth every penny.
ITALIAS track day list is only missing 1 component ... cheap track day rearset knock offs from aliexpess.com or ebay . Why ruin 600$ Satos for example , I can get knock offs that are exactly the same as real Sato units for 99$ Again great to see MV out on the track you have my respect .
I completely agree. I will have the suspension done before the 1st track day. Tires also need to be replaced.

The work has began...




I am post some photos here has I move along.

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