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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 09-17-2016, 05:41 AM Thread Starter
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F3 800 - new owner, first impression

Evening lads,

I recently bought an F3 800 and I found the new owner reviews invaluable in deciding if I should or should not drop money on one. Given this post, ultimately I decided to do so, and so far very very happy indeed.

I purchased a 2015 F3 800 with a little more than 2,000km, pretty much just out of run in having just had it's final oil change, bike is like new and looks wonderful. Previous owner was kind enough to clean it all before I got it so the bodywork looks polished and beautiful though wheels appear to have been overlooked, none the less I can clean these myself. I got the bike delivered to work and so my first ride was a commute home in rush hour traffic on a Friday afternoon, this did indeed worry me because like many others who may be reading this I've read a lot about the jumpy throttle response, harsh suspension etc. etc.



I got through my long, slow commute, no problems and I'm sure whichever the latest maps are have certainly solved the problems, I had no jumpy throttle, no missing, no issues with anything throttle response wise. I also read several things on the throttle spring being far too light but had no problem with this either, though of course this much is certainly person preference of individual riders and what they are accustomed to. Only "issues" I did have (and I use the term issues very loosely) were that the you need to ride the clutch a lot low speed, and it does get very warm in traffic. Again I say issues lightly as I expect both of these things on a modern sportsbike, certainly not designed for traffic, cities and commuting.

Got home, made a quick dinner and immediately went out to play as it was dry that evening but expected rain all weekend. Went through 2 tanks of petrol (using 98 or 95 non-ethanol) and did quite a few k's. Meeting friends and showing off the new toy to great admiration and the usual "We'll see you when you break down", which I hope to not come true, but we'll yet see. Issues on the longer ride are again mainly non issues. Firstly it doesn't have much of a sense of speed, so you occasionally look down and find yourself to be rather illegal rather quickly without realise, and secondly the seat is pretty much a plank of wood. Again I expected as much from a sportsbike so not too fussed, I expect if I get can used to racing road bicycles and they're wonderfully comfortable positioning and seats, I'll get used to this in time.

Saturday morning, bad times, expected to rain all weekend, regardless of this I went out first thing just to pop 5 minutes up the road to see a mate and help him with some spannering on a ZX10, and to show off again because.... new bike.
Ran into another friend there with a Ducati 959 that I've ridden before (also a wonderful bike) and got a nice little rainy picture:



The remainder of the day was just spent on and off riding whenever it turned dry outside, which was itself on and off. Given the bikes history I wouldn't be surprised if this is the first time it's been intentionally ridden in the dry. This may be sacrilege to some, but I can only afford (money wise and space wise) to keep one bike, I don't even own a car so this thing will be getting used every single day. If space allows I will get a second bike as a commuter by next winter (Southern Hemisphere, so not till around May), but until then, it'll be a daily. Given that, it will get ridden in the rain, like it or not so I best get used to it as I'm no fair weather rider and this thing will have to get me to work.

That's is the end of the story so far, only had it for 2 days and yet you have a gushing post about how fantastic it is. If you are thinking of getting one I wouldn't hesitate, wonderful fantastically fun bike - buy it.

Pros:
Power
Quickshifter
Looks
Handling
Ergonomics and feel (182cm (6ft 1") rider)
Quality feel
Electronics

Cons:
Seat like a slab on concrete
Gets hot at lower speeds - makes a Panigale feel cold running
Mirrors not great, not as bad as expected from other reviews
Have had some lady biker friends sit on the back and quickly give me some very choice words on the pillion comfort factor
Still have no idea how the clocks work and all the manuals, including the one with the bike appear to be in Italian

This specific bike has two very small problems. First it has a small black mark on the passenger seat, not sure what it is but I'll stick some leather polish on it and see if it comes out.
Second and more importantly, it is missing the fuse box cover. Previous owner mentioned it didn't fit back on, when I got the bike I discovered this to mean the cover itself was broken so won't go back on. No big deal I'll call the dealer and get a new one. Called the dealer, can't get a cover, if you want a fuse box cover you need an entire new wiring harness for $2,000... I'll pass on that one. So if anybody happens to know where I could get one or has a spare I'd happily pay for it as my fuses are currently heavily wrapped in electrical tape so my entire electrical system doesn't die. Thread relating to this in maintinence section here:
http://www.mvagusta.net/forum/showthread.php?t=194113

If anybody has any question, queries or advice for a new MV owner, go ahead.

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Wait I thought the 800cc red/silver version also had a red frame. :O??

Gratz on the beautiful bike!
How do the tyres feel in the wet?
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Wait I thought the 800cc red/silver version also had a red frame. :O??

Gratz on the beautiful bike!
How do the tyres feel in the wet?
I believe the 2016's do, but 2015 don't.
Or potentially the 2015's do and mine is a late 2014 labelled as 2015, unsure of the exact time the frame colour changed.

Tyres are not fantastic in the wet, did get a reasonable bit of slip even under minimal power but again to be expected, can easily be solved by doing my best to not be a dick. Might be a struggle on that one though :/
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Still have no idea how the clocks work and all the manuals, including the one with the bike appear to be in Italian
check out the sticky at the top for manuals in English if you have not found it already.
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I believe the 2016's do, but 2015 don't.
Or potentially the 2015's do and mine is a late 2014 labelled as 2015, unsure of the exact time the frame colour changed.

Tyres are not fantastic in the wet, did get a reasonable bit of slip even under minimal power but again to be expected, can easily be solved by doing my best to not be a dick. Might be a struggle on that one though :/
Hahaha ok, thanks.
Us dutchies got lots of bad weather aswell, so like to get as much info about the tyres.
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Cons:
Seat like a slab on concrete
Agreed, either buy the MV Corse seat or one from Race Seats.

Gets hot at lower speeds - makes a Panigale feel cold running
This is something everyone can agree on and is one thing I personally am going to try and tweak over the winter months involving different coolant and perhaps different oil.


Mirrors not great, not as bad as expected from other reviews
Either remove the mirrors or buy the ones from Rizoma.

Have had some lady biker friends sit on the back and quickly give me some very choice words on the pillion comfort factor
This bike is great for getting attention from the ladies but dont expect it to actually provide for some sort of comfortable ride for a passenger. Use it as the hook, reel them in later

Still have no idea how the clocks work and all the manuals, including the one with the bike appear to be in Italian
There are manuals available online.
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Beautiful bike congrats! I love my F3 800 as well! Thanks for posting the picture of the F3 and the Panigale, it clearly shows that the F3 is indeed the best looking bike!
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Can someone do me a favour and messure the length of the bike?
So if u look sideviews. messure from beginning of front tyre, till the end of the rear tyre. (not rim, but the outter side of the rubber tyre)
Specs say its 2060mm in length.

I need to know this for sure cause I got a very small area to place my upcomming F3. And like to know if I need to place a new storageplace or not.

Thanks in advance
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Can someone do me a favour and messure the length of the bike?
So if u look sideviews. messure from beginning of front tyre, till the end of the rear tyre. (not rim, but the outter side of the rubber tyre)
Specs say its 2060mm in length.

I need to know this for sure cause I got a very small area to place my upcomming F3. And like to know if I need to place a new storageplace or not.

Thanks in advance
Just measured, appears to be 1980mm. Fits in to my garage extension
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