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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-05-2018, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
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Your thoughts on the f3

Looking to possibly add a f3 800
What are the good the bad from you guys that currently have them?
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What are you looking for in a bike?

The good is that the more I ride it the more I lovee it. Love the reverse crank engine and how that makes the bike behave. Handling is superb. Unique and makes great power with the 3 cylinder torque curve.

I don't really think the bike is for everyone but that is about conveniences. Service shops are not everywhere and maybe parts need some foresight to obtain.
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Hey I looked around and noticed you have a Panigale, S1000rr, and H2. Arguably the best of inline 4's and V-twin's...
The F3 is probably the best offering from MV in terms of different experience from what you have
...assuming you only want to go sport bike route.

Pros: Nice middle blend of the v-twin torque and inline-4 power band. lighter than the s1000rr. Feels really small in size under you. Best looking bike in the garage (yeah I said it). As @airjawed stated, the reverse crank & handling make it special... sometimes feels like I'm cheating, and I'm still getting used to it.

Cons: The mirrors vibrate at speed/blur what you can see, and aren't much more useful at a stand still. You'll always wanna ride your gorgeous F3 over your much faster H2...
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+ also, if you
ride it hard, it could really use a steering damper...

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FZR 600 '93 red/white
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F3 800 '16 ABS red/silver

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Thanks gor the Intel. Ya, I have a thing for sportbikes and still long for an mv again. Thinking the f3 might be a different ride as the Beemer and h2 are hard to top in the liter bike realm.

I can't see anything in my panigale mirrors lol.

Any major issues you guys have had on the f3? Are the gas tanks metal or polymer?
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Tank is plastic; I mostly use petrol without ethanol because of that.

I have had no technical issues so far but maybe that's because I treat her like an Italian diva :-)
F.e. If you try to start it with a bad battery and start till battery is flat you'll end up with sprag clutch failure at some point.
That's something you can prevent with a better battery and don't drain it to the end.

I love how the F3 is build; counter rotating engine, weight distribution, the 3 cilinder sound, etc.
It handles so nice on twisty tracks and it's a very compact bike.
A steering damper is must on the track but standard suspension has not let me down so far; the speed on track is pretty good.
And the 800 with it's longer stroke makes less revs and has solid torque all the way.

My advice: buy one!
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Just a quick mention on steering damper. If you ride clean and light on the bars you do not need the dampers. Also, recently I went with Michelin Power RS tires for the colder weather riding and it really cleaned up the handling on the front end. The handling on the stock Pirelli RossoCorsa is great but did give head shake when I first rode the bike. Since then I went to my usual SuperCorsa SP V2 but I think Michelin Power Cup Evo will be my summer tire if it handles like the Power RS.

I ride with a group of exotic bikes. Aprilia RSV4, KTM RC8 bunch of S1000r and Panigales. I never ask to ride anyone elses bike because I like the F3 800 so much. It fits my 5'8" 160lb frame very well. The size and placement of controls works for me.
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I'm 6' tall and the bike works really well for me, but I've noticed how this bike would work great for shorter riders too, where the F4 wouldn't.

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The bad first up: the biggest problem Iíve had with my F3 is the constant nagging woe that some F3 riders post. I undermines my confidence in my bike. Then, Iíve had sprag fail, but sorted promptly and to no cost to me. Iíve never been stranded.

For reference my 1998 R1 had bigger and more potentially catastrophic issues within first 12months of ownership.

The plus:
1. She is so darn frickin hawt
2. She is tiny. Iím a short ass, so small bikes are good for me.
3. She doesnít make 200bhp. I want a bike I can use on the road, not use 10% of.
I put 11000 hooligan miles on my F3 last year. Always, always made me smile.
4. She is nimble...this goes with being tiny & light.
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I love mine.
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