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The F3 I was going to buy has been at the dealer for almost 3 months waiting for a warranty sprag. I passed on it and bout an S1000RR. I love the looks and sounds of the F3 but I'm not down with the problems. Hopefully some day they will have things ironed out, cause I'd love to have one!!!
It is MV's major flaw in my opinion. Warranty waiting time. I had to wait 3 months for a servo motor replacement. Not the biggest issue to work around but having the warning on your dash and not able to see anything else is pretty annoying.
And the waiting time/repair time is what I believe is costing MV alot of costumers. I've seen multiple stories on different forums with people asking about MV experience since they're interested in buying an MV. All replies are basically the same, great bikes but if an warranty item needs to be replace it takes to much time and you're missing lots of riding time.

Though I have to say if you waited it out you probably recieved the newest sprag clutch and it suppose to be alot better.
A good battery with enough punch would also help alot.

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Though I have to say if you waited it out you probably recieved the newest sprag clutch and it suppose to be alot better.
A good battery with enough punch would also help alot.
My 2018 Euro4 spec engine with the so called improved sprag may say something different. Just had it replaced 🙂

I think MV will never be able to sort out the sprag issue without a design change of engine too...
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Really did want to get the F3 to race even knowing repairs would be more if I go down, but wondering if I am going to be able to finish a race each time I am out because of these issues is disconcerting.

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Really did want to get the F3 to race even knowing repairs would be more if I go down, but wondering if I am going to be able to finish a race each time I am out because of these issues is disconcerting.
It's not that serious. I have 4 solid seasons on mine.

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Is the bike new with warranty? Iff so get it
Most of the common issues you can fix yourself if they occur and you will have piece of mind that if anything major that goes wrong it will be covered.
My shop has a 2014 that they been tracking since day one and has no issues.
By prepping your bike for race you will eliminate most of the common issues.
Replace stock battery with a high out put lithium battery.
Exhaust servo gone when you put on your race exhaust.
Front wheel speed sensor cable zip tie it better when you have body work off.
Bleed rear brake as service bulletin shows with some high quality fluid.
Sprag get it replaced under warranty or replace yourself when you have tank off when doing your air intake system.
Use something to coat the inner tank to prevent expansion.
If your engine sucks a valve you will have a brand new engine for next season if it has warranty.
Unfortunately those we're all the issues I had with my 2014 but most were easy to fix and I did get a 2018 engine as replacement wheny valve dropped.
It sounds a lot worse then it actually was. The worst thing was waiting 3 months for engine which I was due for factory being closed in August and MV holding off on sending my engine until the latest redesigned head was done.

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As per any forum and owners group they will never be awash with good stories, mainly owners who have had issues or former owners who for some reason want to carry on complaining.

I can't speak for the sprag issue myself as I have 12,000 miles on my 2103 675 on the original sprag and haven't updated the mapping for the shorter start times. The bike is on a tender these days but I did replace the stock battery after a year to be safe.

I did have the rippling gas tank issues (replace in 2 weeks out of warranty), but as you are racing this may not really be too much of an issue. It's not like it deforms so much that it turns into a bulging mess. The worst I have seen is ripples to the lines in sunlight or to touch. This could be a lot worse in the US as we only have 5% ethanol in the UK (at the moment).

The valve issue seems a bit sporadic but again, higher mileage and no issues on mine.

As B_G_S says the major issue is availability of parts, even under warranty. The supply is just very unreliable. With any racing you will need a stack of spares and there will be unexpected needs. If you're near summer getting these could be tricky, especially outside Europe. Apparently MV's new logistics policy is supposed to be allowing parts supply in a set, fast SLA, but I'll believe it when I see it.

I love the brand and have had great experiences with it and don't NEED my bike. But when my TPS finally died (in fairness I was told about it ages ago) it failed on the way to a bike show (typical) but there was only 1 unit in the whole of the UK and no one could get an ETA on a replacement.

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I have ordered parts through startwintrading for my 2007 F4 and they usually arrive within several weeks, much quicker than the dealer could offer. Wonder if this would be the same of the F3? Yeah, the tank issue is not much of a concern, same on the Aprilia, replaced once under warranty and did it again .

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Aprilia, Triumph, KTM, Ducati all suffered from the tank issue. The MV issue was solved apparently. My new tank is fine, but I wonder if that's only for 5%. I know the US has higher ethanol contents.

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