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I picked up my newly acquired 2007 F4 from the salvage yard in LA yesterday afternoon and apart from being the dirtiest bike I've seen in a long time ( stored outside in a dusty yard ) it seems to be in better shape than I expected. The tail is broken beyond repair so I'm on the hunt for a new Tail Fairing, but the rest of the damage is quite minor. Makes me wonder why it was totaled by the insurance company!

Apart from a really good bath, the first order of business is to fix a puncture in the front tire. There's a big nail dead center in the tire. Was this the cause of the damage in the first place?!

Obviously getting an F4 off the ground is not as simple as most bikes and it seems I have to buy new stands for both front and rear. Can anyone recommend any particular stands for this bike? It seems that not many claim to be suitable for the F4, so I'd really appreciate it if anyone who can let me know which stands work well and which to avoid.

I'm sure I'll be back looking for advice, parts etc. I'm really looking forward to playing with this bike and bring it back to good condition.

Thanks in advance!

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Advice given in the other thread....
 

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I picked up my newly acquired 2007 F4 from the salvage yard in LA yesterday afternoon and apart from being the dirtiest bike I've seen in a long time ( stored outside in a dusty yard ) it seems to be in better shape than I expected. The tail is broken beyond repair so I'm on the hunt for a new Tail Fairing, but the rest of the damage is quite minor. Makes me wonder why it was totaled by the insurance company!

Apart from a really good bath, the first order of business is to fix a puncture in the front tire. There's a big nail dead center in the tire. Was this the cause of the damage in the first place?!

Obviously getting an F4 off the ground is not as simple as most bikes and it seems I have to buy new stands for both front and rear. Can anyone recommend any particular stands for this bike? It seems that not many claim to be suitable for the F4, so I'd really appreciate it if anyone who can let me know which stands work well and which to avoid.

I'm sure I'll be back looking for advice, parts etc. I'm really looking forward to playing with this bike and bring it back to good condition.

Thanks in advance!

Ian
SoCal
Congrats, good luck and have fun to bring it back to life, 1098-1198-1199-1299 pitbull rear stand fit your bike, pitbull front stand is standard
 

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07 f4 r1000

I've just started to get things together for the first job on my new, to me, F4 and I realize that there are changes on the 07 that are not shown in the manual I have.

So, first is there a manual that is specific to the 07 F4 R1000?

I have to fix the puncture in the front wheel and right away I realize the axle is different. It has an external 12 point (I think) external nut. I always prefer to understand how things go together, or come apart, before starting work so I don't do any avoidable damage.

This is just the first job, I'm sure there will be others that have differences. If anyone can point me to workshop and parts manuals for the 07 I would be very grateful.

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Kyle at Passerrini motorsports in PA has new plastic he bought from Fast by Ferrachi at great prices. I bought a new bellypan for my 750 for 250 bucks. real nice guy. 267 424 5296
 

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2007 f4

Thank you for the kink to the correct Manual. I had downloaded the wrong one!

This will be helpful.

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I was able to spend a few hours working on my new toy. Boy are MV's fun to work on!

Job 1 is the get the ignition switch to the locksmith so I can have keys cut. This is a salvage bike and came with no keys. The manual half describes how to remove the ignition switch, but doesn't tell the full story. It seems everything on an MV needs something else to be removed before the part you want to remove. I'm really surprised I didn't have to take the rear wheel off to get the switch out although it wasn't much less!!

Anyway it's out and tomorrow morning I'll be off to the locksmith with a pair of genuine blanks to see what black magic he can work. Then I have to hope that the key he cuts works in the Gas cap and seat lock too!

So far I'm quite impressed with the quality of the build and engineering, but there is no doubt it's an Italian bike!

One piece of bad news it that there is a slight 'ding' in the front wheel. First piece of serious damage I've found. I'll have to find someone here in SoCal who can fix this; any one have any recommendations?

It's not too bad, but its a shame in such a nice rim (apart from the stripes!). Everything can be fixed!!

I found that the DPO has installed a Power Commander on this bike. Its a complication I really don't need, but it's there so I guess I'll have to figure out how to use it. Does this bike really need more power!!?

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You have some work to do!
Those rim stripes do need to come off, and I'm sure there is a wheel man in SoCal that can help with the ding.

As for the Power Commander, I would remove it. The 5SM ECU is tuneable...if you have the needed equipment and skills. There is a guy on the East Coast you can send it to and he'll tune it to the mapping he developed using my 312R.

What mods are you planning? What exhaust is on the bike now? Does it still have the catalytic converter?
 

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Thanks for the reply.

I'm a 45 year rider, do the math . . . I don't think I need any more power than stock in this case!

There seems to be another box that has been glues in the front fairing. Im not sure if it's part of the Power Commander or something else. First job is to get the bike running, then maybe I can see if we can take some of these extre bit off.

The exhaust appears to be stock, but I haven't really got into that yet. Not sure if the Cat is still present or not.

I think these bikes are a thing of beauty and the less mods the better, but if mods are made they should be in keeping in style and quality.

It'll be an interesting project for sure!!

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The Power Commander was probably installed more to smooth the power rather than increase it. I'd scrap it too as it is only a piggyback device to alter injector duration. The real power delivery issue is in the ignition timing.
Whatever is on the front cowl is probably unrelated. Post a couple more pics and we can tell you about the exhaust. Removing the catalyzer is a good mod.
 

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Sorry that you've written yourself off at only 45!:stickpoke:f4:

As a 57 year old rider with "some physical challenges", I'd have to say my 312R is my favorite bike to ride. I have other choices, but it's my favorite.

Ed is spot on about the timing of the ECU in the 312R. The tuning is not about making more power, it's about making the available power smooth and useful.

The box in the front fairing might be headlight related or garage door opener related...post up a pic or two.

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2007 f4

Thanks for the good input. I will shoot a couple of pictures of the box in the front, I'll also see if I can trace the wiring as a clue.

Once I have the bike running, I'll think about taking out the PC.

The math I refer to is; I started riding at 15 and have ridden for 45 years. So I've got you beat by a few years. Still I feel like a young stud when one of our local riders turns up on his '30's Indian - he's 84 and only has one leg! Ridden all his life . . .

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...you are assuming that I didn't start riding until I was 15.....
 
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Thanks for the good input. I will shoot a couple of pictures of the box in the front, I'll also see if I can trace the wiring as a clue.

Once I have the bike running, I'll think about taking out the PC.

The math I refer to is; I started riding at 15 and have ridden for 45 years. So I've got you beat by a few years. Still I feel like a young stud when one of our local riders turns up on his '30's Indian - he's 84 and only has one leg! Ridden all his life . . .

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Ian,

Are you here for getting help with your bike, or try to be someone then you don't need our help then.
 

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2007 f4

I'm definitely here to some guidance with this bike. It's a beautiful machine and I really hope to bring it back to good condition with the help from other members of this group. I'm not sure how many MV's there are around here but I'd think there must be a few . . .

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I had the Senna almost most of it life, I live in OC, I and Noel see each other couple times per year otherwise I don't see many MV owner since last time we were together in 2014, if you never help Noel had a lot parts in whole house, he is really good with MV, and I also work on my MV and track it at the track let me know if you have any question that we can help.
 

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Hi, while you have the tank off you might want to check the condition of the internal fuel hoses and also the quick disconnects on the bottom of the tank, these are both areas of concern and need to be rectified, all the information you require is on this board.
 
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