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Need some technical help here, I havent' got my bike yet but want to get some bits ordered for when it arrives.

I am looking into a lightweight Lipo battery so need the standard battery type details, they have a model number ie YTX9-BS. I know it's 12v 8 ah.

I also want to replace the standard chain with a DID gold item like on the oro, I'm guessing it would be a 530 type? then the standard number of links?

Hopefully there will be a workshop manual released soon.

I know the F3 is light but I am putting it on a diet when i get it, forged wheels are high on the list but need to save for them.

I could do with getting on the treadmill too lol.

I doubt i will race the bike and i know some of you may be wondering so what's point?

I took about 10 kilos off my last my bike and it totally transformed it, it felt much more flickable, stopped quicker, accelerated faster.

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Just had a look in the hand book, no specs in there at all...give Steve a ring at Drayton Croft, he's the MV geek...

Beware...accessing the battery is a major job...the tank has to come off...and it is a moto gp style tank that is moulded to fill every bit of free space under the seat...its a work of art. And the undertray and side panels...mmm....you'll have hours of fun!

I spent some time yesterday with Jill getting her suspension set up right, she's only 55kg so all of the pre load except for 1/4 turn came off the front, which has clearly lowered the nose, when I road it afterward it reminded me of an RS250 I once had...the steering is lighting quick...
 

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Cool! Thanks mate, I can't wait to get my hands on it. have you lowered the front forks in the triple clamps? has Tallula taken the rear pillion rests off?

I am going to sort all my ti fixings out tomorrow to se what I have, my only concern is the thread pitch on the standard MV fasterners, I hope its the same as Aprilia?

I might wait on the chain and battery till i get the bike, I ordered the rear wheel nut tool this morning though, i've gone on the assumption it is the same as the F4, if it isn't I we either keep it or sell it.

I might wait to do the major mods till the winter, I ideally want the frame plates and swing arm in gold, massive work there though. frame plates should be ok but I hate doing swing arm bearings, especially on a single sided swing arm bike.

I've done a few rebuilds before but never on an MV, could be interesting.

Love this bike already and i haven't even took delivery yet!
 

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Perfect,

I can tell you that standard chain on an F4 1000 is 525 . That's 5/8 in rivet centre to rivet centre and 2.5 x 1/8in width between the plates.

I don't know for sure but I'd be a bit surprised if the F3 chain is 530

If you go down on the chain size say to a 520 you would also have to change the sprockets .

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Horses for courses, but why are you so keen to change a bike you haven't ridden?



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From all appearances MV have done a pretty reasonable job of this new bike.

Why all the changes.

I admit I buy cars and bikes for the driving and riding pleasure and sometimes have trouble understanding the motives of the 'car polishers' of the world, but you seem to be taking this to the next level.

If I buy an F3 I suspect I will change nothing, ever.

Whatever way it rides will be the right way as that is the way MV wanted it no matter what the motive. $$$ or otherwise.

If I didn't believe in the MV thing then I would just build my own bike from scratch, which is almost what you seem to want to do...?

Anyway it takes all kinds I suppose, and it does, but jees, fuck with an MV...Thats a big call!

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Cool! Thanks mate, I can't wait to get my hands on it. have you lowered the front forks in the triple clamps? has Tallula taken the rear pillion rests off?
No, the bikes low enough, can get both feet on the ground almost flat.
Yes - rear pegs are off, the lines look much better without them.
 

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Perfect,

I can tell you that standard chain on an F4 1000 is 525 . That's 5/8 in rivet centre to rivet centre and 2.5 x 1/8in width between the plates.

I don't know for sure but I'd be a bit surprised if the F3 chain is 530

If you go down on the chain size say to a 520 you would also have to change the sprockets .

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Thanks joe, 525 sounds spot on!
 

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Horses for courses, but why are you so keen to change a bike you haven't ridden?



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The standard f3 is stunning, a very beautiful bike but the Oro is something else, I know it's cheating but I want to make mine kind of an Oro replica. The weight savings is from experience doing it before. It is very rewarding and to be honest i enjoy working on the bikes as much as I do riding them, it's a personal thing, we are all different with what bike ownership means to us.

After almost 15 months waiting I had my imagination to keep me going, i've been thinking of all the things I would do, nearly always last thing at night before i fall asleep
 

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From all appearances MV have done a pretty reasonable job of this new bike.

Why all the changes.

I admit I buy cars and bikes for the driving and riding pleasure and sometimes have trouble understanding the motives of the 'car polishers' of the world, but you seem to be taking this to the next level.

If I buy an F3 I suspect I will change nothing, ever.

Whatever way it rides will be the right way as that is the way MV wanted it no matter what the motive. $$$ or otherwise.

If I didn't believe in the MV thing then I would just build my own bike from scratch, which is almost what you seem to want to do...?

Anyway it takes all kinds I suppose, and it does, but jees, fuck with an MV...Thats a big call!

Andrew.
I wont ruin it I promise, it will all be in the best possible taste, I know you can go too far.

I think we all agree the oro is step up in looks from the standard F3, I will simply copy it's best bits, i realise i might spend £5K doing so but as you wil see that's what I do.

I'm a bit surprised you think this is wrong, all be it just your opinion which is fine, but doesn't anyone modify their bikes on here?

All I want to do is copy some of what we have seen on the first pre production F3 and the Oro

I wouldn't dream of turning mine into the monstrosity f4 on eBay, but what's wrong with being unique?

list goes something like this, hope it doesn't offend anyone

Colour code mirrors to match fairing
remove rear pillion rests
replace tail unit with tail tidy
paint wheels gold until I can afford lightweight gold forged wheels
Paint cam cover red
Replace chain with gold chain
have forks anodised and gold nitrided
cover belly pan in carbon fibre vinyl
fit geniune MV carbon front mud guard, rear hugger and front sprocket cover.
fit genuine MV tank protector
fit Genuine MV steering damper
Replace all original nuts and bolts with titanium items
Replace battery with lightweight lipo item
When available replace exhaust system with Titanium and carbon item
Replace air filter with high performance item
fit short pazzo or equivlent levers
fit Genuine MV zenon headlamp kit

No weird paint schemes or decals I promise, just nice little touches, bits from the Oro and plenty of attention to detail

please don't spoil my dream
 

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Perfect, not a bad list of mods, but don't do the belly pan in carbon fiber vinyl; save up for the real carbon fiber MV accessory if that's the look you want.
 

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Consider me offended!

So the guys at MV spend God knows how long perfecting the sound of this amazing looking and sounding machine and you want to put fake carbon fibre on it and change the exhaust........

Why customise something you can almost guarantee is never going to pull up at the lights beside you or park next to you at some drinking establishment out on a ride?

Okay so the tail needs tidying and why they even make it possible for a pillion to sit on beats me. Steering damper might be handy at the track.

Light wheels will very slightly improve the handling, maybe, but the rest...spend it on fuel!!

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I wont ruin it I promise, it will all be in the best possible taste, I know you can go too far.

I think we all agree the oro is step up in looks from the standard F3, I will simply copy it's best bits, i realise i might spend £5K doing so but as you wil see that's what I do.

I'm a bit surprised you think this is wrong, all be it just your opinion which is fine, but doesn't anyone modify their bikes on here?

All I want to do is copy some of what we have seen on the first pre production F3 and the Oro

I wouldn't dream of turning mine into the monstrosity f4 on eBay, but what's wrong with being unique?

list goes something like this, hope it doesn't offend anyone

Colour code mirrors to match fairing
remove rear pillion rests
replace tail unit with tail tidy
paint wheels gold until I can afford lightweight gold forged wheels
Paint cam cover red
Replace chain with gold chain
have forks anodised and gold nitrided
cover belly pan in carbon fibre vinyl
fit geniune MV carbon front mud guard, rear hugger and front sprocket cover.
fit genuine MV tank protector
fit Genuine MV steering damper
Replace all original nuts and bolts with titanium items
Replace battery with lightweight lipo item
When available replace exhaust system with Titanium and carbon item
Replace air filter with high performance item
fit short pazzo or equivlent levers
fit Genuine MV zenon headlamp kit

No weird paint schemes or decals I promise, just nice little touches, bits from the Oro and plenty of attention to detail

please don't spoil my dream
mmmm.....

I'm a mod to improve kinda guy...

So with Tallula's we'll have to go with adjustable levers because the non adjustable clutch really gives her a hard time.

MV tank sticker is a must, purely for paint protection.

Maybe I'll have a de-cat link pipe made too...that might help with the fuelling....other than that I think we're good.
 

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mmmm.....

I'm a mod to improve kinda guy...

So with Tallula's we'll have to go with adjustable levers because the non adjustable clutch really gives her a hard time.

MV tank sticker is a must, purely for paint protection.

Maybe I'll have a de-cat link pipe made too...that might help with the fuelling....other than that I think we're good.
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Colour code mirrors to match fairing(clear lenses, hate the yellow ones)
remove rear pillion rests
replace tail unit with tail tidy
paint wheels gold until I can afford lightweight gold forged wheels
Paint cam cover red (if I really feel like it)
Replace chain with gold chain
have forks anodised and gold nitrided
cover belly pan in carbon fibre vinyl
fit geniune MV carbon front mud guard, rear hugger and front sprocket cover.
fit genuine MV tank protector
fit Genuine MV steering damper (if it needs it)
Replace all original nuts and bolts with titanium items
Replace battery with lightweight lipo item
When available replace exhaust system with Titanium and carbon item
Replace air filter with high performance item (only if needed)
fit short pazzo or equivlent levers
fit Genuine MV Xenon headlamp kit (wish it was projected and with some LEDs)
The stuff I would like to do is highlighted in red, I wouldn't bother with the fork TiNi, might as well get Ohlins units.

In addition, I would put in a slipper clutch and a COX radiator guard. Some brembo monoblocks too hmmm...
 

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Omg

Honestly I can't believe you are all so willing to change a bike before you have even ridden it.

Currently as the only owner/rider (I think) of an F3 (on this forum)(Apart from the Serie Oro in Switzerland) I would say you will be spending more time working on the suspension and mapping settings to be worried about the colour of the chain.

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL BIKE ... IT LOOKS LIKE ITALIAN JEWELERY ... IT'S PRETTY UNIQUE ALREADY

All that said ... its all about personal choice and I am sure what ever you do you will love. IMO the only place I would put carbon is on the hugger or front mud guard, i can't see it suiting anywhere else. Just give it a chance, those boys in Varese have done a great job.
 

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I know it might be strange for a few of you for me to have these plans but I am someone who enjoys modifying bikes and have done so with all my bikes. I will have to show you all and post up some pics or a link to site with pics, this is why it is easy for me to visualise the changes I will make.

The last forum i was a member of i was considered an expert and they loved all the things I did and the ideas i gave them. my inbox was always full!

I realise now Mv is different gravy, please understand though I know where to draw the line, i won't ruin this already beautiful bike, if mine end up similiar to an Oro will that be a crime?

I agree about the carbon, the hugger and front fender look superb, it won't all be straight away, i want to make a few little changes but mostly i want to get out there and ride it, i usually do bits and bobs over the winter months.

First things first, ride it, with your tips set up a nice custom map that suits me and mostly I'll be keeping it nice clean and polished.

Plus I have other things to buy and save for, i'll do little bits here and there.

How awful would it be to have waited this long to have it bits on paddock stands for a month, no thanks but i will do little tweaks here and there. I'll wait till the end of biking season before i get my hands dirty.

It's Mv's fault for building the Oro, it got me thinking.
 

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Fair play Dan, didn't mean to offend. I look forward to seeing the finished article. :angel:
 
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