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I picked up my brand new 2018 F3 800 in June, and 3 months later it has spent 5 weeks in the workshop. The bike has only done 1000kms. Can't really say I'm enjoying the MV Agusta ownership experience....

Issues so far:-

*New battery fitted at 1st service. (I complained of long cranking before it starts).
*Moisture in the headlight - new one being fitted.
*Sprag clutch showing signs of imminent failure. Waiting for a new one.

The tech at my dealership remarked that if MV have improved the sprag clutches in any way, then it is not obvious to the eye.

I can't fault the way my dealership has looked after me. It's bad timing also because most of Italy was closed for summer holidays during August so that has exacerbated lead-times for warranty claims and parts.

I don't regret buying it - yet. I'll persist with it because it's such a beautiful thing but I won't be buying that exhaust I had my eye on.....I'll be long shot of this thing before the warranty expires so any more bling would be a waste of money.

That run-out S1000RR is starting to look more and more like it would have been a better idea......
 

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Seriously why does everyones bike stay weeks on end in the workshop. Yes Italy shuts down in August, but this isnt the first story I read.
I had some annoying little things aswell, like small fuel leak, radiator cap not good seal, moisture in headlight, and the damn servo motor that gave the malfunction.

Fuel and Radiator cap was fixed in 4hours time during 1st service aswell. Also new and better battery placed during the 1st service.
Foggy headlight fixed in 2 hours time. PS: You dont need a brand new headlight just a new rubber seal for the plate that covers your H4 bulb, atleast that is what fixed my problem.
Servo motor, was a 1 day job they said but at the same time they unrestricted my engine.

All in all lets say 16 hours of work on the bike for 5 items. Took me 4 trips of 1 hour to the dealer, and 1 hour back.
Now I know America and Australia are just a tiny bit larger compared to Netherlands but make an appointed with your dealer and ask them to order the new parts.
Wait till parts are at dealer and then bring in your bike. So it doesnt just stand there, and you being frustrated you cant ride your bike at all.
 

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I had my sprag clutch F3 800 replaced by A1motorcycles in Ringwood a few weeks ago. A1 had the new sprag clutch on site in about 2 days. The actual Mv importer is located in Melbourne also. You should ask if they can install the latest euro 4 version of the sprag clutch. Hope it is all sorted soon for you.
 

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I picked up my brand new 2018 F3 800 in June, and 3 months later it has spent 5 weeks in the workshop. The bike has only done 1000kms. Can't really say I'm enjoying the MV Agusta ownership experience....

Issues so far:-

*New battery fitted at 1st service. (I complained of long cranking before it starts).
*Moisture in the headlight - new one being fitted.
*Sprag clutch showing signs of imminent failure. Waiting for a new one.

The tech at my dealership remarked that if MV have improved the sprag clutches in any way, then it is not obvious to the eye.

I can't fault the way my dealership has looked after me. It's bad timing also because most of Italy was closed for summer holidays during August so that has exacerbated lead-times for warranty claims and parts.

I don't regret buying it - yet. I'll persist with it because it's such a beautiful thing but I won't be buying that exhaust I had my eye on.....I'll be long shot of this thing before the warranty expires so any more bling would be a waste of money.

That run-out S1000RR is starting to look more and more like it would have been a better idea......
How does a battery , moisture and sprag (that hasn't failed completely) result in your bike being in a workshop for 5 weeks?
 

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I have a 2014 F3 but with a 2018 engine it. Dropped a valve so they replaced it with a 2018 engine.

My sprag is going too. I thought the 2018 engines had the newest sprag that weren't suppose to fail as often...

Also, the gear sensor went within days of getting engine replaced. We replaced it with the sensor from blown engine.

Did you get your battery replaced with lithium ion battery? Now sure if it makes a difference because of my sprag going too...

Be patient if you can. Once the issues are worked out it will be worth the wait.

My engine blew last year at end of July and I didn't get bike back until October.

I had so many issues with my 2014 F3 but once they were resolved the bike is running great but it's always in the back of my mind of what is going to fail next.

I'm holding off on my exhaust too for same reasons...
 

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sucks to hear about, especially on a new bike.
are they still using a shitty battery in these?

I wish i knew a bit more about the service history on my bike, but after reading through the posts on here I decided to try and counter some of the problems before they arise... Battery, dump exhaust servo, remove charcoal cannister, hope for the best, lol..
After seeing some new posts, will order up a aftermarket radiator cap.

Like Angelo-MV, bike has been running great after some love. but this should not be required on a new bike.
 

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Ok ok..... To be fair, I have another bike so I told my dealer to keep it until it's fixed. However the sprag clutch was so temperamental I was never sure if I would get it going again after a stop....so I wasn't enjoying it since I had no confidence in it. It was fine 4 times out of 5 but then it'd leave you with a flat battery. Once it drained the battery straight after it had been on charge.

I am well aware these repairs are the work of a few hours. It's getting the warranty work approved over the month of August and getting parts that's taking time.

The battery that was in mine from new was apparently the same type they've always used. The tech said they just replace them at 1st service now as a matter of course if the customer has any starting complaints.
 

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On my previous F3's I had four sprags on the 800 and two on the RC. Now riding a 2018 DragsterRR Euro4, covered over 4000 miles and the bike has started first time every time.

With the Dragster there is no need to use the clutch and I have to say the starter sound is so much more positive, so I am somewhat surprised you are experiencing problems with the 2018 version
 

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I think I’m having the same sprag clutch issue on my Dragster RR. I’ve driven it 12 times this year and it’s totally unreliable - just had it towed twice in 2 weeks ($$$$). I’m having the dealership pick it up and keep it until the Canadian Spring.

What doesn’t MV understand, and it boggles my mind, is that their factory batteries are horrific (DOA) and they Really need to address the sprag clutch issue which I had on my ‘14 Rivale (incl. the battery issue).

It’s like selling a Lamborghini with sub-standard / low cost parts.

I bet you they put the same factory battery into the RVS#1 - would not be surprised.

Enjoy riding once your F3 is cleaned up! Especially given that you’re headed into Summer!

Best from Canada!
 

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I think I’m having the same sprag clutch issue on my Dragster RR. I’ve driven it 12 times this year and it’s totally unreliable - just had it towed twice in 2 weeks ($$$$). I’m having the dealership pick it up and keep it until the Canadian Spring.
Only 12 times this year. No wonder your bike is utter shit. Sorry I have to say it like that.
But now you go lay down in your bed, 29 days a month and 1 day a month you get up and walk. Nothing will happen and every bone in your body is stuck.

I've had my spine crushed and broken, and I had to lay flat on my back for 2 weeks without moving. Well I had no choice though I was paralized for 2 weeks.
No muscle, no energy, no strenght to get up.
Same goes for your motorcycle, It needs movement and oil in all the right places.

Show your Dragster some love dude, and she'll reward you with enjoyment.
PS: no excuses... get that BS battery out there throw in something high quality/performance. This is an expensive bike with tons of electronics. Dont ruine it by saving 100,- dollars on a damn battery.
 

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Strange one with the battery situation, I have had four MV's over the last six and half years. F3675, F3800, F3800RC and now the Dragster and not once has there been the need to replace the battery
 

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I just bought a 2015 (registered in 2016) Dragster 800 and I have not even taken delivery of the bike as yet but I have already ordered the new Sprag even though the owner says he has had no issue. I have a brand new lithium battery standing by and pending full service once the bike has been delivered.
I just accept that these bikes come with some issue but you just get stuck in and get them sorted, none of the above is mega expensive, the Sprag was very reasonable from Evolution bike and will be delivered very soon.
There is no reason for a bike to sit for a long time waiting for parts, i honestly think the mistake many make is to wait for the dealer to source them, I dont even have an MV dealer but still get the parts sometimes within 10 days from Evolution, just source the parts yourself and get a good workshop to fit them.
I am on my 4th MV and never had any major issues (touching wood many times now)
 
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Having worked in car dealerships and with warranty for about 13 years its not as simple as you call the dealer and say X is broken, order the parts and I'll bring it in. A tech needs to diagnose the problem and then the solution can be implemented. Just throwing parts at a problem becomes expensive. I also imagine that most MV dealers done have a huge parts inventory laying around either. Though with so many bikes going through multiple Sprags it is beyond me why a dealer wouldn't stock 5 of them at a time or something like that. In MV's case I imagine their parts distribution network is about as tiny as their company so getting anything in a timely matter could be difficult . I thought that when the new US Distributors for MV took over they demanded that there be people available over the summer break. Seeing as the bike I'm trying to buy has been in the shop for about 2-3 weeks I don't feel confident that request is working out so well. With that said apparently my dealer needed to order some computer to do warranty work??? If they have been an MV dealer for 15 years or something why don't they have the ability to do warranty work?

I cross every appendage and pray that buying this bike is not a terrible idea.... It is awesome to hear about some of your trouble free experiences!!! Give me some hope.
 

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With that said apparently my dealer needed to order some computer to do warranty work??? If they have been an MV dealer for 15 years or something why don't they have the ability to do warranty work?
I gather you are buying from Heinen's?? Not known for their service department, even amongst the Japanese OEMs.
Make sure they give you a brand new battery at delivery. They are known to totally neglect pre-serviced batteries in their inventory. A weak battery is a primary cause of problem with the 3 cylinder bikes (sprags).
 
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