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HI, I'm dne', and I live in Houston, Tx. I joined this site cause I have a question or two about a 2000 MV Agusta F4 of which I'm interested in. It has ~ 10k miles on it. It's about a 3 hour drive to go look at it, I'm retired and that's no big deal. Is there any thing that I should be aware of when looking at this particular bike? I've had many sportbikes, but I'm intrigued by the looks and sound of this bike! I do have another issue~ I have a tailbone problem and vibration bothers me alot! The forward position will be good(I had a '97 Ducati 917) as it takes pressure off of my tailbone, but vibration? Do these bikes have a lot of vibration? I looked at a BMW R1200s(test drive in the photo), but it had a pretty strong vibration, so I read about the Agusta's and they were considered to have a really smooth engine/ride, etc. I don't want to give up bikes : (
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The inline4 is a smooth running engine but can have a slight vibration at low rpm, but nothing compared to a v-twin. The F4 is a sport bike so you may get more feed back coming through the stiffer suspension that other bikes. I'm not familiar with the 750, as I have a 1000, but when I sit in a normal riding position, there is little to no pressure on the tailbone. You should really sit on/ride it to verify it that is won't be uncomfortable riding.

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Thank you both for your opinions! I guess I'll just have to take a ride to Austin and take it for a test drive! The dealer/owner of the bike is nice enough to allow a test drive! I don't ride aggresively~ generally like to take a Sunday morning ride for about an hour or so, then I'm happy!
Can you think of anything off the top of your heads that I should be suspicious of while checking this bike over? A guy I spoke with in California said something about the rear axle bearing, should be no slop when grabbing the wheel and trying to make it move. He said is a very expensive repair! Well, back to the TV! lol
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On a more serious note, the early F4s, because of the angle of the clip ons, leave you pretty pitched forward. If you find the riding position extreme you can buy after market risers.

The repair the guy in CA was referring to was the bearing in the hub wearing out. It can be an expensive repair, but does not have to be. Check the chain tension. If it is too tight, look closer at the rear hub. Look at the two bolts on the back of the swing arm. Although not a guarantee, if the paint marks on the bolts line up with the paint marks on the swing arm the hub may never have been moved lessening the chance there will be a rear bearing problem.

At around 10,000 miles it is coming up on a major service which is expensive. If it has not been done yet factor that into the price.

Look for the obvious signs the bike has be down. Scuffed front brake and clutch levers, scuffed bar ends, the tell tale silver streak on the mid frame plates, etc.
 

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Welcome Dne',
The riding position of the F4 is definitely not going to place pressure on your tailbone. And I'm sure you will find that the vibrations are significantly less than that of the Ducati. I'm not sure about the 2000 model, however the suspension setup on the newer ones seem to be quite stiff/harsh, which you might want to look at softening a little to absorb a few more bumps.
Good luck with your search..........
Hope to see you on here soon showing off your new F4!!!
 

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.....although I cannot see you 'tailbone' I am sure it is a fine one :)

Geeeze guys, a nice new lady member, and we act immediately like hounds. It doesn't matter that we are hounds, we ought to hide it for at least a couple of posts, don't you think? :)
 

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Hello and Welcome !!! Please don't let the guys scare you. They are a really nice bunch and if you will buy your MV you will see that they can actually by usefull. As far as F4 - 750 , if the price is right go for it. I would advice for 2002 and up which has a little more horsepower and updated engine . You can find a really clean one's if you look around . If you do end up with 2000 model just make sure you get all service records if there are any. Have someone competent to check the bike over and allways have a reputable MV dealer service your bike. You'll be fine.
 

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Nicolino, its ok! it's kind of fun being teased a bit! lol Howerver, Cag, you got my attention on the full service thing!! What could they(the dealer or mechanic) do that would cost so much?? I'll be sure to ask the owner tomorrow of what's been done to the bike, maybe that's why they're selling it! oh, the photo below is a more recent photo of Muah, standing in front of my project that I've been working on for 2 years! Does the bike I'm looking at have a timing belt like the Duc's? I can do maintenance, like oil changes, simple stuff(unless Agusta's are difficult?) Again, I won't be riding all the time, just now and then. The link is below of the bike in question. IF ya'll have some questions that I can ask the owner, please make put some questions down! Thank ya'll so much for your advice and help!
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http://austin.craigslist.org/mcy/1333495452.html

 

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MVs are quite easy to work on as far as oil changes and or any basic maintenance.. No timing belts . Find out , if there was a valve adjustment job done (this can be costly) and again any service history the bike has..
 

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If you don't ride regularly, fire the bike up from time to time anyway. Otherwise the waterpump may damage the mechanical seal. If you ride regularly, no problem. 750 and 1000 are great riding positions. Welcome to the MV family.
 

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Let us know how the test ride goes...you won't know if it's a good fit until then. Most of these bikes are well looked after and where the major maintenance isn't cheap...these bikes don't cost a fortune to own, unless they are trashed by a bone head owner...look the dealer in the eye and ask the tough questions and then ask to speak with his mechanic and do the same.
 

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Welcome. I've got a 750 and it's very comfortable. It dosn't put any unusual pressure anywhere. Some of my other bikes will sometimes irritate my lower back but the MV is good to go.
 

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Anything less than a 29" inseam may result in some trepidation to hold it up when stopped, as the seat is pretty high.
 

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Welcome to the bin. You have a great deal of my respect for your talents and interests. Mv's are good bikes. Better than the Ducs hands down.
 

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I would want to know why the front wheel is red, not silver as it should be, and why the bar ends are from a 1000, not a 750.

When you look at the bike, ask the dealer to remove the side panels so you can look at the frame and engine. Look for scrapes on the frame, engine etc.

It looks like a nice bike, there should be some room in that price for negotiation.
 

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Dne,
We're in Austin and for what it's worth we could check it out for you before you take a trip down here.

Roland


Thank you both for your opinions! I guess I'll just have to take a ride to Austin and take it for a test drive! The dealer/owner of the bike is nice enough to allow a test drive! I don't ride aggresively~ generally like to take a Sunday morning ride for about an hour or so, then I'm happy!
Can you think of anything off the top of your heads that I should be suspicious of while checking this bike over? A guy I spoke with in California said something about the rear axle bearing, should be no slop when grabbing the wheel and trying to make it move. He said is a very expensive repair! Well, back to the TV! lol
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Actually CAG early bikes came with antracite color ( dark) until 2002 . 2003 bikes and up (SPR) came with silver color wheels , so it looks like both wheels are in question ???
 
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