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Hey guys. depending on how today goes, I might be getting an 06 F4. I am considering trading my 1974 MGB GT for it. its a classy little sports car. not really fast, but a lot of fun to drive. Honestly I LOVE my car. I have put a lot of work into it and its been a really good car. BUT... I think you would all agree the MV Agusta F4 is just about the sexiest thing on 2 wheels. Not gonna lie it scares me a little how fast they are, and how nice they are I don't want to lay it down.. I have owned a few bikes over the last few years including a ducati monster 750, but never a REAL sports bike. I live on an air force base and would probably only take it to work (2 miles) on the nice sunny days. and I'd love to take it out to the track days at heartland in topeka. I would probably get a lot more use out of my car.... just trying to get some opinions. I would not say I am an experienced or and advanced rider. I have done it. I have my license. but... the F4 is a lot of bike. I dunno guys what do you think I should do?
 

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Hi john

Welcome to the forum first. Here you will find plenty of people willing to help you and give you great advice on the F4. There are guys gere who are worth there weight in gold. As for your purchase i would buy the F4. There is nothing to be scared about. After the first few times riding you will get use too the aggressive position. Other than that theres not much that really gors wrong with them and if it does most of the time you can do it yourself its a easy fix

I have 2 mv's a SPR and the CC and i wouldnt have anything else nor ride anything else. They are an awesome machine and you will definatley fall in love with it. Go get that F4 now. By the way what model are you buying?

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I am not really worried about working on it, I enjoy turning wrenches and am pretty good at it. I am building a 72 cb350 cafe bike right now actually and finished a really nice little cb360 about 2 years ago that I traded for the MG that i might now be trading for the MV. as for the model. At this point all I know is its a 2006 f4 1000. Its red and silver and has a blue suede seat. here is my car,

and here is the cb360 cafe bike I built. i did everything my self.




 

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Welcome. Do you know the history on the bike?
 

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I work with the guy who is considering the trade. i have seen it once before in the parking lot. i drooled over it for about 20 minutes and dont remember seeing anything wrong with it cosmetically. what sort of things should i be asking and what should i look out for?
 

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Welcome! I own an 06 F4 1000s Nero. It's an amazing machine and lots of fun. The bike does run hot and does need a few updates to make it perfect. You will find plenty of posts dealing with bike running hot and aftermarket fixes here.

Great job on building your cafe racer.

Good luck!
 

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They don't like to sit for long periods of time unridden. Or ridden for long periods in traffic. Ask him what preventative measures/mods were performed. With the F4, I would be more inclined to purchase from a tinkerer as opposed to someone who takes his vehicles to the dealer after something is found amiss. The F4 is a great bike, but it needs a bit of special attention to stay happy. Some might cry the contrary but this is my experience and probably the norm. You'll find the F4's special needs after browsing the F4 sub forum a bit. Good luck.
 

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ok cool, I have been looking over the forums for a little now. seems the radiator bracket is probably the first thing to get if it does not already have one. still looking for the posts on overheating issues. I believe he does most of the work himself. I for one don't really trust the local honda dealer with it. I'd probably trust a ducati dealer but would not want to pay ducati labor prices. i will likely do everything my self with the help of you fine people. I guess my last question is value... lets say his bike has 10-12000 miles on it. and looks and runs great. what is his bike really worth? I'm thinking my car is worth 7-8000.
 

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Compared to my past bikes (Gsxr's and Ducatis), the MV is a dream to work on. The service manuals (sticky, Donsy) are excellent. Pricing is a touchy subject for some here; from references to giraffe genitalia to latent hating on sellers adding to the already low resale value of our MV's, the responses will be varied. However I'd say that 7-8k sounds about right for a well taken care of 06. 10k miles shows it's been ridden. :) Post some hi-res pics and detailed history if you can.
 

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I'm gonna go the other way ....... even though I have a strong dislike of the venerable BGT, if you're only gonna ride the MV a couple of miles to work and back, there's no point getting it. You will not appreciate it at all - it will be cramped, uncomfortable, and hard going. In my (admittedly limited) experience, the F4 does not become comfortable and fluid until you're above 65-70mph, and short commutes will do the motor no good at all. It's a bike that likes to be given it's legs on a decent ride in the "Grand tourer" tradition rather than commuted. Ask yourself if you would buy a Ferrari F40 for commuting, and youll have your answer ....

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I'm gonna go the other way ....... even though I have a strong dislike of the venerable BGT, if you're only gonna ride the MV a couple of miles to work and back, there's no point getting it. You will not appreciate it at all - it will be cramped, uncomfortable, and hard going. In my (admittedly limited) experience, the F4 does not become comfortable and fluid until you're above 65-70mph, and short commutes will do the motor no good at all. It's a bike that likes to be given it's legs on a decent ride in the "Grand tourer" tradition rather than commuted. Ask yourself if you would buy a Ferrari F40 for commuting, and youll have your answer ....

Oops :(

Sacre Bleu !! :bash:
 

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Hey guys. depending on how today goes, I might be getting an 06 F4. I am considering trading my 1974 MGB GT for it. its a classy little sports car. not really fast, but a lot of fun to drive. Honestly I LOVE my car. I have put a lot of work into it and its been a really good car. BUT... I think you would all agree the MV Agusta F4 is just about the sexiest thing on 2 wheels. Not gonna lie it scares me a little how fast they are, and how nice they are I don't want to lay it down.. I have owned a few bikes over the last few years including a ducati monster 750, but never a REAL sports bike. I live on an air force base and would probably only take it to work (2 miles) on the nice sunny days. and I'd love to take it out to the track days at heartland in topeka. I would probably get a lot more use out of my car.... just trying to get some opinions. I would not say I am an experienced or and advanced rider. I have done it. I have my license. but... the F4 is a lot of bike. I dunno guys what do you think I should do?
you should walk or run to work (2 miles)



I'm gonna go the other way ....... even though I have a strong dislike of the venerable BGT, if you're only gonna ride the MV a couple of miles to work and back, there's no point getting it. You will not appreciate it at all - it will be cramped, uncomfortable, and hard going. In my (admittedly limited) experience, the F4 does not become comfortable and fluid until you're above 65-70mph, and short commutes will do the motor no good at all. It's a bike that likes to be given it's legs on a decent ride in the "Grand tourer" tradition rather than commuted. Ask yourself if you would buy a Ferrari F40 for commuting, and youll have your answer ....

Oops :(

have to agree with Mr.Moose here, he makes perfect sense.


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Hi
I have a 2006 F4 1000R and I can tell you that besides the few problems I had with the overheating (Summer temperatures in Portugal exceed 40ºC frequently), I would definitly recommend to buy it! It´s a mean machine that knows how to be docile.
In the track is demanding, very physical, but once you get use to it, it pays off!
Everything else has been said - keep it on the road, don´t get too often to the rev limiter and you´ll enjoy it for a long time.
I tried selling mine last year, but ended up by finding reasons not to sell to the potential buyers I had just because I couldn´t get rid of it....nothing can replace it!! :naughty:
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What base are you at? And are you active?

I'm on my second F4 now and I will never turn away from MV. They are absolutely amazing bikes. Easy to work on, very reliable, amazing to ride, and the best to look at.

Oh yeah, and welcome!
 

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For a 2 mile commute, the F4 will be wasted. I have a nice 1979 Peugeot 12 speed racing bicycle I'd happily sell you which will be much better for you in the long run!

I'm fortunate in having a number of motorcycles and I only take the F4 out when I can cover some serious ground at highway+ speeds. Local riding is a lot more fun on one of my smaller bikes.

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Well if its at all financially feasible, I would buy the F4 but keep the MGB. I reiterate what everyone has said, the F4 is an awesome bike.....but I love the old sports cars too. The F4 and MGB would compliment each other....the F4 being fast and intense and the MGB more laidback and mellow.
 

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Fair comment Joe :) My previous comment came out a bit harsher than intended!

I was just trying to out that against the original stated use, the F4 wouldn't really be a first choice purchase ... A supermoto would be better suited. However, an F4 is a thing of beauty and wonder to have in the garage, and if you are prepared to find the time to ride it properly then it will reward like few others .....
 

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What does it matter how far the route to his work is or anything else? His heart is set on an F4 so what if he will ride it 2 miles and back his happy doing that. You guys are incredile. Next thing ill be hearing is why dont i pack my CC up park in my garage under a perspexbox and light and stare at it all day and just admire the art?

Unless you have 128 bikes not naming names here, lol. Then ride the bike however far you want if it makes you happy and you enjoy doing that than thats fine.


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