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Hello everyone!

I'm happy to be a new member on this helpful forum, and have a very important question that i wish someone could answer!

I've been a Honda owner most of my time as a rider, especially CBR600RR, they are incredible and VERY reliable machines, however...after sometime without a bike, it's time for a new one, and i can't describe how much i fell in love with the F3 800... for both looks and engine!

so the question is:are f3s reliable? for both 800cc and 675cc. i've been told to avoid them especially due to engine valves issues (snapping and breaking and destroying the whole thing in the process).... so how true is that? anyone experienced this particular issue in the past?

there is no bike in the world that doesn't have certain problem, but when it comes to the engine... that's a whole different thing.

so please... please help me out with this one,i really want to buy one but i'm hesitant after hearing such a problem exists! should i go for it? or nah?


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Welcome first of all!

Secondly I don't think you signed up for an MV Agusta forum to have other people who own MV Agusta's to tell you not to buy one haha

I'll tell you what I tell everybody else who has the same question. Its not a HONDA! Coming from someone who has owned a Honda in the past and then bought an MV it's a totally different world. Some people have problems some people don't have problems. I would not use this potential bike as an only means of transportation. You can daily drive a Ferrari or Lamborghini but do you really want to?

That is the beauty of MV Agusta. It's a weekend thrill that excites you every time you ride it. I would keep the Honda as a daily and get the F3 for special occasions. It'll make you appreciate it so much more.

Good luck

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Welcome first of all!

Secondly I don't think you signed up for an MV Agusta forum to have other people who own MV Agusta's to tell you not to buy one haha

I'll tell you what I tell everybody else who has the same question. Its not a HONDA! Coming from someone who has owned a Honda in the past and then bought an MV it's a totally different world. Some people have problems some people don't have problems. I would not use this potential bike as an only means of transportation. You can daily drive a Ferrari or Lamborghini but do you really want to?

That is the beauty of MV Agusta. It's a weekend thrill that excites you every time you ride it. I would keep the Honda as a daily and get the F3 for special occasions. It'll make you appreciate it so much more.

Good luck

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Thanks for replying! Good point you made there 😂

I used to ride my cbr to the canyon on the weekend only! Not for commuting or long distances, And i'm planning on doing the same with the F3, plus the track!

Maybe i should provide some more info, there is an f1 800, 2014 model with 29,000 km on the clock, looks in great condition and have been serviced on time, so is 29k alot for 2014 model? And i know exactly what you mean with driving a ferrari but still...the engine problem happened for some people after riding no more than 6k or 9k only! So that's a serious and scary issue!

Again, no bike is problem free...but i want to know if that's a common issue!
 

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Welcome to the family @muttz !! Early 675 engines had some valve train failures. A batch of 800s had defective valve guides. Not every bike has blown up...many have not. More than have, but you don't find the owners on the internet saying that. You do find those who had a problem..
That said, the early MVs were first efforts and had teething pains (even BMW, Aprilia and Yamaha have had major recalls on first production supersport bikes for engine problems...I think others have as well).
Go for a later model that has been maintained. Valve clearance inspection and proper adjustment, if needed, is a critical item.
Any modern engine, properly maintained, should be able to run over 100,000 miles with no problem. In my opinion 20K is nothing....IF properly maintained.
 

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29k maybe a lot for an MV, as often not the only horse in the stable, but 4k per annum is not high miles.
(Recreational use mileage - not commuter mileage.)

I'd be more comfortable buying a bike that has clearly had regular use (and beyond initial teething problems) than one that has been mostly a garage queen or only used 5 miles down the road to the cafe and back every other (summer) Sunday.
 

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There are members here with many more miles than 29K on their MVs...I think a member in OZ has over 100K.
But 4 cylinder bikes... not sure of how many high mileage 3 cylinders are out there.
 

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Welcome to the family @muttz !! Early 675 engines had some valve train failures. A batch of 800s had defective valve guides. Not every bike has blown up...many have not. More than have, but you don't find the owners on the internet saying that. You do find those who had a problem..
That said, the early MVs were first efforts and had teething pains (even BMW, Aprilia and Yamaha have had major recalls on first production supersport bikes for engine problems...I think others have as well).
Go for a later model that has been maintained. Valve clearance inspection and proper adjustment, if needed, is a critical item.
Any modern engine, properly maintained, should be able to run over 100,000 miles with no problem. In my opinion 20K is nothing....IF properly maintained.


it's true what you said, but still.... you never know which luck you might have with your bike!
i asked a garage owner about them and he told me to stay away from them as they are not really reliable, but i CAN'T :LOL: I really want one even though i keep hearing scary thing about them... are the 2015 models more reliable than the older ones? i found another f3 675 with 25k on the clock (kilometres) and it's in a very good condition.

again, i intend to use it on the track and in the canyons, not for commuting.
 

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I will guess this garage owner is not a MV Agusta specialist and is only going on hearsay or a small number he saw due to problems with no dealer available.
Get a 2018 or newer bike for the latest engine upgrades. 2015 was still a relatively new model, only 2 years after the first model hit the market.
Regardless....it is not a Honda-Kawasaki-Suzuki-Yamaha. It is a Ferrari. You can't just beat on it and never do maintenance.
 
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