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So my first MV - 2012 F4R will be delivered in 3 days! Super excited! My question for some of you who have had or currently have a whole stable of these exotic bikes (gary behr) - Why MV?

As I said I'm really excited but in the past few weeks have read a few articles and watched some youtube vids which have made me wonder a bit about this particular bike and MV in general.

I've wanted an MV for years I think I first saw MV back in 2008 or 2009 on the show Twist the Throttle and have wanted one ever since.

Back to the articles and vids - mainly the ones I'm talking about are the shootouts between MV F4 and other superbikes where in particular the 2012 F4RR finished last - up against a ZX10R, a KTM, a BWW, a Duck and a Aprilla. There's another one where my F4R was pitted against 4-5 japanese bikes and it again finished last.

They track and road tested them - they drag tested them and also roll ons. Track times weren't near the top, the 1/4 mile vid showed a bike that was jumpy and jittery.

Oh forgot to mention I've never ridden an MV and only saw my first MV in real life a week or two ago. That stupid to buy a bike you've never seen in real life or ever ridden? lol

Not trying to get anyone pissed or anything just looking for reasons again Why MV? Is it the look mainly? The sound? The fact that they are rare? Just curious for some feedback from those of you who've owned other exotic brands. Thank you!
 

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The look, the look, the look. (always wanted one since the first 750 F4 and Brutale came out)
Very different, rare, did I say beautiful? (see "the look").
Truly feels different than any other sport bike (once dialed in suspension).
All quirks can be addressed through data right here on MVAgusta.net.
When the weather is bad, many of us just go and look at the bike!

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MVs are pieces of art. There are plenty of as capable (or even more) and exciting bikes but I haven't found another one that I stop and look back at when I walk away from it in a parking lot.
 

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Why MV? Is it the look mainly? The sound? The fact that they are rare? Just curious for some feedback from those of you who've owned other exotic brands. Thank you!
First of all, the magazines do not take the time to set-up the bikes or dial them in. They basically do showroom to showroom comparisons. They may turn a clicker or 2 and make minor adjustments to spring pre-load, but that's it. And these guys are wringing the necks of the bikes at levels much higher than the average rider will.
The ex-managing editor of one of the major US magazines kept his MV F4 test bike for over a year and raved about it in occasional articles. He had it dialed in for him.

The MV responds to personal chassis tuning, the engine power is never a question and ranks right at the top of the heap. Being able to spend time adjusting the bike to fit you will make a huge difference in the usability of that power. The bikes come with top level suspension and brakes.
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But it is the beauty of the design that draws most of us...and you will never see yourself coming in every turn. So, yes, exclusivity is an appeal. Those who know the history of the marque appreciate the bikes and the aesthetics....:smoking:

The bikes are really reliable if you do routine maintenance...as much so as any other brand...and they are very easy to work on, much easier, than most other sport bikes out there.

The company is getting stronger and parts supply is really not a problem (if you have a dealer that actually will order parts for you...I do).

And if you are really concerned about performance then look no further than the World Super Sport series where the MV F3 has been competitive and on the podium in its first full year of competition.

And of course.....I go out in the garage occasionally just to look at mine. Did I mention they stand out from the crowd in the beauty contest? :mouthwate
 

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Theres alot of people here that would think your an ignnorant person for asking such a question. Dont take it personal but to them you just have no idea about the bike history and racing pedigree let alone who rode them and designed them. Do some research on MV might enlighten you a bit.

As for the shootouts and youtube clips if you want to believe the shit they put on there then you have no mind of your own. Go ride them for yourself and see. Those magazines have favourites and biases views.

I wouldnt ride anything but MV and by the way gary has other bikes than MV my friend


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F4CC, Tamburini & a pretty modified 312R in the garage over here. With a 2000 750 F4 as well.

Rode the F4CC to work today.
I suppose that you may ask why have 4 F4s as opposed to one and maybe a Ducati / Suzuki / Kawasaki?
Well, I'd rather have the F4CC / Tambo & 312R in preference to any other road going bikes made by any manufacturer. I know, it is a personal choice.
They are all ridden and shared among friends. The Tambo has about 24,000 kilometres. The F4CC has about 5,000 kilometres and the 312r is at 36,500 kilometres.
Exceptional bikes and a joy to own & share.
In addition to that I've met some incredibly nice people through this forum and there are still more I'd like to meet.

Without owning these bikes from a quirky wee little Italian manufacturer in Varese, I'd feel I'd had much less of a life experience. My wife and I have travelled to the USA 3 times to attend the Bubbalicious in Georgia and have hosted friends from the USA and Australia here in New Zealand.
Personally, I wouldn't have it any other way.
Viva MV!
 

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....for a a very long time my bike was just sitting in the garage, remembering me how happy i was with her. Last saturday, i was able to have an entire hour.....took the Honda Vfr 1200 for a spin, very smooth, clean, boring....but when it was the Corse turn......how silly can a gown up Man be? Very !!! Very !!! Happy!!

If i had to explain why i have it, it would have been worthless...because its not the reason, but in the reason!

" The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing " Pascal


P.s I try my best to express myself in a foreign language...:smoking:
 

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First of all, the magazines do not take the time to set-up the bikes or dial them in. They basically do showroom to showroom comparisons. They may turn a clicker or 2 and make minor adjustments to spring pre-load, but that's it. And these guys are wringing the necks of the bikes at levels much higher than the average rider will.
The ex-managing editor of one of the major US magazines kept his MV F4 test bike for over a year and raved about it in occasional articles. He had it dialed in for him.

The MV responds to personal chassis tuning, the engine power is never a question and ranks right at the top of the heap. Being able to spend time adjusting the bike to fit you will make a huge difference in the usability of that power. The bikes come with top level suspension and brakes.
:f4:

But it is the beauty of the design that draws most of us...and you will never see yourself coming in every turn. So, yes, exclusivity is an appeal. Those who know the history of the marque appreciate the bikes and the aesthetics....:smoking:

The bikes are really reliable if you do routine maintenance...as much so as any other brand...and they are very easy to work on, much easier, than most other sport bikes out there.

The company is getting stronger and parts supply is really not a problem (if you have a dealer that actually will order parts for you...I do).

And if you are really concerned about performance then look no further than the World Super Sport series where the MV F3 has been competitive and on the podium in its first full year of competition.

And of course.....I go out in the garage occasionally just to look at mine. Did I mention they stand out from the crowd in the beauty contest? :mouthwate
So this will be my 4th motorcycle but I've never really gotten much into "setting up" the suspension and since I know very little about it I wouldn't just start fiddling with it. Anyone know someone in michigan who's good at this sort of thing? There's TT Motorcycle in Detroit - has anyone worked with them to dial in their bike?
 

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Thanks for the replies! Sounds like as I thought its the looks, character and the performance! I'm definitely looking forward to my first ride as well as many to follow.
 

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F4CC, Tamburini & a pretty modified 312R in the garage over here. With a 2000 750 F4 as well.

Rode the F4CC to work today.
I suppose that you may ask why have 4 F4s as opposed to one and maybe a Ducati / Suzuki / Kawasaki?
Well, I'd rather have the F4CC / Tambo & 312R in preference to any other road going bikes made by any manufacturer. I know, it is a personal choice.
They are all ridden and shared among friends. The Tambo has about 24,000 kilometres. The F4CC has about 5,000 kilometres and the 312r is at 36,500 kilometres.
Exceptional bikes and a joy to own & share.
In addition to that I've met some incredibly nice people through this forum and there are still more I'd like to meet.

Without owning these bikes from a quirky wee little Italian manufacturer in Varese, I'd feel I'd had much less of a life experience. My wife and I have travelled to the USA 3 times to attend the Bubbalicious in Georgia and have hosted friends from the USA and Australia here in New Zealand.
Personally, I wouldn't have it any other way.
Viva MV!
Sounds like a great group to be with!
 

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By the way I just happened upon one of Gary's posts and saw the long list of MV and other exotics and then popped into his gallery - wow! I wanted to get feedback especially from those who own MVs but also other bikes like Ducati, Aprilla, etc
 

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TT Motorcycles are very good. In fact they are excellent.
I travelled there in 2006 and was very impressed.
They were a major backer of the 312R land speed record on the salt flats back in about 2007 / 2008.
They also inspected and boxed up the Tamburini that now resides in our garage.
10 out of 10 in my experience.
They will be able to assist with geometry & suspension setup for your bike.
 

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TT Motorcycles are very good. In fact they are excellent.
I travelled there in 2006 and was very impressed.
They were a major backer of the 312R land speed record on the salt flats back in about 2007 / 2008.
They also inspected and boxed up the Tamburini that now resides in our garage.
10 out of 10 in my experience.
They will be able to assist with geometry & suspension setup for your bike.

Something they can knock out in an afternoon?
 

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I'd have thought so, yes. In fact 1 hour should be plenty of time to set you bike up to your preference. You'll need to be there. They will be able to set preload for both front & rear and get you into the ball park if your weight is about average and suitable to the springs installed as standard.

There is a wealth of info on this forum.
Search using terms such as preload / compression / rebound / sag / static.
 

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Why buy an MV

I have owned my share of bikes from a hyabusa to zx14 ducati 999,
Honda cbr 1000rr. The fastest of the fast . The way an MV is
built is like no other bike. It has craftsmanship and passion pride.
It is mostly assembled by hand not a machine and meticulously
analyzed from every screw to weld. To some people doing comparison
there not familiar with the bike so it comes on to strong and hard.
FYI that's is the bikes intent it is unforgiving snappy in power but
when it comes on hold on the sensation of speed is awesome.
Its more about how you feel on the bike. It maybe a tick or
two slower so what . It how the bike affects you that's all that
matters. Your butt is in the seat who cares what some editor thinks.
Try it and see if it for you ? These bikes are not for everyone .
Only those who know there history and something different the
the norm its looks are to die for the sound is like a Ferrari.
It sound is like no other bike ever made . It easy to work on
and the most sought after and rare bike ever produced but
that is my opinion you have to answer your own question once
your on the bike and riding it and I wish you the best take care
of her she is a handful
 

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Oh forgot to mention I've never ridden an MV and only saw my first MV in real life a week or two ago. That stupid to buy a bike you've never seen in real life or ever ridden? lol
Bought and paid for mine before ever seeing a single MV in my entire life. Not gonna lie, I was a little nervous flying in, worried I might not like it for whatever reason. Only caught a glimpse of it before signing all the papers, but that was all I needed, didn't have a second thought after that...
 

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Bought and paid for mine before ever seeing a single MV in my entire life. Not gonna lie, I was a little nervous flying in, worried I might not like it for whatever reason. Only caught a glimpse of it before signing all the papers, but that was all I needed, didn't have a second thought after that...

I assume that's what will happen with me too!
 

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I just drove down to "look" at the white 2013 F4. After about 10 minutes I put down a deposit to hold overnight and I rode my perfectly fine BMW S1000RR down and traded it away the next day.
I loved the S1000 and have had R1's, Fz1's, Motards and others but this is the only bike that I'm just excited as hell to be on EVERY time I ride.
 

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One doesn't purchase a MV with their mind......it's purchase with the heart, or maybe their balls. Someone else's bike is ALWAYS gonna be faster, or quicker, or handle a little better. I don't give that a second thought.

MV's tug at your soul. I own 14 motorcycles currently. I've owned maybe 30 in the last 10 years. I've owned three MVs culminating with my current Brutie 910R. Whenever I walk into my garage, my Brutale always, and I do mean always, makes me smile. It's not necessarily the same thing each time. It might be a look from across the garage, or a close up gaze at the titanium exhaust. Three days ago, I walked past every other bike just to fire my MV off and listen to the frenetic snarl as she awoke from a lengthy slumber. I revved it slightly for a couple of minutes.......just to listen to the sound.

That made me smile. Isn't that what a motorcycle is supposed to do, make you smile?
 

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I just bought my first MV from a dealer in VA. I'm currently on deployment on the USS Harry S Truman and I won't get home to rider her for at least a few more weeks. I did months of research via the internet and asking some riders that I know. The consensus was pretty much the same that it was a fantastic bike and, in the words of Ferris Bueller, "It is so choice, if you have the means I recommend picking one up".

Oh, and did I mention that it's absolutely GORGEOUS?!?!?!?! The single side swing arm, digital display, I had a friend check it out at the dealership before I sent the $$, and in his words "Dude, if you don't buy this bike, I'm going to"...
 
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