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MV Agusta F4 RR First Ride!

By Michael Neeves -

New bikes

 22 July 2011 09:47

"We're at the Adria circuit in Italy to ride the new MV Agusta F4 RR.

"The new short stroke engine has 15bhp more than the standard model and produces over 200bhp. It also comes with Ohlins suspension, lightweight wheels and Brembo monobloc calipers.

"My guess is it'll be quite fast! I'll report back later to let you know how it feels."

UPDATE

"I've been riding the new F4 RR for the last two hours at a trackday in Adria. Needless to say, the 200bhp missile gobbles up and spits out every single bike here.

"It's a revvy beast, thanks to the short stroke engine, but it still pulls out of corners well from low revs. My bike has a flat spot around 9000rpm, so I'm going to try another one to see if 'they all do that, sir', or not.

"The best thing about the RR is its friendliness. I've set the pegs low so I can move around freely and the Ohlins suspension has excellent ride quality and control. It's still an angry F4, but with a lot of the rough edges smoothed off.

"Brembos make mincemeat of the numerous hairpins here and never fade.

"The traction control works but is intrusive on the track. The quickest way round is with it off.

"I've got some more riding in the sun to do, so read my full report in MCN next week."