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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

It’s called the ‘312’ because MV claims it’ll do 312km/h, which equates to about 193mph. When we put it to the test it only managed 182 along a two-mile runway, albeit in a headwind. Costing fifteen grand it needs to be head and shoulders better than the GSX-R1000s and R1s of the world, and it isn’t.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

Aside from its handsome looks the MV Agusta F4 1000 312's 998cc in-line-four cylinder engine is the best bit of the R312. It’s up 9bhp to a claimed 183bhp over the F4 1000R it replaces, thanks to bigger titanium valves, hairier cams, bigger throttle valves and shorter inlet trumpets. It sounds incredible, has amazing low-down grunt and a screaming top end.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 5

If you really know how to set a bike up the MV Agusta F4 1000 312's quality fully adjustable suspension will let you dial in the perfect set-up on the road or track. If like many people you don’t, the standard settings are too stiff for the road, but don’t offer enough damping for really hard use. It’s on the heavy side compared to something like an R1 too.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

You get all the toys with the MV Agusta F4 1000 312, including radial-mount Brembo brakes, 50mm Marzocchi forks and a Sachs Racing rear shock. But it’s missing a lot of the stuff MV reserve for their special models. There’s no carbon fibre or the magnesium frame and swingarm that brings the weight of the F4 down to a more acceptable level. For £15k you’d at least expect to get some of this.

MV Agusta F4 1000 312 (2007-2013)

Detail Value
New price £14,750
Used price range View Mv Agusta F4 1000 bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 998 cc
Power 183 bhp
Top speed 182 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 3 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

Hand-built to a very high standard, the MV Agusta F4 1000 312 is a super-quality product. The paint is so lustrous it still looks wet and everywhere you look the attention to detail is staggering. Reliability shouldn’t be a problem, but the only problem is getting hold of spares, which can be a bit hit-and-miss from the factory.

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

It used to be the case that the MV was well worth the asking price; it was so exotic, so exclusive and so ahead of its time. The F4 shape hasn’t changed since 1998, so the R312 looks just the same as an old F4 750 – it’s lost its ‘special-ness’. It’s not significantly faster or better handling than the Japanese competition either, so you have to ask yourself if it’s really worth the extra cash. Find an MV Agusta F4 1000RR 312 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 17 of 17

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Model History

2007: MV Agusta F4 1000 312 launched.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 182 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.23 secs
Max power 183 bhp
Max torque 90 ft-lb
Weight 192 kg
Seat height 810 mm
Fuel capacity 21 litres
Average fuel consumption 37 mpg
Tank range 137 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 998 cc
Engine specification 16v In-line-four, fuel injection, six-gears
Frame Steel trellis
Front suspension adjustment Fully adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Fully adjustable
Front brakes 2 x 320mm front discs with four-piston radially mounted calipers
Rear brake 210 mm disc with four-piston calipe
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/55 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(2 reviews)

  • mv 312

    brutale r

    brisbane qld , AU

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    truely awsome if you no how to ride 312 is easy to get handels really well rearset ment for a small bloke if you only got 182 on a 2 mile runway you should have gone up to top gear or u had ur foot resting on the rear brake pedal not hard if u ar tall

    03 February 2008

  • MV 312

    Johan S

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This is a masterpiece, those cant afford it does not say good about it. Well i own the first one in the RSA and can say only one thing about it.It is fantastic in all ways ,looks power and a totally crowd puller

    07 May 2007

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'Class' comes as standard.

Despite the critics: The MV312 is still an awesome bike, in a class of awesome bikes. Yes it is heavier than some and the styling has not been significantly updated, since the F4 750 -But how many models of 'Fireblade' or GSX-R have come and gone in that time? It is a design classic and will remain desirable for years to come -even 9 year old F4 750's still sell for over £5k. There may be no such thing as the perfect sports bike -But at least the MV looks like one and gives pride of ownership like few others. These are reliable bikes and the least reliable component is normally a faulty, after-market alarm. The preceding 'R' model is all but identical to look-at and more affordable. The MV is even more worthy of serious consideration as a used bike, versus new Japanese competitors...

06 February 2009 15:39

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