MV-AGUSTA F4 1000 (2004-2012) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"Possibly one of the most desirable two-wheeled creations of all time"

MV Agusta F41000S motorcycle review - Riding

"Possibly one of the most desirable two-wheeled creations of all time"

  • At a glance
  • 998cc  -  155 bhp
  • 40 mpg  -  180 miles range
  • Medium seat height (810mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The MV Agusta F41000S blends a monster engine, God-given handling and heart-aching beauty to be possibly one of the most desirable two-wheeled creations of all time. Only its high price, discomfort and lack of convincing reliability prevent it taking full marks.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

With the MV Agusta F41000S's beefy 50mm Marzocchi forks and Sachs shock (fully adjustable of course and the shock comes with high and low-speed compression damping for added finessing) the F4 tracks as true a line as any train. It will lean for Italy, with only your courage and ability the true limiting factors. The six-piston Nissin brakes aren’t radial, but they’re brilliant.

Engine 4 out of 5

The MV Agusta F41000S's fuelling isn’t perfect at the bottom end, with a fluffy response that needs to be balanced with more gas and the heavy clutch around town. On the open road nothing short of a six-figure supercar or the Red Arrows will even come close. Think on this - it’ll hit 184 miles an hour in the time it takes to read this paragraph.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

The MV Agusta F41000S's componentry is top draw stuff, but the build standards remains somewhat suspect, despite new quality controls brought in by Proton, the Malaysian car giant. Keep it well away from salty roads and preferably rain, too.

Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5

Lined-up against Suzuki’s equally fast and much, much cheaper GSX-R1000 K5/K6 and the MV Agusta F41000S seems like poor value. It redeems itself with a desirability the Japanese bike can never meet and it will hold its value better. But if you can afford an F4 you’re not really going to be worrying about that too much, are you? Find an MV Agusta F4 1000 for sale.

Insurance group: 17 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Should Sir or Madam MV Agusta F41000S owner’s pockets be deep enough there are race exhausts, MV leathers, carbon-fibre bodywork, covers and even (shudder) luggage available from the factory. An Ohlins steering damper is standard.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their MV-AGUSTA F4 1000 (2004-2012) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

fantastic

03 February 2011 by lalvin

Always had jap superbikes. Actually has a Concours 14 right now and that really is an outstanding bike. This bike however, is really a class above in sexiness, coolness but suffers from reliability and the niggling pains like reserve lamp not on, is... Read more a pain which jap reliability seems to always outshine the italians. But engines wise n handling is a class act. Go buy one

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5

Simply stunning

21 May 2007 by clipper1

The F4 1000s is not in reality any better to ride than any of the leading Japanese 1000cc machines but where it scores is the quality of finish, the engineering detail and the sheer beauty of its design. Read more

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
Read all 2 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2004
Year discontinued 2012
Original price £14,000
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 155 bhp
Max torque 76 ft-lb
Top speed 184 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.4 secs
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 180 miles
Specification
Engine size 998cc
Engine type 16v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame type Steel trellis
Fuel capacity 21 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 192kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension Preload, rebound, high and low speed compression
Front brake Twin 310mm discs
Rear brake 210mm disc
Front tyre size 120/65 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

October 1999: MV Agusta F4 750S introduced. Designed by the legendary Massimo Tamburini, of Ducati 916 fame, it boasts a 750cc engine.
2004: MV launch the F41000S and sell it alongside the 750.

Other versions

MV Agusta F4 1000S Tamburini: Named after the bike’s designer the Tamburini differs from stock with carbon-fibre bodywork, optional race exhaust and special engine internals that lift power to 170bhp and top speed to 190mph. Very special.
MV Agusta F4 1000R: The new-for-2006 bike gets radial Brembo brakes and some engine modifications to give 166bhp.

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