MV-AGUSTA F4 750 (1999-2004) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"Eagerly-awaited slice of Italian superbike exotica pretty much delivered on all counts"

MV Agusta F4 750 motorcycle review - Riding

"Eagerly-awaited slice of Italian superbike exotica pretty much delivered on all counts"

  • At a glance
  • 749cc  -  126 bhp
  • 42 mpg  -  143 miles range
  • Medium seat height (790mm)

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

The MV Agusta F4 750 was the most eagerly awaited slice of Italian superbike exotica pretty much delivered on all counts. Simply stunning Massimo Tamburini styling was the most beautiful since the same designer’s Ducati 916 of 1994 (and is generally considered to still be the most beautiful bike in production). Spec, build quality and handling was there to match. Only the MV Agusta F4 750's screaming four-cylinder engine failed to be a world beater – still good though. The F4 750 is an instant classic and coveted and collected in equal measure.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

When launched (ie 1999) the MV Agusta F4 750 was a match, handling-wise, for pretty much anything on the road – especially in the higher spec (read better suspended) S or SPR trim. Since then, however, the world has moved on a tad. The MV Agusta F4 750 is still phenomenal, however, and with the brakes to match, but more than a little cramped and sports bike extreme, too, so don’t go expected any long distance comfort…

Engine 4 out of 5

Designed from the ground up in conjunction with Ferrari, this all-new four had the toughest of all challenges: to beat the best from Japan first time out. In truth, the MV Agusta F4 750's ultra-hunger for revs and slight lack of midrange means it can’t quite match a Suzuki GSX-R750. But there’s no shame in that, the MV Agusta F4 750 is still quick and fun, and nothing from Japan ever sounded as good. Succeeding MV Agusta F4 1000 version far better, though…

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

For a slice of Italian exotica, the MV Agusta F4 750 has little of the fickle brittleness that afflicts much of the breed. Although not perfect, mechanical reliability of the MV Agusta F4 750 is generally good while the quality of build, finish and componentry matches the motorcycles’ price. Overall? Recommended.

Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5

MV Agusta have never been cheap and these latest incarnations are no different. On the plus side, however, the MV Agusta F4 750 is undeniably a mouth-wateringly styled, beautifully built and phenomenally able sports bike that is simply dripping in class and prestige – something that no mass produced Japanese rival will ever understand. And how do you put a value on that? Find an MV Agusta F4 750 for sale.

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

Equipment 3 out of 5

Sports bike minimal, but phenomenally classy all the same. The MV Agusta F4 750 has specially designed Nissin callipers and master cylinder, delicious analogue/digital instruments, mouth-watering combined indicators/mirrors and fabulous detailing everywhere. It may not have everything including the kitchen sink, but what the MV Agusta F4 750 does have is more than classy…

Owners' Reviews

3 owners have reviewed their MV-AGUSTA F4 750 (1999-2004) 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 5 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 4.7 out of 5
Equipment 4.3 out of 5
5 out of 5

The stuff dreams are made of...

23 January 2012 by tamlin23

I am a trader and a biker, but definitely more biker! I can say hand on heart, the MV F4 is my most desired bike ever. I was lucky enough to take one in a deal with another bike. It had done crazy low miles, even though it was 12 years old. On the... Read more point of the age, the only way you would know it was not a new bike, is by the tiny choke dial and the fact you have the choice to turn the light on! The rest is all you top trumps parts geeks need, to battle the neigh-Sayers! The ride is special, maybe not the smooth ride of a mass produced Honda, it's better than than, and it wants you to know. Riding this bike makes you feel good, and after all, is that not what it's about. Unfortunately, the bike sold really quick :-/. You should buy one if you can, and keep it for ever, the F4 is rolling art!

Overall Rating 5 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 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Used 750S MV

17 December 2010 by spenhouse

Had lots of sports bikes, thought I'd treat myself and "wow" it's motorcycling on a higher level. Don't think I'll ever part with this bike, wish the wife would allow me to keep it in the living room! Read more

Overall Rating 5 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 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

MV Agusta F4 750 S

29 March 2009 by GraingeM

As an MV owner I sat on one in 2000 when the model was released. Took me 8 years to save up but it was all worth it! Read more

Overall Rating 5 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 4 out of 5
Read all 3 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1999
Year discontinued 2004
Original price -
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 126 bhp
Max torque 53.1 ft-lb
Top speed 175 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.5 secs
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 143 miles
Specification
Engine size 749cc
Engine type 16v transverse four, 6 gears
Frame type Steel tube trellis
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Seat height 790mm
Bike weight 182kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Front brake 2 x 310mm discs
Rear brake 210mm disc
Front tyre size 120/65 x 17in
Rear tyre size 190/50 x 17in

History & Versions

Model history

June 1999: Mv Agusta F4 750 Serie Oro launched complete with magnesium swing arm and wheels.
Feb 2002: MV Agusta F4 750 Serie Oro discontinued.
Oct 1999: MV Agsuta F4 750S launched, full production model.
2003: MV Agusta F4 750S now with silver wheels.
2004: MV Agusta F4 750S discontinued.
2003: MV Agusta f4 750 1+1, dual seat version launched.
2005: MV Agusta F4 750 1+1 discontinued.
2000: MV Agusta F4 750 SPR launched.
2000: MV Agusta F4 750 SPR Senna limited edition (just 300 made) launched.
2004: MV Agusta F4 750 SPR Senna discontinued.

Other versions

MV Agusta 750 F4 Serie Oro: limited edition, hand built introductory model with magnesium swing arm and wheels.
MV Agusta F4 750 1+1:  Biposto dual seat model.
MV Agusta F4 750 SPR:  Limited edition sports production model with numerous engine mods.
MV Agusta F4 750 SPR Senna: Limited edition. Black with carbon fibre bodywork.

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