MV-AGUSTA F4 1000 (2004 - 2012) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.1 out of 5 (4.1/5)
Annual servicing cost: £300
Power: 155 bhp
Seat height: Medium (31.9 in / 810 mm)
Weight: Medium (423 lbs / 192 kg)


New N/A
Used £36,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

In September 2003 MV launched the F4 1000 Tamburini costing £29,000.

The 300-bike limited edition was far more than just a special with a bit of new bodywork. MV raised the peak power, reduced the weight and added a new fuel injection system - the most advanced system to be used on a bike so far. It takes its inspiration from Formula One cars, using variable inlet tracks on each cylinder to increase power throughout the rev range, helping it to its top speed of 190mph.

The bike also got lightweight Marchesini wheels, handmade carbon-fibre body panels, magnesium alloy swingarm and pivot, a Sachs rear shock, Showa forks and six-pot Nissin brakes.

In November 2006 MV Agusta launched the most radical version of the F4 yet with the incredible, limited edition F4 CC.

The bike was named after the MV boss and bike designer, Claudio Castiglioni, and sold for an incredible 100,000 euro (£67,450).

The CC was very different from the existing F4 with massive changes in the engine which helped to give the bike 195bhp and a speed electronically limited to 195mph.

Only 100 bikes were made and each came with Trussardi leather jacket and £15,000 Girard Perregaux watch made exclusively for MV.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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.


Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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 vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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?

Build quality and reliability seem to have improved over the years, as our MV Agusta owners' reviews show.


5 out of 5 (5/5)

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.


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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Annual road tax £117
Annual service cost £300
New price -
Used price £36,000
Insurance group 17 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 155 bhp
Max torque 76 ft-lb
Top speed 184 mph
1/4 mile acceleration 11.4 secs
Tank range 180 miles

Model 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.

Owners' reviews for the MV-AGUSTA F4 1000 (2004 - 2012)

8 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.

Review your MV-AGUSTA F4 1000 (2004 - 2012)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Engine: 4.9 out of 5 (4.9/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.1 out of 5 (4.1/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.1 out of 5 (4.1/5)
Equipment: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £300
4 out of 5 Do it - you know you want to... it's red, fast and Italian fer gawd's sake.
02 January 2024 by Arthur Edwards

Version: 1000R

Year: 2010

Annual servicing cost: £400

High pegs are either a plus or a minus depending on your riding style more than your height, exhaust is savage but huge fun that will have you looking for bridges and tunnels whenever possible. Fuel use is diectly linked to throttle position, down to 18 or so mpg sometimes (but man it's worth it... )These have been at the back of my mind for years, way back in the 70's to be precise, finally got around to being able to afford one so jumped at the chance. Meant the Falco and V65 Guzzi had to go but I'll never look back, this one will see me out.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Giving this 5, it's not the most comfortable but for the riding style it's unbeatable - a cross-country thrash from Wales to Norfolk with only stops for petrol was easy and no John Wayne effects either.

Engine 5 out of 5

What can you say here, almost 1BHP per Kg? That's a statement all by itself. Up past 8000 rpm the fun goes up almost as fast as the fuel costs.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

What can I say? It's a prima donna and if you treat it bad it's gonna leave you for dead... treat it well and things go much smoother. That includes setting it up for your own size - this is the bike that is the most sensitive to such things that I've ridden in nearly 50 years...

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

If you treat it hard, you'll reap the rewards of higher maintenance as with any bike... in general though, always keep an eye on oil and coolant, and that chain goes slack very fast.There have been other (legendary) issues with these (research is your friend here) but I think mine has been sorted so should be good for a few more grins.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Get a hugger, get a tank protector, get a tail tidy. Ditch the rear pegs - you won;t want a pillion anyway. I love that everything suspension-wise is available to change/set/adjust. Changing maps on the fly is cool too.

Buying experience: Bought privately from an ex-forces dude in Hereford - bike was well kept on 20000 miles and had lasted well. Very few issues - slightly bent brake pedal holding brake lights on, front brake lever sticky. Other than that (and the nail I hit on the way home) everything was - and has been - smooth sailing.

5 out of 5 Dream bike rides just as well as I'd always hoped!
28 November 2021 by Blue_Eyed_Biker

Version: F41000S

Year: 2005

A real joy to own! The engine is super smooth and powerful all through the rev range, the sound is excellent (but still a bit quiet for my taste), the handling is super steady and stable but somehow still fairly flickable, and the brakes are good too. But above all, it's beautiful. Amazing design and amazing details all over the bike.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Great handling, ride quality is good - the forks give the best feeling of any bike I've ridden. Brakes work well enough too but modern bikes do have better brakes.

Engine 5 out of 5

Heaps of power, super smooth and lovely sound. My bike has the famous RG3 Arrow exhausts and to be honest I hoped there would be more sound, there's only just enough. This bike doesn't seem to gulp the fuel either, which was a nice surprise. This bike has some kind of engine braking management system which takes a little to get used to but does make a lovely noise as it does its thing.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

These bikes are typically very reliable, but you'll need deep pockets if they do brake. Parts cost a fortune, and many mechanics aren't all that interested in working on them, even though they're fairly simple machines and you don't really need much specialist knowledge.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Great value for money because (fingers crossed) they should hold their value fairly well now.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Brilliant forks, underseat organ pipe exhaust, beautiful single sided swingarm, unique star pattern wheels, steel and alloy plate frame, and gorgeous parts and details everywhere you look. The shape around the nose area and headlight is probably my favourite view of the bike. The clocks are fairly comprehensive for its day with lap timer and two trip meters, but that's about all you'd expect from something like this in the early 00s!

4 out of 5 A dream realised after a very long wait.
18 December 2020 by Roger Brewin

Version: F4 1000s with R forks and brakes.

Year: 2005

Annual servicing cost: £150

Difficult to rate overall if best and worst taken in conjunction rather than separately. However 5 out 5 for achieving an ownership dream, outrageous performance, speaking as a 66 year old, fabulous quality build, great handling, looks to die for. Bloody uncomfortable though and a scorching bum after 20minutes and an extremely hot running engine, but what a bike, you'll need a season ticket at your chiropractors but what the hell you're only 'young' once, I really must change it back from rearsets to standard!!

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5

The bike is at its best, where it was clearly intended to be ridden, on fast undulating A and B roads, an absolute nightmare in town but it was never intended to be anything else. Numb knees and a super heated bum after half an hour, perhaps down to 66 years and rearsets, but I can manage an hour. Its a mono posto so no pillions, why would you want to!!!

Engine 5 out of 5

Outrageous and addictive power delivery, I also ride a BMW R1100s boxer Cup and an Nc30, so not a lot to compare really. Does run quite hot though, but I find it reasonably torquey low down, but once up around the 7000 rpm mark it's fantastic.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Very well built in my view, no problems in 3years, some stories about regarding certain unreliability but I've never encountered any. The bike has done 23000 miles.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

That's parts, oils etc. as I do my own maintenance in the main.

Equipment 5 out of 5

My favourite features are the performance, brakes (although non standard) appearance and exclusivity. I wouldn't recommend fitting panniers but a venturer rack and tail pack and small tank bag is fine. With regard to tyres I run Pirelli Diablos, good grip and fair longevity. Can't comment on any bad tyres as I've only run these.

Buying experience: I bought the bike privately and paid £4600.From memory the asking price was £4950.

4 out of 5 At last.
05 August 2017 by Albymangled

Version: F4 1000 312R

Year: 2007

Love the looks, the engine, the sound and the way it makes me feel when I ride it. It is one of 4 streetbikes that I own and it is special.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5

Suprisingly torquey and the noise is intoxicating. I find myself accelerating/changing gears just to hear it.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

It is beautiful. Sometimes I just stand in the garage looking at it. Some quality issues are a disappointment but nothing that can't be sorted..

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5

Buying experience: private sale

4 out of 5 MV F4 R 2010 Holland
17 October 2016 by Erwin

Version: R

Year: 2010

Annual servicing cost: £350

Steering is smooth, but you need to work it a bit yourself on winding dikes like in Holland . Engine is great, sound is sensational as soon as you rev it. On the Assen track it`s a fantastic ride, high speed stability is perfect. Worst: 2500 km further and 6 months, gas-leakkage because of a broken inlet rubber. Components supplie from Italy could improve, it took 6 weeks in total.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

The MV is a track-oriented bike, i like that because i make short rides or track days.

Engine 4 out of 5

Power delivery is nice, it`s got a smooth release, of course because of the traction control also.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

gas-leakkage because of a broken inlet rubber. Components supplie from Italy could improve, it took 6 weeks in total (incl. repair). It`s a beautiful built machine, the first owner even spent some money on some carbon-fiber parts, hugger, front fender, protection near the foot pegs. Detail is gorgeous, you can watch for hours and still see new details.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

not known yet, estimation. servicing at 6000 and 15000. fuel economy is average, but acceptable.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Very good built, with lots of detail. Finish is excellent. The carbonfibre hugger/front fender are really good-looking. If any money left (right) ......

Buying experience: Dealer, price was 13950, i paid 13250. Bike had ran 6000 km, excellent condition, some extras like carbon, solo-seat, original parts also. Tires 50 %.

5 out of 5 2010 Mv Agusta F4
09 November 2015 by mvagustaf4

Version: 2010 F4

Year: 2010

Overall - Extremely entertaining to ride in comparison to Japanese 1000's. The bike gets lots of attention and is a very capable performer all round. Feels more track orientated than other bikes and becomes uncomfortable on rides over 1.5 hours but isn't too stiff as it still handles on bumpy UK roads great. For shorter blasts I don't have any problem with the ergonomics or comfort and wouldn't change a thing as this bike is designed to be sporty.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Ride quality is very good considering the bike is clearly more track orientated than its competitors set-up wise. The bike is stiff in general but the suspension and braking components can't be faulted. The brakes are by far the best on any bike I've ridden, you will never need more than 2 fingers on the lever and 95% of the time one finger is enough. Also, the bike is very spacious, I'm 6'2" and my bike has rear sets which lower the pegs - with this modification I find the bike comfier than most others ergonomically. The bike is tall but this suits me. The bars are fairly low but this is to be expected from a sporty bike and feels perfect on anything under 1+ hour rides.

Engine 5 out of 5

Feels the fastest bike I've ever ridden. Lots of power all the way through the rev range and surprisingly torquey too. The throttle is very smooth and predictable all the way from idle to red line. It took me a few rides to really open it up as the power at high revs is almost frightening until you get used to it. The exhaust note is very nice for a factory fitted system. Also the gearbox and clutch feels perfect.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

So far I've not had any faults with my bike, although I had to install a new battery recently which was much harder than it should have been. This was due to the recall on the subframe which placed a large bracket in the way of the battery. It took about an hour of fairly fiddly work to replace the battery which should really only take 10 minutes at most. Besides this problem I think the engineering on the bike looks generally well thought out, also the components are all very high quality and the general fit and finish of metals and paint looks superior to Japanese bikes.

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

My bike hasn't been in for a service yet, but I think the purchase price is reasonable when you consider that these bikes hold their resale value very well, and to me they are much more interesting than Japanese equivalent while still maintaining exceptional performance and reliability. I had to score slightly low in this department as fuel economy isn't the best and things like tyres, brake pads etc. on this class of bike are never going to be cheap.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Seems to have a lot of equipment for a sports bike, everything you'd expect with the exception perhaps of ABS brakes which would be comforting when riding in wet weather. The traction control and other features seem to work faultlessly and I really like the clear and large digital display. There are also many small details such as the Mv Agusta specific Nissin master cylinder reservoirs and other such details that make the bike feel very special. This bike doesn't feel like is has had any corners cut during design and build.

Buying experience: I bought my 2010 MV F4 for £8,000 privately with around 6,000 miles on the clock. This included a few carbon fibre parts, double bubble screen, and some rearsets that the previous owner had added. As well as all original parts included and service history.

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 a pain which jap reliability seems to always outshine the italians. But engines wise n handling is a class act. Go buy one

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5
Value vs rivals 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.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
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