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World first ride of new MV Agusta F4 coming up!

Published: 09 February 2010

I’ll be riding the new MV Agusta F4 this Friday in Almeria, Spain.

Although visibly similar to the old F4, it’s new from the ground-up.

There’s a new 186bhp 998cc in-line-four-cylinder engine, chassis and electronics package, which includes an eight-stage traction control, switchable ‘Sport’ and ‘Rain’ power maps and variable-length intake trumpets.

The old model, which came in 998cc F4 1000 R 312 and 1078cc F4 1078 RR 312 guises, was always fast around a track, thanks to its massively powerful engine, but wasn’t the most pleasant motorcycle to ride.

It had a really cramped riding position, stiff controls and carried lots of weight compared to its superbike competition.

But I’ve got high hopes for the new F4. MV has made their new-generation Brutale much friendlier to ride – almost Honda like – so this bodes well for the new F4.

Also, they say it’s around 10kg lighter than the old model, so it should be easier to get around the track and less tiring to ride on the road too.

Our test will cover track and road riding, so if there’s anything you want me to find out about the new F4, send me an email at michael.neeves@motorcyclenews.com.

I’ll post a quick report on www.motorcyclenews.com on Friday and the full road test will be in MCN on Wednesday 17th Feb.

We’ll also be producing a video, so you’ll be able to hear what it sounds like!

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