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MV get a bit more RC

Published: 03 November 2017

Updated: 03 November 2017

MV Agusta have released details of updates to the limited edition F3 675 RC and F3 800 RC motorcycles for 2018.

After recently taking on changes to allow the bikes to comply with Euro 4 regulations, the range-topping F3 RC bikes will get a few significant updates next year.

Work to the engine has seen the motors of both bikes get a redesigned balance shaft as well as revised primary gearing. Further revisions include changes made to the intake cam profiles and valves. On the outside, new engine covers offer greater protection in the event of an accident and also help to reduce noise emissions for Euro 4 regulations. A new engine mounting point also helps to increase overall chassis rigidity.

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The gearbox has had a complete overhaul, making it easier to shift and also reducing clutch effort. The exhaust manifold also benefits from a redesign, with the SC Project silencer matching the unit that is used on the Italian firm’s racing machines.

Like the new Dragstar 800 RC that was announced last week, the new F3 RC bikes will also have revisions to the quickshifter that will make for smoother gear selection, with the 8-stage traction control system also seeing changes that will make the system more effective. The ride-by-wire throttle system will also come with personalised maps on the new bikes.

Limited to 350 machines for each of the Reparto Corse models, the F3 RC will also come with a kit that allows it to be turned into a more track-focussed weapon. It includes an SC Project titanium exhaust system with a carbon silencer and an ECU loaded with a fuel map, bringing the power to 133bhp from 128bhp for the 675 RC and increasing the power of the 800 RC from 148bhp to 153bhp. There is also an additional rear sprocket that enables the gearing to be altered for track use.

A seat cowl included with the kit improves the aesthetics of the bike, as do the billet brake and clutch levers, while a rear stand and cover add a practical touch.

Each of the RC bikes will be numbered and will come with a certificate of authenticity.

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