Monday, August 25, 2008

MV Agusta F4 1078RR 312 riding impression


According to Motociclismo, the 1078RR is a racebike that happens to be street-legal

Except for the even more expensive and exclusive F4 CC, the F4 1078RR 312 is pretty much the top-of-the-line MV Agusta superbike right now. Take a look at the specs sheet and you’ll be impressed – the 1078cc, DOHC, 16-valve inline-four makes a claimed 190 horsepower (at the crank) at 12,200rpm, and 124Nm of torque at 8,200rpm. And that’s enough to propel the 192-kilo (dry weight) bike to a top speed of 312km/h…

The F4 1078RR 312 also gets a Weber Marelli 5SM engine management system, six-speed cassette-type gearbox, chrome-molybdenum trellis frame, fully adjustable 50mm USD fork with carbon-nitride treatment, fully adjustable monoshock, and twin 320mm brake discs at front, with radial-mount four-piston calipers. The bike rides on 17-inch forged aluminium alloy wheels, shod with 120/70 (front) and 190/55 (rear) tyres.

Motociclismo recently had the opportunity to ride the bike, and here are some excerpts from what they have to say about the F4 1078RR 312:

The MV Agusta F4 is one of the best and most beautiful sportsbikes of all time. Born more than 10 years ago, the F4 is still as beautiful in 2008 as it was back then. Many improvements to the bike, over the last many years, have culminated in this, the F4 1078RR. It’s a motorcycle for experienced riders – those who know how to manage huge horsepower.

The 1078RR is powerful enough to worry even professional riders. It’s meant for the circuit, it’s all about finding the limits – yours, and the bike’s. Indeed, this F4 isn’t as suitable for street use as the Japanese litre-class machines. The 1078RR is only for those who will not compromise even one tiny little bit. It’s a racing bike that just happens to be street-legal, take it or leave it.

To ride, the 1078RR isn’t very comfortable. The footpegs are set high and too close to the seat, the tank is too long and you might struggle to adapt to the riding position which the bike forces you to assume. No getting away from this – you need to be physically fit to be able to ride this bike, and you’ll still end up with sore knees and wrists.

On the move, this F4 feels very stable – everything feels very unyielding, like it must on a racebike. The front end feels particularly solid and stays absolutely planted during very high speed cornering. The bike required a remarkable amount of sheer physical effort to steer, and for the inexperienced, the bike can be hard to control.

The 1078RR’s engine is impressive. With a dyno-tested 165bhp at the rear wheel, the bike’s performance starts getting serious at 4,500rpm and goes completely mad at 8,000rpm and above. With its instant, brutal response, the throttle demands that you treat it with a lot of respect. Get careless with it and the bike will dump you…

In the end, like we said earlier, this is a hard-core racebike that happens to be street-legal. It’s stiff, hard to ride, uncompromising, and uncomfortable. It also offers explosive engine performance and racer-spec handling and braking which are engineered for the track. Yes, for the committed, the F4 1078RR 312 is undoubtedly the best in MV history.

For the full test report, visit the Motociclismo website here
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