Sunday, January 20, 2013

Road testers’ opinions of the 2013 MV Agusta F4, F4 R, F4 RR

2013 MV Agusta F4 R riding impressions
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It may not be perfect, but the 2013 MV Agusta F4 range (including R and RR variants) looks gorgeous, has top-spec electronics and is an absolute blast to ride...

For as long as we can remember, the MV Agusta F4 hasn’t finished on top in the litre-class superbike shootouts that a lot of bike magazines and websites do every year. And the basic design, though updated three years ago, is now more than a decade old. The F4 still is, however, gorgeous looking and as deeply lustworthy as only a top-spec Italian superbike can be. So what do the experts have to say about how the 2013 F4 is, to ride? Here are excerpts from two road tester’s opinions:

“Both F4s are ferocious above 9000rpm, but the F4 RR is in a different league all together. Whilst there’s plenty of electronic brain within the fairings, it takes its toll from the rider to keep up with the sheer speed. Things happen so quickly above 10K rpm and acceleration is immense!”

“The F4s are not the most comfortable motorcycles in the world, and it’s a real struggle to escape the wind as I can’t push myself far enough backwards to get any protection from the windscreen. On the Valencia circuit, this didn’t really matter as the 201 ponies pushed big holes in the air like a hot knife through butter.”

“The standard F4 with its Marzocchi fork and Sachs rear shock also performs incredibly well, and you need to be a top-notch rider to really exploit the benefits of the F4 RR when lap times are concerned. In terms of engine power, the F4 feels plenty powerful enough and it’s only in the upper 3,000rpm I could really feel the difference. With the new traction control and the new set of Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SPs featuring a 200/55 rear tyre, there was plenty of grip even with a low TC setting. Both F4s are fantastic superbikes and perfect track tools. Hardcore as few and faster than most, but they take time to get used to.”
- Tor Sagen, Motorcycle.com






“In the first few laps, the one thing that strikes us is the sheer thrust of the four-cylinder engine, which feels really ‘angry.’ The bike literally devours the gears, exploding out on the straights with its brute strength. The electronic quickshifter works well when you go up through the gears – pleasant, without being very fast. But it’s more difficult to downshift in rapid succession and you do have to use the clutch.”

“The traction control on level 6, with which we rode the base model F4, proved to be too invasive, while level 2, which we used on the F4 RR, did a better job. The TC system does help you go faster and makes its presence felt when the rear tyre loses traction, but the MV system hasn’t reached the more evolved perfection of Aprilia’s APRC system. Otherwise, the bike is agile, brakes very well and in general shows accuracy and precision – it responds readily to rider input. The F4 RR we rode was equipped with an electronically adjustable Ă–hlins shock. We used the sports setting and loved it.”
- Fabio Meloni, Motociclismo

The test rides mentioned above happened earlier this month, at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, Spain


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2013 MV Agusta F4 R riding impressions
2013 MV Agusta F4 R riding impressions 2013 MV Agusta F4 R riding impressions 2013 MV Agusta F4 R riding impressions 2013 MV Agusta F4 R riding impressions 2013 MV Agusta F4 R riding impressions 2013 MV Agusta F4 R riding impressions 2013 MV Agusta F4 R riding impressions 2013 MV Agusta F4 R riding impressions 2013 MV Agusta F4 R riding impressions 2013 MV Agusta F4 R riding impressions 2013 MV Agusta F4 R riding impressions 2013 MV Agusta F4 R riding impressions 2013 MV Agusta F4 R riding impressions 2013 MV Agusta F4 R riding impressions 2013 MV Agusta F4 R riding impressions 2013 MV Agusta F4 R riding impressions 2013 MV Agusta F4 R riding impressions 2013 MV Agusta F4 R riding impressions 2013 MV Agusta F4 R riding impressions 2013 MV Agusta F4 R riding impressions

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