GO BIG OR GO HOME!

Af­ter the dis­ap­point­ing F4 750, in 2004 MV upped their game…

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The prob­lem with a fan­fare is that when the trum­peters have run out of puff, you are left with a bunch of red-faced peo­ple hold­ing a long brass tube in their hands in si­lence and not a lot else. Which is ex­actly what MV Agusta found when the ex­cite­ment that her­alded the 1999 launch of their F4 750 had abated and riders dis­cov­ered that it was ac­tu­ally a bit of a slug. A great look­ing one, but a slug none­the­less. So what did MV do? Sim­ple, in 2004 they gave it some balls! Big ones, like the co­jones you find on a wild bull…

The F4 1000 ar­rived five years af­ter the F4 750 in late 2004, which was bang on time to catch the wave of ex­cite­ment that the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of litre bikes from Ja­pan had cre­ated. Hav­ing had a chance to see what the Ja­panese were claim­ing in terms of power and weight, MV made cer­tain that this time their new sports­bike was more than a match.

Firm foun­da­tions

Boast­ing a hugely im­pres­sive claimed 164bhp with 109Nm of torque, the F4 1000 was most cer­tainly on a par with the Ja­panese, who were all claim­ing (hugely op­ti­mistic) power fig­ures in the 170bhp-area. And not only that, ac­cord­ing to MV it tipped the scales at 192kg, which al­though 20kg heav­ier than Yamaha claimed for the YZF-R1 was a touch more ac­cu­rate when it came to re­al­ity. How had a rel­a­tively small com­pany like MV man­aged to match the cut­tingedge Ja­panese fac­to­ries?

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