Click here for an CycleVIN Motorcycle History Report on this 2015 MV Agusta F4 RC. Additional photos are available here for your perusal.
Steeped in racing tradition, MV Agusta is one of the grand old nameplates in motorcycling. From its inception to 1976, the company would win some 270 Grand Prix road races and take home 27 world titles thanks to some of the greatest talent ever to race on two wheels: John Surtees, Mike Hailwood, Giacomo Agostini, Phil Read all rode Count Domenico Agusta’s wailing race-bikes.
Unfortunately, the company didn’t survive to the 1980s. But saving it from complete extinction came the Castiglioni brothers — owners of Cagiva. Having already saved Ducati from the throes of bankruptcy, they turned their attention to bringing MV back to life. And what a resurrection! Designed by Massimo Tamburini, father of the seminal Ducati 916, the 1999 MV Agusta F4 was a high-revving 750cc four-cylinder, painted red and silver just like the Count’s old racer winners, and outfitted with an array of high-mounted organ exhaust tips. In 2005, an engineering redesign ushered in the F4 1000, giving the company an ultra-competitive player in the liter-class sport-bike wars.
While the F4 is special, the F4 RC (Reparto Corse) is on a completely different level. As an upgraded model intended for World Superbike homologation, just 250 were produced, and they were significantly changed from the standard F4 and the F4 RR in order to reduce weight by more than 15 pounds. All the engine covers were manufactured from magnesium, and titanium hardware was used throughout. The pistons, connecting rods and crankshaft were all been redesigned for lighter weight.
The radial-valve engine was hand-assembled, and featured new intake and exhaust ports. Maximum power in stock trim was 205 horsepower at 13,450 rpm. The RC’s electronics package featured MV’s MVICS 2.0 system and an Eldor ECU with ride-by-wire throttle. Throttle sensitivity, maximum torque, engine braking, engine response and the rev limiter could all be adjusted. The 8-level traction control system took its cue from an inertial platform that had a lean angle sensor, three gyroscopes and three accelerometers, and also took data from the bike’s ABS rings.
On the chassis side, dimensions were similar to the RR model, but the chromoly section of the RC’s frame was tig welded by hand and the swing-arm pivot was adjustable. Suspension components included a TiN-coated Ohlins NIX 30 fork and an Ohlins TTX 36 shock (without the RR’s electronic adjustability), and the wheels were forged aluminum. Brembo M50 monoblock calipers worked on 320mm discs, and a Bosch 9-plus Race unit provided ABS with rear wheel lift-up mitigation.
In preparation for the listing, the seller had us replace the battery. Max did the work, he notes the following in his condition report:
Tire Year Front/ Rear: 3415/1515
Tire % Front/ Rear: 99/99
Tire Press Front/ Rear: 32/34
Brake % Front/ Rear: 99/99
Low Beam: ok
High Beam: ok
Tail Light: ok
Brake Light: ok
Plate Light: ok
Battery: NEW 12.8
Not test ridden due to low mileage.
Please note that the seller does not have the MV Agusta Race Kit box, though some of the Race Kit parts were previously installed.
Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this MV Agusta is offered on a clean California title. Have any F4 RC stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!