How good is the MV Agusta F4

MV Agusta F4

MV Agusta F4

The MV Agusta F4 at the MASTER SUPER BIKE 2010


Supermodel attitude: more appearance than reality.


She is not the fastest, not the strongest, and by heart not the lightest, but she is the most beautiful. And with all the model dimensions and performance information on paper, it is the external appearance that leaves the strongest impression on our emotional center. Beauty also hits when you are not in the saddle, let alone ever come into possession of one of these dream figures due to the permanent financial bottleneck.

The fact is, however, that the Silbereisen weighs 212.3 kg with a full tank and was therefore the second heaviest candidate in the model contest behind the Yamaha, among other things due to components such as the 50 (!) Mm fork. The 176 hp from the 998 cc four-cylinder engine ensure that it still doesn't run slowly over the catwalk. Since this year, the Liechtenstein and ex-Styrian Horst Saiger has been on the road in various racing series on an F4 1000 from the Grisoni Racing stable and already demonstrated at the Hungaroring with a time of 1: 53.6 what serious potential for winners there is in the MV. With a list price of € 21,900, it is more suitable for normal mortals for long standing times in front of the ice cream parlor and extensive cleaning product massages.


At the MASTER SUPER BIKE 2010, all superbikes of the season compete against each other in a large comparison test. A total of 15 different journalists and test pilots beat the test bikes for the new Spanish "Motorland Aragón" course and the stopwatches were merciless. 14 magazines around the globe awarded the title "MASTER SUPER BIKE" 2010 to the best motorcycle based on lap times and personal driving impressions. We have all the raw data of the test available and bring more than just lap times and winners - the personal impressions of all 15 journalists show on the one hand how different the impressions of the vehicles are on the individual drivers, but on the other hand also clearly show strengths and weaknesses.

The Masterbike test crew 2010: full throttle at the service of the readers. The pressure is cruel, you know the male pressure of competition among colleagues. In addition, the top law in such complex comparative tests applies: scrapping is strictly prohibited!

The truth from the journalist's notepad:
Normally nobody needs the scribbled information of the test pilots at the end of the test. The points were entered in tables, the texts were written, the stopwatch spoke and the photographer did his job. But all in all, the notepads of 15 test pilots speak the bare truth without make-up. 1000PS lets the readers look into the notepads of the test pilots. A single test pilot can be wrong, but never all of them together ...

MV Agusta F4 - the strengths

stabilityxxxxxxxHandlingxxxxpowerxxxTraction controlxxTotal packagex

MV Agusta F4 - the weaknesses

transmissionxxxWeightxxFeeling on the throttlexxRear brakexxEngine at low speedxxVibrationsxSmall footpegsxWindbreakx

kot, 1000PS.at: Samma si honest. As a private person, 90% of an MV is bought because of its appearance. People like Horst Saiger from Liechtenstein, who will be taking part in the Swiss championship this season, some of which is part of the RTS Series 1, prove that you can be on the racetrack very quickly. The following applies for road users: go to frequented (main) seats, order a banana split with an umbrella and enjoy. We are sure that nobody in the enthusiastic audience will mind that the MV has a few pounds too much on the frame. Since the F4 easily breaks the 20,000 euro limit, you don't have to worry about its exclusivity, no matter where you go.

Where to invest: The horrible Horst Saiger, who is attacking a F4 1000 from Paioli Racing in various championships this year, gave us his tips for tuning the F4: "Tuning is currently difficult without parts, so you have to wait a little longer. Regarding the engine: Well, we have everything just adapted a racing exhaust system from the previous model and now the MV is going like hell. It's really a huge difference, especially in the lower and middle speed range the engine takes the gas much better and more directly. Now we have an engine from Tom Hauri Racing for Tuning and waiting hard for the data to adjust the injection, I hope MV is accelerating in this regard. The racing exhaust system from MV should also come soon.

The Brembo brakes felt too hard from the pressure point and rather weak from the braking performance. I had already thought of a smaller master brake cylinder after I had no improvement with the Brembo racing pads. But then I tried the Brembo Racing pads with the ending number Z04 and I can honestly say: the brakes work perfectly, everything is perfect! My next attempt is the dual sinter rubbers from SBS, which should have pretty much the same mixture, according to Allan Oestli (Race Manager at SBS). Disadvantage: Both toppings are very expensive.

Andy Vogt does my chassis and data recording. For the hobby driver, I recommend a conversion of the fork and shock absorber at Andy Vogt, GL suspension technology, he already has some experience with it. Here the fork is originally too soft with too much oil, you just don't have a good feeling when braking into the corners and due to the high oil level there is no more damping. With the shock absorber, more spring preload (negative at the rear 12mm) and a few clicks more pressure stage bring a lot. I closed the steering damper fully, then it works quite well for me. Regarding geometry and seating position: If you are over 1.60, then a footrest system would be recommended where you can go deeper with the pegs. I also went a little higher with the bench, this is only possible to a limited extent because of the edge on the top of the tank, which causes pain if you sit too high. Originally, I couldn't go fast, because you sit much too cramped because of your very bent legs.

I installed a footrest system from the previous model by Valter Moto, it fits perfectly and if you switch gears "the wrong way", you need one anyway.

Conclusion of my previous experience: Exhaust is a must, that brings real performance and sound. Fork conversion is essential for racetrack driving if you want to be fast and safe on the road. One more footrest system and then you can win all the hobby races in the world. By the way, I'm on the road with Pirellis and they work great on the MV. "

MASTER SUPER BIKE 2010 - powered by RACER on 1000PS

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MV Agusta F4 setup

forkShock absorber
Spring preload4 turns10.5 mm
Rebound4 clicks7 clicks
Pressure level4 clicksLow: 7 clicks
High: 1 turn
heightdefault198 mm

The test motorcycles are equipped with a setup by the respective manufacturers / importers. One can assume that quite a bit of energy was invested in developing a great setup. The setup data mentioned above are definitely a good basis for trips to the racetrack with the MV Agusta F4.

The tires: The MV Agusta F4 was used by the manufacturer for the test Pirelli Supercorsa SC2 equipped.

MV Agusta F4 - The data

The MV Agusta F4 weighed 212.3 kg ready to drive. On the test bench, it put 176 hp on the rear wheel, with a maximum torque of 108.85 Nm. On the start straight, the performance was sufficient for a top speed of 281.5 km / h.

Further measured data MV Agusta F4 2010:

Acceleration 0 - 100 km / h: 3.5 s / 45 m
Acceleration 0 - 400 meters: 10.6 s / 236 km / h
Acceleration 0 - 1000 meters: 18.7 s / 285 km / h

MASTER SUPER BIKE 2010 - The series

In this test series we bring short tests to the following superbikes:

Complete overview: Masterbike 2010! The best superbikes of 2010.