The MV Agusta F4 RR is definitely not a bike for beginner. Technology abounds with a plethora of alphabet-soup acronyms that boil down to a lot of electronic controls that bridle the scary power of the F4 RR. (You may not be scared, but someone who loves you will be terrified.) Among them are eight-level traction control, electronically-assisted shift and ABS along with ride-by-wire and four engine maps that control throttle sensitivity, torque, braking, the rev limiter and engine response so you can dial in the controls specifically to suit you and your riding conditions.
The F4 RR combines looks and performance right down to the details. Take, for example, the front headlight. The headlight, flanked by marker lights molded into the fairing, creates a sleek, uninterrupted aerodynamic line as well as enhances visibility.
That same attention to form and function is evident on the backend — the end you’ll see most of the time unless you are riding it — where the integrated marker lights molded into the rear panel both enhance visibility of the tailight and keep the bodylines streamlined for airflow.
Continuing the sleek design, the four-tailpipe exhaust system looks like a weapon pod tucked under the subframe and doubles as a mudguard in the absence of a rear fender. This baby looks like a superbike even before it starts moving. And once you do start moving, top speed is 185 mph. Wowww…
The factory started with its proven F4 frame and tweaked it to further reduce overall weight. While the frame is made from chrome-molybdenum steel tubing, lightweight cast-aluminum cheekplates serve to close the rear of the frame and mount the single-sided swingarm for a strong, but light, composite trellis structure. one of the benefits of this system is that it allows you to adjust the swingarm pivot height so you can dial in the exact frame geometry you’re looking for.
the “RR” takes it to a whole new level with an electronically-adjusted Öhlins monoshock and 43 mm, inverted front forks. Components on both ends come with manual, spring-preload adjusters and 4.7 inches of wheel travel, and that’s not all – an electronic interface allows you to choose between preset compression and rebound maps. These maps come bound to the Motor and Vehicle Integrated Control System (MVICS), but you have the option of changing the suspension map independently in response to changing driving conditions. The steering damper can also be manually adjusted, or left on automatic to adjust steering stiffness electronically based on bike speed.
Super-fast bikes need crazy-strong brakes, and the F4 RR brakes are about as strong as they get. The front gets dual, 320 mm floating discs with Brembo, monoblock, four-pot calipers driven by a radial pump at the hand lever. A 210 mm rear disc and four-pot Nissin caliper bind the rear wheel. Much like the suspension and engine, the brakes come with electronic augmentation as well. A Bosch 9-Plus ABS complete with a “race mode” and rear-wheel lift-up mitigation (RLM) to keep things smooth during aggressive downshifts.
Some of the features on this engine are nothing short of incredible for a production motorcycle. The 998 cc, four-cylinder mill comes with billet pistons and titanium connecting rods on a short 50.9 mm throw for reduced reciprocating mass, and a top end of 14,000 rpm. This helps it produce a staggering 200.8 horsepower at 13,600 rpm, but torque suffers a bit because of the short stroke, and is limited to 81.8 pound-feet at 9,600 rpm. An engine-coolant radiator gets some help from a separate oil cooler to manage the wicked heat generated by all those ponies. The intake is special, too. It comes with a variable-length intake tract Torque Shift System (TSS) that draws through 50 mm, Mikuni throttle bodies tucked away under what would normally be the fuel tank bump.
The smorgasbord of electronics continues into the engine, with an Eldor EM2.0 engine management system on board to manage engine braking, throttle response, throttle sensitivity, torque and speed limiter for complete control over the ride-by-wire control system. You can use one of the three map presets set for Normal, Sport or Rain, and use the fourth map to make an engine map all your own. A series of gyros and accelerometers monitors the bike, and sends data to the MVICS that helps to prevent loss of traction due to overacceleration. In short, you have gobs of power, and the technology with which to control it.
In 2017, MV Agusta relesase the F4 RC, its limited-edition literbike that is sold with a racing kit. The bike has been updated for 2017 with changes to the racing kit, and new livery based on the “Reparto Corse” F4 ridden by Leon Camier in the 2016 World Superbike Championship.
The F4 RC incorporates MV’s classic TIG-welded trellis chromoly frame with aluminum alloy sideplates, and a single-sided swingarm with an adjustable pivot. Racing suspension includes an ohlins NIX 30 fork with TiN surface treatment and an ohlins TTX 36 shock with piggyback reservoir.
The carbon fiber bodywork incorporates a single-seat tail section, and the racing kit includes ergal aluminum mirror block-off plates.Each bike is individually numbered on the top triple clamp.
The kit parts include an SC-Project titanium single-exit exhaust system and dedicated ECU. Each bike is also supplied with a protective cover and a certificate of authentication. The bike’s electronics package includes MV’s Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System (MVICS) EM2.0, with torque control (four maps), traction control (eight levels) and the EAS 2.0 quickshifter and The engine covers on the F4 RC are manufactured from magnesium.