MV Agusta has been known for making some stunning looking motorcycles over the years. This year too, it made us awestruck with the Rivale 800 at the EICMA 2012 with its radical design and street-hard look. It also showcased another bike, the F4 RR that equally caught my attention. MV Agusta claims that the F4 RR has been developed using the most exotic materials, has an ultra-sophisticated suspension and the new 1000cc short-stroke engine make the F4 RR the most advanced and powerful superbike in the world. According to the folks at the company, the F4 RR is a project for those who demand the ultimate riding experience.
The heart of F4 RR is a new 4-cylinder short stroke engine with radial valve. The engine is completely new and is inspired by MV Agusta’s experience in competition. Apart from the engine case castings, the arrangement of cylinders and a few other elements, the 4 cylinder RR engine shares little with that of the previous F4. MV Agusta has been very meticulous in tuning the engine. For example, the new crankshaft that has a reduced value of inertia, a new bore and stroke dimensions with an extremely over-square relationship, reducing the linear velocity of the piston (from 24.7 m/s to 22.9 m/s); the list can go on and on. All these result in the engine delivering 201 BHP of power at 13,400 RPM.
The engine is mated to a rapidly removable cassette gearbox and the clutch employs a mechanical slipper system to assure proper control even under the most extreme braking conditions. The electronic engine management has also been improved. The bike undoubtedly gets Multi-adjustable suspension at the front and back, the front being Öhlins NIX upside-down front fork has 43 mm diameter inner tube and a titanium nitride coating to improve the smoothness and precision. At the rear it gets Öhlins Racing TTX 36 mono shock. All in all, one of the finest motorcycles available in the world of super biking today. The F4 RR has been subject to countless hours of testing and development and all the hard work is clearly evident.