Property of a deceased's estate; never run or registered
2000 MV Agusta 750cc F4
Frame no. ZCGF401BAYV001927
Engine no. F4AY002084
It was every motorcycle enthusiast's fervent hope that, having bought the rights to arguably the most famous and charismatic name in motorcycle racing history, Cagiva would not let the MV marque remain dormant for long. MV became part of the Cagiva group in 1991 and sure enough, before the decade's end its unmistakable emblem was once again adorning the flanks one of the world's most fabulous motorcycles - the F4. Introduced to the public at the 1998 Milan Show, the F4 has already become part of MV legend. In a publicity masterstroke, the factory announced that, most unusually, production would commence with a limited edition run of just 300 very special F4s - the 'Serie Oro' (Gold Series). Production, at the leisurely rate of just three machines per day, commenced late in 1999 at MV's new factory at Cassinetta di Biandronno, Varese. Designed by Massimo Tamburini, creator of the Ducati 916, the F4 employs a tubular-steel trellis frame, broadly similar to the Ducati's, beneath which hangs the water-cooled double-overhead-camshaft 16-valve engine. The latter was designed by Ferrari and is unique among modern multi-cylinder motorcycle engines in so far as each cylinder's four valves are disposed radially, rather than as opposed pairs. Equipped with a state-of-the-art Weber-Marelli engine management system, this lightweight and compact power unit produces 126bhp. A cassette-type six-speed gearbox enables ratio changes to be made without splitting the engine. The F4 enjoyed classic status from the moment production commenced and low mileage, well cared for examples are highly sought after today. Examples such as this one, which has never been used and is presented in 'as new' condition, are all the more desirable.
Costing £11,400, the F4 was purchased new from Cobb & Jagger Motorcycles of Shipley, West Yorkshire by the lady vendor's late husband, unpacked from its crate and then stored inside the house until it was removed for transportation to Bonhams for catalogue photographs to be taken. The engine has never been started and the bike remains unregistered. It comes with the original purchase receipt and DVLA Form V55/1 to register it should the fortunate next owner so desire.