2015 MV Agusta F3
Is there a way to combine the power of a 1000 cc bike with the handling and versatility of a 600? Well, in the case of MV Agusta, such a bike exists. It’s called the F3 and it’s got all the credentials you’d want in a three-cylinder sports bike.
I’m sometimes guilty of overstating some elements of the F3, but if you’re in my position, it’s hard not to. The bike really exceeds any kind of expectation you give it. It’s fast. It’s powerful. It handles well. But all these things might not even be the best part about the bike.
It’s also incredibly lightweight, weighing just 173 kg. That allows the F3 to boost of a power-to-weight ratio normally reserved for bikes with one liter of displacement tacked into them.
The F3 675 set the stage by combining all the elements of a tried-and-true sports bike that featured a steady diet of engine-chassis balance, a power unit packed with quintessential Italian technology and a chassis with class-leading performance on both road and track. In a lot of ways, the F3 800 took everything the 675 had and pushed it to a whole new level of power and performance.
Click past the jump to read more about the MV Agusta F3.
2015 MV Agusta F3
Engine:Three cylinder, 4 stroke, 12 valve
Horsepower @ RPM:148
Torque @ RPM:65
Energy:Integrated ignition - injection system
Top Speed:167 mph
The design of the MV Agusta F3 falls right in line with what you can expect from MV Agusta. The sleek and aggressive character of the sports bike is a treat to the eyes. Up front, you’ll see that the bike comes with an integrated fascia that carries the headlight and the windshield. A huge fairing hides the bike’s mechanical guts, creating a sportier look that really brings out the F3’s performance credentials. The red mechanical frame peaks out from inside, creating a fancy contrast from the usually monotonous color of the bike.
At the bike, you’ll see the absence of the rear fender. That’s a typical design of any sports bike, much more with MV Agustas. Standard procedure dictates that without the rear fender, the bike’s taillight now sits at the tip of the seat.
The last pertinent detail about the bike is the shapely fuel tank that creates a unique and comfortable seating position for the rider. If you’re riding a bike as powerful as the F3, you’re going to need to be as comfortable as you can get.
|Wheelbase||1380 mm (54.33 in.)|
|Overall length||2060 mm (81.01 in.)|
|Overall width||725 mm (28.54 in.)|
|Saddle height||805 mm (31.69 in.)|
|Min. ground clearance||125 mm (4.92 in.)|
|Trail||99 mm (3.89 in.)|
|Dry weight||173 kg (381.4 lbs.)|
|Fuel tank capacity||16,5 l (4.36 U.S. gal.)|
For all of MV Agusta’s financial difficulties, one thing you can’t deny about the company is its attention to building bike frames that are some of the best in the industry. Such is the case with the F3, which features a frame made out of ALS tubular steel and a a mid-section consisting of cast aluminium side plates and a 23.7-inch extended swingarm that was designed and installed into the bike to create maximum traction.
The bike actually measures just 54.3 inches, which is pretty short for a bike this size. But what it lacks in length, it makes up for with a weight of just 173 kg. That not only makes the F3 nimble on the road, but combined with its 798 cc engine, this sports bike is capable of producing some scintillating speed runs.
Such performance capabilities needs a stout suspension set-up. MV Agusta dressed that by installing a sophisticated 1.7-inch Marzocchi front fork that comes with 4.9 inches of travel, an adjustable spring preload, and compression and rebound adjustment. At the back, there’s a Sachs mono shock that provides 4.85 inches of travel. A separate piggyback nitrogen reservoir was also added into the equation.
For its wheels, MV Agusta opted to give the F3 a set of Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tires, measuring 120/70-ZR17 at the front and 180/55-ZR17 at the rear. The tires are complemented by a Brembo braking system with mono bloc front calipers.
|Frame Type||ALS Steel tubular trellis|
|Rear swing arm pivot plates material||Aluminium alloy|
|Front Suspension Type||Marzocchi “UPSIDE DOWN” telescopic hydraulic fork with rebound-compression damping and spring preload external and separate adjustment|
|Fork dia.||43 mm (1.69 in.)|
|Fork travel||125 mm (4.92 in.)|
|Rear Suspension Type||Progressive Sachs, single shock absorber with rebound and compression damping and spring preloadadjustment|
|Single sided swing arm material||Aluminium alloy|
|Wheel travel||123 mm (4.84 in.)|
|Front brake||Double floating disc with Ø 320 mm (Ø 12.6 in.) diameter, with steel braking disc and flange|
|Front brake caliper||Brembo radial-type monobloc, with 4 pistons Ø 34 mm (Ø 1.34 in.)|
|Rear brake||Single steel disc with Ø 220 mm (Ø 8.66 in.) dia.|
|Rear brake caliper||Brembo with 2 pistons - Ø 34 mm (Ø 1.34 in.)|
|ABS System||Bosch 9 Pluswith Race Mode and RLM (Rear wheel Lift-up Mitigation)|
|Front Wheel Material/size||Aluminium alloy 3.50” x 17”|
|Rear Wheel Material/size||Aluminium alloy 5.50” x 17”|
|Front Tyre||120/70 - ZR 17 M/C (58 W)|
|Rear Tyre||180/55 - ZR 17 M/C (73 W)|
|Color Options||Pearl Ice White/Matt Avio Grey, Red/Ago Silver, Matt Metallic Senna Black|
The MV Agusta F3 800 comes with a 798 cc three-cylinder inline engine that produces an impressive 148 horsepower at 13,000 rpm and 65 pound-feet of torque at 10,600 rpm. All that power is sent to the wheels through a cassette-type, six-speed transmission.
Remember when we told you how lightweight the F3 is? Well, that combination of weight and power shows itself with a power-to-weight ratio of 1.17 kg/hp, allowing the bike to come with an incredible top speed of 167 mph. MV Agusta didn’t say how long the bike can sprint from 0 to 60 mph, but considering that top speed, it wouldn’t be all that surprising if the F3 can hit that mark in under three seconds.
Like I said, this bike is insanely fast.
|Engine Type||Three cylinder, 4 stroke, 12 valve|
|Total displacement||798 cm³ (48.7 cu. in.)|
|Bore x stroke||79 mm x 54.3 mm (3.1 in. x 2.1 in.)|
|Max. power - r.p.m. (at the crankshaft)||108.8 kW (148 hp) at 13.000 r.p.m.|
|Max. torque - r.p.m.||88 Nm (8.97 kgm) at 10.600 r.p.m.|
|Cooling system||Cooling with separated liquid and oil radiators|
|Engine management system||Integrated ignition - injection system MVICS (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System) with six injectors Engine control unit Eldor EM2.0, throttle body full drive by wire Mikuni, pencil-coil with ion-sensing tech-nology, control of detonation and misfire Torque control with four maps, Traction Control with eight levels of intervention|
|Electronic quick shift||MV EAS (Electronically Assisted Shift)|
|Clutch||Wet, multi-disc slipper clutch|
|Transmission||Cassette style; six speed, constant mesh|
|Gear ratio||First gear: 13/37|
|Second gear: 16/34|
|Third gear: 18/32|
|Fourth gear: 19/30|
|Fifth gear: 21/30|
|Sixth gear: 22/29|
|Final drive ratio||17/41|
|Alternator||350 W at 5000 r.p.m.|
|Battery||12 V - 8.6 Ah|
|Maximum speed||269.0 km/h (167.1 mph)|
Like most of MV Agusta’s three-cylinders, the F3 features the company’s own Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System (MVICS) platform that combines fully electronic control of throttle and throttle body with traction control.
The MVICS provides a multi-map approach, with three modes devised by MV Agusta technicians and a fourth that can be fully customised by riders, letting them tweak parameters as desired and get a solution that best suits their individual tastes.
If you want the distinction of owning the MV Agusta F3, prepare to shell out a significant chunk of change to get one. Right now, MV Agusta has priced the bike at $15,798. That’s a pretty steep price to pay, but if you can afford it, why not get in on it.
“MV Agusta has announced more of its 2015 model lineup. In addition to the Brutale 800 RR and Brutale 800 Dragster RR introduced earlier, the Brutale 675, Brutale 800, F3 675, F3 800 and Brutale 800 Dragster all return for 2015. Updates include LED tail lights for all models, a more comfortable seat on the Brutale 800, and a further refined MVICS (Motor &Vehicle Integrated Control System) electronic management system. ABS is now standard on all the three-cylinder models.” ----- Sport Rider
“The MV Agusta F3 800 received a model year update which sees the inclusion of a brand new red-silver dual tone livery. The motorcycle gets LED taillight for improved visibility. In terms of equipments, the F3 800 gains ABS as a standard fitment in addition to MVICS (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System) which not includes full ride-by-wire technology. The adjustable traction control system now offers 8-levels of settings. The 798 cc inline three-cylinder engine pushing out 148 PS (145.9 bhp) at 13,000 rpm and 88 Nm of torque at 10,600 rpm continues untouched. The transmission is a 6-speed unit.” ----- Motorcycle Feed