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2011 MV Agusta F3 | Preview

2011 MV Agusta F3

A motorcycle work of art is arriving that is synonymous with excellence, style and technology. The new 2011 MV Agusta F3 has applied the brand’s legacy principles to another motorcycle segment, the 600 supersport category.

The MV F3 was a completely new project created by CRC, the research center that has continually designed and developed the motorcycles of dreams. Light weight, power and electronics working in harmony on a new F3 motorcycle that claims to push the class to the extreme.

The F3 engine, an inline 675cc three cylinder (similar to the Triumph 675 triple launched in 2006), plays homage to the most victorious motorcycle brand in the word. With this layout MV raced and won an unprecedented number of races and world championship titles.

This iconic MV F3 engine has now returned in the form of a middle-weight supersport with performance and technical standards based on the demands of Claudio Castiglioni who is convinced that this is the ideal architecture for the 600cc segment.

MV Agusta claims that the F3 engine is the more compact, shortest and narrowest when compared with the competition, and capable of generating the most power in this category.

One of the numerous technical features is the counter-rotating crankshaft, never before seen on a production supersport engine.

Another is an advanced electronic engine control system designed specifically for this extraordinary three cylinder motorcycle.

For the first time on an MV (and in the middleweight supersport category) there is ride-by-wire with multi-maps that optimize the power output in all sportbike riding conditions.

Also, the MV Traction Control (TC) has been incorporated into the engine control system raising the dynamic control to a new level on the 2011 F3 motorcycle.

The styling is pure MV Agusta, as with its big brother the F4, but the F3 is even more unique. The new middleweight by MV follows the philosophy of all the MV Agusta works of art while pushing the limits with maniacal attention to detail.

The exhaust system has an incredibly attractive side-exit triple exhaust pipe and is the perfect example of how design and function coincide perfectly.

As with all recent MV motorcycles, the advanced frame design incorporates a mix of steel tubing and aluminum side plates that wrap around the ultra compact engine offering a level of compactness never before seen on a supersport motorcycle.

The compact engine dimensions allowed the maximum liberty to design an advanced motorcycle chassis with an exceptionally long single sided swingarm that helps traction and feedback to the rider.

The components, as always, are of the highest quality. The Marzocchi front fork is completely adjustable as well as the Sachs rear shock. The front brake system consists of a Nissin radial master cylinder and Brembo radial calipers and discs.

Of the legacy 37 world titles won by the bikes from Cascina Costa, 10 are attributed to motorcycles with the inline three cylinder engines.

MV Agusta was the first motorcycle manufacturer with a triple, that offered lighter weight and improved aerodynamics compared to the four cylinder competition.

The original triple motorcycle was designed at the request of Count Agusta, developed on the race track by Giacomo Agostini and raced by the greatest champions of all time.

Initially the 350cc twin cam, followed by the 500cc twin cam, these motorcycles became the reference point which translated into 10 world championship titles, nine Italian championships and 215 MV Agusta motorcycle race wins.

Today, as well as in the past, the F3 takes advantage of a very compact design, advanced technology and unparalleled power.

With the new 2011 MV Agusta F3, history and future are fused into a single entity giving form to the most beautiful and technologically advanced 600, a motorcycle that could clearly mark the beginning of a new era for MV Agusta.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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