2013 MV Agusta F4, F4R, F4RROver the past few years, the competition amid European sportbikes has become grueling.
BMW really set the world of Euro sportbikes afire with its S1000RR, and Aprilia heightened that fire with the RSV4. Then arrived the Ducati 1199 Panigale, bringing technology even further.Knowing there’s a battle for supremacy, MV Agusta decided it was time to revamp its F4. For 2013, MVA is offering the Italian sportbike in three models – the “standard” F4, the F4R and the F4RR. This is something Italian motorcycle manufacturers are known for, especially Ducati, which released the 2013 1199 in three versions – “R”, “S” and standard.The top 2013 F4 model – the F4RR – now revs to 14,000 RPM, and is claimed to produce 200.8 horsepower at the crank. If this is true, this will place the F4RR in the same above 200-horsepower crowd of the BMW HP4 and the Ducati 1199 R. But MVA didn’t skimp on the other models; both the F4 and F4R arrive with 195 horsepower from the 998cc short-stroke inline four.Horsepower is always key while vying for sportbike supremacy, but so are electronic aids. And for 2013, the F4 lineup is packed with electronics, including a Ride-by-Wire with four maps, an eight-level traction control, anti-wheelie control, and electronic shift assist. And the F4RR gets the additional electronically controlled Ohlins Suspension, a steering damper, GP-spec titanium connection rods and Bembo Monoblock brake calipers. The only thing not available on the F4 lineup is ABS.MV Agusta also enhanced the entire lineup’s aesthetics, offering a lighter exhaust that features four exits, lightweight forged wheels, a redesigned front fairing, Daylight Running Lights (DRL) and new graphics and colors.Speaking of the MV Agusta F4 lineup, the company says: “These elements make the new F4 more advanced than ever before yet with total respect for the history of this iconic machine. Our objective was to create a vehicle that exceeded the expectations of customers based on a new technological platform, focused on electronics and its fundamental contribution improving power delivery of the engine and driving dynamics on the road and on the track. All this combined with a thorough review of the engine to provide competitive performance.2013 MV Agusta F4 Highlights:
Short-stroke inline four-cylinder engine with central cam chain and radial valves
MVICS Technology (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System)
ELDOR electronics package with Ride-By-Wire system and four maps engine: Throttle sensitivity adjustable (selectable between Normal, Sport and Rain); Max torque (selectable between Normal, Sport and Rain); Variable Engine response (selectable between Normal, Sport and Rain); Engine Braking (selectable between Normal, Sport and Rain); RPM limiter (selectable between Normal, Sport and Rain)
Inertial vehicle lean angle sensor
Traction control adjustable on eight levels
Electronic EAS (Electronically Assisted Shift)
Modular mixed structure frame with hand TIG welded tubular steel trellis and aluminum plates
Öhlins suspension with electronic control (F4 RR)
Brembo monobloc brake calipers (model M50 on the F4 RR)
Following is from an MV Agusta press release, which explains the elements of the 2013 F4, F4R and the F4RR; specs, color options and MSRP follow:2013 MV Agusta F4 Lineup DesignThe identity of F4 has been accentuated further with the integration of new design solutions and distinctive features present on the new model. A motorcycle that has already won countless awards in virtue of its beauty. The attention to the sensual form of the bodywork has inspired the designers choice of graphics and color.The front headlight is flanked by two distinctive light guides positioned on the leading edge of the spoiler: in this way an aerodynamic element becomes a distinctive element of the front view day or night, as well as helping to improve active safety by improved frontal visibility. Similarly the new rear light gains intensity through an integrated light guide.Completely new wheel designs employing considerable weight reduction are now available in two versions: the first, F4, utilizing razor thin spokes and a silver finish, the second of F4 R, F4 RR, further reduces the weight and material thickness through the process of forging aluminum alloy, besides the implementation of a race inspired design. There has been a significant update to the four tailpipe exhaust system, a characteristic feature of the F4 from its incarnation. The two external terminals are now much shorter and tapered, the central pair extends up above the end of the tailpiece. The F4 is even more racing, and lightweight both visually and physically!2013 MV Agusta F4 Lineup EngineA four-cylinder advanced “short stroke” engine powers the entire F4 range. Piston diameters of 79 mm are combined with a stroke of 50.9 mm. The peak rev limit has been raised to 14,000 RPM for the F4 RR.The assembly is completely by expert technicians and thus very precise, with the selection and measurement of all components to ensure perfect uniformity and maximum performance; a procedure that only MV Agusta could adopt. The engine has undergone a thorough update of the distribution system: the intake and exhaust valves now use a single spring instead of the two of the previous model.In this way the moving mass is reduced to the advantage of the speed reached by the motor and the speed and reactivity to engine rpm. The piston blanks are hard anodized treated to be even more durable and reliable. The connecting rods of the F4 RR are made of titanium, a solution more akin to a GP racer not a production machine, to offer improved strength and lightweight, matched to a rebalanced crankshaft.The oil circuit has been redesigned, inside and outside the engine crankcase with the aim of ensuring perfect main bearings and connecting rod lubrication increasing reliability, even under extreme working loads. The operating temperature of the engine is now lower, due to the greater radiator efficiency and new oil lines. The short-stroke inline four-cylinder is available in two power configurations: F4 and F4 R reaches 195 hp, while F4 RR is pushed to a record 200.8 hp.50 mm diameter throttle bodies are employed with a revised variable length intake tract (TSS). The gearbox as on all the MV Agusta four-cylinder engines, is a six-speed unit, with the clutch featuring a mechanical slipper device. Four engine maps are available: three default and to customizable by the pilot.2013 MV Agusta F4 Lineup ElectronicsThe system MVICS (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System) is now integrated onto the new F4 ensuring accurate multimap engine management and driver assistance devices: traction control, anti-wheeling and shifter EAS (Electronically Assisted Shift). The central element is the Ride-By- Wire system: presented for the first time on the three-cylinder F3 675, it has been fully optimized and specifically redeveloped for the new F4.The system has electronic redundancies to ensure maximum effectiveness and the safety required: the data that arrives from the two potentiometers is cross-examined with analog signals, and a third sensor confirms the requirement of complete throttle closure. Two additional sensors are arranged on the throttle bodies.Completely new and developed specifically for F4 is the inertia platform sensor arrangement: it uses three gyroscopes and three accelerometers and provides the electronic control unit an array of information about the of the vehicle dynamics, moment by moment.Consequently, the intervention of traction control and anti-wheeling are particularly accurate thanks to the encoder placed on the front wheel. This system permits improved safety characteristics as well as performance. Riding is therefore simplified for the pilot; a primary objective of the F4 project. The algorithms that define the function of the system MVICS, are in fact maximized continuously to provide the maximum available torque at the rear wheel, relative to the conditions of the asphalt and pilot request.The electronic assisted gear shift, standard on all three versions, reduces the amount of time required to change gears.Another innovation is the system which allows you to choose your own settings in respect to the pre selected defaults, Normal, Sport and Rain. This enables you to customize five parameters (sensitivity of throttle, torque, speed limiter, engine response and engine braking), so you can construct a map of engine management that encompasses your personal riding style.2013 MV Agusta F4 Lineup FrameThe structure and geometry characteristics of the new F4 are unchanged. The frame is comprised of two distinctive elements, developed by MV Agusta to offer the advantages of both solutions usually proposed individually. The main section of the frame, in fact, is made of CrMo steel tubes united to a pair of cast aluminum alloy plates which form a complete structure and the fulcrum point for the sculpted single-sided swingarm.The new frame has been further optimized to reduce weight without sacrificing rigidity. The F4 RR also is hand welded with TIG technology and uses a dedicated steel, with exceptional mechanical properties.2013 MV Agusta F4 Lineup SuspensionThe three versions of the new model offer three distinct combinations of fork and shock while all providing the established traditional handling strengths of F4. The F4 equipment includes a 50mm diameter Marzocchi fork and Sachs shock that are both fully adjustable. F4 R utilizes a race specification Öhlins, again fully adjustable.Technological excellence and complete personalization are distilled on the F4 RR: Öhlins suspension with electronic control allows the driver to choose between different setups directly from the dashboard. As aforementioned there are specific modes of power delivery for the four cylinder engine; the pilot, however, may also adjust the suspension in a completely autonomous way from the engine maps.The system provides separate control for compression damping and rebound damping, while customizing the spring preload is manual. The electronic steering damper allows to choose between manual or automatic adjustment, in which case the response varies as a result of vehicle speed.2013 MV Agusta F4 Lineup BrakesThe brake system on the F4 RR is state of the art in the hypersports category. It is composed of two 320 mm diameter front discs with steel flanges. They gripped by the new Brembo Monobloc M50; an absolute reference for performance, weight and stiffness with a specifically designed and dedicated radial pump.The system is completed by a four piston rear caliper together with a 210 mm diameter disc. The F4 and F4 R replaces the monobloc found on the F4 RR with the effective race bred Brembo M4 front brake calipers and Nissin master cylinders.2013 MV Agusta F4 Lineup Specs:Engine:
Type: Four cylinder, 4 stroke, 16 valve “D.O.H.C”, radial valve
Displacement: 998 cm3 (60.9 cu. in.)
Compression Ratio: 13.4:1
Bore X Stroke: 79 mm x 50.9 mm (3.1 in. x 2.0 in.)
Max Power at crank: 195 at 13,400 rpm (F4, F4R); 201 hp at 13,600 rpm (F4RR)
Max Torque: 81.7 ft. lbs. at 9600 rpm (F4, F4R); 81.8 ft. lbs. at 9600 rpm
Cooling System: Cooling with separated liquid and oil radiators
Engine Management: Integrated ignition – injection system MVICS (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System) with eight injectors, Engine control unit Eldor EM2.0, throttle body full drive by wire Mikuni, pencil-coil with ion-sensing technology, control of detonation and misfire, Torque control with four maps, Traction Control with eight levels of intervention, TSS Torque Shift System employing variable length intake runners
Clutch: Wet, multi-disc with back torque limiting device
Transmission: Cassette style; six speed, constant mesh
Final Ratio: 15/41
Frame type: CrMo Steel tubular trellis with aluminum swingarm with adjustable pivot height
Front Suspension (F4, F4R): Marzocchi “UPSIDE – DOWN” telescopic hydraulic 50mm fork with adjustable rebound-compression damping and external spring preload; front wheel travel 120 mm (4.72 in.)
Front Suspension (F4RR): Öhlins EC Nix hydraulic “UPSIDE DOWN” 43mm front forks with TiN superficial treatment. Completely adjustable electronically controlled compression and rebound damping with manual, spring preload; front wheel travel 120 mm (4.72 in.)
Rear Suspension (F4): Progressive Sachs, single shock absorber with rebound and compression (High speed/Low speed) damping and spring preload adjustment; rear wheel travel 120 mm (4.72 in.)
Rear Suspension (F4R): Progressive Öhlins TTX, single shock absorber with rebound and compression damping and spring preload adjustment; rear wheel travel 120mm (4.72 in.)
Rear Suspension (F4RR): Progressive, single shock absorber Öhlins TTX. Fully adjustable hydraulic electronically controlled compression and rebound damping with manual, spring preload; rear wheel travel 120 mm (4.72 in.)
F4, F4R Brakes:
Front: Double floating disc with 320 mm (12.6 in.) diameter, with steel braking disc and aluminum flange; Brembo radial-type, single-piece caliper with 4 pistons 34 mm (1.34 in.)
Rear: Single steel disc with 210 mm (8.27 in.) dia.; Nissin caliper with 4 pistons – 25.4 mm (1.00 in.)
Front: Double floating disc with 320 mm (12.6 in.) diameter, with steel braking disc and aluminum flange Brembo radial pump/level assembly; Brembo GP radial-type, single-piece caliper with 4 pistons 30 mm ( 1.18 in.)
Rear: Single steel disc with 210 mm (8.27 in.) dia.; Nissin caliper with 4 pistons – 25.4 mm ( 1.00 in.)
KTM RC 390 and Gordon McCall of Quail Motorcycle Gathering
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Hello and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
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This week features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the new KTM RC 390. The entry-level KTM has always been an impressive motorcycle that has sold extremely well, however the factory has now taken the bike to another level, with top-spec features that are typically found on flagship machines. Clearly KTM has realized that even smaller engined machines should have high spec suspension, brakes and electronics packages. Nic tells us how well the new RC 390 is equipped, and what he thought of riding the smaller displacement rocket.
In the second segment I chat with automotive and motorcycle industry icon, Gordon McCall. Gordon is the Director of Motorsports at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley, California.
This weekend of Saturday May 14th sees the annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering re-start after its Covid-forced hiatus, and having attended every one of the previous Motorcycle Gatherings, personally I’m very happy that the event is back on the schedule. Gordon chats about the event and a little of what’s happening this year. It’s a great event and if you feel like a trip to the gorgeous Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, you’ll get to meet Gordon, Roland Sands, and of course a large number of stunning motorcycles too.
From all of us at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!