MV Agusta is rumored to have a 3-cylinder motorcycle in the works that’s smaller than the current F4, and Motociclismo was lucky enough to find it wandering about in the wild. Already dubbed the F3 (by the media, not MV), we know very few concrete facts about the F3, other than the visibly higher clutch case, and smaller front forks. The rest of the information is based on speculation and a little triangulation. Continue past the jump to read it.
Allegedly, the bike’s three cylinders will make a combined displacement of 675cc, and put out 140hp at 14,000 rpm’s. Weight is said to be around 350lbs, and the overall stature of the motorcycle is smaller than the F4.
The weight savings will come from the typically liberal use of carbon and magnesium by MV, but the bike is still expected to slot in below the F4 in the price department.
Other features include the absence of a counter-shaft, a reduced-mass flywheel, and a set of variable height throttle bodies. Most noticeably absent from the F3 is MV’s signature single-sided swingarm, and undertail exhaust. Instead a GP style exhaust protrudes from the fairing, much like a Yamaha R6.
Not expected to come out of hiding until Fall of 2011, we are not anticipating getting a chance to see the F3 at this year’s EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, maybe next year though. Still, that won’t stop us from annoying everyone at the MV booth about the motorcycle.