Spy Shot: MV Agusta F3 3-Cylinder Caught Testing

09/09/2009 @ 1:00 pm, by Jensen Beeler15 COMMENTS

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.┬áMost 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.

Source: Motociclismo

  • VintageWrencher

    Any word if it is a MV cast and built engine or are they using a Triumph as a base platform?

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  • reality check

    “Any word if it is a MV cast and built engine or are they using a Triumph as a base platform?”

    where does someone come up with a comment like that? From the inception of MV Agusta through the contemporary machines, MV Agusta has always been a machine designed, manufactured, and assembled in house. it’s poorly informed speculation like that that starts ridiculus rumors that get passed there have been many variations of cylinder configurations so a possible triple is like another fond homecoming for the brand. not knocking the triumph as they are wonderful at what they do, but MV is another realm altogether.

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  • VintageWrencher

    I found it ironic that the only other current production triples on the market to the best of my knowledge are the Speed Triple and the Daytona/Street Triple the latter being 675cc which is the same capacity as the above MV. I thought I would ask that question.
    Wasnt trying to start any rumours just asking a question. How is one supposed to learn if they dont ask questions?

  • reality check

    Thank you vintage wrench for your response. Sorry to be hasty in my comment in any way. You made a fair point to follow up and it deserved a respectful response. Many are still not familiar with MV Agusta, at least not as much as in Europe – however it is well worth further exploration as an authentic brand with a rich history to back it up.

  • VintageWrencher

    I am somewhat familiar with the brand through it’s racing exploits into the ’70’s but that is about it. Havent studied up on the marque since the Castiglioni(sp?)/Cagiva purchase other than checking out their exploits in Super Stock racing and being of the opinion that Tamburini has penned another stunning piece in the F4.

  • Reality Check, you need a reality check: it’s common for engineers and product developers to use rival brand’s engines for chassis testing and other uses. I don’t have information either way, but who knows what’s going on at Varese with H-D writing the checks and calling the shots? Not me, and not you, I’d wager.

  • reality check

    What was the amount of the wager?

  • reality check

    Besides Gabe, Perhaps your missing the point which I believe was is mv building producing a bike with an engine supplied by triumph? Answer’s no. There are still countless folks walking around thinking the F4 has A Suzuki engine because a comment was made by an engineer during an interview that MV looked at the GSXR 750 at the time as a benchmark to be surpassed. Many read and saw this and mistook that Suzuki motors were used. One look at the engine and this is clarly not the case and yet the false rumor has been peretuated for years.

  • meatspin

    I do enjoy the righteous indignation of MV owners/fans upon suggestion that MVs all use engines provided by Suzukis.

    hmmmm in all seriousness this triple does sound suspicious. At 675cc one must wonder………..lol

  • Several points:
    1) Triumph doesn’t really have the capacity to be supplying engines to any other manufacture, and wouldn’t in any case. The D675 is the crown jewel in their collection right now.
    2) Triumph currently produces 3 triple cylinder engines: 675, 1050, and 2300 in the Rocket III
    3) The decision by MV to build a 675 is clearly based on wanting to compete in supersport racing, where rules were recently changed to allow 675 triples to compete with 600 fours.
    4) The details as speculated of the MV 675 are significantly different from the Triumph 675: Triumph would be unlikely to supply a motor to a different manufacture producing 10 more horsepower than their own bike, and the Triumph motor doesn’t have variable length intakes or any of the other candy speculated for the MV.

    So not a Triumph. It may end up to be a superior bike, but the Daytona is still a wizard bit of kit and the MV will certainly be more expensive. The Triumph 675 engine is also rumored to be capable of being enlarged to over 900cc, which would make it a screamer indeed.

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  • me thinks that’s a fake.