Getting new MV 2002 (Strada : LUSENET : MV Agusta F4 : One Thread

Hi everyone,

After much consideration (everything from a Ducati 999s to the Gixxer 1k) I'm proud to say that I'll be taking delivery of a brand new MV Agusta Strada next week - I know it's not the fastest thing out there, but I gotta have the looks and the sound (and the handling for that matter). I would love to hear any tips and tricks that you have for me concerning maintenance / servicing, care, etc.

Thanks in advance!

- Steve

-- Steven (, November 20, 2002


Congrats on your great decision Steven. I am sure that you will not be disappointed. I went through the same decision making process that you did before making my purchase and considered what else my dollar would buy for the same price I was going to pay for the MV. I absolutely feel that I made the right decision because there is something to be said for thoroughly enjoying your motorcycle, performance and aesthetics alike. Enjoy!

-- Pete (, November 21, 2002.

hallo Steve I have been riding bikes in all weather for over 30years. This year I got hold of a senna. Its the best bike I have owned. The worst thing for me was being patient and running it in . I found this a painful experience at times and often questioned my purchase. Time plus an intelligent approach to running in has given me a bike that does improve with mileage.. If your sensitive to what the lump is doing during those early miles it will pay you back with dividends. Dont judge your new purchase until you have at least 2000mls on the clock. Best of luck. Tony B

-- Tony Beckwith (, November 21, 2002.

Congrads. After my 2000 model was killed by an X5, I also thought about the 998 (no 999 at that time), the GSXR1000, and the new R1. After spending some time in their showrooms, I decided that if I was to risk my life on a motorcycle, there would be only one! Hence, the 2002 F4S.

With 137hp crank, I think you'll find your MV will be relatively competitive with a lot of the 750 and 1000cc out there. I've never been disappointed with the power and the gear, although tall, is almost perfect. It's much quicker than my old 2000 model.

As for break in, I'd recommend following the manual. One thing I'd probably recommend, as Andy once sugguested, is changing the oil yourself early. Perhaps 250 to 500 miles would be ideal, since a lot of the metal shavings scrap off early during the break-in period. Personally, I'd then try to stretch the 500 mile, initial service to about 1,000 miles. This would give you more time to break in the bike at higher rpms. My 2002 was very tight when I first got it. These are just my opinions of course, and if in doubt, follow the manual. Enjoy! :)

-- Allan Gibbs (Phoenix, Arizona) (, November 21, 2002.

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