The F3 has arrived and is going gangbusters.
MV Agusta is planning on becoming a little less exclusive.
The Italian bike maker's Cascina Costa factory near Milan is expected to more than double production this year from 4000 to 8500 says MV Agusta Imports manager Kevin Beale.
"Naturally we'd like to grow at the same level," he says.
Beale believes the new F3 midsized sportsbike will be one of the main keys in the sales boost.
"The F3 has arrived and is going gangbusters," he says.
"Our main problem is trying to keep people happy who have placed deposits. Some of those orders are a year old now and everyone thinks they should be first in the queue.It will be our biggest seller."
The first shipment was the limited F3 Oro at $34,000 ride away which was sold out. It was followed by the "standard" F3 at $17,990.
"We'll take all the F3s the factory can give us, but they are trying to fill the supply chain worldwide."
The F3 sportsbike will be followed in October by a naked version called the B3 Brutale 675 which Beale has confirmed will be launched at $14,990 ride away which places it between the Triumph Street Triple R ($13,490) and Ducati Monster 796 ($15,990).
In July, the updated F4 R 1000 Corsa Corta sportsbike arrives at $25,990 ride away. It now features the more powerful and higher-revving engine from the RR version which used to cost $34,000.
For the first time on a mass-produced road bike the engine features titanium valves for lighter weight and higher revs. The Corsa Corta revs out to 13,700 and together with the new exhaust system, it should provide an entertaining soundtrack.
The traction control system also comes with a new algorithm for better control and retains two rider maps controlled by a new switch on the left handlebar. It features a slipper clutch to prevent the back wheel from compression locking when going down the gears.
Many consider the F4 the world's most beautiful bike. From its diamond-shaped headlight and aerodynamic flanks through to its signature "organ pipe" underseat four exhaust outlets, it is every biker's dream. The Corsa Corta comes in red/grey and white/medium grey and build quality should be superb as usual.
We tested the previous F4 and found it an uncompromising track-oriented superbike with a "committed" riding position that makes it uncomfortable for street use but ideal on the track.
The engine is smooth and responsive with an excellent gearbox that snicks through the gears with precision, no false neutrals and a super-smooth downshift thanks to the slipper clutch.
Handling is razor sharp with fully adjustable Marzocchi upside down forks with 50mm stanchions derived from racing. The Corsa Corta gets a new forged ultra-light front axle carrier which has a rapid-release system for the wheel like the first F4.
The rear Sachs shock is fully adjustable also with a ride height adjustment. Beale says they plan to increase their network with more dealers in mainland capital cities. MV Agusta currently has one dealer each in Victoria, Tasmania, WA and SA, and two each in NSW and Queensland.
"Finding the right investor is not always so easy for this type of exclusive product," he says.
MV Agusta F4 Corsa Corta
Price: $25,990 ride away
Warranty: 2 years/unlimited km
Servicing: 6000km/12 months
Resale: 58 per cent
Engine: 998cc, 16-valve 4-cylinder, 145kW/114Nm
Transmission: 6-speed, slipper clutch
Dimensions: 2100mm (l), 750mm (w), 830mm (seat), 1430 (wheelbase) Dry weight: 192kg Fuel tank: 17 litres
Tyres: 120/70 - ZR17 (front), 190/55 - ZR17