Minichamps MIN122121720 2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 Motorcycle - Agostini "Ago" (1:12 Scale)
"German precision engineering at its finest!"
- The Motor Pool
The F4 was the motorcycle that launched the resurrection of MV Agusta in 1998. The F4 was created by famous motorcycle designer Massimo Tamburini at CRC (Cagiva Research Center), following his work on the Ducati 916. The F4 is unique with its four pipe undertail exhaust, single sided swingarm, huge front forks (49 or 50 mm) and traditional MV Agusta red and silver livery. The F4 is also one of the only production superbikes to have a cassette style transmission and radial valved engine.
The F4 engine was derived from the 1990-1992 Ferrari Formula One engine. Early in the design process Ferrari engineers assisted in the development of the engine. MV (Cagiva at the time) quickly deviated from the Ferrari design, but they kept one important feature, the radial valves. The F4 engine is unique in the sense that it is the only radial valved motorcycle engine currently in production.
The Tamburini, Veltro, and CC models are equipped with variable length intake ducts known as the TSS system. The TSS system is designed to increase torque in the low to midrange, while still allowing for max horsepower at the top of the rev range (usually two mutually exclusive properties of an engine). The TSS system has two positions, it is not able to vary the height of the intake ducts continuously. The TSS system is able to lower peak torque from the 10,000 rpm to 9,000 rpm while maintaining max horsepower. This system debuted on the Tamburini and was lauded by famous independent motorcycling publications such as Australian Motorcycle News. (courtesy: Wikipedia)
Pictured here is a MV Agusta F4 Agostini motorcycle. Comes in a handsome presentation case.
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3 inches
Release Date: October 2009
Historical Account: "Ago" - The F4 Ago is a motorcycle of irresistible attraction, dominated by technology and enriched by prestigious components capable of offering concepts recalling the feats of MV AGUSTA and Giacomo Agostini. Coloured obviously in red and silver and configured only as a single seater, the bike represents an important chapter in history to the eyes of the fans.
The attention is immediately focused on the presence of Agostini's race number placed on a nostalgic yellow stickers on the side fairings. This is where the trip into the glorious past of the invincible "record machines" of Agostini's era and the insurmountable technical features of today's MV AGUSTA begins.
The rediscovered historic brand placed triumphantly onto the airbox is an invitation to ride. The seat is coloured in red like those used by Agostini, and is coated in precious alcantara whilst boasting the F4 brand embroided onto the upper cushion.
From the riding position, where anyone can easily find the correct settings thanks to the new adjustable footrests, one enjoys the most gratifying view possibly desired: new rev counter with white background and blue figures which includes Agostini's signature, and on the steering head (which is painted in sparkling titanium like all the other parts in aluminium) an18kt gold plate with the motorcycle's serial number.
From this angle it is still possible to distinguish the red that emerges from the frame in memorial of the grand prix motorcycles.
In this Italian motorcycle-rider union, it's worthwhile mentioning the "tricolore" that has a proud place on the single-seat tail, where the identifying logo of this spectacular MV AGUSTA creation is found. The three hundred owners that have the privilege of sharing the emotion of owning an F4 AGO will receive a precious kit created for this model, a certificate of authenticity signed by Giacomo Agostini to guarantee consumer protection for this limited edition.