By John Burns
Yikes! $18,895 was a lot of money for a motorcycle 20 years ago, but not enough to keep friend of MO Michael Cottam from bringing home a brand new MV, flogging it for a few thousand miles, and living to tell the tale. Verily, I’m going to have to take a look at what these things are going for on the used market… it’s a good day for resurrection.
2000 MV Agusta F4 Strada
Motorcycle Online contributor, canyon carver and former GP racer, Michael Cottam, has spent some serious saddle time on MV Agusta’s new F4 Strada. With a list price of $18,895, this 750cc superbike clearly is intended for discriminating tastes. It’s sort of like a $4 espresso when a few tablets of Vivarin will get the job done quicker and cheaper.Needless to say, MV delivers Italian style and
attitude in a major way. Having logged over 3,000 miles of aggressive riding, Michael also found the MV to offer a surprisingly high level of fit, finish, reliability and even sport-touring comfort.Read on for his detailed account.
I’d ordered the MV Agusta F4 Strada a few months before my annual summer motorcycle trip.
A few friends and I take a wee tour of eastern Oregon, Nevada, and northern California each year – usually somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000 miles. Most of the trip is in the high desert where it’s very sparsely populated but littered with plenty of twisties and hilly bits where you can have a bit of fun with minimal chance of a formal interview by the guys with the flashing lights. The delivery date for the bike was typically Italian, that is to say I heard the term “next week” many times. Two months later, I still don’t have an owner’s manual… …read more