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Iconic Beauty : MV Agusta F3 675

An iconic image always stays forever. I still vividly remember drooling hopelessly at the unique horizontally laid out fourbarrel underseat exhaust of the amazingly sexy MV Agusta F4 series from the exotic Italian motorcycle brand. And I can bet that I have never been alone on this one! The F4 series in particular have always been the ultimate poster bikes for many an enthusiast. Similarly, the latest entry level sibling of the majestic F4 range, the F3 675 is no less a contender as it easily tugs at any rider’s heart with its immaculately beautiful styling. So we raced the MV Agusta F3 675 across our streets to find out if this one is really a beauty with great purpose as well.

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STYLING

There is good reason why the MV Agusta F3 675 was easily voted as the ‘Most Beautiful 600 in the World’ on its launch. The styling is pure MV gusta with crazy attention to detail. The diamond shaped headlight at the front gives it a unique identity and the design of its front fairing and V-shaped visor looks aerodynamic. The short front fender sits just below the headlight and gels well with the fully adjustable Marzocchi forks at the front. The instrument console that is neatly tucked behind the visor is well contained in one central pod and it has indicators for Clock, Lap Timer, Riding Modes, Traction Control, Gear Position, Speedometer, Tachometer and Tripmeter. Its sporty side fairing with the integrated engine cowl gives the visual bulk to this bike and complements the magnificently sculpted tank of the F3. A steel trellis frame combined to cast aluminium side plates are wrapped around the compact engine. The bike has an up-swept, integrated side and rear cowl which also looks aerodynamic with split seats on it. The rear cowl also houses the stylish LED tail light and side indicators while its wide tyre adds muscularity to this bike. The black colored multi-spoke alloy wheels and single sided swingarm add visual charm to this bike and the exhaust system is finished with a distinctively golden triple pipe side exit on the right side.

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Visually, the F3 is quite simply a beautiful bike. Carrying over ace designer Massimo Tamburini’s legacy lines from the F4, it instantly holds your attention and forces you to gaze at it. The F3 675 is a work of art that does splendidly to uphold MV Agusta’s heritage of producing beautiful motorcycles.

PERFORMANCE

Seated aggressively astride the F3, the bike is surprisingly comfortable with a low seat height and rearset footrests that are not too high either. The F3 675cc engine produces a maximum power of 126 bhp and 71 nm of torque and rumbles to life with a unique throaty grumble which I must confess didn’t really impress compared to the sensational in-line four whistle of most Japanese speedsters. This though improves to some extent with increasing throttle play on the open highway. Anyways, this is an acquired taste due to its raw nature.

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Call it technical glitches or the character of the engine, the F3 675 is extremely difficult to ride in slow moving traffic inside the city. The wet clutch requires extra work when rolling ahead from a full stop and the bike has an uncanny jerky tendency to immediately stall if you don’t keep the revs high. The six-speed transmission gets a bit rough at times and the clutch too slips occasionally for such an exotic motorcycle. But once you get rolling, the F3 manoeuvres nimbly in traffic and behaves well.

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Pressing the starter button once the engine is running will cycle through the four riding mode maps – Sport, Normal, Rain and Custom. While within each of the first three modes there are predetermined levels of throttle sensitivity, traction control, power output, engine torque, engine braking, engine responsiveness and an rpm limit, the Custom mode lets you dial in these parameters specifically to suit your riding style. This middleweight supersport also has a new dynamic electronic control system – Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System (MVICS) – which allows control of the power levels and the traction control in specific situation differently. The F3 hosts a plethora of sophisticated electronic rider aids, from riding modes, to electronic engine braking control, electronic quick shifter, anti-wheelie system, variable power maps and traction control.

Once the road clears and as the revs rise, you begin to really enjoy the MV Agusta F3 675. As soon as you get past the mid-range rpm around the 10000 rpm mark, all seems well with the world of the F3 and it suddenly realizes that its hair is on fire. The inconsistent roar from the engine gets more intoxicating and the power delivery becomes linear. Switching to Sports mode further makes things exciting as high speed runs turn out to be a piece of cake for this runner. The electronic quickshifter too makes for smooth upshifts by allowing quick gear changes without using the clutch. Handling is beautifully agile with a secure feel in corners and it’s an absolute joy to fling through the bends. With a tyre profile developed in World Superbike competition, the Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa wheels offer great feedback. The most frightening thing though was rolling off the throttle after a speed run and, the bike continued to accelerate for a moment as if the throttle had not been let go. And this happened more than once! This is either a delay in the ride-by-wire system or the engine braking system cutting in and opening the throttle slightly to prevent rear wheel lock-up situations.

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But our thrill of the Sports mode was short-lived as the skies opened up and it poured down heavily upon us. Normally, powerful motorcycles are scary to ride in the wet as the excessive power finds it difficult to find a good grip in the slippery tarmac. But on the MV Agusta F3 675, it turned out to be the least of our worries and was a walk in the park once the riding mode was changed to Rain. Coming to a stop from high speeds is utterly easy on this motorcycle, as the Brembo brakes provide ample power with the help of the electronic aids. The suspension is quite firm though for our kind of bumpy roads, but there’s plenty of room available for adjustability.

VERDICT

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MV Agusta has produced a class leading super-sport machine far better than most of its rivals. The F3 is definitely the supermodel in the middleweight sportbike segment. But just like most supermodels, though it’s fun to lust after, it’s a bit too demanding for a long-term relationship in our kind of roads. It’s a bit flawed and too raw in nature for slow riding conditions like in Nepal, and calls for a little more refinement. Otherwise, it’s an adrenaline-junkie’s machine that’s fun and incredibly rewarding if you can tame it to ride fast, because that is how it was meant to be ridden. All things said, it is the perfect concoction of beauty, lightweight, power and state-of-the-art electronics. It’s an amazing exotic machine synonymous with excellence, style, and technology. And, you always buy an Italian motorcycle with your heart.

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SPECIFICATIONS:

Engine Type: Inline 3 Cylinder 12V DOHC

Displacement: 675 cc

Maximum Power: 128 bhp @ 14400 rpm

Maximum Torque: 71 Nm @ 10900 rpm

Starting Method: Electric

Transmission: 6-Speed Constant Mesh

Final Drive: Chain

Frame Type: ALS Steel Tubular Trellis

Wheelbase: 1380 mm

Seat Height: 805 mm

Ground Clearance: 125 mm

Front Suspension: 43mm Marzocchi USD

Telescopic Hydraulic Fork

Rear Suspension: Progressive Sachs Single

Shock Absorber

Front Tyre: 120/70 – ZR 17 M/C

Rear Tyre: 180/55 – ZR 17 M/C

Front Brake: Double 320 mm Discs

Rear Brake: Single 220 mm Disc

Dry Weight: 173 kgs

Fuel Tank: 16.5 litres

PRICE: Nrs. 33,00,000/-

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CONTACT:

GearVenture Bike Nepal Pvt. Ltd

Phone: 01-4435790

Email: info@gearventurenepal.com

Our heartfelt thanks to Sushanta Nepal for trusting us with his prized MV Agusta F3 675, the only one in the country.

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