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Fast Bikes reader Turbo Trev takes us through the highs and lows of owning his four-year-old MV F3 800.




A retired engineer, Trev’s never not tinkering with his bikes or helping his TT race winning son Gary Johnson with setup and tuning. He’s spent a lifetime leaving darkies and is as big a fan of the latest and greatest as he is with the classic bike scene.

I’m no stranger to Italian engineering. We’re talking years and years ago now, but I’ve had all sorts of Italian bikes and cars, and I used to have so much bother with them all. It got to the point where I just thought stuff this, the next thing I buy will have to say ‘made in Japan’ on it. I’ve had Moto Guzzis, Cagivas, all sorts and every time I’ve had one it’s been a long time before I’ve gone back to Italian machinery again. Deep down I have always loved Italian bikes though and after a lot of thinking about it I decided I’ve been long enough without one now so it’s about time I gave it another chance.

According to the blokes over in the MV Agusta factory in Italy, the F3 has “the exhilaration of a 1000cc bike, the handling of a 600, the torque of a twin and the acceleration of a four-cylinder,” which sounds great doesn’t it? I’ll be honest though, they could have said anything about it; the moment I clapped eyes on the (then) new F3 800 in the showroom I fell in love and I knew straight away I wanted one. It’s a thing of beauty, and I just had to have one. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying looks alone can ever be enough to justify its £13,990 price tag and I didn’t just dive in head over heels and buy one. I wanted it dearly but I looked at all the problems associated with them first. I heard of problems with the clutch springs, intermittent fuelling problems at low revs, the rear brake fluid boiling up, all sorts. I was advised strongly by a lot of people against buying it but the looks kept screaming at me. In the end I just thought I don’t give a s*** what’s wrong with it, I’m buying it anyway and if it’s that bad I’ll flog it later!

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