10. MV Agusta F4 RC SBK


MV Agusta is using 2014 as a learning year as it comes to grips with a full-fledged, factory-backed international racing effort, fielding an F4 in World Superbike and an F3 675 in World Supersport competition. For 2015, MV will be releasing a heavily revised F4, called the F4 RC SBK, to tackle the Kawasaki ZX-10Rs and Aprilia RSV4s of the world. A leaked Powerpoint slide revealed by Italian website Motoblog.it was our first clue.

The slide looks legit to us, and we believe the revised F4 will come packed with 210 hp, courtesy of a new cylinder head, crankshaft, camshafts, pistons and titanium connecting rods. A lightened gearbox, forged wheels, Termignoni exhaust, and a spattering of carbon fiber and magnesium help bring the new F4’s weight down to approximately 386 lbs. (dry), which would improve the bike’s power-to-weight ratio by 5% compared to its predecessor. For those not interested in fielding a WSBK team, we imagine a more streetable F4, without all the letters after its name and with less of the go-fast parts, will also be made available.

  • SRMark

    I hope Africa Twin makes it here. Twisted Throttle start making a high-fender kit for it.

    • panthalassa

      honda: no! no africa twin for you, ‘merica! here, have a vultus instead …

  • Steve A

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    • Leslie Ray Brailsford

      Your internet is bad.

      • Steve A

        Perhaps my internet is bad, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a waste of time, bandwidth, and server processing to reload an entire page when only a single element needs to be refreshed.

        • Leslie Ray Brailsford

          I never said that wasn’t a problem.

          But a simple solution which doesn’t involve redoing the entire page would include you, upgrading your internet.

          • loloyd

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    • loloyd

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  • all nice 10 bikes….

    Variasi 53
    Variasi Motor dan Racing Parts Motor

  • Eric

    NOT digging the Matchless at all. Not sure what the owners are trying to do with the name.Using that albeit nice but big lump of an S&S engine relegates it to being just another Harley styling exercise.

  • Glenn Lutic

    Yeh, really! Honda ain’t got shit in N.America! No hot and fast sportbikes, no Adventure bike, and the ST1300 & Goldwing are over 10 years old! Come on Honda, this is how the British lost it!

  • Paul Graham

    Reminds me more of a Vincent than a Harley style wise.Look at the curved pipes and intake.The designer has unmatched credentials. I most likely could never afford one but would hope they’d have a seat option to carry a passenger who isn’t sitting a foot higher than the driver to make my fantasy more practical. It isn’t a racer.

  • Guest

    I love the style of the pipes and intake, reminds me more of a Vincent than a Harley. the designer has great credentials. I hope they keep it fairly light for what it is and put a passenger friendly seat on it. Trouble is most of the cruiser set want armchairs. With no mini throne their women refuse to get on the back, they are seldom young. New cruiser bikes are more like motor homes few young people can afford. I like the look but think a straight seat would be a nice option. Most American passengers would require him to build a R.R. bridge to hold their but off that fender which would add another 25 pounds. I like the style of it. SS makes a good engine. There is a lot of cruiser competition from Japan for those of prosperous girth, especially used. Is it competing with a Dyna glide, a Sportster, or a cruiser Yamaha ? At 1916cc it must haul.

  • bankerdanny

    Have the Matchless people not paid any attention at all to the Indian saga over the past 50 years? Attempting to resurrect a brand based on S&S Harley clone motors is a recipe for multiple bankruptcies. And it makes even less sense for Matchless, which is not known for V twin engines anyway. This is pure cash grab that won’t even be successful as an exercise in greed.