Meanwhile back at the Batcave…

Now with the MV sitting safely in the garage, it’s time to see what we have!

Having sat in a showroom for the last few months she’s looking a little unloved…so it’s time for a deep clean first of all to get rid of all the accumulated dust in all the nooks and crannies…

These stick on peripheral mirrors will be coming off!

Out with a bucket and sponge on a nice summer’s day has her looking her true self in no time….

The seat is custom made, a nod to the Claudio Castiglioni 1078 with the black leather/suede and red stitching but with the further addition of the MV logo…

The Ohlins 9.5kg spring fitted by Xbikes…

Along with +3mm swingarm anti squat pivot plates, Waltermoto adjustable rearsets….

Powdercoated silver finish rims…

MV Agusta F4 Folding levers…

An X-bikes re-cored exhaust mimics the RG3 setup, with the addition of ceramic coating for better thermal management…

DNA Air filter element…

and a fully mappable Microtec M226 ECU mapped by X-Bikes.

With her all cleaned up it’s time to look for any obvious problems…

First up, the battery positive connector was mounted diagonally instead of horizontally meaning the lovely CRC red rubber fitting was ill fitting. This gets remedied and a new charge lead is fitted so that I can charge the battery back up to full health.

Next up, she’s rather unwilling to start…the fuel it turns out has been in there for about 19 months…so this gets siphoned out and replaced with SUL. With fresh fuel she fires straight off on the button…

The throttle cables have rubber seals underneath them to keep the pivots tensioned, the seal has split under the retaining plate resulting in some movement…

The split seal is duly replaced…

The bike came to me with a Bursig stand, however it didn’t fit. It turns out that the stand was for a 1000cc bike not the 1078, I recall the owner telling me his previous F4 1000 was written off, clearly this stand was off that and therefore the fitting must have been attached to that bike. No matter, some correspondence with Bursig in Germany who were extremely helpful and pointed me in the right direction meant I ordered the correct fitting but also a couple of minor modifications needed to be made to the stand as the fittings for the 1078 are ever so different. The top one was new specifically for the 1078 now and was ordered in black as pictured below. The new fitting replacing the oem bolt.

The lower fitting required a spacing washer fitting to it to prevent the stand from catching on the frame.

The Bursig allows both wheels to be lifted off the floor and the bike to be manoeuvred around while leaving the other side free from any fittings…

The chain tension is checked and found to be ok…just needs a full clean and re-lubing…

A rattling side panel was tracked down to a rubber cushion missing on the inside of the under tank removeable panels. With a new one fitted the panel is solid once again…

A birthday present from the wife who managed to track down an original genuine F4 cover in perfect condition tops it all off!!

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