It isn’t the Hayabusa. It’s not the ZX-14. It’s a Harley-Davidson. Sort of. I mean, Harley owns MV Agusta now, and MVA makes the F4 1078RR 312.
This bike is superbad. The 2008 2008 F4 R 312 took a land-speed record at Bonneville in September, getting a 306 KPH speed at the salt flats. The new 1100cc version for 2009 has crossed the $120,000 F4 CC racing bike with the 2008 F4 R 312 to come up with this new power monster of a motorcycle.
Kawasaki and Suzuki have some sort of wierd “gentleman’s agreement” to limit the top speed of the ‘Busa and the ZX-14 to 186 MPH. MV Agusta chooses not to join such a silly convention. With 190 horses on tap, this is gonna be a screamer. MVA hasn’t announced the MSRP for this thing yet, but you’re probably looking at $30,000-$36,000 or so, although a local dealer here in San Diego has a 2008 F4 R 312 for sale for $24,000 here.
It’s not a bike I would ever buy. The chain srive, and absolute lack of any touring accessories make this a non-starter for me.
But, I wouldn’t turn down an extended test ride.