The World’s Fastest Production Motorcycle

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.

MV Agusta F4 1078RR 312
MV Agusta 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.

Author: Dale Franks

Dale Franks is the former host of The Business Day, ”a daily, four-hour business and financial news program on KMNY Radio in Los Angeles. From 2002-2004, he was a contributor on military and international affairs for Currently, he a publisher and editor of the monthly political journal The New Libertarian, as well as an editor of the popular web log, Q and O. Dale served as a military police officer in the United States Air Force from 1984 to 1993, in variety of assignments both in the United States and Europe, where he also was assigned to the staff of the Headquarters of Allied Forces Central Europe. In addition to broadcasting, writing, and speaking on various topics, Dale has also been a long-time technical training instructor on a variety of computer software and technology subjects. Dale has also long been involved with information technology as an accomplished web designer, programmer, and technologist, serving as the corporate knowledge specialist for Microsoft Outlook at SAIC, the nation's largest employee-owned corporation. Additionally, he is the author of a number of software user guides used for classroom training by one of Southern California’'s premier computer training and consulting firms. His book, SLACKERNOMICS: Basic Economics for People Who Find Economics Boring, is available from Barnes & Noble.