That was then. Now we have the actual machine. From an art-appreciation standpoint, the F3 lives up to its billing. MV prides itself in creating exquisite machinery, something for the eye and the heart; it’s sleek, purposeful, and the pipe-organ triple-outlet exhaust adds unique Continental flair. Fortunately, MV has also given the F3 credible hardware, including huge 320mm rotors up front squeezed by four-pot Brembo calipers, a fully adjustable Marzocchi fork, and a similarly variable Sachs shock. The frame is a composite of aluminum and steel, like all current MVs. And since no modern sportbike is complete without an extensive array of electronics, the F3 gets complex throttle-by-wire engine management (including multiple ride modes), standard traction control, and a quick shifter.