Wouldn't touch anything made by MV Agusta with a ten ft pole.
The reason? Yes, it's a good bike, but one that requires far too much babying and pray you don't need any other spares than brake pads and filters.
A tad more will buy a brand new ABS equipped Panigale S, the BMW HP4S is exactly the same price and the RSV4F APCR is a tad cheaper (throw in Aprilia's crazy price policy and it become intriguingly cheaper).
Leaving Aprilia aside (whose sale and service network resembles a Dalmatian dog), why bother with MV when both Ducati and BMW have solid networks and their bikes don't require any more babying than other sportsbikes?
Agreed. I'd suggest surfing the MV Agusta etc sites before buying; I'm sure you know it. But a quick search using 'reliability' is a big help.
I did it yrs back when considering the KTM 950 Adventure and the BMW GS. The BMW GS line had significantly less issues compared to the KTM and that has borne out over time and ownership between my bikes (GS and HP2E) and a friends 950's.
I did the same last season when considering a new sportbike.
F4RR is $30K in Canada, so $25K is a good deal but the HP4 is $20K, only 3K up on the S1RR. F4RR wasn't in the cards for me but I seriously considered the Panigale ($20K), MVAF4 ($20K), RSV4 ($22-24K), and RC8 (discounted $15K) last season.
Got a great deal on a new 2011, 1 yr old model S1RR plus the best warranty - 3 yrs although Ducati may be similar, I cannot remember.
In the end, for my money the most advanced bikes and best dealer networks won out (BMW and Ducati). No Ducati dealer in town at the time made it an easier decision.
There definitely is something to be said for the heart v. head angle but tbh once the puppy love period wears off there is something to be said for reliability and knowing it is going to start every time. FWIW I still want an MV as I own more than one bike. I can't imagine it as my only bike. The season is too short here in Canada and downtime repairing an MV is long. Suggest also checking out how long parts take to arrive.