Movie Bikes: What’s the Motorcycle in I, Robot?


The motorcycle in I, Robot is a 2004 MV Agusta F4-SPR 750. This is a very rare bike. There were only 300 produced in 2004.

Basic Plot of I, Robot

I, Robot is a great film based on a short story written by Issac Asimov. While Asimov is credited with the story, he admitted to being heavily influenced by a 1939 short story written by Earl and Otto Binder. Both plots were generally the same: artificial intelligence becomes self aware and havoc ensues. In the case of I, Robot, the central USR AI unit VIKI becomes self aware and decides that humans must be controlled for their own protection according to the Three Laws of Robotics. To do so, she corrupts the programming of the domestic robots to capture humans, stripping them of their free will in order to keep them safe from themselves; thus preserving the race in compliance with the three laws. This is often referred to as the Zeroth Law: ”a robot may not harm humanity, or by inaction allow humanity to come to harm.”

The MV Augusta F4

MV-Augusta-F4-IRobotOriginally known as Meccanica Verghera Agusta, MV Agusta was founded in 1945 near Milan, Italy. It was an offshoot of the Agusta aviation company. MV Augusta was formed to fill the need for cheap transportation as WWII came to a close in Italy. The first bikes were 125 cc and 150 cc, small cafe racers actually. As the demand for larger displacement bikes grew, the company evolved, producing larger and larger engines. The original company closed in 1980, but was resurrected by Cagiva in 1991, eventually to be purchased by Carige.

The F4 platform was first introduced in 1998. It is often credited as the series that brought the company back from irrelevance. Massimo Tamburisni was brought in to design the F4 after his success with the Ducati 916. The F4 features a four pipe undertail exhaust, single-sided swingarm, and a hemispherical chamber engine with four valves per chamber, a rare commodity in the motorcycle world.

The F4-SPR 750 was first released in 2004. MV Augusta intended it to be the final evolution of the F4. The SPR 750 is powered by a a four-cylinder engine that is capable of producing 146 hp, has a top speed of 175 mph, and a quarter mile time of 10.4 seconds at 139 mph. It features polished ports, HC pistons, matte gray race livery, and some carbon fiber body pieces.

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