While the MV Agusta Stradale was shown at last months EICMA in Milan, its only today that Italian manufacturer MV Agusta has officially launched its latest machine and therefore confirming both pricing and specifications that were leaked earlier. MV Agusta is marketing the bike as a sport tourer but with all the bells and whistles one expects from the marque.
As disclosed previously, the MV Agusta Stradle 800 uses the same three-cylinder engine as the Brutale 800, though power and torque are down slightly at 115 bhp (84.5 kw) and 57.9 lb-ft (78.5 nm) of torque. According to MV Agusta, this was done specifically to keep in with the Stradale’s character. There are four different engine maps, one of which provides maximum power: 115 hp at 11,000 rpm in Sport mode, with all control parameters set to deliver maximum throttle response. Two other engine modes, normal and rain, reduce power to 90 hp with power delivery curves that favor low-to-medium revs. A custom mode is fully programmable by the rider which allows a whole host of choices – engine torque curve in line with power output (two levels), rev limiter cut-in point (Hard or Soft), throttle sensitivity (three levels), engine braking (two levels), engine response (two levels) and, naturally, traction control (eight levels, including off).
This is all made possible by the second generation of MV Agusta’s MVICS (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System) platform on board the Stradale 800. In addition to the customizable engine mapping and traction control options, a quickshifter is also installed which allows both clutchless upshifting and downshifting.
In addition to the tweaks in the engine, the other significant changes compared to the rest of the 800 range is in the suspension and riding position. A special linkage at the rear connects the fully adjustable monoshock to the swingarm, providing 150 mm of wheel travel. At the front there’s a Marzocchi fork which features hydraulic (compression and rebound) and sprung (pre-load) adjustment. Seat height is 870 mm (a shorter seat is available as an option) and the handlebars are also higher than the rest of the range.
Integrated paniers come with the bike which will be available in three colour choices – pearl white/sand metallic grey, red/silver and bronze metallic/pearl white. Pricing in Europe will be €13,990 (excluding applicable taxes).
|Engine||Three cylinder, 4-stroke, 12 valve|
|Power||115 bhp (84.5 kw) @ 11,000rpm|
|Torque||57.9 lb-ft (78.5 nm) @ 9,000 rpm|
|Gear Box||Six-speed, constant mesh|
|Front Brakes||Double floating disc, 320mm, 4 piston|
|Rear Brakes||Single disc, 220 mm, 2 pistons|
|Front Suspension||Marzocchi 'Upside Down' telescopic, 150mm travel|
|Rear Suspension||Sachs, 150 mm travel|
|Front Tire||120/70 - ZR 17|
|Rear Tire||180/55 - ZR 17|
|Dry Weight||399 lb (181 kg)|
|Tank Capacity||4.23 gallons (16.1 L)|