MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800

Nov 06, 2013 View Comments by

MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800For motorcycle manufacturers the formula for making a sport-touring machine usually goes something like this: 1. Take the biggest and most powerful engine in your inventory and stuff it into a moderately sporty chassis. 2. Add a windscreen, some hard bags, and a few creature comforts. 3. Slap on a hefty price tag and call it a day. The result is generally a bike that is very, very fast in a straight line, but heavy and a bit of work in the curves. Comfort is generally somewhere between a full on touring motorcycle like a Gold Wing and the sportbike that donated its engine.

With their new Turismo Veloce 800 (fast tourer in Italian), the engineers and designers over at MV Agusta have thrown that formula out the window. They started with the tried and true 798cc three cylinder found in the F3 800, Brutale 800, and the new Rivale, which makes 125 horsepower and 60 pound feet of torque. The engine is cradled by a relatively light steel tube frame and the high end Sachs suspension is continuously adjusted by the Veloce’s ECU to provide what MV Agusta calls, “maximum comfort when touring and dynamic performance in sports use.” Dry weight is only 428 pounds making it one of the lightest in the category. MV says the Turismo Veloce is intended for medium to long range touring, which must mean the bike won’t send you to the chiropractor after an hour in the saddle. It’s nice to see at least a small reversal of the engine capacity wars in the sport-touring segment.

What do you think? Would you be interested in a sport-touring motorcycle of small size with some Italian style?


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