2015 MV Agusta Stradale 800 | FIRST LOOK

Will the new Stradale redefine the term “all-arounder” for the Italian company?

When you hear the term "all-arounder" you don't usually think " MV Agusta ." But MV is hoping to change that with the new Stradale 800, a bike that straddles the line between sport and touring, and comfort and performance.

The Stradale wouldn’t be an MV without a high-tech three-cylinder engine; in this case a 798cc mill plundered from the Rivale. It has a counter-rotating crankshaft to reduce inertia during direction changes, and a new hydraulically controlled clutch. You get four engine maps that provide two maximum-power options: a claimed 115 horsepower at 11,000 rpm in Sport mode, and a claimed 90 horsepower in Normal and Rain modes with a power delivery that boosts low-end and midrange. A higher-volume muffler optimizes performance without taking the bark out of the triple’s sound.

MV Agusta’s Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System, two rev-limiter settings, adjustable throttle sensitivity and engine braking, ABS, and traction control are just a few of the electronic tools at your disposal.

The tubular-steel frame with aluminum side plates are unique to the Stradale. It comes with all-new linkage for the fully adjustable rear shock, a fully adjustable Marzocchi fork, and a handlebar set higher than on typical sportbikes; there’s also a low-seat option for the inseam challenged. The rear wheel is unique to the Stradale, and both wheels sport Brembo brakes and either Pirelli Diablo Rosso II or Scorpion Trail tires.

The Stradale’s all-purpose tag comes courtesy of a pair of small side panniers with integrated LED light clusters. Remove the panniers and the lateral light clusters on the bike are activated. Don’t expect to carry much in either pannier, though––for even semi-serious cargo capacity you’ll need the optional top box.

The Stradale’s MSRP will be about $17,400 and available colors will be Pearl White/Sand Metallic Gray, Red/Silver, and Bronze Metallic/Pearl White.

PRICE $17,499 (approx.)
ENGINE 798cc, liquid-cooled inline triple
CLAIMED HORSEPOWER 115.0 hp @ 11,000 rpm
CLAIMED TORQUE 57.8 lb-ft @ 9,000 rpm
FRAME Tubular-steel trellis
FRONT SUSPENSION Marzocchi 43mm fork; 5.91-in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION Sachs single shock adjustable for spring preload; 5.91-in. travel
FRONT BRAKE Brembo four-piston caliper, 320mm disc
REAR BRAKE Brembo two-piston, 220mm disc
RAKE/TRAIL n/a, 4.29 in.
WHEELBASE 57.48 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 34.25 in.
CONTACT [mvagusta.com][]