JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng - The MV Agusta Stradale 800 is set to arrive locally before the end of 2014 equipped with new sport brakes, improved acceleration and a number of mechanical changes.
COMING SOON TO SA: MV Agusta will expand its local line-up with the addition of the new Stradale 800, set to arrive locally later in 2014. Image: MV Agusta
MV Agusta comments: "It's the right motorcycle every time, whatever the road and conditions.
"The new Stradale 800 combines the MV Agusta experience on various types of models to offer an original approach to riding, the ALS steel trellis frame is completed, in the single-sided swing arm pivot area, with light aluminium alloy plates."
It's upside-down Marzocchi forks, adjustable for compression, rebound and spring pre-load, the bike makers says, guarantees 150mm of travel; the single-sided swing arm, connected to the fully adjustable monoshock, provides 15mm of travel at the rear.
The chassis has been developed specifically for the Stradale 800 and the standard 1460mm wheelbase has been extended by 30mm; consequently, the single-sided swing arm is also longer, improving overall traction.
The riding position is completely new, with a new 870mm-high seat making the bike easier to handle and more comfortable. The front has been equipped with an adjustable protective Plexiglas screen and the fuel tank has been enlarged to 20 litres (including four-litre reserve).
The 798cc three-cylinder engine was developed for this model to give 85kW and 78.5Nm. The bikemaker says the engine "combines elasticity with outstanding acceleration and exclusive solutions abound, such as cooling and oil circuits to keep the engine compact".
Electronic MVICS (motor and vehicle integrated control system) control is comprehensive from the ride-by-wire accelerator through Mikuni throttle bodies and knock contro to the availability of four new engine maps.
The Sport map provides 85kW, maximising performance and generating the classic buzz typical of any true MV Agusta while the Normal map offers 67kW and a smoother throttle response, ideal for short-range touring and commuting.
The bike's anti-lock brakes use a Bosch 9 Plus unit equipped with rear-wheel lift mitigation.
Stradale 800 pricing will be announced when the bikes arrive closer to the end of 2014.