2013 MV Agusta F3 800 TestIt was an extremely pleasant e-mail I got from MV Agusta with the invitation to the F3 800 launch at Misano.
I had expected the Rivale 800 to be my next MV appointment, but instead the folks at MVA pushed the F3 800 forward. And after having tested the Brutale 800 last year this was a mouth watering prospect.The MV Agusta triple range now consists of four models (Brutale 800, Brutale 675, F3 675, F3 800) plus the Rivale, which will also arrive to dealers in Europe within the next six months sometime. The Schiranna factory moves faster than anybody else these days, and the MV Agusta model lineup is at its most extensive ever.The F3 800 sounds glorious from the start up to racing through Curvone at over 200km/h. The chassis, design and many other components are shared with its little sister the F3 675.What’s new, though, is a hefty 20 horsepower boost in the larger capacity 800cc triple engine which makes for a 148 horsepower claimed output. This figure is pretty much what you could expect of a full on superbike just a few years ago and in a lightweight chassis the F3 800 sure moves!The new MV supersport is very precise at both corner entry and exit, and gets very light in the front. The F3 800 got a bit too light in certain places that I could have wished for a steering damper, but the damper is offered as an option.I had a few problems on the first bike I tested with the gearbox and quick shifter, as it sometimes would refuse to kick up from third to fourth gear on the straights. This was not an issue at all on my next session when I picked a different bike.Traction control and riding modes are all present, but I’ll go into more detail in my full review. All in all I was left with a superb first impression because the F3 800 is such a responsive and nimble supersport and I suspect it will land in MV’s line-up exactly where you are used to finding Suzuki’s GSX-R750.Always the riders choice with the best of both worlds, but, of course, seriously down on power compared to the F4 RR. For a preview of the MV Agusta F3 800, including full specs, click here.Photos by Milagro
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, the weekly podcast brought to you by Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams takes the smallest BMW ADV bike on an urban adventure in Los Angeles. The BMW G 310 GS is a full size motorcycle with a modest engine, so of course we wonder if it is a little too underpowered and might struggle. Don put it through its paces and gives us his take.
In the second segment, Neale Bayly and Kiran Ridley have returned from the Ukraine to Paris where Kiran is based.
Kiran is an award winning photojournalist, and as an accomplished documentarian, he has covered stories as diverse as drug smuggling around the Mexican border, to the devastation of the Australian Bush Fires, to the tragedy of the Mediterranean migration crisis. Neale and Kiran reminisce about their motorcycle adventure in the Ukraine, and their observations and experiences with the incredibly resilient people of Ukraine, who have been put through such brutal hardship.