MV Agusta Rivale 800 Test Rides
Nearly a year after MV Agusta unveiled its Rivale 800 at the 2012 EICMA, the naked sporbike with hit the markets for a first time later this month.
In Europe, and Europe only, MV Agusta will launch the Rivale 800 to customers. Official MV Agusta dealers will hold an open day Oct. 26-27, allowing customers to test ride the new Rivale 800. As for the US, MV has not released any info on an open day event.
The Rivale 800 builds on MVA’s line of inline three motorcycles, joining the F3 675, the Bruatle 675 and the Brutale 800. These bikes are all younger siblings of MV’s F4 and the new Brutale 1090.
The new 800′s engine is basically a bored-out version of the 675. The 800 pushes 125 horsepower at 11,600 rpm, which is 12 more horespower than the 675, and 60 ft. lbs. of torque at 8600 rpm. The engine features the counter-rotating crankshaft, something once only used in MotoGP. The design reduces inertia while changing direction, helping the bike’s overall balance.
The Rivale 800, which weighs 375 lbs., also features MVICS (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System) technology, which “allows for performance, smoothness of power delivery, ease of riding and extreme personalization, with three engine maps and a custom default.” The bike also features Ride-By-Wire throttle control.
Like the Brutale 800, the Rivale features the signature steel-trellis frame and single-sided swingarm, all united through two aluminum-alloy plates. MV Agusta says the angle of the steering head on the Rivale 800 is half of a degree more open than the Brutale 800. The excursion of the fork and shock have also been increased to provide more comfort and conformity to the road surface.
As for suspension, the Rivale 800 uses Marzocchi and Sachs components, which feature adjustable spring preload, hydraulic compression and rebound damping.
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