2014 MV Agusta Rivale 800 | First Ride Review

2014 MV Agusta Rivale 800 Test

Finally it’s here – the MV Agusta Rivale 800 in all its glory. I had the pleasure of testing this extreme streetfighter at La Route Napoleon in the south of France, and let me tell you straight away I wasn’t disappointed.

The 125-horsepower 798cc triple moves the 392-lbs. machine forward with great authority, and super-sharp Brembo brakes stops it with same said mastery.

I rode it in torrential rain the first day, which gave me a good opportunity to test traction control in conditions where TC could actually save you. The traction control works great on lower settings, say from four to one, but the upper settings will never have any use, even in the rain.

Due to the heavy rain, our test this day was cut short and I was offered another day in the saddle, which only an idiot would refuse. I was rewarded with a sunny morning on drying roads and an afternoon with dry and beautiful roads. I got to test the Rivale 800 in very realistic conditions and my full review will be all the better for it.

First impressions are that this hardcore motorcycle was built to match its image exactly like I would have wanted it. The Rivale 800 is the bike for those that find the likes of the MV Avusta Brutale and Ducati Monster concepts too bland – and we all know the Brutale and Monster are not exactly bland at all.

If you know how to truly ride a motorcycle, then the Rivale 800 is for you. If not, then just stay away.

For Sagen’s full review of the 2014 MV Agusta Rivale 800, click here.

Photos: Milagro