2014 MV Agusta Rivale 800 TestFinally 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
KTM Super ADV R + Lightning Motorcycles’ Richard Hatfield
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams rides KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure R. This hardcore ADV bike is big, powerful, and a true expert-level machine. Interestingly, it has multiple points of adjustment within its highly capable electronics package, and Don discovered several big surprises where the bike changed personality completely. His is an intriguing look at one of the most capable off road ADV bikes on the market today.
In the second segment, I chat with Richard Hatfield, CEO of Lightning motorcycles. This silicon valley based manufacturer was founded in 2006, and having racked up several notable race victories (including Pikes Peak in 2013 with the late Carlin Dunne on board) Lightning have certainly dominated in racing terms. In another first, Lightning has just announced a new rapid-charging battery technology that may well bring electric motorcycles into becoming real-world, practical transport.
So from all of us here at Motos & Friends… we hope you enjoy this episode!