2014 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 PreviewLast weekend, MV Agusta released a video teaser of its latest creation, the 2014 Turismo Veloce 800, which translates from Italian to “Fast Tourer.” The video revealed much about MV Agusta’s first sport touring motorcycle, though loads of details were left to speculation.
But this all changed Monday at EICMA (Milan Motorcycle Show), where MV unveiled the Turismo Veloce 800. As we expected, it’s a sport touring motorcycle with adventure styling, sort of like a smaller Ducati Multistrada, and it’s powered by the same engine offered across MV Agusta’s 798cc motorcycle lineup.But what we didn’t expect were two versions; the 2014 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 is offered in a base version and the “Lusso” (Luxury) model. It’s the latter that has all the essentials for long-distance touring, including 60-liter saddlebags, semi-active suspension (MV Agusta Chassis Stability Control), heated grips, and integrated GPS. Both versions arrive with ABS and Bluetooth connection, and are claimed to have a top speed of 149 mph.Powering the Turismo Veloce 800 is the same engine in the Rivale 800, F3 and Brutale 800 that continues to impress us – the 798cc triple. MV claims the Turismo Veloce’s powerplant makes the same horsepower as the Rivale 800 – 125 – but peaks 400 rpm earlier at 11,600 rpm. The engine also produces the same torque as the Rivale 800 – 60 ft.-lb. at 8600 rpm.Both models of the “TV” also receive MV Agusta’s second generation MVICS 2.0 (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System) with three preset mapping options – Touring, Sport and Rain – and a custom option that gives riders total control of all parameters. Sport has full horsepower, and Touring and Rain have 91.These controllable parameters are the engine torque curve inline with power output (two levels), rev limiter cut in point (Hard or Soft), throttle sensitivity (three levels), engine braking (two levels), engine response (two levels) and, traction control (eight levels).The Turismo Veloce 800 also receives Anti Wheelie system, which is a first for a touring motorcycle, Ride-by-Wire throttle, cruise control, and EAS 2.0 (Electronically Assisted Shift) system, which allows for clutchless shifting.The new tourer features a steel trellis frame with wider, aluminum alloy side plates for a wider mid section and more support for the passenger. The frame also features aluminum swingarm pivot plates that mount a center stand. Enhancing beauty, the Tursimo Veloce 800 models also feature a single-sided swingarm.Suspension duties on the base model are handled by 43mm Marzocchi upside- down telescopic fork up front with rebound-compression damping and spring preload adjustment. Out back the base model features a Progressive Sachs single shock absorber with rebound and compression damping, and spring preload adjustment.Catering to the touring-savvy rider, the Turismo Veloce Lusso arrives with MV Agusta Chassis Stability Control (MVCSC 2.0) system. MVCSC 2.0 utilizes a 43mm Sachs front fork and Sachs rear shock absorber. Both the base and Lusso versions offer 6.3 inches of travel.This semi-active suspension works through continuous interventions to the hydraulic settings based on riding conditions. MV Agusta says the ECU includes the inertial platform that supplies vital parameter readings. This setup is vital to the continuous suspension setting changes and employs the Skyhook algorithm, which was specifically designed by MV Agusta. The system acts on the hydraulic compression and rebound readings when the bike is in motion.Stopping both the 2014 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 and Lusso model are two 320mm discs up front squeezed by four-piston Brembo calipers. Out back, a two-piston Brembo caliper squeezes a single 220mm disc. Both models also feature the Bosch 9 Plus ABS system.In the cockpit, both models arrive with a five-inch TFT color display instrument panel. This features speed, rpm, riding mode, ABS setting, traction control setting, gear indicator, gas, ambient temperature gauge, engine temperature gauge, and Bluetooth settings. The Lusso version’s display also features suspension settings.The Lusso is further enhanced with saddlebags that hold 60-liters of storage, which is enough for a full-face helmet in each side, heated grips, an immobilizer theft device, and GPS. MV Agusta says the GPS displays route information and fuel consumption, and is position so riders never lose sight of the instrument panel.MV Agusta claims the Turismo Veloce 800 weights 428 pounds with its 5.28-gallon fuel tank empty, and the Lusso version 456 pounds dry (also a 5.28-gallon tank).The standard model is available in Silver, and the Lusso model in Red/Silver. MV Agusta has yet to release the pricing, but expect to pay around the $15,000.2014 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 / Turismo Veloce 800 Specs:Engine:
Type: Three cylinder, 4 stroke, 12 valve, DOHC
Total Displacement: 798 cm3 (48.7 cu. in.)
Compression Ratio: 13.3:1
Bore x Stroke: 79 mm x 54.3 mm (3.1 in. x 2.1 in.)
Max Power: 125 hp at 11,600 rpm
Max torque: 60 ft.-lb. at 8,600 rpm
Cooling: Cooling with separated liquid and oil radiators
Engine Management System: Integrated ignition – injection system MVICS 2.0
(Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System) with three injectors. Engine control unit Eldor EM2.0, throttle body full drive by wire Mikuni, pencil-coil with ion-sensing technology, control of detonation and misfire Torque control with four maps, Traction Control with eight levels of intervention
Clutch: Wet, multi-disc
Gear Box: Cassette style; six speed, constant mesh
Frame: ALS Steel tubular trellis (MAG welded) with aluminum alloy rear swing arm
Front Suspension: 43mm Marzocchi “UPSIDE DOWN” telescopic hydraulic fork with rebound-compression damping and spring preload external and separate adjustment
Rear Suspension: Progressive Sachs, single shock absorber with rebound and compression damping and spring preload adjustment
Front Suspension (Lusso): 43mm Sachs “UPSIDE DOWN” semi-active telescopic hydraulic fork with MVCSC (MV Agusta Chassis Stability Control)
Rear Suspension (Lusso): Progressive Sachs, semi-active single shock
absorber with hydraulic spring preload adjustment and MVCSC (MV Agusta Chassis Stability Control)
Front Brakes: Double floating disc with 320 mm (12.6 in.) diameter, with steel braking disc and flange squeezed by Brembo radial-type caliper with 4 pistons
Rear Brake: Single steel disc with 220 mm (8.66 in.) diameter squeezed by Brembo two-piston caliper.
Wheels: Aluminum Alloy, 3.5″ x 17″ (front); 5.5″ x 17″ (rear)
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