2015 MV Agusta Stradale 800 First Look PreviewFor 2015, MV Agusta has re-shaped its Rivale 800 in some subtle but important ways to create a new lightweight tourer – the Stradale 800.
Unveiled at EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, the Stradale 800 is built on a slightly-tweaked Rivale chassis; the wheelbase has been extended by 30 mm (1.18 in.) to 1,460mm (57.48 in.) to enhance straight-line stability and tractability, while the saddle height has been reduced by 10 mm (0.39 in.) to 870mm (34.25 in.) to enhance agility and cornering, as well as rider ergonomics.These new dimensions are built around an ALS steel trellis frame that is reinforced with aluminum alloy plates at the pivot for the longer single-side swingarm.Suspension is handled by an inverted Marzocchi fork with adjustable compression, rebound damping and spring preload, and provides 150mm (5.9 in.) of travel up front. A fully adjustable Sachs monoshock matches that travel at the rear.Braking chores on the Stradle 800 are handled by double, four-piston Brembo hydraulic radial-type calipers, acting on 320 mm ( 12.6 in.) diameter floating steel discs up front, with a twin-piston Brembo caliper working on a single 220 mm (8.66 in.) diameter steel disc in the rear. Braking ontrol is further enhanced by a Bosch 9 Plus unit ABS with RLM (Rear wheel Lift-up Mitigation), which prevents the rear wheel from lifting off the ground during hard braking.The Stradale 800 is equipped for touring or day trips. The new bike out of Varese arrives standard with a manually adjustable Plexiglass windscreen, which can be adjusted with one hand, and hard saddlebags that incorporate the rear turn signals. The hand guards also contain the front turn signals, which enhances visibility of the bike’s full width to other drivers.Range between fuel stops is extended by a larger 16 L (4.2 US gal.) tank with 0.4 L (0.1 US gal.) reserve vs. the 3.2-gallon tank on the Rivale.The Stradale’s heart is the 798cc DOHC liquid-cooled triple that produces a claimed 115 horsepower at 11,000 rpm and 78.5 Nm (79.23 ft. lb) of torque at 9000 rpm when using the Sport Map setting.There are a total of four torque control engine maps for differing rider preferences and riding conditions; the “normal” map setting yields 90 horsepower. In addition the Stradale 800 is equipped with traction control with eight levels of intervention and with ion-sensing technology to control detonation and misfire—a useful feature with a 13.3:1 compression ratio.The triple is a contra-rotating design, which reduces inertia during directional changes increasing agility. An integrated cooling and oil circuit keeps the engine package lighter and compact.Power gets to the ground via a six speed cassette-style transmission with hydraulic clutch and electronic assist quick shifter (EAS 2.0) that takes the clutch work out of up and downshifting.Standard equipment is a comprehensive Electronic MVICS (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System) that includes Ride By Wire accelerator to the Mikuni throttle bodies and knock control.The 2015 MV Agusta Stradale 800 is available in three color combos – Red/Silver, Pearl White/Aviation Grey, Bronze/Pearl White. European pricing is set for €13,990, or about $17,359.As for US availability and pricing, MV Agusta has yet to release any information.2015 MV Agusta Stradale 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: 79.0 mm x 54.3 mm (3.1 in. x 2.1 in.)
Max. power – r.p.m. (at the crankshaft): 84.5 kW (115 hp) at 11,000 r.p.m.
Transmission: Cassette style; six speed, constant mesh
Engine management system: Integrated ignition – injection system MVICS (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System) with three injectors. Engine control unit Eldor NEMO EM2.0, throttle body full drive by wire Mikuni 47.0 pencil-coil ELDOR with ion-sensing technology, control of detonation and misfire. Torque control with four maps, Traction Control with eight levels of intervention
Electronic quick shift MV EAS 2.0 (Electronically Assisted Shift)
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!