2015 MV Agusta Stradale 800
You probably wouldn’t be able to tellMV Agusta’s financial difficulties if you look at how awesome its new models are. That can be said for the Stradale 800, a quasi-sport touring bike that looks partly like a sports bike and functions like an all-around cruiser.
The Stradale 800 has a versatile purpose, that much I can tell you. It’s underlying characteristics are important, but there something about the Stradale that really captures my imagination. I don’t know if it’s the fanciful styling or the presence of those functional sidebags. What I do know is that riders can get a steady dose of things they like in a bike with the Stradale. That’s more than what you can say for other models coming out these days.
Give credit to MV Agusta for sparing no expense in making the Straddle as good to look at as it is a treat to ride. That’s saying a lot considering the financial difficulties the Italian bike maker is currently in.
Click past the jump to read more about the MV Agusta Stradale 800.
2015 MV Agusta Stradale 800
Engine:Three cylinder, 4 stroke, 12 valve D.O.H.C with hydraulic chain tensioner
Horsepower @ RPM:115
Torque @ RPM:58
Energy:Integrated ignition - injection system
Top Speed:133 mph
The MV Agusta Stradale’s design isn’t going to wow anybody. It’s straight-up simple and functional, developed with the idea that substance can make up for a lack of edgy styling. You might notice how similar the fairing and cowling design of the Stradale is to the MV Agusta Rivale. But once you move past that, the dynamics of the bike is uniquely its own.
The proportions are balanced, too. The front section imbibes the true identity of an MV Agusta. The windshield is a little smaller than what I’m used to, but it does have a functional purpose that shouldn’t be understated.
Moving to the seats, the Stradale offers a leather seat that’s comfortable for riders of all sizes. The handlebar is actually close enough that riders can assume a vertical position without straining their backs and their wrists.
At the back, the Stradale features a pair of saddle bags that aren’t too big to be looked at as bulky, and not too small that they become accessories themselves. These bags can hold as much as 2.4 gallons of luggage, which is more than enough for a single rider to stow his possessions. The taillights are even integrated into the outer cover of the bags.
|Wheelbase||1460 mm (57,48 in.)|
|Overall length||2130 mm (83,86 in.)|
|Overall width||890 mm (35,04 in.)|
|Saddle height||870 mm (34,25in.)|
|Min. ground clearance||125 mm (4,92 in.)|
|Trail||109 mm (4,29 in.)|
|Dry weight||181 kg (399 lbs.)|
The MV Agusta Straddle owes its versatility to its sophisticated chassis and suspension make-up. It comes with an ALS tubular steel structure that has its own mid-section made up of aluminium alloy side plates. The configuration has been used on other MV Agusta models, but the frame itself is a new feature to the Stradale.
The chassis is responsive to the whims of the rider. That’s an important characteristic for a tourer, especially when it comes to the bike’s bigger than usual size. MV Agusta also added a single-sided aluminum swingarm to help improve the bike’s traction.
One thing we know about MV Agusta is its preference to create some of the best suspension systems in the market. That’s evident in the Straddle where improvements on this end were made, including the addition of a special linkage at the rear, connecting the fully adjustable monoshock to the swingarm. This whole setup provides almost six inches of wheel travel, ensuring the rider a comfortable riding experience.
The Straddle also gets the benefit of being fitted with a pair of 17-inch Pirelli Diablo Rosso II or Scorpion tires and complemented by a braking system that accurately blends power, safety and precise control. Up front, racing type discs have been matched with radial-mounted Brembo 4-piston callipers while the rear disc, on the other hand, is gripped by a 2-piston calliper.
|Fuel tank capacity||16 l (4.23 U.S. gal.)|
|Maximum speed||214.0 km/h (133 mph)|
|Frame Type||ALS Steel tubular trellis|
|Rear swing arm pivot plates material||Aluminium alloy|
|Front Suspension||Type Marzocchi “UPSIDE DOWN” telescopic hydraulicfork with rebound-compression damping and spring preload external and separate adjustment|
|Fork dia.||43 mm (1.69 in.)|
|Fork travel||150 mm (5.91in.)|
|Rear Suspension Type||Progressive Sachs, single shock absorber with rebound and compression damping and spring preloadadjustment|
|Single sided swing arm material||Aluminium alloy|
|Wheel travel||150 mm (5.91 in.)|
|Front brake||Double floating disc with Ø 320 mm (Ø 12.6 in.) diameter, with steel braking disc and flange|
|Front brake caliper||Brembo radial-type, with 4 pistons Ø 32 mm (Ø 1.26 in.)|
|Rear brake||Single steel disc with Ø 220 mm (Ø 8.66 in.) dia.|
|Rear brake caliper||Brembo with 2 pistons - Ø 34 mm (Ø 1.34 in.)|
|ABS System||Bosch 9 Plus with RLM (Rear wheel Lift-up Mitigation)|
|Front wheel Material/size||Aluminium alloy 3.50” x 17”|
|Rear wheel Material/size||Aluminium alloy 5.50” x 17”|
|Front Tyre||120/70 - ZR 17 M/C (58 W)|
|Rear Tyre||180/55 - ZR 17 M/C (73 W)|
|Colours||Pearl White/Sand Metallic Grey, Red/Silver, Bronze Metallic/Pearl White|
The MV Agusta Stradale is powered by a 798 cc three-cylinder engine that pumps out an impressive 115 horsepower and 58 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the wheels courtesy of a six-speed transmission, allowing the Stradale to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in about around four seconds to go with a top speed of 133 mph.
|Engine Type||Three cylinder, 4 stroke, 12 valve|
|Timing system||“D.O.H.C” with hydraulic chain tensioner|
|Total displacement||798 cm3 (48.7 cu. in.)|
|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.|
|Max. torque - r.p.m. (at the crankshaft)||78.5 Nm (8.0 kgm) at 9.000 r.p.m.|
|Cooling system||Cooling with separated liquid and oil radiators|
|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 Ø 47 mm, 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)|
|Clutch||Hydraulic clutch, wet, multi-disc|
|Transmission||Cassette style; six speed, constant mesh|
|Gear ratio First gear:||13/37|
|Final drive ratio||16/41|
|Alternator||350 W at 5000 r.p.m.|
|Battery||12 V - 8.6 Ah|
The MV Agusta Stradale 800 comes with a price of 14,780 euros, which is about $16,600 based on current exchange rates.
“MV Agusta revealed its new Stradale 800 during the 2014 EICMA Show in Milan and now, in December, the Italian brand has just wrapped its press launch for the machine. Branded as a fusion of sport and touring features, the Stradale 800 is a new model for 2015, joining the Turismo Veloce 800 in MV’s new-year line-up. The Stradale 800 is definitely the more aggressively styled of the two, with a near naked front end complimented by a smaller windscreen and sleeker removable panniers. Aesthetically, the Stradale 800 looks much like a touring edition Rivale.” ----- Motorcycle USA
“The 2015 MV Agusta Stradale 800 is the touring version of the Rivale. If riding 10 hours a day on the Rivale sounds alright for you, then the added luggage system and the windscreen should definitely make you smile. And fork out some extra dinero, of course, but nothing is for free in this world, and especially motorcycle touring amenities.” ----- Autoevolution