MV-AGUSTA F3 800 (2013-on) Review

Published: 26 June 2013

"Now positioned as the entry-level bike in MV's range but not a bike for novices – it's got seriously impressive performance"

MV-AGUSTA F3 800  (2013-on)

"Now positioned as the entry-level bike in MV's range but not a bike for novices – it's got seriously impressive performance"

  • At a glance
  • 798cc  -  148 bhp
  • 45 mpg  -  165 miles range
  • Medium seat height (805mm)
  • £11,499

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

MV Agusta’s new 148bhp F3 800, boasts 20bhp more power than its F3 675 baby brother, a massive 30bhp more in the midrange and higher spec cycle parts such as Brembo Monobloc calipers. Yes, it’s more expensive, too, but the F3 800 is the most sorted, enjoyable and fun MV Agusta we’ve ridden in recent times, true exotica and far less than the price of an F4.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Steering, overall stability, braking and overall stability is superb. There was never anything wrong with the F3 675’s solid handling and pin-sharp steering and the F3 800 is just as impressive. Think of it as a big ‘600’, not a small ‘1000’. The F3 800 is all about generating big corner speed, taking wide swooping lines through the corners and thrashing the bejesus out of the engine. It’s involving and easy to ride like a 600, with added speed and grunt, but won’t intimidate you like a 1000.

Engine 4 out of 5

A new crankshaft with an 8.4mm longer stroke (up to 54.3mm) brings the liquid-cooled, three cylinder engine up to 798cc. It’s still a revvy beast despite its extra capacity and a 30bhp more midrange. The F3 800 is as easy and exhilarating to ride as a 600, but hasn’t so much power it’s a handful, like a 1000. The counter-rotating crank keeps the front nailed to the floor out of corners, even under hard acceleration, so the speed it delivers is deceptive. Better still, it has a soundtrack so good you’d download it from iTunes.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

Finish quality and componentry is, as usual, sublime, but MV’s reliability has been iffy (although improved during the Harley years) and the F3’s are still too new to make a judgement on its record.

Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5

Eleven and a half grand is a lot of moolah by anyone’s standards but compares better to its rivals (Suzuki’s GSX-R750 is, as I write, £9899, Ducati’s 848 Evo £11,130) than its four-cylinder F4 sibling while it’s just as exotic and it’s performance even more competitive.

Insurance group: 16 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

The 800 runs an updated ride-by-wire system and the same electronic rider aid package, which includes four riding modes (Sport, Normal, Rain and Custom), eight stage traction control and an optional quickshifter. Marzocchi forks and Sachs shock are the same as the F3 675 with revised spring and damping rates to suit the 800’s power characteristics. The 800 uses higher spec Brembo monobloc calipers to the 675 for improved braking feel and power at higher speeds and MV’s optional quickshifter is also impressive.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their MV-AGUSTA F3 800 (2013-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

F3 800

30 October 2014 by pottersbar

Previous bike was the F3 675, which in two years I covered over 12000 miles. With the additional mid-range power of the 800 it is easier to ride and as with the 675, brakes and road holding are superb, especially with ABS. Quick shifter adds to... Read more the riding pleasure. To date covered over 2000 miles with no problems whatsover. It's biking with a smile on your face😄😄

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2013
Year discontinued -
New price £11,499
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 16 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 148 bhp
Max torque 65 ft-lb
Top speed 150 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 165 miles
Specification
Engine size 798cc
Engine type 12v liquid-cooled triple, 6 gears
Frame type Steel trellis/alloy beam composite
Fuel capacity 16.5 litres
Seat height 805mm
Bike weight 173kg
Front suspension Fully-adjustable Marzocchi 43mm forks
Rear suspension Fully-adjustable single Sachs rear shock.
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with Brembo monobloc four-piston calipers
Rear brake 220mm disc with twin-piston Brembo caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2013: Model introduced

Other versions

None

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