MV-AGUSTA TURISMO VELOCE 800 (2015-on) Review

Published: 17 July 2015

MV’s first touring bike is a winner

MV-AGUSTA TURISMO VELOCE 800  (2015-on)

MV’s first touring bike is a winner

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The bike is a new, more agile and lighter take on many touring rivals, and an interesting new departure for the MV Agusta company, plus it looks great. For some this will be another MV parked alongside the superbike in the garage, for others a Yamaha MT-09 Tracer is a more affordable option.

For a small company like MV this was a tough decision to make, but the resulting bike — at least from MCN’s first ride in the South of France — has shown the new direction is the right one. After nearly 150 miles of demanding switchback mountain roads the Turismo Veloce 800 proved to be fast, agile, comfortable, practical and above all much lighter and more manageable than some of the larger, more powerful bikes in the sports-touring/adventure bike sector.

MCN’s previous experience of MV launches has shown there can sometimes be significant differences between launch bikes hand-prepared at the factory and those that make it out of UK dealers, so these impressions are somewhat tempered by that knowledge. We’ve ridden perfectly set-up bikes on launches which have been excellent but when the full production bike has been sent out on UK roads they have borne little relation. When we test a UK production bike we will be able to give a full verdict, but these first impressions are almost all positive.

The Turismo Veloce’s good points certainly outweigh the bad, but there are negatives nonetheless. I’ve already mentioned a couple of tiny fuelling niggles, but the biggest issue is the fitment of the Pirelli Scorpion Trail tyres. This isn’t an off-road bike in any way, shape or form, so why these light off-road tyres have been fitted is a mystery. I would love to change them for a pair of modern sports-touring tyres to see what the bike felt like.

The most annoying aspect of the bike is actually nothing to do with the machine itself but the fitment of the accessory satnav. Not only is the metal bar running between the screen supports ugly and out of keeping with the rest of the stylish bike, but it also stops you from accessing the manually adjustable screen because it’s not wide enough to allow access for your gloved hand. Another minor grumble is the indicator switch, which doesn’t have enough positivity when pushed, making it hard to know if you’ve turned your indicators off.

But that’s all I could find wrong in over 165 miles of hardcore mountain roads, including the famous Col de Vence and Route Napoleon. The three-cylinder motor has some vibration at times, but mostly it’s smooth and more than powerful enough. The braking performance from the front Brembo set-up is strong, too. The electronics are a help not a hindrance, the seat is comfortable, the screen keeps the worst of the windblast down, and navigating the full-colour dash and the Veloce’s many settings couldn’t be simpler. The auto-blipping quickshifter works excellently both up and down the gearbox, and the clutch is only needed for setting off. It does take a little getting used to, and if you are already a habitual downshift ‘blipper’ then you have to force yourself to stop doing it or the bike leaps forward.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

The Veloce 800 has deliberately stayed away from tackling the massive offerings in the touring motorcycle market, which has become dominated by adventure bikes rather than traditional tourers. The MV is leaning more towards the road offerings, with 17in wheels and a lack of underside rock protection. It’s also significantly lighter than a full-on adventure tourer at 212kg fully-fuelled, and narrower too, even with its two 30-litre hard panniers that can each stow a full-face helmet. 

The launch location of Nice leads out onto some of Europe’s best roads and the Turismo Veloce (Italian for Fast Touring) suits them well. Of the four available throttle maps I started off in ‘Turismo’ which is the middle setting, with a softer ‘Rain’ option and also a sharpened ‘Sport’ option for later. There is a fourth customisable map too.

For some people the Turismo Veloce will appear under-powered especially when you look at potential rivals like the Ducati Multistrada 1200, KTM 1290 Adventure and the Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200. Yet the MV is much lighter than them all, so the 110bhp and 63ftlb of torque from the three-cylinder motor gives performance that is more than fast enough. The performance is much more usable than either the KTM or the Ducati, which are depleted uranium sledgehammers in comparison to the MV’s cut-glass nutcracker.

Engine 4 out of 5

The Turismo Veloce is the latest bike to use the three-cylinder 798cc motor first seen in the screaming F3 supersport bike, but in the Veloce it has been retuned for 110bhp of peak power and 61.2ftlb of torque. The three-cylinder motor has some vibration at times, but mostly it’s smooth and more than powerful enough. The retuning work done on the motor that’s derived from a supersport bike works very well in this version. While some people are going to be sniffy about the power output this would be a mistake. At no point does the bike feel like it’s lacking power and the engine is still potent enough to give excellent and fun performance. 

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The build quality of the bikes we tested on the launch was first rate. The paintwork is excellent, the fit and finish really very, very good. There’s no doubting MV manages to build great bikes that are desirable and great-looking but there are niggles over reliability and the patchy dealer network in the UK doesn’t help get these sorted. MV is working hard to sort this out as we speak and an official MV Agusta GB importer is working hard too. Some owners tell of having no dramas with their bikes and others say the opposite so it really is a case of needing to go into MV ownership with your eyes open.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

There is a rather large, rather unavoidable hurdle the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce is going to have to overcome, though, and that’s the Yamaha MT-09 Tracer. It offers a similar package, with riding modes, traction control and ABS, but costs £8200, not the £12,000 you pay for the base model MV, and nearer £15,000 for the Lusso. The owner of MV Giovanni Castiglioni says the Tracer isn’t a rival: “The Yamaha is for a different client and MV doesn’t compete with the Japanese. The way MV builds bikes is completely different.” 

Perhaps that’s true and the desirability of the MV brand will enable it to sell, but the UK dealer network needs expansion, and the Tracer offers almost all of the same package but for a near 30% saving. 

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

Equipment 5 out of 5

The Turismo Veloce 800 is, according to MV, a touring bike that has been “re-thought to make it fast, lightweight and dynamic” and comes in two versions; the standard Veloce, and the Veloce Lusso which gets full LED lighting, a larger full-colour TFT dashboard, and electronically controlled suspension.

Both versions of the Turismo Veloce have a stack of electronics as standard which includes the new Motor and Vehicle Integrated Control System (MVICS 2.0) electronic control, four riding modes with an automated gearshift blipper system that works going up and down the gears. The bike has ABS as standard, combined with anti-rear wheel lift, and MV also claim it benefits from a 20% reduction in fuel consumption when compared to the current 800cc triples in the range. It also has a larger 22-litre fuel tank.

Owners' Reviews

4 owners have reviewed their MV-AGUSTA TURISMO VELOCE 800 (2015-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.

Review your MV-AGUSTA TURISMO VELOCE 800 (2015-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.8 out of 5
Engine 4.8 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.8 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

11 September 2016 by ork

absolutely amazing in every way Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
60 mile a day commute, 1500 mile Scottish tour, and bike night trips, this bike does it all
Engine
4 out of 5
the engine hasn't the sound id like, a bit rattley??
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
clutch switch issue, and one recall, but nothing to woory about in 5000 miles
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
only downside is that the dealers 40 miles away
Equipment
5 out of 5
order the panniers and heated grips, it's all you need
Buying experience

Dealer

5 out of 5

A dream motorcycle

21 June 2016 by Frank Victory

A beautify bike in every sense Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Soft seat, Brembro brakes, nice wheels and tires
Engine
5 out of 5
Sporty but with plenty of torque
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Exclusive design with Italian taste
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
It has 2 years factory guarantee
Equipment
5 out of 5
Full extras
Buying experience

Italica Motors Costa Rica , first class service

5 out of 5

Beautifully head turning, fun, sporty, rare and well rounded sports touring bike.

31 May 2016 by JB8

Light, nimble, fun to ride with looks to die for. Quick shifter is awesome! Totally unique and I've yet to see another on the road in this county which is fantastic! Negatives: Headlight is poor on main beam and the standard screen is not great at... Read more deflecting wind over a 6'2" bloke.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Suspension is great and the Brembos are proper anchors. Seat can get a little bit uncomfortable after 2.5 hrs maybe needs a little extra padding at the front or a bit cutting out of the back to stop it from tipping you towards the tank. On short blasts this is negligible but on longer jaunts it can be a bit annoying.
Engine
5 out of 5
Compliant, mild mannered low end with a raucous range of torque and a wonderful exhaust note when wound open. Quiet when cruising along which for a tourer is ideal. It doesn't need anymore power (115), the torque more than makes up for anyone thinking they need 150BHP.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Build quality and fit is better than any bike (other than niche bespoke bike builders) I've ever looked at. Design is great! So far reliability has been spot on so hopefully it will stay this way.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
First service was £180. It does like to drink a bit more fuel than I thought it would, may be this is my perception or just the reality that you can't have everything!
Equipment
5 out of 5
Everything electrical is covered. The display screen can be a bit of an assault on the senses at first, due to the sheer amount of info shown but you soon get use to it. I get the MV / Pirelli link up but more road sport / touring orientated rubber would have probably made more sense, although the standards do hook up ok.
Buying experience

Easy, trouble free purchase and delivery from dealer. Only issue is sparse dealer network but having come from KTM I'm use to that! Slight deal, but that's not a main consideration when you are buying an MV.

5 out of 5

27 October 2015 by Alvin

Value for money, a friendly city and freeway machine. Bike is very nimble and has lots of power, definitely a head turner for its sexy look. Thumbs up 👍 Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
-
Engine
5 out of 5
Can be too hot perhaps due to Singapore climate definitely better than his rival
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
-
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
-
Equipment
5 out of 5
Smart and thoughtful design for the 35l side panniers
Buying experience

Albert Motor Singapore, excellent service 🍻

Read all 4 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2015
Year discontinued -
New price £12,000
Used price £8,900 to £12,800
Warranty term 2 years
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost £180
Performance
Max power 110 bhp
Max torque 61.2 ft-lb
Top speed 143 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range 200 miles
Specification
Engine size 798cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, three cylinder, 12v, four-stroke, DOHC
Frame type Tubular steel trellis, aluminium alloy subframe
Fuel capacity -
Seat height 850mm
Bike weight 210kg
Front suspension Marzocchi 43mm upside down adjustable for rebound, compression and preload
Rear suspension Single Sachs shock, adjustable for rebound, compression and preload
Front brake Twin 320mm disc with radial Brembo four-piston caliper
Rear brake Single 220mm disc with Brembo two-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 R17
Rear tyre size 190/55 R17

History & Versions

Model history

None

Other versions

MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 Lusso version adds full LED lighting, a larger full-colour TFT dashboard, and electronically controlled suspension. Will be available later in 2015. 

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