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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The Brutale 800 Dragster is a very specific type of bike for a very specific purpose. Don’t expect it to go touring or suffer a daily commute. It’s a proper Sunday show-off, at home honing about streets and back lanes, using its banging midrange and sorted throttle response to boss traffic with extravagant disdain. It’s as good as its looks; if you like them, you’ll love the Dragster. Delightfully wayward…the Dragster is an unashamedly adrenaline-fuelled riot from start to finish.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

MV have worked hard to sort out their initial fuelling woes. Ever since the F3 675 was launched, MVs have been criticised for hesitant and unpredictable throttle control. The new Rivale showed they’d solved the problems and, with the new settings rolled out across the range, the Dragster confirms it – the engine is an absolute belter and a joy to use in any of its four power modes. It’s a big thumbs up to MV’s electronics engineers.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

On the road, the Dragster is right at home. Steering is light, precise, and flicks off the bumps and ridges with entertaining eagerness. The bike’s propensity to wheelie, even with traction control dialled in, is almost as astonishing as its stability. The oversize rear tyre limits scratching in the really tight stuff and its effect is proven by half-an-inch of unused rubber on the sides of the front tyre. And the suspension is harsh over big bumps, crashing them into the chassis. But overall the impression is of big, big grins…

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

Traction control, ABS and four riding modes come as standard.

MV Agusta Dragster 800 (2014-current)

Detail Value
New price £10,990
Engine size 798 cc
Power 125 bhp
Top speed 155 mph
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Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

MV’s new triples are still to prove their reliability, but the finish appears good.

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

The price is slightly high for an 800, but this is a premium Italian product.

Insurance

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Model History

2014: Model introduced

Other Versions

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Specifications

Top speed 155 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 125 bhp
Max torque 60 ft-lb
Weight 167 kg
Seat height 811 mm
Fuel capacity 16.6 litres
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 130 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 798 cc
Engine specification Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 12v inline triple
Frame Tubular steel trellis
Front suspension adjustment Marzocchi 43mm inverted forks, fully adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Sachs fully adjustable rear shock
Front brakes 2x320mm discs. Brembo four-piston radial monobloc calipers. ABS
Rear brake 1x220mm disc, Brembo two-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70ZR17
Rear tyre size 200/50ZR17

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