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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

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.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.

MV Agusta F3 800 (2013-current)

Detail Value
New price £11,499
Engine size 798 cc
Power 148 bhp
Top speed 150 mph
Insurance group 16 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 4
Value rating is 3 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

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

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

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

Insurance group: 16 of 17

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Model History

2013: Model introduced

Other Versions

None

Specifications

Top speed 150 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 148 bhp
Max torque 65 ft-lb
Weight 173 kg
Seat height 805 mm
Fuel capacity 16.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 165 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 16 of 17
Engine size 798 cc
Engine specification 12v liquid-cooled triple, 6 gears
Frame Steel trellis/alloy beam composite
Front suspension adjustment Fully-adjustable Marzocchi 43mm forks
Rear suspension adjustment Fully-adjustable single Sachs rear shock.
Front brakes 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

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(1 review)

  • F3 800

    pottersbar

    Average rating rating is 4

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    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 the riding pleasure. To date covered over 2000 miles with no problems whatsover. It's biking with a smile on your face😄😄

    30 October 2014

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"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,"

Even though everyone agreed the GSXR750 wiped the floor with the MV in the video test MCN did?!

06 August 2013 16:02

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