MV-AGUSTA RIVALE 800 (2014 - on) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Annual servicing cost: £800
Power: 125 bhp
Seat height: Tall (34.7 in / 881 mm)
Weight: Low (392 lbs / 178 kg)

Prices

New £10,499
Used £6,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

A departure from their usual sportsbike and super naked range, the Rivale 800 is MV Agusta’s first ever supermoto-style machine. In fact, despite its looks it rides more like a naked sportsbike and doesn’t suffer the bar-wagging flightiness you get with a big, road-going supermoto. It’s also the Italian firm’s first machine to feature their second-generation ride-by-wire system, so the good news is the throttle and power delivery is ‘normal’ and doesn’t suffer the poor running problems of early ride-by-wire F3s, Brutales and F4s. It’s not the most practical bike you can buy, but it’s an extremely fast, fun, loud, characterful machine, with typical glossy MV build-quality and attitude.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

With its steel trellis frame, single-sided swingarm, fully-adjustable suspension and sticky Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tyres, the Rivale 800 handles like a razor-sharp sportsbike. But it’s on the heavy side, so you have to muscle it through tight corners, despite the leverage the wide bars offer. Ride quality and support from the fully adjustable suspension is superb and the cast aluminium Brembo monobloc brakes are as strong as you’ll find on any road-going superbike. Compared to the Brutale 800 the MV has added half a degree to the rake for extra stability.

Engine

Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Based heavily on the firm’s Brutale 800 engine, the ultra-short stroke inline-three-cylinder 125bhp motor, with a counter-rotating crankshaft, has a broad spread of power and a hard-hitting midrange. You could say it has too much power in the middle – it’s a savage beast to wheeile and it will easily spin a cold rear tyre, although there’s an eight stage traction control system to bail you out if things get too lively. The traction control is MV’s best yet, as is the standard quickshifter. You also get three riding maps, with differing levels of throttle response, torque and rev-limiter. The revised software controlling the ride-by-wire system finally seems to work and the Rivale behaves like a fuel injected bike with a throttle cable.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
3 out of 5 (3/5)

Although modern day MVs are continuing to improve and are impeccably built and finished, some machines can develop technical gremlins. MCN has tested bulletproof MVs and unreliable ones. Always buy from a friendly, reputable dealer.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The Rivale 800 isn’t bad value for money when you look at all the technology, performance, attitude and beauty on offer, but there’s no getting away from the fact it’s still an expensive piece of exotica.

Equipment

5 out of 5 (5/5)

As you’d expect, MV gives you all the bells and whistles with the Rivale 800. It comes with traction control, a quickshifter, variable riding maps, high performance tyres, fully-adjustable suspension, Brembos, stacked exhaust cans and beautifully designed lines.

Specs

Engine size 798cc
Engine type 12v, inline-triple
Frame type Steel trellis frame and aluminium single-sided swingarm
Fuel capacity 12.9 litres
Seat height 881mm
Bike weight 178kg
Front suspension 43mm fully adjustable Marzocchi forks
Rear suspension Single rear fully adjustable Sachs shock
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with Brembo four-piston monobloc radial calipers
Rear brake 220mm single disc with twin-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 31 mpg
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost £800
New price £10,499
Used price £6,000
Insurance group 17 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term -

Top speed & performance

Max power 125 bhp
Max torque 84 ft-lb
Top speed 140 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 90 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

2013 – Rivale 800 launched to the press in Oct ’13. Hit dealers in 2014

Other versions

None

Owners' reviews for the MV-AGUSTA RIVALE 800 (2014 - on)

1 owner has reviewed their MV-AGUSTA RIVALE 800 (2014 - 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 RIVALE 800 (2014 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Engine: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Value vs rivals: 3 out of 5 (3/5)
Equipment: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £800
4 out of 5 In Black Rivale
30 August 2017 by Modarm

Year: 2014

Annual servicing cost: £800

Seat could be more comfortable but I guess it is the style of bike, all the MV's I have ridden have hard seats. As with all MV Augusta bikes it looks fantastic and is the type of bike you don't see everywhere which is a good and bad thing. Riding the bike is FUN and easy - what more do you want.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Hard seat but handling is great, breaks feel very strong.

Engine 5 out of 5

Sport mode is abrupt but normal is great feeling for around town riding.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Rear tail light (Left side under seat - led) not all illuminating correctly and spares here in NZ always take a while to arrive. Unit is a complete unit so can't just replace the single led that has gone bad.

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

10,000k service coming up and it is an expensive service (valve check etc)

Equipment 5 out of 5

Bike has everything I need - ABS would be good on my model year (2014) Radiator guard and sliders are needed I wish bike makers would design and put them on as standard. The black colour scheme with red highlights looks brilliant.

Buying experience: Dealer was good and price was what I expected for an MV - they hold their price.

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