MV-AGUSTA STRADALE 800 (2015-on) Review

Published: 23 January 2015

It’s brisk, well-equipped, involving and fun – but more of a day trip bike than a serious touring machine

MV-AGUSTA STRADALE 800  (2015-on)

It’s brisk, well-equipped, involving and fun – but more of a day trip bike than a serious touring machine

  • At a glance
  • 798cc  -  115 bhp
  • 38 mpg  -  120 miles range
  • Insurance group: 17 of 17
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  • High seat height (870mm)
  • New: £11,599

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

MV Agusta’s first ‘touring’ bike is no conventional tourer. Instead it’s effectively a Stradale supermoto with screen and panniers with its closest rival being Ducati’s Hyperstrada. That said, it’s brisk, well-equipped, involving and fun – but it’s more of a day trip bike than a serious touring machine.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

MV have taken their supermoto and added a weekend’s-worth of comfort and practicality. For a tad more stability, the wheelbase is lengthened by 46mm courtesy of a new frame with a slightly kicked out (by all of 1º) headstock and a longer, single-sided swingarm. Even so, the result is still like holding the front spindle between your fists; the brakes digging in with crisp power. I don’t think I’ve ever ridden so aggressively with panniers in my life. This is still a runty, aggressive funster of a bike, not a relaxed one.

Engine 4 out of 5

Familiar 800 triple is currently the most refined and potent in MV’s range. It’s similar to Triumph’s mid-range triple but meaner and mkore aggressive. The Stradale version has three standard riding modes plus a customisable option, switchable TCS and ABS, a quickshifter and, uniquely in this class, a ‘blipper’ downshifter, too. All of which, allied to a fairly fierce and fruity 115bhp triple and in a package that, whatever the mods, is still so stumpy and sharp it’s like peering over a cliff edge, adds up to a bike that, at first, can be a little intimidating. You get used to it tho’. The fuelling is good, the modes and electronics effective. Never anything else than a fire-breathing supermoto, tho’.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

MV quality (look at that components list above) is, as usual, second to none. MV want it that way, after all. Reliability, though, is a little harder to guarantee. We’ve heard of no particular faults with the 800 and otherwise the Stradakle is so new it’s impossible to judge.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

MVs are, and always have been, premium products for a select few. The Stradale is no different. Yes, £11,599 does sound steeop for an 800 triple, espeially when Triumph’s electronics laden new Tiger 800 starts at nearly £2K less, but on the whole you do get what you pay for, it is fabulously equipped and it does deliver an experience like virtually no other.

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Equipment 5 out of 5

There’s a new, slightly bigger tank, a seat redesigned for two, a touring, adjustable (MV’s first) screen, an all-new LCD dash (displaying far more information than before, including MV’s first fuel gauge) and last, but by no means least; there’s those classy panniers with (patented) built-in lights.What’s more, like virtually all MVs the Stradale is also dripping with exotic componentry and sophistication: Brembo brakes, multi-adjustable suspension, a single-sided swinger not to mention sophisticated electronics.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2015
Year discontinued -
New price £11,599
Used price -
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £88
Annual service cost -
Max power 115 bhp
Max torque 58 ft-lb
Top speed 140 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.3 secs
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 120 miles
Engine size 798cc
Engine type liquid-cooled, DOHC transverse triple
Frame type Steel trellis frame and aluminium single-sided swingarm
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Seat height 870mm
Bike weight 181kg
Front suspension 43mm fully adjustable Marzocchi forks
Rear suspension Single fully adjustable Sachs shock
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with Brembo four-piston monobloc calipers
Rear brake 220mm disc with twin piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2015: Model introduced

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