MV-AGUSTA STRADALE 800 (2015 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£250|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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’.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||liquid-cooled, DOHC transverse triple|
|Frame type||Steel trellis frame and aluminium single-sided swingarm|
|Fuel capacity||16 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||38 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||£250|
|Used price||£5,400 - £7,000|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||115 bhp|
|Max torque||58 ft-lb|
|Top speed||140 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||11.3 secs|
|Tank range||120 miles|
Model history & versions
2015: Model introduced
Owners' reviews for the MV-AGUSTA STRADALE 800 (2015 - on)
3 owners have reviewed their MV-AGUSTA STRADALE 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Reliability & build quality:|
|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£250|
Annual servicing cost: £200
I had couple of different bikes in the past, but from the day I've seen this bike in the flash I was hooked. After selling my vfr 800 I wanted something comfier, with more leg room, more nimble and fun. And the stradale checked all those boxes. Not to mention the looks. I love the looks, it's just something different. It is just so fun bike. There is no pain on the wrists, no knee pain. I am 6'3" (190cm) and ky knees hurted on previous bikes. Quick shifter and downblipper work really sweet. The suspension is stiff enough even for 2up riding. Its seems that riding with pillion does even improve stability.
Flickable, easy to ride slow or fast.
No vibrations, works good everywhere in the RPM range.. Even in normal mode where is mode producing just 90HP it still pulls nicely. Shorter gear ratios it means a little more RPM on the highway though.
There are problems with led lights, which need to be changed
It consumes from 5.5 to 6.5l to 100km. That, I think, could improve with longer gear ratios.
Abs, TCS, quickahifter.. All working very well. Non intrusive abs and TC
Annual servicing cost: £250
This thing is bonkers, I love the triple engine and the way it goes into corners. You can hang with sportsbikes in the tight twisty stuff all with panniers on the bike.
Great ride quality on all but the worse roads in UK, brakes are great too.
Love the howl.
Reasonable service costs much cheaper than my Ducati, I had just wished dealers were nearer.
Lots of goodies come as standard, quick shifter is the best I have used.
Buying experience: Good from dealer.
Annual servicing cost: £300
fantastic fun bike with great spec and looks
runs on rails
power right through the rev range
cannot fault the bike to date all works as it should
loads of toys top spec
Buying experience: bought from dealer