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MV-AGUSTA STRADALE 800 (2015-on) Review

Published: 23 January 2015

Updated: 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

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.

Insurance group: 17 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

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.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2015
Year discontinued -
New price £11,599
Used price £5,400 to £7,000
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £91
Annual service cost £250
Performance
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
Specification
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

Other versions

None

Owners' Reviews

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.

Review your MV-AGUSTA STRADALE 800 (2015-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.7 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.7 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.7 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.3 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Pure Joy

17 March 2020 by AndrejB

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Flickable, easy to ride slow or fast.
Engine
5 out of 5
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.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
There are problems with led lights, which need to be changed
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
It consumes from 5.5 to 6.5l to 100km. That, I think, could improve with longer gear ratios.
Equipment
5 out of 5
Abs, TCS, quickahifter.. All working very well. Non intrusive abs and TC
5 out of 5

24 November 2018 by Hammer

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Great ride quality on all but the worse roads in UK, brakes are great too.
Engine
5 out of 5
Love the howl.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Reasonable service costs much cheaper than my Ducati, I had just wished dealers were nearer.
Equipment
5 out of 5
Lots of goodies come as standard, quick shifter is the best I have used.
Buying experience

Good from dealer.

4 out of 5

sports supermotard tourer

25 September 2018 by Boycy

fantastic fun bike with great spec and looks

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
runs on rails
Engine
5 out of 5
power right through the rev range
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
cannot fault the bike to date all works as it should
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
basic service
Equipment
5 out of 5
loads of toys top spec
Buying experience

bought from dealer

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