MV-AGUSTA TURISMO VELOCE 800 (2015 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£180|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The bike is a new, more agile and lighter take on many touring rivals, and an interesting new departure for the MV Agusta company, plus it looks great. For some this will be another MV parked alongside the superbike in the garage, for others a Yamaha MT-09 Tracer is a more affordable option.
For a small company like MV this was a tough decision to make, but the resulting bike — at least from MCN’s first ride in the South of France — has shown the new direction is the right one. After nearly 150 miles of demanding switchback mountain roads the Turismo Veloce 800 proved to be fast, agile, comfortable, practical and above all much lighter and more manageable than some of the larger, more powerful bikes in the sports-touring/adventure bike sector.
MCN’s previous experience of MV launches has shown there can sometimes be significant differences between launch bikes hand-prepared at the factory and those that make it out of UK dealers, so these impressions are somewhat tempered by that knowledge. We’ve ridden perfectly set-up bikes on launches which have been excellent but when the full production bike has been sent out on UK roads they have borne little relation. When we test a UK production bike we will be able to give a full verdict, but these first impressions are almost all positive.
The Turismo Veloce’s good points certainly outweigh the bad, but there are negatives nonetheless. I’ve already mentioned a couple of tiny fuelling niggles, but the biggest issue is the fitment of the Pirelli Scorpion Trail tyres. This isn’t an off-road bike in any way, shape or form, so why these light off-road tyres have been fitted is a mystery. I would love to change them for a pair of modern sports-touring tyres to see what the bike felt like.
The most annoying aspect of the bike is actually nothing to do with the machine itself but the fitment of the accessory satnav. Not only is the metal bar running between the screen supports ugly and out of keeping with the rest of the stylish bike, but it also stops you from accessing the manually adjustable screen because it’s not wide enough to allow access for your gloved hand. Another minor grumble is the indicator switch, which doesn’t have enough positivity when pushed, making it hard to know if you’ve turned your indicators off.
But that’s all I could find wrong in over 165 miles of hardcore mountain roads, including the famous Col de Vence and Route Napoleon. The three-cylinder motor has some vibration at times, but mostly it’s smooth and more than powerful enough. The braking performance from the front Brembo set-up is strong, too. The electronics are a help not a hindrance, the seat is comfortable, the screen keeps the worst of the windblast down, and navigating the full-colour dash and the Veloce’s many settings couldn’t be simpler. The auto-blipping quickshifter works excellently both up and down the gearbox, and the clutch is only needed for setting off. It does take a little getting used to, and if you are already a habitual downshift ‘blipper’ then you have to force yourself to stop doing it or the bike leaps forward.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
The Veloce 800 has deliberately stayed away from tackling the massive offerings in the touring motorcycle market, which has become dominated by adventure bikes rather than traditional tourers. The MV is leaning more towards the road offerings, with 17in wheels and a lack of underside rock protection. It’s also significantly lighter than a full-on adventure tourer at 212kg fully-fuelled, and narrower too, even with its two 30-litre hard panniers that can each stow a full-face helmet.
The launch location of Nice leads out onto some of Europe’s best roads and the Turismo Veloce (Italian for Fast Touring) suits them well. Of the four available throttle maps I started off in ‘Turismo’ which is the middle setting, with a softer ‘Rain’ option and also a sharpened ‘Sport’ option for later. There is a fourth customisable map too.
For some people the Turismo Veloce will appear under-powered especially when you look at potential rivals like the Ducati Multistrada 1200, KTM 1290 Adventure and the Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200. Yet the MV is much lighter than them all, so the 110bhp and 63ftlb of torque from the three-cylinder motor gives performance that is more than fast enough. The performance is much more usable than either the KTM or the Ducati, which are depleted uranium sledgehammers in comparison to the MV’s cut-glass nutcracker.
EngineNext up: Reliability
The Turismo Veloce is the latest bike to use the three-cylinder 798cc motor first seen in the screaming F3 supersport bike, but in the Veloce it has been retuned for 110bhp of peak power and 61.2ftlb of torque. The three-cylinder motor has some vibration at times, but mostly it’s smooth and more than powerful enough. The retuning work done on the motor that’s derived from a supersport bike works very well in this version. While some people are going to be sniffy about the power output this would be a mistake. At no point does the bike feel like it’s lacking power and the engine is still potent enough to give excellent and fun performance.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
The build quality of the bikes we tested on the launch was first rate. The paintwork is excellent, the fit and finish really very, very good. There’s no doubting MV manages to build great bikes that are desirable and great-looking but there are niggles over reliability and the patchy dealer network in the UK doesn’t help get these sorted. MV is working hard to sort this out as we speak and an official MV Agusta GB importer is working hard too. Some owners tell of having no dramas with their bikes and others say the opposite so it really is a case of needing to go into MV ownership with your eyes open.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
There is a rather large, rather unavoidable hurdle the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce is going to have to overcome, though, and that’s the Yamaha MT-09 Tracer. It offers a similar package, with riding modes, traction control and ABS, but costs £8200, not the £12,000 you pay for the base model MV, and nearer £15,000 for the Lusso. The owner of MV Giovanni Castiglioni says the Tracer isn’t a rival: “The Yamaha is for a different client and MV doesn’t compete with the Japanese. The way MV builds bikes is completely different.”
Perhaps that’s true and the desirability of the MV brand will enable it to sell, but the UK dealer network needs expansion, and the Tracer offers almost all of the same package but for a near 30% saving.
The Turismo Veloce 800 is, according to MV, a touring bike that has been “re-thought to make it fast, lightweight and dynamic” and comes in two versions; the standard Veloce, and the Veloce Lusso which gets full LED lighting, a larger full-colour TFT dashboard, and electronically controlled suspension.
Both versions of the Turismo Veloce have a stack of electronics as standard which includes the new Motor and Vehicle Integrated Control System (MVICS 2.0) electronic control, four riding modes with an automated gearshift blipper system that works going up and down the gears. The bike has ABS as standard, combined with anti-rear wheel lift, and MV also claim it benefits from a 20% reduction in fuel consumption when compared to the current 800cc triples in the range. It also has a larger 22-litre fuel tank.
|Engine type||Liquid-cooled, three cylinder, 12v, four-stroke, DOHC|
|Frame type||Tubular steel trellis, aluminium alloy subframe|
|Front suspension||Marzocchi 43mm upside down adjustable for rebound, compression and preload|
|Rear suspension||Single Sachs shock, adjustable for rebound, compression and preload|
|Front brake||Twin 320mm disc with radial Brembo four-piston caliper|
|Rear brake||Single 220mm disc with Brembo two-piston caliper|
|Front tyre size||120/70 R17|
|Rear tyre size||190/55 R17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||-|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||£180|
|Used price||£7,000 - £8,800|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||2 years|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||110 bhp|
|Max torque||61.2 ft-lb|
|Top speed||143 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||200 miles|
Model history & versions
MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 Lusso version adds full LED lighting, a larger full-colour TFT dashboard, and electronically controlled suspension. Will be available later in 2015.
Owners' reviews for the MV-AGUSTA TURISMO VELOCE 800 (2015 - on)
4 owners have reviewed their MV-AGUSTA TURISMO VELOCE 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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|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£180|
Annual servicing cost: £170
absolutely amazing in every way
60 mile a day commute, 1500 mile Scottish tour, and bike night trips, this bike does it all
the engine hasn't the sound id like, a bit rattley??
clutch switch issue, and one recall, but nothing to woory about in 5000 miles
only downside is that the dealers 40 miles away
order the panniers and heated grips, it's all you need
Buying experience: Dealer
A beautify bike in every sense
Soft seat, Brembro brakes, nice wheels and tires
Sporty but with plenty of torque
Exclusive design with Italian taste
It has 2 years factory guarantee
Buying experience: Italica Motors Costa Rica , first class service
Annual servicing cost: £200
Light, nimble, fun to ride with looks to die for. Quick shifter is awesome! Totally unique and I've yet to see another on the road in this county which is fantastic! Negatives: Headlight is poor on main beam and the standard screen is not great at deflecting wind over a 6'2" bloke.
Suspension is great and the Brembos are proper anchors. Seat can get a little bit uncomfortable after 2.5 hrs maybe needs a little extra padding at the front or a bit cutting out of the back to stop it from tipping you towards the tank. On short blasts this is negligible but on longer jaunts it can be a bit annoying.
Compliant, mild mannered low end with a raucous range of torque and a wonderful exhaust note when wound open. Quiet when cruising along which for a tourer is ideal. It doesn't need anymore power (115), the torque more than makes up for anyone thinking they need 150BHP.
Build quality and fit is better than any bike (other than niche bespoke bike builders) I've ever looked at. Design is great! So far reliability has been spot on so hopefully it will stay this way.
First service was £180. It does like to drink a bit more fuel than I thought it would, may be this is my perception or just the reality that you can't have everything!
Everything electrical is covered. The display screen can be a bit of an assault on the senses at first, due to the sheer amount of info shown but you soon get use to it. I get the MV / Pirelli link up but more road sport / touring orientated rubber would have probably made more sense, although the standards do hook up ok.
Buying experience: Easy, trouble free purchase and delivery from dealer. Only issue is sparse dealer network but having come from KTM I'm use to that! Slight deal, but that's not a main consideration when you are buying an MV.
Value for money, a friendly city and freeway machine. Bike is very nimble and has lots of power, definitely a head turner for its sexy look. Thumbs up 👍
Can be too hot perhaps due to Singapore climate definitely better than his rival
Smart and thoughtful design for the 35l side panniers
Buying experience: Albert Motor Singapore, excellent service 🍻