MV-AGUSTA TURISMO VELOCE 800 (2015 - on) Review
- MV Agusta's first sports tourer
- Rasping three-cylinder engine
- Available in multiple variants
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£180|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The original MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 was an interesting new departure for the MV Agusta company. For some it was destined be another MV parked alongside the superbike in the garage, for others a Yamaha MT-09 Tracer was a more affordable option. Initially available as a standard model and a more premium Lusso, it has since spawned multiple versions, including: the Lusso SCS, Rosso and RC SCS.
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 - showed the new direction was a 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.
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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 were 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.
The Turismo Veloce’s good points certainly outweighed the bad, but there were negatives nonetheless. The biggest issue was 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 were fitted remains a mystery. Try a road-focussed rubber on your own machine.
The most annoying aspect of the original bike was actually nothing to do with the machine itself but the fitment of the accessory satnav. Not only was the metal bar running between the screen supports ugly and out of keeping with the rest of the stylish bike, but it also stopped you from accessing the manually adjustable screen because it’s not wide enough to allow access for your gloved hand. Another minor grumble was 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 we could find wrong in over 165 miles of hardcore mountain roads, including the famous Col de Vence and Route Napoleon. The three-cylinder motor had some vibration at times, but mostly it’s smooth and more than powerful enough. The braking performance from the front Brembo set-up was strong, too. The electronics are a help not a hindrance and the seat is comfortable. The screen kept the worst of the windblast down, and navigating the full-colour dash and the Veloce’s many settings couldn’t have been simpler.
The auto-blipping quickshifter work excellently both up and down the gearbox, and the clutch is only needed for setting off, too.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
The Veloce 800 deliberately stayed away from tackling the massive offerings in the touring motorcycle market, which has become dominated by adventure bikes. The MV is leaning more towards the road offerings, with 17in wheels and a lack of underside rock protection. It was 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) suited 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 of the time, like the Ducati Multistrada 1200 (now a 1260), 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 features the three-cylinder 798cc motor first seen in the screaming F3 800 supersport bike. However, it was 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. 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.
Clutchless riding: (2018-on) MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 Lusso SCS
First published on June 13, 2018 by Michael Neeves
MV Agusta's Turismo Veloce Lusso SCS has everything. Launched in 2018 at £17,590, there were sultry looks, electronic suspension, sharp handling, barking Brembos, comfort and the most evocative exhaust note in motorcycling. It also had a clutch lever...but you don't need to use it. Welcome to MV’s new Smart Clutch System.
Still on sale, the system is also now available on the RC SCS. This isn’t a Honda-style DCT though, or a scooter-type CVT set-up - the MV has a normal manual gearbox with an automatic Rekluse clutch. Back in 2018, a £15,990 non-SCS version was also announced. It was identical except for the automatic clutch and its associated electronic settings. Not only did it save £1600, it offered a more involving, purer ride.
How does it work?
Think of it as a reverse slipper clutch. Its default position is always neutral and it only engages with the increase in engine revs. You can select first without touching the clutch lever and even if you come to a stop in sixth, the MV won’t stall, because it’s back in neutral. Clever electronics automatically balances revs with clutch slip as you pull away, no matter how quickly and a clear clutch cover lets you see its dark secret.
Cleaner and quieter than previous Veloces, it was - and remains - Euro4 compliant. Like the Panigale V4 it has a MotoGP style counter-rotating crank, so the harder you spin the engine, the more it cancels out the gyroscopic force of the forward-spinning wheels and the sweeter it turns. It still feels every inch a frantic, hard-edged race engine when you work it, but making 90% of its torque between 3500-10,300rpm, it’s flexible for cruising and town work.
How's the fuelling?
Even MV admits there are drawbacks to being innovators and maybe it’s better in the future to let others refine new technology first. Their ride-by-wire, first seen on the 2012 F3 675, wasn’t even as good as the worst fuel-injection systems of the time, but things have changed thanks to constant refinement (using the lessons learnt in racing) and a new electronic twistgrip. The 2018 Turismo Veloce fuels consistently and has a smooth throttle pick-up. It still has a slightly ‘thin’ synthetic feel, compared to the best systems (and holding a wheelie is still unpredictable), but it doesn’t spoil the everyday riding experience.
Not only does the SCS have new starter clutch system, it has new transmission, primary and oil pump gears, too. A smoother, pleasant, more accurate shift is evident on the non-SCS version, together with a lighter clutch action. With the auto clutch it’s not quite as sweet and the gear lever needs a slightly bigger tap to slot the cogs home. The clutch lever is heavier and although you never actually have to use it, sometimes you need to give it a nudge to smooth things out around town in the lower gears.
Away from the cogs, MV’s MVICS (Motor and Vehicle Integrated Control System) colour dash graphics cleverly detail everything you need to know about your ride and lets you adjust everything from customisable riding modes to traction control, electronic suspension set-up, power delivery, cruise control and everything in between. It’ll take time to instinctively find your way around the functions without taking your eyes off the road for too long and packed with so much information it’s not easy to read at a glance. It also has Bluetooth connectively and an app with a full datalogging function.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
The build quality of the bikes we tested on the launch was first rate. The paintwork was 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.
At the time of launch, MV was working hard to sort this out. 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
At its launch, there was a rather large, rather unavoidable hurdle the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce had to overcome, though, and that was the Yamaha MT-09 Tracer. A similar package, with riding modes, traction control and ABS, it was £8200 - not the £12,000 you paid for the base model MV, and nearer £15,000 for the Lusso.
The Turismo Veloce 800 is, according to MV, a touring bike that has been "re-thought to make it fast, lightweight and dynamic." It came in two versions at its launch; the standard Veloce, and the Veloce Lusso which got full LED lighting, a larger full-colour TFT dashboard, and electronically controlled suspension.
Both had a stack of electronics as standard, including 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 had ABS as standard, combined with anti-rear wheel lift, and MV also claimed it benefitted from a 20% reduction in fuel consumption when compared to the other 800cc triples in the range. It also has a larger 22-litre fuel tank.
Fancy an affordable MV Agusta? Step forward the (2020-on) Turismo Veloce 800 Rosso
First published on September 3, 2020 by Martin Fitz-Gibbons
The words 'MV' and 'less pricey' might look awkward near one another in the sentence above, but the firm’s new Rosso range for 2020 aims to put that right. Less expensive and lower-spec, the trio of Rossos (Brutale, Dragster and Turismo Veloce) are pitched as the dream machines you’d assumed you couldn’t afford... until now.
MV’s new Rosso range keeps the paintscheme simple: blacked-out frame, engine, wheels and forks, with a red tank and, in the case of the Turismo, upper fairing. This one-choice option simplifies production, which is crucial for a firm making fewer than 5000 bikes a year. It certainly doesn’t look budget.
Officially the Turismo Veloce Rosso costs £12,680 in 2020. However, very few will be bought in that spec. Dealers say most customers want MV’s 'EAS' two-way quickshifter, which raises the real starting price to £13,480. That puts it in the ballpark of Triumph’s Tiger 900 GT Pro and Ducati’s Multistrada 950S – though they both come with semi-active suspension.
It's comfortable, has a big fuel tank and great wind protection. There are multiple USB and DIN power sockets, cruise control and Bluetooth connectivity. Alright, the colour dash is cluttered, the throttle’s occasionally hiccupy in Sport mode and the forks are soft, but this is still a truly capable all-rounder.
Panniers add a heart- stopping £1150. If they were a bit useless it’d be easy to reject them, but they’re actually pretty decent kit. Capacity is a sensible 30 litres per side (each big enough to hold a full-face lid) and they slide seamlessly onto mounts on the MV’s subframe. It’s clear they’ve been designed with the bike from the very start – but that’s still an awful lot of money.
|Engine type||Liquid-cooled, three cylinder, 12v, four-stroke, DOHC|
|Frame type||Tubular steel trellis, aluminium alloy subframe|
|Fuel capacity||21.5 litres|
|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|
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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
- 2015: MV Agusta launch the Turismo Veloce 800
- 2018: MV Agusta Turismo Veloce Lusso SCS launched - featuring a 'Smart Clutch System' that allows you to pull away and stop, plus select gears without engaging the lever. This model remains, as do more models featuring the clutch technology.
- 2020 range: The Turismo Veloce range has now expanded to encorporate the 800 Rosso, Lusso, Lusso SCS, and RC SCS.
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)
5 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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|Annual servicing cost:||£180|
SCS clutch so far a game changer pull up and away in 1st or 2nd easy traffic and easy riding once your away QS does it’s bit fab
Saddle amazing but wide and seat height high Don’t think about this bike unless your 32 inch inside leg and say 5’11 First bike I’ve ever ridden I don’t need to get off because of discomfort only for natural breaks and drinks or food
Nothing bad to report yet but as a Italian thoroughbred it’s coming eventually
Sat nav out of box not charging so not usable Thirsty if pushed
Well equipped works fine except bluetooth which won’t pair with my iphone10x and Sat nav which won’t accept any sort of power input
Buying experience: Dealer
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 🍻