MV reveal updated Dragster 800 RR

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MV Agusta’s Dragster 800 RR is the latest bike in the Italian firm’s range to get an update for 2018. 

The three-cylinder 798cc engine will be following most other models in the range with reduced noise and emissions, along with new mounting points that will offer increased torsional rigidity to the chassis. 


A redesigned primary drive unit will be driven by a completely new gearbox which has been designed to make shifting easier, smoother and more effective with the selected gears engaging quicker. A new countershaft will also make things smoother, and the profile of the intake cams and valves have been redesigned. 

Along with these changes, the engine casings are new on the 2018 machine and, like the other updated models, will offer better acoustic sound dampening characteristics and also better impact protection in the event of a spill.

Styling tweaks

Beauty is only skin deep though and the Dragster 800 RR will also be getting a host of subtle styling tweaks. The new ‘semi-handlebars’ are adjustable and allow the rider to set them to their own personal preference – think of it like an adjustable steering wheel in a car, but with a twist-grip.

Joining this is a completely redesigned tail unit that marries up with an updated rear seat that features a colour-matched rear section. The dual LED tail light has been replaced with a singular unit and the license-plate holder is completely new.

One nifty feature of the updated machine is the addition of concealed pillion footrests. A bracket allows the pegs to be hidden from view when not in use and flipped down when needed, so riders can keep the aesthetics of the bike clean without sacrificing practicality.

Improved electronics

The electronics package will also be seeing an update on the Dragster 800 RR, with improvements made to the 8-stage traction control system as featured on the other models in MV’s range. The ECU will feature a new fuelling map that joins improvements made to the ride by wire throttle system. This adds up to both better fuelling and throttle response.

The Dragster 800 RR will come in two colour options – a glossy grey with fluro yellow being one paint scheme and a pearly white, anthracite grey with fluro red being the other.

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James Archibald

By James Archibald

Former MCN Junior Web Producer