Revised MV Agusta Dragster RR gets dash of practicality

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MV Agusta have updated the bad boy of the range, the Dragster RR with a new engine, chassis and electronics suite to match the new Brutale. MV say the goal is to improve the comfort and riding experience alongside an ‘unparalled riding experience’. No small feat then.

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Just like the Brutale the engine has had an update to make it Euro5 friendly. There’s been a few small changes in the motor, including new coatings, higher pressure injectors and different bearing shells to help reduce friction and a redesigned exhaust.

Despite these eco-friendly changes, MV have kept peak power the same at 138bhp. Paired with these engine updates are a new clutch and changes to quickshifter to smooth out the shifting. Just like the previous model, MV are offering the Smart Clutch System auto-clutch as an option.

Also like the Brutale, the electronics too have had a huge update, courtesy of an Inertial Measurement Unit made by Milan-based e-Novia. The Dragster RR now comes with lean-sensitive traction control, cornering ABS, launch control and front lift control as standard.

2021 MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR dash

The throttle has also been updated for better control – something identified on the old model. The workings of this are through a joystick on the left-hand controls and shown in the new 5.5 full-colour TFT dash (same one as the Superveloce 800).

There are other creature comforts hidden inside the dash including turn-by-turn navigation when paired with a smartphone and cornering lights powered by the IMU. There’s even a factory installed tracker for improved security.

There are some more practical changes for long distance types including cruise control and more padding on the seat, as well as daft changes for mad types like a launch control button by the throttle. 

Some of the changes are more physical. The frame has been updated with new side plates that improve the stiffness, while there’s a new linkage for the rear suspension to improve comfort. The shock has been updated to get the most from it, while the front suspension has been tuned to match the updated rear.  

There’s no news on availability or pricing but we’ll bring you more info as we get it. 

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Jordan Gibbons

By Jordan Gibbons

News Editor, owns some old bikes. Should know better.