Tech-laden MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 range raises the comfort stakes for 2021

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MV Agusta have whipped the covers off their updated 2021 Turismo Veloce touring range, which now promises greater rider comfort over distance, a more modern electronics package and Euro5 compliance.

Just a week on from similar updates to the firm’s Superveloce retro sportsbike line-up, plus earlier tweaks to the Brutale 800 RR naked, the Turismos will continue to be available in a choice of flavours - Lusso, Lusso SCS, Rosso and RC SCS - all powered by a revised 798cc three-cylinder engine.

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On top of being kinder to the planet, the 109bhp triple gains a claimed 12% boost in torque from 3000 to 6000rpm, thanks to new intake trumpets. New gear ratios also make the bike less revvy to reduce fuel consumption and work has been done internally to reduce friction.

The new models feature an updated TFT dash

Other changes include a redesigned exhaust system, plus revised clutch and gearbox components for the promise of ‘more comfortable shifting.’ How these gears are changed though vary by model, with both the Lusso SCS and RC SCS still featuring a ‘Smart Clutch System’ developed with Rekluse, which eliminates the need to engage the left lever.

It’s not all about performance though and MV have also taken steps to make the TV easier to live with. There’s a taller and wider scratch-resistant screen and the mid-section has been reworked to shave 20mm from the seat height.

The pad itself is now thicker for greater cushioning and the Sachs semi-active suspension is claimed to be more precise, thanks to revised settings. This is available on all but the cheaper Rosso model, which gets a manually adjusted Sachs shock and 43mm Marzocchi forks.

Some models feature the Smart Clutch System

Elsewhere, the Turismo Veloce range has also received a major electronics overhaul, with a new ECU unlocking claimed better throttle response and a fresh IMU allowing for a more refined level of lean-sensitive traction control and ABS.

Managing this, plus throttle maps is done via a new MV Brutale 1000RR-mimicking 5.5in TFT dash, which doubles up as a satnav and can be paired with a mobile phone via the MV Ride app.

For maximum security, the Turismo Veloce Lusso, Lusso SCS and RC SCS also feature an integrated satellite anti-theft system, which use an app to locate the bike's location.

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Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

Senior Writer (motorcycling), sportsbike nut, currently riding a FireBlade