MV-Agusta does not play motorcycles like all the other manufacturers. When so many models want to be beautiful, hers are all striving towards the same goal: to appear exceptional! The sporty F4 sublimated its generation, the Brutale roadster left its mark on the greige clan.
Don’t get caught up in it just yet. Approach, turn, scrutinize, be critical before stepping back. Do not admire it for what it is but for this remarkable play of angles and lines. Because the force is not exhaled only by the muscle but also in the design. Stretched lines, taut edges, curves playing to the end of tortured forms; the Rivale allows itself to be both beautiful and mischievous while the essence that defines it seems to be lost in its convoluted effects.
Do you think that I am leading your criticism towards the single-sided arm and the uncovered rim, just married by the triplet of exhaust flutes, like on the 675/800 Brutale? Nay. I’m talking about his shoulders flirting with the front fender to unite into a single bond line. Of this raptor head slit with a diamond of glass and light. From these handlebar grips so rich in appendages, when the LEDS indicators merge into the hand guards, to end with telescopic and retractable mirrors (Ducati Hypermotard, have you been there?!?). Rear road fittings which move to the mudguard to purify the rear of the beast. It becomes more poisonous, its sting spurting the threat between the hips of red light.
The philosophy disappears once the emotion has conquered the eye. Simply admirable.
Not completely trail and not quite roadster, the Rivale is inspired by both. Suspensions raised in the face of a copious part-cycle, that promises. Pure MV, with its tubular chrome-molybdenum trellis frame attached to aluminum plates, Brembo radial brake calipers, Marzocchi inverted fork, Sachs damping and all-round adjustments. The suspensions adjust in compression, relaxation and preload. All the essentials of a Brutale are there. With the exception of handling, which the factory claims to have improved with a better steering angle than on the roadster.
The frame invites, the heart beats. The engine also comes from the 800 Brutale. It is a 3 cylinder engine developed for the 675 F3 and B3, then rebored to 798 cm3, and still fitted with its original counter-rotating crankshaft. Thus pot-bellied, it is practiced in two cases: the Brutale roadster and this Rivale hypermotard. Ask him for sport, he will give you a nice plate of 125 horses, perched not far from the 12,000 laps. Especially with only 178 kilos to take, driving promises to be as fun as it is rhythmic with a good dose of satisfaction.
An MV-Agusta is a desirable silhouette, a muscular engine, and electronics in the service of moderation (so to speak). Thus, the Rivale abandons all needles on its dashboard to display only one digital window, completely new. On the engine side, the MVICS set regulates the adrenaline with 8-level traction control, the ride-by-wire accelerator and 3 injection maps + 1 customizable. The EAS shifter is installed as standard. After being generalized on 4-cylinder models, ABS invaded the Tre Pistoni range in 2014. The Bosch control unit, 9MP version, is very small, very light, and is also disconnectable.
The 800 Rivale is sulphurous, clearing a new niche for the manufacturer of Varese, but it is inevitable to make the connection with certain Ducati productions. Some will joke, many will praise the charm and aggressiveness of this model. Star of the EICMA 2012 show, this hybrid was quite simply voted the most beautiful motorcycle of this edition of the Milan show..
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800 RIVALE 2015
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245 km / h
The technical aspect
MV-Agusta 800 RIVALE 2016
- Tank: 12.9 liters
- Width: 885 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,410 mm
- Dry weight: 178 kg
- Train before
- Secondary chain transmission
- Rear axle
(79 x 54.3 mm)
at 12,000 rpm
at 8,600 rpm