Nov 5, 2013
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by David Swarts
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A 2014-model MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800.
MV Agusta has introduced a new sport touring motorcycle, the Turismo Veloce 800, which translates to Fast Tourer. There are two versions of the machine, the Turismo Veloce 800 and the Turismo Veloce Lusso 800.
Both motorcycles are motivated by a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 798cc inline triple. Bore is 79.0mm, stroke is 54.3mm and compression ratio is 13.3:1. Each cylinder has two intake valves and two exhaust valves that are actuated by double overhead camshafts. The engine is claimed to produce 125 horsepower at 11,600 rpm and 60.6 lbs.-ft. of torque at 8600 rpm.
The motor is controlled by an Eldor Engine Control Unit (ECU) that includes MVICS (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System) 2.0. The MVICS 2.0 system incorporates four performance maps (Tourismo, Sport, Rain and Custom) and adjustments for torque curve (two levels), rev-limiter (Hard and Soft), throttle sensitivity (three levels), engine braking (two levels), engine response (two levels) and traction control (eight levels). MVICS 2.0 on the Turismo Veloce 800 also comes with anti-wheelie control, cruise control and Electronically Assisted Shift (EAS) 2.0, which allows clutch-less up and downshifting.
The cassette-style transmission has six gears and works with a wet, multi-plate clutch.
The motor is held in a frame composed of a tubular steel trellis and aluminum alloy swingarm pivot locator plates. The single-sided swingarm is also made out of aluminum alloy, as are the wheels, a 3.50 x 17.0-inch front and 5.50 x 17.0-inch rear.
The braking system includes radial-mount four-piston Brembo calipers grasping dual 320mm (12.6 inches) discs in the front and a two-piston Brembo caliper arresting a single 220mm (8.7 inches) disc in the rear. A Bosch 9 Plus Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Rear-wheel Lift-up Mitigation is standard on both versions of the Turismo Veloce.
Wheelbase is 55.8 inches (1420mm), seat height is 34.2 inches (870mm), fuel capacity is 5.3 gallons (20 liters), trail is 4.25 inches (108mm) but fork rake was not provided.
The Turismo Veloce Lusso 800 differs in a few areas. First, it comes with integrated, removeable and lockable saddle bags that have a combined capacity of 60 cubic liters. The saddle bags raise the claimed dry weight of the Turismo Veloce 800 from 428 pounds (194 kg) to 456 pounds (207 kg) on the Tursimo Veloce Lusso 800. The Lusso version also gets a GPS system integrated into its Thin Film Transistor (TFT) instrument panel (which is Bluetooth compatible on both models) and heated hand grips.
Finally, the main difference between the two models is the suspension. The Turismo Veloce 800 comes with fully-adjustable 43mm Marzocchi forks and a fully adjustable Sachs shock, while the Trusimo Veloce Lusso 800 gets semi-active suspension including Sachs forks and shock with electronically-adjustable rebound and compression damping control. Spring preload is still manually adjustable on the Trusimo Veloce Lusso 800, but the Sachs shock has a hydraulic remote adjustor.
Manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) of the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 and Turismo Veloce Lusso 800 in the United States were not available at post time.